clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon facebook facebook icon print print icon squares squares icon
soft lemon cookies with icing on a rack

Lemon Sour Cream Cookies

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 18-24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Desserts, Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This easy recipe for Lemon Sour Cream Cookies makes cakey, soft, tender cookies filled with bright lemon flavor! No chill and ready ready in about 30 minutes!



  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • juice f 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt Set aside.
  3. Cream the sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment or with a handheld mixer on medium speed until just combined.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl then add the egg, lemon zest and lemon juice and beat until combined.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, alternatively add the dry ingredients with the sour cream.
  6. Use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to drop the cookies onto the cookie sheet. Place them 2″ apart.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before then transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
  8. Once cooled, use the back of a spoon to drop and spread about 1-2 teaspoons of icing on top of each cookie or drizzle the icing on top.


  1. In a medium sized bowl, sift the powdered sugar. Add the lemon zest and juice and use a whisk or spoon to combine.

Keywords: Cookies, lemon, lemon zest, lemon juice, sour cream, soft cookies, icing, glaze, frosting, dessert, citrus