Lemon Pillow Cookies

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Lemon Pillow Cookies

Don’t you just love when mistakes lead to good things?

These cookies are exactly that: they started out with the dreams of being a cake and ended up turning into cookies. Too much flour turned into –> this dough is delicious –> lets add more flour and make cookies.

The texture of these is unlike most cookies: somewhat light with a crisp exterior thats crusted in sugar. Sort of like a scone crossed with a cookie. I called them “pillow cookies” because of their fluffy, pillow-like look thanks to baking powder, an ingredient not often found in cookie dough. The lemon flavor is light, just enough to make the cookies a little extra special.

Lemon Pillow Cookies

And by the way? Today’s post is coming from my new office set up: a cozy chair with a dog scarf. Really. Every time I sit in this chair our mini wiener dog likes to crawl up and sit on my shoulders, with his tail hanging off one side and his head on the other. A second proofreader? Doubtful.

Maybe he can sense the food on the screen.

Back to the cookies. Did I mention that other than mixing the flour together separately, you basically just throw all the ingredients in the mixer at the same time and have your dough made in about five minutes? There’s also no chill time with these cookies, the less waiting, the better!

When I made these, I was also developing a cupcake recipe and had a little extra frosting on hand. If you have some extra frosting laying around, throw it on top of these cookies! You could also add some sprinkles to the batter if you’re in a colorful mood; sort of like the cake mix cookies that are made from cake batter on purpose, not from a happy error like I have here. I would start with a 1/4 cup and move up from there depending on your taste.

Lemon Pillow Cookies

Lemon Pillow Cookies
Yield: 12
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or medium bowl, combine the remaining ingredients excluding the last 3 tablespoons of sugar and mix until thoroughly combined. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring well after each addition.
  4. Place the three tablespoons sugar in a small bowl. Form cookie dough into golf ball sized balls and roll in sugar. Place on a silicon baking mat or greased cookie sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until the tops are set. These cookies will stay a pale color, even when they are baked through so keep an eye on him.




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    • Kate says

      Any substitution ideas for the sour cream ? I don’t have any on hand :(
      I was thinking yogurt, shortening, etc
      A little help would be surely appreciated,.

      • Nicole says

        Hi Kate, greek yogurt or regular yogurt would probably work. I often substitute greek yogurt for sour cream in a lot of my recipes to make them a little healthier and it works fine. Hope that helps!

    • Anonymous says

      Buttermilk sub”: 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar than add 1 cup of milk , let it sit for a few minutes.

  1. Lindsay says

    I just made these cookies and they were amazing! Super easy to make and the small batch made the perfect amount

  2. Diane says

    Saw the recipe and had to try them since I have lall the ingredients on hand and they sound delicious. They are baking now. Thanks.

    • Nicole says

      I’d never heard of Melon Pan before you mentioned it. These cookies do look like they resemble (and taste like) it!

  3. Honolulu Mom says

    made these tonight…didn’t work out for me – they tasted like baked dough balls with a slight hint of lemon…probably needs some icing and then it will be alright ;-)

  4. Angie says

    These look wonderful! I want to make these but I don’t have a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. What can I do? I have a hand mixer with beaters or would it be better to beat by hand?

    • Nicole says

      Hi Angie, you can definitely use your hand mixer to make these cookies. You could also probably get away with beating it by hand, though I think I would go with the mixer. Hope that helps!

  5. kjc says

    I love baking with lemon… Only problem is I don’t have any fresh ones right now. Do you think it would be okay to use store bought lemon juice? I normally wouldn’t, but since I have everything else on hand, don’t feel like running out to get any.

  6. Rachael says

    They are too sticky to form balls without making a mess…are they supposed to be sticky or should I add a little more flour?

    • Nicole says

      Hi Rachael, they shouldn’t bee too sticky to form balls but that could be if the butter got melted a little too much. You can add a little extra flour to make it easier to roll them out. The dough for these isn’t as thick as regular cookie dough, but it shouldn’t be sticky. Hope that helps!

      • Anonymous says

        I just made these as well. My dough was sticky but I think the butter was too soft. Nice texture. I think they would be good with a lemon icing. Will make again for sure.

    • Johnna says

      I found the dough sticky but discovered an easy way to manage them. I used a golf ball size cookie scoop and “plopped” them directly into a large metal bowl with ample sugar. Then I just shook the bowl to coat each cookie.
      Easy, peasy, lemon-squeezey!

    • Nicole says

      Hi Alejandra, that could be from the butter/oven temp. I have to use an oven thermometer because my oven gets too hot and melts cookies. Maybe that’s it? Sorry it didn’t work out for you!

  7. Dawn says

    I don’t know what I did wrong. I was very careful not to over mix, but these came out tasting like lemon pizza dough balls! Any advice?

  8. says

    Ohhhhhhhh! They’ve just become Christmas cookies. They’ll look like snowballs when I dust them with confectionery sugar. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  9. Vanessa says

    Unfortunately I was one of those who thought these tasted like dough. My husband said, they are missing something…flavor? Too bad, they looked so delicious.


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