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Drop Sugar Cookies

From Coos Bay, Oregon, Shirley Brazel shares a recipe she's been relying on for more than 25 years. The cookies have a crisp edge, soft center and subtle lemon flavor. Choose colored sugar to tailor them to any occasion.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen


  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Additional sugar or colored sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla and lemon zest until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into egg mixture.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1-2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 140 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 101mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Mrs Gazzara
    Dec 17, 2019

    I teach baking and pastry to high school students. I tried this recipe for my beginner classes and it was wonderful. I didn't find the dough to be sticky, at all. I left out the lemon peel, and used colored sugars for Christmas. I'm making them with some more students tomorrow, so I'll update if there are issues.

  • Bonita
    Nov 10, 2017

    Boy, what a job! Sticky dough that wouldn't come out of the dropper, the dough seemed like cream puff dough. I think it was the number of eggs. No recipes I've used had the same number of eggs per c. of flour. Had to work with the mounds to get nice rounds. Got puffy cake-like instead of cookies. Could not flatten them very well without adding more sugar but did not because I plan to frost them and try to limit sugar as much as possible. It did work to flatten halfway through baking with a rubber spatula. Still a cakey consistency. Sorry to be so negative but wanted to be honest so a new baker isn't disappointed. I'm 64 so have made a lot of cookies. Possibly, the whole problem was not flattening them enough and ignoring all the added sugar. However the taste was great with pure vanilla. Will find a different sugar cookie recipe.

  • lvarner
    May 1, 2017

    I love how easy these cookies are to make, and they taste really good too! My husband is a real sugar cookie fan, and he really enjoyed these. I plan on making these often.

  • bj51
    Apr 10, 2013

    Meant mention in my review just entered(bj51),I did find it necessary to sprinkle additional sugar on top before baking.I guess the oil absorbs it.

  • bj51
    Apr 10, 2013

    Just tried these today-the kids are coming later! I decided to substitute...just because! So:I added 1 and 1/2 tsp lemon peel instead of the one tsp called for,substituted the vanilla extract with lemon extract,and added 1/4 tsp cream of tartar,an ingredient found in most of my sugar cookie recipes.Very quick,easy to make up and are a nice crisp texture! Will def make again!!Yum!

  • KGMD
    Mar 16, 2011

    These are very easy, and I like that they do not use shortening. I substituted half the flour with whole-wheat flour to make them healthier, which made the dough look darker but they came out of the oven with a nice light color. The dough was kind of sticky and not very thick, so I did not flatten them with a glass. They came out a bit puffy, but I like my cookies that way. I made a half batch and only ended up with 14 cookies, so they don't make as many as the recipe states.

  • micheleclow
    Dec 10, 2010

    Is this really the right picture for this recipe?

  • Clare'sGirl
    Dec 4, 2010

    These are so easy to make, although it doesn't make many! Don't be afraid of the dough's elasticity, it will work with you. I rolled small balls in my sugar, can mix up a variety of sugars for different holidays, or roll in chocolate jimmies. Just like the ones I remember from the bakery! Cinnamon sugar would be nice on these also, if you flavored with just vanilla, or with vanilla and almond extracts.

  • doddstir
    May 8, 2010

    Good flavor. The dough seemed really elastic so I needed to refrigerate it first? I thought it might be the use of the oil instead of butter or shortening.

  • simplycheri
    Dec 9, 2008

    These are the best sugar cookies ever, so easy to make