Lemon Sour Cream Drop Cookies

These cookies are like little drops of sunshine on a gloomy day.

They were just the pick me up I needed this weekend.  It rained non-stop on Saturday.  In the middle of January.  In Utah.

I could just hear the snow bunnies weeping.

Fortunately this Southern California girl enjoys the rain.  The sound, the smell, the look.

The sound of rain makes me want to put on my comfortable sweats that are way too big for me, snuggle up in a huge blanket, and plop down in my favorite recliner to watch the ridiculous amount of A&E shows on DVR.

It also gives me an uncontrollable urge to bake.  Sometimes the lazy side of me wins but not this time.

This time I fought the urge to become a permanent blob in my living room recliner and baked up these little bites of happiness.  A girl just needs some citrus every now and then.

Lemon Sour Cream Drop Cookies


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tblsp grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 1/2 cup all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. In a large bowl cream sugar and shortening until fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and lemon peel and mix well. Stir in the sour cream.
  4. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and mix until combined.
  6. Drop by teaspoonfuls on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with the bottom of the glass dipped in sugar.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until slightly golden.


  1. I love rain as well! It’s like the perfect built in excuse to do nothing!! My favorite is to curl up and watch romantic movies and eat something chocolaty!

  2. Deborah says:

    I’m a lemon freak, and these are calling my name!!

  3. I’m a lemon lover! I love how easy these are :)

    • Krista says:

      I do love a good chocolate chip cookie but I am on a total lemon kick right now! I need to make another batch of these for my cookie jar already.

  4. Kris says:

    I love lemon. Thanks for sharing this recipe – I am going to try it!

  5. marla says:

    Lemons and sour cream bake up so perfectly together! Also greek yogurt is good too.

  6. I have some Meyer lemons I’m dying to use; I just found the perfect ’cause.’ They sound perfect.

  7. Inessa says:

    Ohh I love rain. My favorite -is cup of tea and cookies. Your cookies look very delish, beautiful pictures. :)


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