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Panera Bread Lemon Drop Cookies

  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 19 cookies 1x


This quick and easy recipe for Panera Bread’s lemon drop cookies will give you a whole batch of these delicious treats! Skip the price tag of the Panera cookie and enjoy these mouthwatering copycat cookies instead.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (360g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (230g)
  • 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar (350g)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (30 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract (5 ml)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (178g)
  • ¼ cup icing sugar (25g)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two 11x17-inch cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 1 minute on medium speed.
  4. Add the eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and lemon extract along with ½ cup of the flour mixture to prevent curdling. Beat until well blended.
  5. Mix in the remaining flour mixture in two additions, stirring on low speed until the dough is smooth.  Be careful not to overmix, or the cookies will be tough.
  6. Stir in the white chocolate chips and mix until they are evenly distributed.
  7. Drop the cookie dough in ¼ cup sized balls, putting four cookies per tray.  Each ball of dough should weigh between 57-67g, depending upon how many chocolate chips are in it.  Be sure to place the cookies far apart, as they will spread in the oven.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes per tray, or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.  Let them cool for 2-3 minutes on the tray, then use a spatula to transfer them to wire racks.
  9. Dust with the icing sugar and let them cool for 10 minutes before enjoying.


  • Make sure the butter is softened to room temperature before you begin.  (If you need to soften the butter quickly, microwave the stick of butter on high in 5-second intervals, flipping the stick to a different side between each interval.)
  • Be sure to add 1/2 cup of the flour mixture to the dough when you add the eggs and other liquids.  This prevents the dough from splitting or curdling.
  • Don't overmix the batter once the flour is added, or the cookies will get tough.
  • Watch the cookies closely as the end of the baking time nears.  Take them out when they are light golden around the edges.
  • The cook time means that each tray bakes for 12 minutes.  If you bake four cookies per tray, it will take you 1 hour to cook 19 cookies.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: panera, with fresh lemon juice