Lemon drop cookies, whatever your family calls them you’ll be sure to find these traditional Italian cookies at many special occasions and holiday cookie trays.
1⁄2 cup sugar – 3 large eggs
1 stick butter, softened – 1 1⁄2 teaspoons lemon extract
2 cups all-purpose flour – 3 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄8 teaspoon salt – 1⁄4 cup water
3 cups confectioners’ sugar – 1 teaspoon lemon extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and lemon extract and beat well. Add flour mixture, mix well until smooth texture. If dough seems light-colored, add a drop or 2 of yellow food coloring. Chill dough until firm.
Combine the Icing ingredients in a bowl until just smooth. You want it more thick than thin, but still runny. Dip the tops of the cooled cookies into the glaze, then return to the wire rack, allowing the glaze to drip down the sides of the cookie.
Top with sprinkles or a little lemon zest, while glaze is still wet. Store in an airtight container. *If you want to freeze the cookies, freeze unfrosted and frost once thawed.