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Lemon Snowdrops Recipe

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If you’re looking for the perfect blend of sweet and tangy, Lemon Snowdrops are the cookie for you. These delightful treats combine the zesty flavor of lemon with a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture.

Making Lemon Snowdrops is simple. You just need a few basic ingredients like butter, sugar, flour, and lemon zest. With a bit of mixing and baking, you’ll have a delicious batch ready to enjoy in no time.

The best part? These cookies are versatile. Whether for a summer picnic, a holiday gathering, or just a sweet snack, Lemon Snowdrops are sure to be a hit. Get ready to impress your friends and family with these tasty, homemade delights.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make Lemon Snowdrops, you’ll need a few key ingredients. Each has its role in creating the perfect cookie, but there are some possible substitutes if needed.

Dough Ingredients:

  • Butter: 1 cup (2 sticks), softened. You can use margarine, but the taste and texture might change.
  • Powdered Sugar: 1/2 cup. If you don’t have powdered sugar, you can blend granulated sugar until fine.
  • Flour: 2 cups. Use all-purpose flour. Gluten-free flour mix can be a substitute.
  • Salt: 1/4 teaspoon. Sea salt or kosher salt can be used instead.


  • Lemon Extract: 1 teaspoon. You can substitute with 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice or lemon zest.
  • Vanilla Extract: 2 teaspoons. Almond extract can be used for a different flavor twist.

Additional Ingredients:

  • Cornstarch: 2 tablespoons for the filling. Arrowroot powder can replace cornstarch if needed.


  • Powdered Sugar for Dusting: Sprinkle on top once cookies are baked.

Keep these ingredients in mind and enjoy baking your Lemon Snowdrops!


  1. Preheat your oven: Set it to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Cream the butter and sugar: In a large bowl, mix 1 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Add the lemon extract: Stir in 1 teaspoon of lemon extract for that tangy flavor.

  4. Mix in dry ingredients: Gradually add 2 cups of flour and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Mix until the dough forms.

  5. Chill the dough: Cover the bowl and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to firm up the dough.

  6. Shape the dough into balls: Use a teaspoon to scoop dough and shape it into 1-inch balls.

  7. Prepare the baking sheet: Line it with parchment paper. Place the dough balls about 1 inch apart on the sheet.

  8. Flatten the dough: Lightly press each ball with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.

  9. Bake: Put the cookies in the oven for 8-10 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown.

  10. Cool: Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

  11. Optional: Dust with powdered sugar while still slightly warm for a sweet finish.

Enjoy your tangy, sweet lemon snowdrops!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

For the best Lemon Snowdrops, start with good ingredients. Use fresh lemons for zest and juice to get the best flavor.

Mix the dough thoroughly. If it’s too soft, you might need to chill it. This makes shaping easier.

When forming the cookies, aim for uniform balls of dough. This helps them bake evenly. Flatten slightly with a glass dipped in sugar for a nice finish.

Bake your cookies at 400°F for about 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them to avoid overbaking.

Cool cookies on a wire rack after baking. This helps them firm up and keeps them from getting soggy.

For a delightful finish, roll cookies in powdered sugar while they are still warm. They will soak up the sweetness perfectly.


Store your Lemon Snowdrops in an airtight container. They will stay fresh for up to a week at room temperature.

For longer storage, place them in the refrigerator. They can last for two weeks.

You can also freeze these cookies. Place them in a sealed container or freezer bag. They’ll be good for up to three months.

When you want to enjoy them, let the cookies thaw at room temperature for a few hours.

With these tips, your Lemon Snowdrops will stay delicious and fresh!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Lemon snowdrops are delicious by themselves, but there are fun ways to change them up.

Recipe Variations

Nutty Lemon Snowdrops
Add 1/2 cup of finely chopped nuts like almonds or pecans to the dough for a crunchy twist.

Lemon-Poppy Seed Snowdrops
Mix 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds into the dough to give them a unique, nutty flavor.

Glazed Lemon Snowdrops
Drizzle a simple glaze made from powdered sugar and lemon juice over the cooled cookies for extra sweetness and a bit of texture.

Spiced Lemon Snowdrops
Add a pinch of cinnamon or ginger to the dough. This gives the cookies a warm, spicy hint.

Serving Suggestions

  • With Tea or Coffee: These cookies pair excellently with a cup of tea or coffee. The bright lemon flavor complements hot beverages well.
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches: Turn them into mini ice cream sandwiches by placing a small scoop of vanilla or lemon ice cream between two cookies.
  • Gift Baskets: Lemon snowdrops make delightful additions to homemade gift baskets for holidays or special occasions.
  • Party Platters: Arrange them on a platter with other small cookies or pastries for a vibrant and tasty party treat.

Feel free to experiment with these ideas to make your lemon snowdrops even more special. Enjoy!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.