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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.

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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! ohsweetbasil.com

Lemon Drop Cookies

4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 4 -5 dozen 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!

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

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In mixing bowl, cream sugar, shortening, and eggs; add flavorings.
  • Stir in dry ingredients, lemon zest, and crushed lemon drops (I crush them in my blender).
  • 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.
  • Let cool slightly on pan for a couple of minutes.
  • Make a glaze by mixing powdered sugar with lemon juice.
  • 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 Facts
Lemon Drop Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 113mg5%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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22 comments

  • My daughter won best of show in Junior Foods at our county fair with your recipe! They are delicious and so refreshing!

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    • No way!!! You’ve made our day! Congrats toy our daughter! And thanks for the feedback!!

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  • 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!

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    • Hahahaha! Yesssss! It is pretty shocking, right?! It’s just the perfect combination ever! Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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  • These look amazing! I love the glaze on top!

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    • Thank you!

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

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    • These are so good!

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  • I love the idea of using lemon drops inside!

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    • They are so good!

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  • 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. 

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  • These look perfect!

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    • Thank you!

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

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

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    • Hi Salma, lemon drops are just a hard candy you buy at the store. 🙂

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

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  • Looks yummy!

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  • 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!

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

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  • yummy cookies.will try this

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