Soft Lemon Drops
30 min
1 hr



1 cup sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/2 cup sour cream

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. STEP 2

    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.

  3. STEP 3

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

  4. STEP 4

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


4Fat (mg)
20Cholesterol (mg)
80Sodium (mg)
16Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  October 02, 2016

I've made this cookie dozens of times over the last several years. It is the absolute best lemon cookie you will ever find. I use a small scoop and have a yield of 70-80 cookies. I use the lemon juice / confectioner's sugar to make a thin glaze which I dip the cookie and allow to dry on a rack. I then pipe them across the middle with a ribbon of buttercream. They look and taste like a tea cookie from a very exclusive bakery. Perfect for all occasions.

— says Dennis
  September 13, 2016

I was asked to make Lemon Cookies for a Friend's wedding. My oven was acting up and I was using a bad recipe. On my THIRD attempt to make lemon cookies, I found this recipe online...much to my surprise they came out amazing! Not very difficult, but really tasted like it took extra effort to make. I got so many compliments about these. This recipe is definitely a keeper!!!

— says Jennifer
  April 21, 2016

Just the right of lemon and and not too sweet. I made them without the icing and found them great just like that. Moist and delicious with a cup of tea! This recipe is a keeper for me.

— says Vespa
  December 13, 2015

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.

— says Debbie
  October 29, 2013

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.

— says Laura
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