Anginetti (Italian Lemon Drop Cookies)

"Like most Italian cookies, these lemon drop cookies aren't too sweet. The perfect summer-time treat or a great addition to your holiday cookie tray!"
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photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns) photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
Ready In:
24 cookies




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • For cookies, cream together sugar and shortening.
  • Add eggs and lemon extract and beat well.
  • Add flour, baking powder and salt; Mix well.
  • The dough should be soft and sticky.
  • With a small cookie scoop, drop dough onto a slightly greased cookie sheet or baking stone, spacing them about 2-inches apart.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until firm and lightly brown.
  • Remove cookies from cookie sheet and allow to cool completely on wire racks.
  • For frosting, combine confectioners' sugar, water and lemon extract and mix until smooth.
  • Frost the tops of each cookie with a metal spatula.
  • Allow cookies to dry before stacking.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • ~NOTE~If you want to freeze the cookies, freeze unfrosted and frost once thawed.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Rita G.
    The recipe I have from required 3 eggs and 1 egg yolk. That was a few years ago. Did I copy it wrong?
  2. jstill
    In the angenetti much real lemon juice should I use in place of the lemon extract? Also, in the icing, how much lemon juice and zest, rather than lemon extract? THANK YOU.
  3. Sally C.
    Can I use butter or oil instead of shortening?


  1. FairyCakes
    I remember having these little cookies as a child. I was looking forward to making these but was afraid that I wouldn't find a recipe that reflected my memories. I tried this one and it was perfect. What a delightful cookie. My husband who really isn't a lemon fan even loves them! <br/>I made some changes to the recipe. Since I did not have vegetable shortening, I used butter instead and they came out just fine. :)<br/>I also love how these can be classified as a low fat cookie (in my opinion). They don't require much fat at all and you get 24 decent sized treats! <br/>These are much better than bakery Anginetti and so easy to make! Thanks for reading!
  2. medwards18
    Quite possibly the best cookie I've ever had!! And I'm a bakers daughter!! I did add a bit more lemon flavor to mine. The raw dough was beautiful to look at and to work with. How is it I am Italian grew up on the east coast and have not heard of these cookies?! Now I'll have to bake more to make up for lost time! Thank you for this recipe it really is WONDERFUL!!!!
  3. liminosh
    Recipe was perfect for the cookies, but the frosting surprised me. It did not match the photo and came out like cake frosting. If you're looking for more of a glaze like the photo, add confectioners sugar slowly until you get your desired consistency for a drizzled glaze.
  4. camillecolombo21
    OMG! I grew up in NJ and remember going to my grandparents house in the Bronx. They always had these when when came to visit. They taste just like I remember. Thanks for sharing this!
  5. Ponygirl
    I absolutely love these cookies! I make several batches every Christmas. Instead of lemon extract, I use fresh lemon juice and zest for the dough and fresh lemon juice for the icing. They turn out perfect every single time.
    • Review photo by Ponygirl


  1. patramark
    Up the extract to 2 tsp in the cookie and add 1/4 tsp of vanilla + 1/2 tsp lemon extract to frosting
  2. Susy Q
    Kim, these are fabulous!!!!!!!! The only thing I will change the next time is I will use 1/2 cup of lemon juice instead of the 1/2 cup water in the frosting. Great recipe that I will definitely make again!!!!!! Thanks, oodles!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. Joanna K.
    I'd add more lemon extract in the mix. I'd make them smaller than I did. I did make a similar recipe with butter that gave the cookie a lighter texture. This was an easy recipe and they cooked perfect.
  4. Marg (CaymanDesigns)
    Used lemon juice and zest in the icing.
  5. crabhole
    These cookies are very delicately-flavoured and scone-like. I piped them onto the tray and afterwards dusted them with icing sugar instead of frosting. They looked great and tasted wonderful!


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