Apple of My Eye Cookies
1 hr
03 hrs 25 min



1 cup sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/4 cup sour cream

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    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.

  2. STEP 2

    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.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  4. STEP 4

    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.

  5. STEP 5

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

  6. STEP 6

    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.

Tip #1

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

Tip #2

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


3Fat (mg)
15Cholesterol (mg)
60Sodium (mg)
19Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  October 24, 2012

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 .

— says Sharon Nega
  August 08, 2012

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.

— says tanya
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