Glazed Lemon Sour Cream Cookies


These Glazed Lemon Sour Cream Cookies are such a brightly flavored and super soft cookie! They’re a not your traditional Christmas cookie which makes them a perfect Christmas cookie. Everyone loves a new addition at the cookie exchange.

Glazed Lemon Sour Cream Cookies

When I think of lemon I usually think more of a spring or summer cookie but why not brighten up a cold winter with these blissful cookies?

It’s easy to make them fitting for the season, just add Christmas color sprinkles. Oh and some yellow stars because their fun too.


Glazed Lemon Sour Cream Cookies

I absolutely loves these cookies! They are similar to a ricotta cookie or a soft sugar cookie which is part of the reason why I love them so much.

I also really love that glaze. A frosted or iced cookie is just too good to resist!

Plus I love how a glaze or icing is the quickest and easiest way possible to frost cookies. You could even have the kids do it.

Glazed Lemon Sour Cream Cookies

This is a cookie people will request again and again. They are anything but boring and they’re perfectly delicious!

As I mentioned in the recipe be sure you don’t use a dark cookie sheet for these – you shouldn’t be using dark cookie sheets for your cookies anyway but especially not a with a wetter dough like so.

They’ll get golden brown even without using a dark sheet (definitely not burnt brown but nice and toasty and golden brown), so get yourself some standard uncoated aluminum cookie sheets for Christmas if you don’t already own some :).

Hope you enjoy this big batch of lemony cookies and find some people to share with. They’re melt-in-your-mouth dreamy!

Glazed Lemon Sour Cream Cookies


Glazed Lemon Sour Cream Cookies

5 from 7 votes

A melt-in-your-mouth, flavorful, cake-like cookie that's topped with a sweet and simple lemon cream cheese glaze. Easy to make and even easier to eat and fall in love!

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 44 minutes
Servings: 40 approx.


  • 3 cups (426g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 2 1/2 cups (300g) powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cream cheese, softened well (practically melted)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter and sugar until slightly fluffy. Blend in eggs one at a time. 

  3. Mix in sour cream, lemon zest and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix until combined. 

  4. Cover bowl and chill dough in refrigerator until dough is a little more firm and easier to work with, about 1 hour (it will still be fairly sticky). 

  5. Preheat oven to 375 during last 10 minutes of dough chilling.

  6. Line two 18 by 13-inch baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. 

  7. Drop dough by the rounded tablespoons (using either a cookie scoop or two spoons) onto prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2-inches apart.

  8. Bake both sheets in preheated oven, switching and rotating them halfway through baking, until bottom edges are golden and cookies are set, about 14 - 15 minutes. 

  9. Cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. 

  10. Set a baking sheet underneath cookies on rack, then spoon and spread glaze over cooled cookies and let glaze set at room temperature. Store cookies in an airtight container. 

  11. For the glaze, in a mixing bowl blend together cream cheese and lemon juice. Mix in powdered sugar stirring until smooth. 

  12. Recipe source: adapted from Cooks Country

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  • Leslie: I love lemon, everything is better with lemon, hah. I also love soft cookies, I am a sucker for a soft cookie. I have to give these a try. December 16, 2017 at 5:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes everything is better with lemon! I hope you love them Leslie! December 17, 2017 at 10:07pm Reply

  • Robby H.: Thanks! This will be a huge hit with my dad who loves softer cookies and citrus. December 16, 2017 at 7:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope he loves them Robby! December 17, 2017 at 10:07pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: These cookies are so pretty! Perfect addition to our holiday cookie platter! December 17, 2017 at 11:44am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Anna :)! December 17, 2017 at 10:06pm Reply

  • The Novice: These look sooo good! I love anything lemon flavoured, so I would just scoff these down. December 18, 2017 at 1:46am Reply

  • Holly: I LOVE lemon! My favorite flavor. I was going to try your Italian Ricotta cookies but I think I may have to try these instead. I have 2 questions though… will this recipe freeze well as dough or as cookies or not at all? And, if I generally have issues with cookies spreading to much, would you do anything different than what’s listed above? Thanks so much! December 20, 2017 at 10:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d recommend freezing them after baking and I may glaze after thawing. And I too normally have issues with spreading cookies because I’m at about 4,200 ft elevation but these were fine for me. If you are worried about it you could add a few extra tablespoons of flour. Hope you love them! December 21, 2017 at 12:34pm Reply

  • Susan: Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Finally, a cookies I can bake successfully. I live at 5,000 feet elevation and have had little to no success making cookies. But these came out beautifully and are so YUMMY! I reduced the cooking time to 13-14 minutes, but I didn’t make any other adjustments. I struggled a little with the glaze. It wasn’t spreading to my liking (I’m kind of a perfectionist). I guess I’ll have to make more so I can practice. :) December 24, 2017 at 12:23am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Susan – I’m at about the same elevation (4,200) so I know what you mean! Hopefully you could try some of my other cookie recipes with success too :). Glad you liked these! December 30, 2017 at 12:14pm Reply

  • Molly Cipriani: We make a cookie with an almost identical recipe. My Italian mother-in-law made these and my children always called them “Nonna cookies”. That’s what we all call them now! Delicious! December 24, 2017 at 2:12pm Reply

  • Theresa: I love anything lemon, I can’t wait to make these, recipe looks so easy, thank you December 30, 2017 at 6:53am Reply

  • Joan K: I make these cookies as a summer treat also! Decorate the top for the July 4th picnic! They are so recreshing! January 10, 2018 at 4:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes these are a perfect summer cookie too! Thanks for your review Joan! January 13, 2018 at 11:13pm Reply

  • Mary Keutzer: Baked these yesterday after chilling in refrigerator for 2 days. They are absolutely so good, the glaze hardens to a shiny surface, but not brittle.
    Great recipe, I’m anxious to make again. January 16, 2018 at 4:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! January 17, 2018 at 1:07pm Reply

  • Denise Silvio: I’m seriously considering making these for my son-in-law, who loves lemon and has a birthday coming. How hard does the glaze get? I must pack and ship them & don’t want them to arrive a gloppy mess. February 3, 2018 at 8:48am Reply

    • Jaclyn: The glaze does stay semi-soft so I’d try using a meringue powder based icing instead – something like this February 3, 2018 at 8:08pm Reply

      • denise silvio: thanks for the tip! I will give it a try and let you know how they turn out. February 4, 2018 at 10:49am Reply

    • Charlotte Keutzer: I think they would be fine, I let them on counter several hours, then lined a container with wax paper, stacked with wax paper in between each layer, took to a bake sale, they were perfect. February 4, 2018 at 5:28am Reply

  • Eileen Krause: I made these over the weekend very good did not last long. February 12, 2018 at 7:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, glad you loved them! February 12, 2018 at 10:26am Reply

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