Lemon Drop Cookies Recipe: How to Make Italian Lemon Cookies

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Have you ever experienced biting into a cookie and tasting the sweet tanginess of lemon? If not, you are in for a treat! Today, we will delve into the delightful world of lemon drop cookies. These Italian lemon drop cookies are a perfect balance of tart and sweet, making them an irresistible treat for any lemon lover. Let’s explore how to make these delicious cookies and bring a slice of Italy to your kitchen.

A Peek into the History of Italian Lemon Drop Cookies

These lemon drop cookies are not just any cookies; they are a part of Italian heritage. Known as Anginetti cookies in Italy, these cookies are often associated with Easter and Christmas time. Traditionally, they are made with fresh lemons, giving them their distinctive citrus flavor, which is a refreshing contrast to the usual holiday cookies.

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Preparation: The Key to Delicious Lemon Drop Cookies

Preparation is key when making these cookies. Start by gathering all your ingredients. You’ll need fresh lemons for the lemon zest and juice (or a lemon juice substitute), unsalted butter (or our recommended substitutes for unsalted butter) at room temperature, and your usual cookie dough ingredients. Remember to preheat your oven and prepare your cookie sheet with parchment paper or nonstick cooking spray. This will ensure your cookies won’t stick and will bake evenly.

Ingredients for lemon drop cookies laid out on kitchen counter

Creating The Perfect Lemon Cookie Dough

The secret to the delicious lemon drop cookies lies in the cookie dough. Start by beating the butter and cup sugar in a medium bowl using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Once they are creamy, add in the lemon zest and lemon extract to infuse that extra lemon flavor. Gradually add in the purpose flour and other dry ingredients, mixing on low speed to prevent the flour mixture from flying out of the bowl.

Shaping and Baking Your Lemon Drop Cookies

Once your dough is prepared, use a small cookie scoop to shape the dough balls. Place them on your prepared baking sheet, giving them enough space to spread while baking. Bake these in your preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when the edges of the cookies are golden brown.

Raw dough balls on a cookie sheet ready to be baked

Adding the Lemon Glaze

The crowning glory of these lemon drop cookies is the tasty lemon glaze. Made from powdered sugar, fresh lemon juice, and a hint of vanilla extract, this glaze adds the right amount of lemon flavor to balance the sweetness of the cookies. Drizzle this glaze over the cooled cookies and let it set before serving.

Lemon glaze being drizzled over freshly baked cookies

Adding a Twist to Your Lemon Drop Cookie Recipe

If you’re making these for the first time, you might want to stick to the original recipe. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could add white chocolate chips to your dough or sprinkle lemon drop candies on top for an extra burst of lemon. You could even experiment with lime juice or orange zest for a different citrus flavor.

Lemon Drop Cookies for Special Occasions

These lemon drop cookies are not only a great addition to your daily treats, but they are also perfect for special occasions. Due to their bright and cheerful appearance, they’re often served at events like baby showers. Plus, their light, soft texture makes them a delicious alternative to the usual heavy desserts.

Lemon drop cookies served at a baby shower

Nutritional Information

While we all know cookies aren’t exactly health food, it’s always good to know what you’re putting into your body. The nutrient information for these cookies varies based on the size and the exact recipe you use. However, you can find the full recipe and daily values based on a 2000 calorie diet on the recipe card.

Final Thoughts: Easy Lemon Drop Cookies

These Italian lemon drop cookies are a refreshing change from the usual chocolate and vanilla cookies. They’re easy to make, and their bright, citrusy flavor is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. So, the next time you’re in the mood for some baking, give this lemon drop cookies recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Plate of delicious lemon drop cookies

lemon drop cookies

Tangy-Sweet Lemon Drop Cookies Recipe

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes

This recipe guides you to make refreshing, tangy-sweet Lemon Drop Cookies. These delightful cookies are a perfect finish to any meal or a summery afternoon treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the softened butter and granulated sugar together using an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg until fully incorporated. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract and mix well.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing just until combined.
  6. Using a tablespoon or a small ice cream scoop, drop rounded portions of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about two inches apart.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly golden.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes. Then, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Once the cookies are cooled, dust generously with powdered sugar.

Notes

These Lemon Drop Cookies are best enjoyed the day they are made but can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you prefer a stronger lemon flavor, you can add more lemon zest or a drop or two of lemon extract to the dough.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 15gNet Carbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 1g
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