Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 13 mins

Made for my son's school where they devote a week every year to "Old-Fashioned School". They go to an authentic one-room schoolhouse, wear period clothes, write on slates, read out of McGuffey Readers, play with old-timey toys, etc. I got this recipe from the Texas Hill Country website: . "Written on odd scraps of paper, old envelopes and the backs of cancelled checks, these recipes were discovered in an old kitchen cabinet purchased at a garage sale. The recipes, dating from the late 1800s to early 1900s, were used by the pioneers...." The original is as simple as this: Lemon Drops. One cup granulated sugar, 2 ounces or 1 tablespoonful butter, 1/2 cup sweet milk, 2 cups flour, 2 eggs, a pinch of salt; flavor with lemon and drop on buttered pan. Below is how I did it. They are kind of cake-like.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter together.
  3. Mix in the eggs, lemon extract, and milk.
  4. Add the flour and a pinch of salt.
  5. Mix well and drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.
  6. Bake for 13-14 minutes, until golden on the bottoms.


Most Helpful

These were nice, a bit different to the normal cookie, like a previous reviewer I would definitely add more lemon, perhaps also some finely grated lemon zest. The great thing about these is that they don't use a heap of butter. Made for ZWT4.

LilKiwiChicken July 03, 2008

I made these earlier this week and my 6 yr old and I scarfed them down!!! (Well...most of them anyway). I love anything lemon and the fact that these were SO easy really helped. Thanks!!! Made for ZWT4.

Ang11002 June 28, 2008

I liked the simplicity of the recipe. I would add more lemon next time - maybe add lemon peel or something. The kids all enjoyed them. Made for the NZ/Aussie June 2008 recipe swap! :)

Chef on the coast June 09, 2008

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