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Lemon Sour Cream Stars

Lemon Sour Cream Stars
Makes:
96 cookies
Prep Time:
20
minutes
Total Time:
148
minutes
based on
79 reviews
These festive lemon and sour cream star cookies are a fun addition to your holiday cookie repertoire.

In this recipe:


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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened (we recommend Land O Lakes® Butter)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable shortening

Directions:

FOR COOKIES:
BEAT
2 cups flour, sugar, butter, sour cream, eggs, baking powder, lemon extract, baking soda, vanilla extract and salt in a large mixing bowl until well mixed. Stir in remaining flour. Divide dough into 4 equal portions; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until firm.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

ROLL out 1 dough portion on a well-floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Keep remaining dough portions refrigerated. Cut with a 2 1/2 to 3-inch star-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Repeat with remaining dough portions.

BAKE for 8 to 12 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

FOR TOPPING:
MICROWAVE
morsels and vegetable shortening in a small, heavy-duty plastic bag on HIGH power for 1 minute; knead. Microwave at additional 10 to 20-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to drizzle over cookies.

FOR SOUR CREAM CUT-OUTS:
OMIT
lemon extract; increase vanilla extract to 2 teaspoons. Prepare as above.


Reviews:

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Goldie Melville from PLATTEVILLE, WI

    They are very attractive but I thought they lost some of the lemon flavor in the baking. It wasn't as potent. I had to add extra flour as the batter was very sticky.

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    Don't substitute!

    Cindy Deatsman from LEXINGTON, OH

    The cookies taste great, but I could not get them to roll (and I am experienced at cut-out cookies), possibly because I used stick margarine instead of the butter. I ended up patting the dough out in the cookie sheet so I didn't waste it!

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    RaeLene Ray from MOORCROFT, WY

    I made these to take to the school meeting, all the teacher wanted the recipe. they were all gone when I left.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Barbara Green from VINCENNES, IN

    I made these and they were excellent!

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    MARGARET FODOR from Westland, MI

    Don't usually make cookies that require a refrigeration time but these were intriguing. Wonderful taste, everyone took seconds and thirds.

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    Lemon Stars

    Kristie Murders from REDMOND, OR

    This is a good cookie but after reading the reviews I decided to make it more lemony, and added lemon icing on top. Excellent!

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    New Tradition

    Mike Sweeney from BATTLE GROUND, WA

    Every year I experiment with one or two cookie recipes to add to my traditional Christmas baking. These were an immediate hit. The flavor is so lemony. I modified the recipe by adding a lemon glaze made with 3 tablespoons of lemonade flavor drink mix disolved in 1 tablespoon of warm water and thickened with powdered sugar. Will probably make them for Easter too.

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    cookie exchange favorite

    Marie Marcum from CINCINNATI, OH

    I made these to take to a cookie exchange that was held by a tea room. The lady that ownes the tea room liked them so much she now makes them for High Tea. I was so pleased to get them from your website, and share it with everyone. when I gave them the recipe, it had your website and logo on to so now they can search for more great recipes. Thanks so much.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Bars

    Jane Evenson from MAPLE FALLS, WA

    This was a fun recipe to make. The chocolate drizzle we put on top set the cookies off. I love lemon, but lemon and chocolate together is wonderful.

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    More Lemon!

    Kim W from LAFAYETTE, LA

    I added lemon zest to mine.Very good cookie, not overly sweet but I think next time I'm going to increase the lemon even more! I want them to be real fragrant and stand out.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Sherry Snyder from BLADES, DE

    These cookies are great for lunches, picnics and any occasion! Try some powdered sugar for topping instead of the chocolate drizzle--although great either way. At Christmas time different topping ideas will be fun. A family favorite!

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    Another

    Linda Wendeborn from Juneau, AK

    Great cookie! I like more lemon flavor in mine, so included lemon zest. Absolutely FAB!

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Shirley Matthews from Aberdeen, WA

    Good! My family loved them. I made them for our local fire department and they went fast. High on the list for what to bring next time.

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    Lemon Stars Minus the Chocolate... Divine!!

    Mary Beth Helmick from Henderson, Nevada

    We made these and found that they are just as delicious without the chocolate! By the way...I noted that another member reviewed these scrumptious edibles and said the same thing. I guess great minds think alike! :-)

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    Starry stars

    Jennyfer Leung from Mississauga, ON

    Children will particularly love these as they can be packed for lunch or a picnic. Furthermore, they are easy to carry and needs no cutlery.

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    Cream Stars

    Joy Mitchell from Kirksville, MO

    This is a very good cookie. However, I like them better without the chocolate topping.

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    Lemon sourcream cookies

    Lynn Stepp from Mt Pleasant, NC

    I am always looking for new variations on a basic cookie for my catering business. This is one of the best I have found in a long time. Thanks...

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    lemon sour cream stars

    cindi jones from meadville, PA

    Very good. A different cookie to take to a event.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Shirley Matthews from Aberdeen, WA

    Good! They were fun to make and they make a great presentation. I used a powdered sugar frosting and several different colors for Easter.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Dena Cormany from Richardson, TX

    These Lemon Sour Cream Stars are wonderful. The sour cream makes them moist and delicious while the lemon gives them just the right amount of tartness.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Pat Ring from Holden, MO

    I love lemon so this recipe will be made quite often at my house.

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    Perfect lemon cookies

    Nancy Oltman from Hastings, NE

    You can't go wrong with cut out cookies using Land o'Lakes butter. I tried these cookies changing the drizzle to a lemon butter drizzle since my family truly enjoys the lemon flavor. The cookies absolutely melted in your mouth.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    tray s from San Jose, CA

    So great tasting- and not a lot of work. Especially for those who love to decorate!

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    Lemon Sour cream Stars

    stacy landry from ashville, AL

    My Mother Loves these cookies

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Betty Barrett from oakhurst, CA

    So very good..

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Patricia Lemire from Latham, NY

    These are a must for the lemon lovers. simple to make and so delicious.

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    Excellent cookie and presentation!

    Jeri Haley from Tenino, WA

    These cookies are time consuming but if you love a challenge and have the time, they are well worth it! Delicious cookie, very beautiful presentation, and are excellent for a luncheon, served with sherbert, if desired, or by themselves. They would make an excellent bake sale item, gift giving and will work for any holiday. Just as they are or change the decorating a little. My husband loves these cookies and he said they are one of the best sugar cookie he's had in a long time. Another one of his favorites, sugar cookies, he is extremely picky and when he says they are good, then you have a winner! An A+++ recipe that makes you feel like a gourmet baker! Thanks for another winner!

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    KAREN DYRLI from Lake Grove, NY

    These cookies are a delicious change of pace from oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies. The lemon taste is refreshing and the cookie itself is scrumptious. What a winner!

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Joanne Prewitt from Gulfport, MS

    I tried these for the first time in February for my husband's birthday. I loved it! It was pretty simple to make and the flavor was wonderful. With or without the chocolate drizzle, they disappeared in no time at all.

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    Excellent sour cream cutouts

    Phyllis Lindsay from Jefferson City, TN

    I used this recipe without the lemon and absolutely loved it. I've used the recipe from my cookie shop for years but decided to try something new. This was definitely a big hit. I cut out cakes for my twins 2nd birthday party. The dough was a little stickier than I was used to but a little flour took care of that. They were so soft and moist after baking. This is going to be my new cutout recipe from now on. Thank you!

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    New favorite

    DJones from Delaware, OH

    Wonderful lemon flavor! I have a new favorite cut-out recipe.

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    Star struck

    Nancylu Mannuccia from Wrightstown, NJ

    I was star struck by the lemony taste. These were easy and fun to do, a very nice dough to work with. I thought I'd skip the chocolate drizzle at first, but it was the perfect finish for what turned out to be a cookie for everyone. Thank you for the recipe!

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    Lemon Stars

    Jeanne Sellers from Montgomery, AL

    These were absolutely fantastic.

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    Yum

    Kate Payne from Blacksburg, VA

    These were delicious! The twang of lemon with the creaminess of the sour cream works brilliantly together!

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    New Favorite

    Kathy Day from Grafton, WI

    My husband really likes lemon and fell in love with these cookies. I froze some and they were just as good as when I first made them.

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    Clever!

    CLAIRE SMITH from San Diego, CA

    This is a different kind of idea!

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    Very easy to make.

    Giovanna Kranenberg from Cambridge, MN

    These turned out delicious. I even dipped the bottoms of about half the cookies in semi-sweet choclate and dipped them in crushed walnuts. They were a big hit.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Wendy Serber from Salem, VA

    Very easy to prepare-kids loved. Will do again.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    marilyn block from winona, MN

    If you love the taste of lemon like my family does, you'll love these cookies. They are awesome.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    julie ann from oakville, ON

    Excellent cookie dough to work with in a large quantity. 300 cookies were cut out in daisy shapes and sandwiched together with seedless raspberry jam and decorated with pink and white swirl royal icing for wedding favors.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Jan Hoheisel from Wichita, KS

    Great Cookies! My kids loved them. I will make these again.

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    Simple and Perfect Every Time!

    Kathy Clay from Fort Dodge, IA

    I never have any trouble rolling out this butter cookie dough. A simple but elegant treat that produces grand reviews. A sure fire hit for any holiday celebration!

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Melissa Carl from Kingsport, TN

    These were a nice change for my family. I also took some for a business meeting and had to E-mail the recipe to several co-workers. Not too difficult but well worth it. Will make again.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Janice Caudle from owens X roads, AL

    This is a wonderful recipe. The timing is great with July 4th coming up soon. Thanks!

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Mary Lou Muller from Rock Hill, NY

    I made these and my kids loved them. They were not sweet like some cookies. They are on my list when they want cookies again.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Tina Birkett from Wheeling, WV

    These are great! Have also used white chips for decoration...yummy! Makes beautiful cookies!

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    sally dunham from wolverine, MI

    It was a good recipe, easy to do. Different too!

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    New Twist

    DJ from Delaware, OH

    I was expecting just another spin off a sugar cookie recipe. These were unique, and a wonderful twist (lemon twist?) off a simple recipe. Thank you!

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    These are the Christmas cookies I searched for!

    Mary Larson from Eagle Mountain, UT

    For many years I have made these soft and lemony sugar cookies for Christmas, but after a few moves I lost the recipe. So glad I found it here. My Grandkids loved helping me; however, not all the cookies were stars. . . you know, with a couple of boys a dinosaur cookie will creep in.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Valerie Zagami from Norton, MA

    Great and easy dough. Rolled out great. I used Royal Icing to frost and edible glitter. Very festive and tasty cookie.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/96 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 96 

    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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    Lemon Sour Cream Stars

    Ingredients

    • 4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1 cup butter, softened (we recommend Land O Lakes® Butter)
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable shortening

     

    Directions

    FOR COOKIES:
    BEAT
    2 cups flour, sugar, butter, sour cream, eggs, baking powder, lemon extract, baking soda, vanilla extract and salt in a large mixing bowl until well mixed. Stir in remaining flour. Divide dough into 4 equal portions; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until firm.

    PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

    ROLL out 1 dough portion on a well-floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Keep remaining dough portions refrigerated. Cut with a 2 1/2 to 3-inch star-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Repeat with remaining dough portions.

    BAKE for 8 to 12 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

    FOR TOPPING:
    MICROWAVE
    morsels and vegetable shortening in a small, heavy-duty plastic bag on HIGH power for 1 minute; knead. Microwave at additional 10 to 20-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to drizzle over cookies.

    FOR SOUR CREAM CUT-OUTS:
    OMIT
    lemon extract; increase vanilla extract to 2 teaspoons. Prepare as above.

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