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Lemon Drop Cookies 12-min

Cookies are a simple pleasure I can never resist. I love baking them for special occasions or just as a fun activity on a cozy day at home. There’s no shortage of cookie recipes out there, so I always have a new one to try out. When I came across the recipe for these Italian Lemon Drop Cookies I knew I had to give them a go for my next baking day. Pretty much every Italian baked good I’ve tried has knocked it out of the park and these were no exception!

Lemon Drop Cookies 1-min
Lemon Drop Cookies 3-min

Something about a zesty lemon baked good always hits the spot. The light, refreshing flavor is perfectly balance by the sweetness, and always leaves me wanting another bite. These cookies have an optional glaze, but it’s so simple to whip up that I highly recommend taking the extra step. It’s the perfect finishing touch to elevate this easy treat!

Lemon Drop Cookies 5-min
Lemon Drop Cookies 6-min
Lemon Drop Cookies 8-min

Whether you’re adding this recipe to your holiday baking list or making a batch for your next potluck, these cookies are sure to be a hit. Everyone loves a zesty treat and these definitely fit the bill. Make sure to save a few cookies for yourself because they’re sure to disappear in a flash!

Lemon Drop Cookies 9-min

Lemon Drop Cookies 11-min

Serves 12

10m prep time

10m cook time

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Rated by 20 reviewers
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ½ tablespoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest and mix until well combined.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients and milk to the wet until just combined.
  5. Scoop dough in roughly ¼ cup portions, spaced evenly on the prepared bakings sheet.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes or just starting to turn golden.
  7. Whisk together glaze ingredients and spoon over cookies once cooled.

Recipe adapted from

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