Soft Cut Out Cookies Recipe

Apple of My Eye Cookies

These soft cut-out cookies, with a hint of lemon, are a great gift for teachers and friends!

60 min. prep time
36 cookies
242 Ratings



1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda


2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons water


Red and green decorator sugars
Chocolate decorator icing, if desired
Small green gumdrops, sliced, if desired


Combine sugar and butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add sour cream, egg, lemon zest and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add all remaining cookie ingredients. Continue beating until well mixed.

Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight until firm.

Heat oven to 350°F.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch apple-shaped cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 7-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

Combine all icing ingredients in bowl, adding enough water for desired icing consistency. Beat with whisk until smooth.

Frost 1 cookie at a time with icing. Immediately sprinkle generously with decorator sugars. Use chocolate icing to create stem and gumdrop slices for leaves, if desired.


Variation: Glaze cookies with icing. Use decorator icings to make A+ design on cookies.

Recipe Tip

If dough sticks to cookie cutter, dip cookie cutter in flour before each use.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 110

Fat: 3g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 60mg

Carbohydrates: 19g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #14901©2011Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I volunteer at a local Nursing Home , and bake quite often for them. I made these cookies , but I did add 1 tblsp of milk . The cookies were a huge hit , both Residents and Staff loved them . Thank You , keep up the good work and keep those recipes comming . I look forward to them .
Needed more flour, and had to almost double it. I personally prefer chewy sugar cookies, and these are more on the crumb-y side. Overall good taste, lemon rind adds nice flavor.

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