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Recipe for Lemon Drop Cookies

Recipe for Lemon Drop Cookies

I had a bunch of lemons I needed to use so I came up with a new cookie recipe. I am calling these lemon drop cookies! Do they still make lemon drop candy??? I haven’t had one in years! Anyways, these cookies remind me of lemon drops!! They are similar to my lime coconut snowballs, but obviously there is no lime or coconut…so maybe they aren’t that similar:)

I love that these cookies are bite size and full of lemon flavor. I used a lot of zest, fresh lemon juice, and they even got drizzled with a lemon glaze. You can never have too much lemon if you ask me. The more I pucker up, the better:)

I think these cookies would be perfect for a part
y! They are elegant and bite size…and really easy to make! You can make the dough ahead of time if you wish…and they also tasted great for a couple of days!

If you are a lemon lover like me, try these cookies. They are LEMONICIOUS!

Lemon Drop Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Lemon Drop Cookies are refreshing and the perfect cookie for Spring. I love making them for baby showers and/or bridal showers.


1 1/4 c. flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 c. powdered sugar
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
Zest of 1 large lemon (2 if they are small)
Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 Tbsp)

For the Glaze:
1/2 c. powdered sugar
Juice of about 1 lemon


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and whisk to combine, set aside.

3. In bowl of stand mixer, combine butter and powdered sugar. Beat on medium until creamy and smooth.In a small bowl, rub the sugar and lemon zest together. Add to the butter mixture. Blend until smooth. Add the lemon juice and beat until well combined.

4. Turn mixer to low, and slowly add in the dry ingredients.

5. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and mix until flour mixture is combined. Chill the dough for about 30 minutes. You can chill the dough overnight.

6. Roll the cookie dough into little balls, about a Tablespoon or so of dough per cookie. Place the cookies on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.

7. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Take them out when the bottoms are very slightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheets. Transfer to a cooling rack.

8. To make the glaze-mix powdered sugar and lemon juice together with a whisk. Whisk until smooth.

9. Dip the tops of the cookies into the glaze. Let sit until glaze is hard.

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75 Responses to “Recipe for Lemon Drop Cookies”

  1. Dawn — February 17, 2009 @ 8:00 am

    I think I could eat that glaze by itself. I love a good lemony glaze.
    I’ve seen lemon drop candies around, not everywhere though.

  2. Netts Nook — February 17, 2009 @ 8:12 am

    Can’t wait to try they look great love anything lemon.

  3. Spryte — February 17, 2009 @ 8:18 am


  4. teresa — February 17, 2009 @ 8:20 am

    DROOOOL! Those look SO good, and the picture is just gorgeous!

  5. Bren Herrera — February 17, 2009 @ 8:21 am

    these are some sexy cookies!! :)


  6. Elyse — February 17, 2009 @ 8:26 am

    These cookies look just wonderful! And since they’re so tiny, I won’t feel so guilty if I scarf a couple of handfuls, right? I also can’t wait to try your lime coconut cookies. Tabbing this page NOW!

  7. Flourchild — February 17, 2009 @ 8:30 am

    I have to laugh there is this advertisment on how to lose belly fat and then I see these scrumptious lemon cookies! I really need to cut back on my sweets. This month has been horrible with Valentines day and birthdays. Thanks for the recipe for the cookies and for stopping by to see the CAKE! Have a great day and stay warm!

  8. Maria — February 17, 2009 @ 8:38 am

    Dawn-I love the glaze too, it really makes these cookies shine:)

    Elyse-These cookies are easy to pop in your mouth! Let me know if you try the coconut ones.

    Flourchild-Sometimes random ads pop up! Too funny about that one!

  9. Balance, Joy and Delicias! — February 17, 2009 @ 9:00 am

    MUM MUM~~~~~

  10. Kate — February 17, 2009 @ 9:03 am

    I am a huge fan of lemon cookies…looooove them!
    these look fantastic.

  11. 5 Star Foodie — February 17, 2009 @ 9:19 am

    These look scrumptious! Love the picture with the cookies around a rose!

  12. Pam — February 17, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    I love dessert with lemon – these little drop cookies look amazing, especially with the glaze.

  13. Barbara Bakes — February 17, 2009 @ 9:37 am

    My kids were just talking about the wonderful lemon cookies we had in Key West years ago and asking to make them. I’ll have to give this a try!

  14. Megan — February 17, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    oh yum. I’ll have to bookmark this for my next tea party!

  15. Meg — February 17, 2009 @ 10:09 am

    They are so pretty! I bet they are delicious!

  16. Peggy — February 17, 2009 @ 10:16 am

    I love that picture with the rose in the middle. . those look really yummy!!!

  17. mikky — February 17, 2009 @ 11:15 am

    they are lovely indeed… :)

  18. ttfn300 — February 17, 2009 @ 11:30 am

    i could totally go for a cookie now….

  19. Maria — February 17, 2009 @ 11:51 am

    Barbara- I have never been to Key West but I want to go, especially if good cookies are involved!

    ttfn- Come on over for a cookie..ha! I wish the blog world was that easy:)

  20. Heather — February 17, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

    mm. i love lemon! the glaze sounds so good! great idea!

  21. Donna-FFW — February 17, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

    Holy Cow. These look beautiful. The glaze looks so good dripping off like that! Lemon treats are a favorite of mine.

  22. The Food Hunter — February 17, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

    Those cookies look yummy! What a perfect way to use up the rest of my lemons.

  23. Natalie — February 17, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

    Great recipe! Thanks for dropping by to say hi :) I’m a Dorie fan, too.

  24. Petit Elefant — February 17, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

    Hey, thanks for stopping by Petit Elefant! Come back anytime. By the way, those cookies look divine…


  25. Rosa's Yummy Yums — February 17, 2009 @ 1:49 pm

    Mmmmhhh, irresistible lemon cookies! They look really pretty and tempting!



  26. lisa — February 17, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

    I am a fan of lemon, and these look perfect!

  27. Sophie — February 17, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

    ooh I love lemon drop candy too, pretty much anything lemon flavored. I love citrus in sweets! I’ll have a few of these with a cup of tea :).

  28. How To Eat A Cupcake — February 17, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

    Oh wow! I’d love to have a few of those in my hand right now!

  29. Jan — February 17, 2009 @ 6:12 pm

    These sound scrummy, I love anything lemony

  30. Reeni♥ — February 17, 2009 @ 7:56 pm

    I love the kind of sour lemon with the sweet from the sugar, such a lovely combo!

  31. Katrina — February 17, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

    These look great! Love a lemony-ness in a cookie.

  32. Jacque — February 17, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

    Looks like you’ve got a winner cookie there :)

    That cookie needs to be entered into a contest.

  33. Selba — February 17, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

    Yummm… I think I can eat them all :)

  34. Sabrina — February 18, 2009 @ 6:33 am

    Oh how I love lemon! I can’t wait to make those! YUM!

  35. Allie — February 18, 2009 @ 8:05 am

    Oh my these sound sooo good!

  36. Girl Japan — February 18, 2009 @ 8:24 am

    Fab, fabulous TPATP! I love lemon cookies, lemon bars.. wait what am I saying I love cookies!!!!

  37. Grace — February 18, 2009 @ 8:35 am

    those are so pretty, and i’m sure they’re delightfully refreshing. and the glaze. that can go straight down my throat. :)

  38. pigpigscorner — February 18, 2009 @ 8:45 am

    I am resisting these till after the wedding…so I am bookmarking it first. They really look lemonicious!

  39. Maria — February 18, 2009 @ 9:13 am

    These Lemon Drop Cookies look so good and I’m definitely going to try this recipe.


  40. The Fat Dietitian — February 18, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

    These look so delicious, and they would be perfect at an afternoon tea… unfortunately, I would probably eat all of them myself!

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