Soft Lemon Drops

Soft Lemon Drops

Sour cream gives this lemon cookie its soft texture.

30 min. prep time
36 cookies
16516 Ratings



1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt


1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice


Heat oven to 350°F.

Combine sugar and butter in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add sour cream, eggs, lemon zest and lemon extract; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar and enough lemon juice for desired glazing consistency in bowl. Frost cooled cookies with glaze.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 100

Fat: 4g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 80mg

Carbohydrates: 16g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #11122©1999Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I love this recipe. I found the other Lemon Drop recipe on your site and threw the whole ting in the trash. The yogurt didn't seem right. I should have known it was different. This is definitely the better of the two.
Absolutely delicious. I tripled the amount of lemon zest and increased the lemon extract to 1 Tbsp. I used the frosting/glaze from the other Lemon Drop Cookie on this site using 4 Tbsp butter and 4 Tbsp lemon juice and adjusted the powdered sugar accordingly (more of a frosting thas a glaze). I just spooned it on the cookies after they were completely cool.

The only problem with these cookies is that packing them in a cookie tin in more than one layer causes the frosting to stick a bit to either waxed paper or parchment paper. But they still taste wonderful! They would be lovely as a single layer on a pretty plate.
These turned out delicious. I am tossing my other recipe and will keep this one.
I used a different glaze, which I personally like better.. 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 tbsp milk, 1/4 tsp lemon extract. Yum, a keeper for sure!
Always a hit! The texture and taste of these cookies is perfect. I find 2 T of lemon juice is necessary to make the glaze.
This is one of my go-to cookie recipes during the winter holidays. It's an easy recipe to put together but, unlike most cookie dough that come out stiff or smoother, more pastry-ish, the dough for this comes out much more wet and sticky. Scooping it can be a bit of a chore, but after baking, the drops are light and soft and delicious! Be sure to make the icing because that little coating of lemony goodness elevates this cookie from Good to Yum!
So good! Very moist little bites of lemon cake.
Wow, are these yummy. I made them last week and am ready for more. I found a new favorite cookie recipe.
Oh... these were 'melt-in-you-mouth' good! They're buttery and tangy. I tried them with, and without, the icing, too - but the icing really sets them off:
Great cookie and I like the cakey texture.
have baked these cookies many times. everyone just loves them. i have given the recipe out to many of my friends. also you can substitute lemon yogurt for the sour cream. they are delicious.
Have made these cookies several times to excellent reviews. To make glaze more 'lemony', I use concentrated lemon juice in addition to fresh lemon juice.
I made this cookie for a Christmas part and everone loved it!
I had to make extra glaze to cover the cookies and alot is
wasted because it runs off. I would recommend putting them
on wax paper for the glaze to harden and the cookies won't
Cookies are tender with cake-like texture. Not too sweet. This cookie batter should be all used the same day. It does not store well in the frig.
These cookies were so easy to make & so delicious. Definitely a keeper.
Very moist, and the lemon flavor is pleasant, but nothing special. They weren't a big hit when I took them to club.
These are delicious! Very fast and easy to make. They are now a favorite in my house.
Easy and fast, a go to recipe when the kids are coming. They love them. Make them all the time
Super easy, super soft and great flavor. A must-have recipe
for lemon lovers!

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