Lemon Sour Cream Drop Cookies

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An easy-to-make drop cookie with a bright lemon flavor. These Lemon Sour Cream Drop Cookies are a tender, cakey, not-too-sweet cookie topped with colorful sprinkles that kids and adults will both love.

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Last month I posted my Fudgy Chocolate Sixlets Cookies in honor of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Bloggers and these three companies: Dixie CrystalsMediavine and OXO help to raise over $13,000 for children’s cancer research.

As a thank to the bloggers who participated, we we’re sent a package of fun things to help us get baking, including two cookbooks. This recipe is slightly adapted from a recipe in the cookbook, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer: All the Good Cookies.

OXO baking tray and cooling racks, Bake Sale Cookies cookbook and Dixie Crystals sugar

Whenever my grandson visits he loves to bake with me. This time I let him pick a cookie to bake from the new cookbooks. He chose the colorful sprinkle cookies on the front cover.

Making Lemon Sour Cream Drop Cookies

I changed up the recipe a little bit to suit the way I like to bake. I prefer to mix the flour with the leavening ingredients and salt before creaming the sugar and butter so that it’s ready to use.

To boost the lemon flavor in the cookies, I added some lemon emulsion in addition to the lemon zest originally in the cookie recipe.

My 6 year old grandson reaching for a colorful Lemon Sour Cream Drop Cookie.

My grandson also loves going into my studio and helping me take pictures of whatever we’ve baked.  He loves rearranging the the set up, and was more than happy to be the hand model for my picture.

The cute little jar in the picture was a gift from my sweet friend Carol. It has a fun, erasable chalkboard label that you can change up however you’d like. Carol’s also the one who introduced me to the lemon emulsion I added to the cookies. If you haven’t tried emulsions yet, it really is a great flavorer booster.

These Lemon Sour Cream Drop Cookies are a tender, cakey, not-too-sweet cookie topped with colorful sprinkles that kids and adults will both love.

Another change I made was to use Rainbow Sparkling Sugars to top my cookies. I like the sparkling sugars because they don’t bleed and stay bright and colorful. The original recipe is pictured with Rainbow Nonpareils which is a good option as well.

If you like a cakey cookie, definitely give these fun Lemon Sour Cream Drop Cookies a try.

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Yield: 4 - 5 dozen cookies

Lemon Sour Cream Drop Cookies

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks ( 12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon emulsion, optional
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Rainbow sprinkles or Sparkling Sugars


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 cookies sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, vanilla, lemon emulsion (if using), and lemon zest. Mix until well blended.
  4. With the mixer on low speed, add one-third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Add half the sour cream. Add another third of the flour mixture. Add remaining sour cream and remaining flour mixture and mix until blended.
  5. Use a cookie scoop (I use a 1 tablespoon scoop - put the recipe suggestions a 2 teaspoon scoop) to drop the dough about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Top with sprinkles.
  6. Bake until the edged of the cookies are lightly browned about 11 - 13 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheets for 3 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

More cookie recipes you might like:

Lemon Bar Cookie Cups, Barbara Bakes
Lime Meltaways, Barbara Bakes
Rainbow Cookies, Pint Size Baker
Yellow Heart-Shaped Rainbow Funfetti Cookies, The Little Kitchen

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