Thursday, January 19, 2012

January Improv Challenge-Lemon Sour Cream Cookies

Improv Challenge


Being the Cookie Monster’s grandmother, when I learned that the ingredients for the January Improv Challenge were lemon and sour cream, I knew that I wanted to make a cookie recipe.  The only cookie recipe that I found when I did a search was posted by Sarah Dahl at a recipe sharing site called We Gotta Eat.  She attributed the recipe to “Cook's Country.” 

These are a soft, cake-like cookie with a very mild lemon flavor.  I wanted the lemon flavor to be more pronounced so I glazed the cookies with a lemon glaze.  The next time I make these, I may add some lemon extract to the dough.  Not a “Cook's Country” approved option, I am sure.  This is a drop cookie, but the dough does need to be chilled for a hour. 

I used my cookie scoop to drop the dough onto the baking sheets.  My cookies took only 10 minutes to bake and made cookies about 2 inches in diameter.  I got about 5 dozen cookies.

I made a glaze of melted butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice and milk.  I made this a little on the thick side and brushed the glaze on with a silicone brush which left little ridges that I thought provided a little decorative effect. 


Lemon Sour Cream Cookies
Cooks Country via Sarah Dahl

3 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 c. sour cream
1 t. grated lemon rind

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Stir well and set aside.  With an electric mixer set on medium speed, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Reduce speed to low and beat in sour cream and lemon rind.  Add flour mixture and mix until well combined.  Refrigerate dough until slightly firm, about 1 hour.  Drop by rounded tablespoonsful about two inches apart onto parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees 15 minutes or until just beginning to brown around the edges.

Lemon Glaze
3 T. melted butter
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar, sifted
2 T. milk

Combine melted butter and lemon juice.  Stir in powdered sugar.  Add milk and stir well.  Add additional milk a teaspoon at a time until mixture is of desired consistency.  Brush onto cooled cookies.  Let stand until set.

Many thanks to Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Housewife for hosting this challenge and doing such a great job each month.  February's ingredients are carrots and ginger.  If you would like to join in the fun, just hop on over to Kristen's blog and click on the Improv tab.


  1. OK -- I could totally eat a handfull of those. (I might even prefer them without the glaze - hmmmmmmm, guess I'll have to make some & try both ways, huh?!)

  2. Oh my, these look good. I could eat the whole batch!

  3. Those look like little heavenly pillows that any cookie monster would be happy with!

  4. These look so yummy! Stopping by from the challenge (first timer over here!) and I love all the creative recipes. I have such a weakness for lemon cookies!

  5. I will take a dozen, please! Yumm! I found your blog through the challenge and love it! Following you :)

  6. Nothing beats a soft, iced, lemony cookie! I can't wait to try these! A little burst of sunshine in the winter! : )

  7. These look great! I love that you are the Cookie Monster's Grandma ;) too cute!

  8. I wish that I had some of these right now, they look delish!

  9. Thank you all so much for your kind comments. I was surprised at how quickly these went at our house. Unfortunately, I woke up in the middle of the night and realized that the amount of butter was wrong. It should have been 1 cup not 1/2. I have changed the amount in the post. I am so sorry.

  10. oh man! If I hadn't just made Lorraine's baked doughnuts, I would be running to the kitchen to make these. They are definitely bookmarked for the next time I bake. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

  11. I bet my own cookie monsters would gobble those up in no time. I love the softness that sour cream gives cookie dough.

  12. These cookies look delicious! I love sour cream in anything. The decorative tops from the silicone brush looks so nice. I didn't know the brush would do that. Very pretty! Stopping by from the Improv Challenge!

  13. Hello from the ICC! Delicious perfection! Great idea :)


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