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Lemon Sour Cream Cookies

Soft and cake-like cookies with plenty of lemon zest and a classic lemon buttercream.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
chilling time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: iced sour cream cookies, lemon sour cream cookies, soft iced lemon cookies
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Katie Shaw



For the cookies:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For the frosting

  • ¼ cup salted butter butter softened
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl, set aside
  • Beat butter, sugar, and egg with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the sour cream, lemon juice, and lemon zest and blend on medium-low until combined.  Mix in the flour mixture, one cup at a time, until just combined.  The dough will be very soft.  Cover and refrigerate the dough for one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375.  Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray.  Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes until edges and bottoms are golden brown.  If baking two sheets at a time, rotate halfway through the baking time.
  • After cookies have cooled completely, make the frosting by beating all ingredients with an electric mixer for 2 minutes, until smooth. Frost the cookies and serve.


These freeze very well before being frosted.
If you'd like a yellow frosting, add a drop of two or yellow food coloring before beating.   


Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg