Glazed Lemon Sour Cream Cookies


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.

Sour Cream Cookies with Lemon

Sour Cream Cookies with Fresh Lemon Flavor

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.

Sour Cream Cookies with Lemon

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

Ingredients for This Recipe

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Sour cream
  • Lemon
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cream cheese

Scroll below for full printable recipe.

How to Make Lemon Sour Cream Cookies

  • Whisk dry ingredients.
  • Cream butter and sugar then mix in eggs one at a time.
  • Mix in sour cream, zest and vanilla then blend in flour mixture.
  • Chill dough, about 1 hour. Preheat oven.
  • Prepare baking sheets then drop dough onto baking sheets by rounded tablespoon.
  • Bake then cool.
  • Cover with glaze and let set.

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!

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Glazed Lemon Sour Cream Cookies

5 from 9 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!

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


  • 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

Nutrition Facts
Glazed Lemon Sour Cream Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 56mg2%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon cookies, Sour Cream Cookies
Calories: 155 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Norma K: My mom sent me this recipe after she made them. Said they were fabulous. She is 87 and really raved about them. So of course I had to give them a try as well. She was right they are great bud did not last long with my “Cookie monsters” in my house and they are both over 21! May 22, 2019 at 9:49am Reply

  • Ladybyrd Jackson: I just made these—I’m a very novice and haphazard baker with no stand mixer (or whisk, or mixing bowls for that matter)—had to melt the butter and used cold eggs and sort of 2/3rds’d the recipe because I didn’t have a whole cup of sour cream and no cream cheese so had to make a lemon drizzle with turbinado sugar that didn’t totally dissolve—and these were still AMAZING!!! I’m sure the real recipe is even better, but I’m very grateful that you guided me to bake something that tastes this good. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!! February 3, 2019 at 7:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked these cookies! Thanks for your review! February 3, 2019 at 10:12pm Reply

  • Christina: CV an you make the dough ahead of schedule? December 8, 2018 at 12:41pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tested myself but I’m guessing it would be fine to make it a day or two in adnvance. Then you might want to rest a bit before baking depending how firm it gets. December 8, 2018 at 12:57pm 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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