Lemon Drop Cookies

Honesty, in the middle of making this recipe I was pretty ticked. I thought these were going to be a flop because of how my batter looked before adding the flour mixture. However, once the flour was added I was really surprised to see it all come together.

While I did not change the ingredients at all, I did deviate from the instructions just a little. Instead of adding the lemon zest to the shortening, I blended the zest with the sugar first (mixing it with my fingers). Then I added the shortening and used my Kitchen Aid mixer.
The batter is pretty wet, but just sturdy enough to be called a cookie, any wetter and I would have thought I made a cake batter LOL! I lined my baking sheets with parchment paper and used a cookie scoop to “drop” the batter on the pan. I did end up baking them for 10 minutes instead of 8 though.

I also added a simple lemon glaze to the top and these cookies were Heavenly! These would be perfect with lemonade or with afternoon tea. :) I made them yesterday and now they are all gone!

I will definitely make¬†this recipe again and since I found it on Annie’s Recipes, I am entering it in the Cooking With Alicia & Annie blog event. This cookie recipe was featured as one of Annie’s daily recipes on their blog, so it definitely sparked my interest.¬†
The tart glaze is a perfect match with this sweet and super soft cookie.

Lemon Drop Cookies

2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water

Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Blend rind and shortening; add sugar gradually sugar and rind by rubbing rind into sugar with your fingers, add shortening and cream well. Add egg, lemon juice and water; beat well. Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Drop by level tablespoons (cookie scoop is perfect!) onto greased (lined with parchment instead) cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes 10 minutes. Do not stack or store until cold.

Lemon Glaze

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 lemon, zested

Combine all three ingredients in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Use a 1/2-teaspoon measuring spoon to add glaze to the center of each cookie. Use the back of the spoon to gently spread the glaze. Let glaze harden for a couple hours, but you might not be able to wait that long! ;)

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8 Responses to Lemon Drop Cookies

  1. 1
    Debbie says:

    They look great Amanda! I’ve seen a bunch of lemon cookies on blogs lately with frostings….I think I need to make some too!

  2. 2
    Tami says:

    MMM! I will be trying these!

  3. 3
    Carrie says:

    My guys like lemon– might have to try those sometime.

  4. 4
    Alisa - Frugal Foodie says:

    Those do look delicious, and I love the addition of lemon icing, yum!

  5. 5
    Bridgett says:

    These look yummy! I can just taste the icing on top.

  6. 6
    Bunny says:

    I bet these are nice and tender Amanda they look wonderful!

  7. 7
    5 Star Foodie says:

    These cookies look excellent! Delicious lemon flavors!

  8. 8
    Lucy says:

    I couldn’t pass up a lemon cookie if I tried!! They look great!

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