Lemon drops

    55 min

    These little morsels are soft and sponge-like. They are also delicately flavoured with lemon. You can decorate them with drizzled lemon icing or dust them with icing sugar before serving. They are great for afternoon tea, children's birthday parties or as food gifts.

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    Makes: 48 

    • 375g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 225g unsalted butter, softened
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 lemon, zested
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:30min chilling  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Stir together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a bowl until thoroughly combined. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy, about 5 minutes, then beat in eggs, one at a time, incorporating each before adding the next. Beat in the lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Gently mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Chill the dough about 30 minutes.
    3. Scoop up about 1 1/2 teaspoon of dough per lemon drop, gently form into a ball and place the balls onto baking trays about 5cm apart.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until the lemon drops are set and just beginning to brown at the edges, about 8 minutes; cool on baking trays for 1 minute before removing to finish cooling on racks.

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    I am the recipe submitter- for those of you that have been curious about the story that I'm referring to, it is out of an old Sesame Street alphabet book that was mine when I was a child. The recipe was my own creation, but the story was the inspiration. . Hope this helps.  -  05 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Light and lemony! A delicate, sweet little cookie that's perfect for any little princess to enjoy at tea parties along with her "imaginary" friends. These are so easy to make and while they aren't crisp but are more spongy and cake-like cookies they are none the less delicious. I did a lemon glaze on some, rolled a few in turbinado sugar before baking, and dusted others with powdered sugar just to change it up a bit. Overall, very good little cookies.  -  17 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Knowing my preference for a crisp cookie i left out 1 egg. I got a crisp thin cookie with a great lemon flavor. Thanks.  -  11 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)