Lemon Drop Cookies [+ Video]

 
Soft and chewy lemon drop cookies are the perfect treat for those lemon lovers out there! A light glaze on top and a sprinkle of crushed lemon drops!
 
 
Soft and chewy lemon drop cookies are the perfect treat for those lemon lovers out there! A light glaze on top and a sprinkle of crushed lemon drops! ohsweetbasil.com
 
 

Dear Friends,
These Lemon Drop Cookies are sweet deliciousness. No, really. It’s my new favorite next to a warm chocolate chip. Seriously. I know you love your chocolate and I know you are doubting me right now, but just have a little faith. TRY THIS COOKIE, then come back and thank me a million times over for finding it and posting it for you.

You’re welcome 😉

 

 

Soft and chewy lemon drop cookies are the perfect treat for those lemon lovers out there! A light glaze on top and a sprinkle of crushed lemon drops! ohsweetbasil.com

 

 

Seriously though, it’s wonderful. These are tender, lemony and oh so perfect. Our oldest daughter has taken these lemon drop cookies on as her own. She makes it all by herself and they turn out just lovely. At first I really wanted to pop in and take over as I could tell she wasn’t beating in the sugar long enough, but I let go of control and just played a supporting role and now, a few batches later they are perfect and we adore them. In fact, I will now keep lemon drops on hand as I do chocolate chips.

 

How to Make Lemon Drop Cookies

The lemon drops need to be blended in a blender so they are turned into a powder. We measure out 3/4 cups of the drops and then blend them up and whisk them into the dry ingredients.

You can also see all of the steps in this super quick video tutorial for lemon drop cookies recipe.

 

 

Soft and chewy lemon drop cookies are the perfect treat for those lemon lovers out there! A light glaze on top and a sprinkle of crushed lemon drops! ohsweetbasil.com

 

 

Can You Use Shortening Instead of Butter?

This recipe uses shortening because with the addition of lemon drops the cookies tend to get dried out so butter is a tricky fat to use as it doesn’t stay as soft in cookies either. Now, we agree that butter is best, so if you need to you can use a little butter and the rest shortening or go ahead and use all butter, but please remember that they will be a more crisp cookie.

 

Soft and chewy lemon drop cookies are the perfect treat for those lemon lovers out there! A light glaze on top and a sprinkle of crushed lemon drops! ohsweetbasil.com

 

 

It’s also best to use the glaze just a few minutes after the cookies come out of the oven. It soaks in just a little and sets up beautifully.

 

 

 

Lemon Drop Cookies

Yield: 4-5 dozen cookies

Lemon Drop Cookies

Lemon Drop Cookies
Soft and chewy lemon drop cookies are the perfect treat for those lemon lovers out there! A light glaze on top and a sprinkle of crushed lemon drops!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

Recipe adapted from See Jane in the Kitchen

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups butter flavored shortening, or regular shortening *see note
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 Cup Brach's Lemon Drops - 9oz
  • For the glaze
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • juice of two lemons

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In mixing bowl, cream sugar, shortening, and eggs; add flavorings.
  3. Stir in dry ingredients, lemon zest, and crushed lemon drops (I crush them in my blender).
  4. Roll into balls, flatten slightly, and bake on parchment lined (if you don't use parchment, cookies will stick to pan) baking sheet for 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Let cool slightly on pan for a couple of minutes.
  6. Make a glaze by mixing powdered sugar with lemon juice.
  7. Brush glaze over cookie tops.

Let cookies cool completely.

Notes

If using regular shortening the cookies may not be as buttery. All shortening is the softest cookie, but not as flavorful so you can play around with the recipe; all shortening, all butter, half and half or we prefer 3/4 shortening to 1/4 butter. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48-60

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 175 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 27mg Sodium: 113mg Carbohydrates: 26g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 17g Protein: 2g
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Carrian Cheney

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21 comments on “Lemon Drop Cookies [+ Video]”

  1. Pingback: Easter Cookies with Robin Eggs Candy and Toasted Coconut

  2. I have to tell you, I have made a ton of cookies in my lifetime and I felt slightly snooty about using crushed lemon drop candies. AND SHORTENING ! But then we made these. And they are incredibly delicious. They make my list of all time favorites so THANK YOU!

  3. These look amazing! I love the glaze on top!

  4. I use to love lemon drops as a kid! These look tasty! 

  5. I love the idea of using lemon drops inside!

  6. I want to bake these now, but it’s late night so I’ll just dream about them and bake them in the morning. Thanks for the recipe. 

  7. These look perfect!

  8. If using regular shortening, the ingredient listing says *see note. Help! I don’t see the note. Should butter be added to the regular shortening? Thank you and I thoroughly enjoy your blog.

    • Hi Lisa, if you use regular shortening just know that while they will be softer and all kinds of wonderful you wont have that slight buttery flavor. We love to use 3/4 shortening to 1/4 butter just to help with that.

  9. Hi I am loving your recipes.keep up the good work. I was wondering what are lemon drops? Are they them hard boiled sweets?

  10. Never made lemon cookies with lemon drops, but this recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  11. How nice to see this on of my favorite cooking blogs! I don't know anyone that doesn't absolutely love these. Have a great day!

  12. I made a similar cookie recently only with butter – so good!

  13. yummy cookies.will try this