Lemon Coolers Copycat Girl Scout Cookies

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thought I would take a little trip down memory lane. My dad used to love lemon cookies, and I remember these cookies being around fifty cents a box, can you believe it?

Back in the early '70s, my favorite cookie (and still is) was Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties , lucky for me they still make them!

Amazing there are still huge fans out there hoping they bring these back.

Other companies have tried to duplicate the flavor and look of these cookies, but nothing beats homemade and these cookies are very close to the originals on taste.

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lemon powdered sugar covered girl scout cookies

a collage of lemon cookies rolled into powdered sugar

Nostalgic Retired Delicious Girl Scout Cookies

I absolutely love these cookies, crunchy, tart, buttery. I am sure we can't ever really recreate the memories of the past cookies, different times, different atmosphere, a totally different generation.

Things have really changed over time. Times that the girls went door to door are pretty much gone, now taking orders or setting up in parking lots to sell them all over the USA.

Kids would sell them at schools, convention centers, grocery store parking lots, door to door, the boxes, marketing, prices, cookies, everything has changed since 1970 something, and now most orders are taken online! Not to mention how the cost has gone up to extremely high pricing.

half moon shaped lemon cookies ready to bake this is raw dough

Wonderful Crunchy Lemon Cooler Steps

  1. Cream the butter and sugar
  2. Slowly add the dry ingredients
  3. Roll into a log and wrap in wax paper
  4. Refrigerate then sliced lengthwise
  5. Bake and enjoy!

collage on how to shape lemon cooler cookies

Shop for the Ingredients

  • butter softened 
  • powdered sugar 
  • lemon extract plus lemon zest finely grated 
  • pure vanilla extract
  •  flour 
  • cornstarch 
  • salt 
  • heavy cream 
  • Garnish: additional powdered sugar for rolling the cookies in after they're baked

a ball of lemon cookie dough


  • Don't overbake these, just cook until the edges are light brown
  • not a lemon fan you can substitute orange extract with freshly grated orange zest
  • For uniform-sized cookies use a sharp knife dipped in flour
  • for a very tart cookie add more lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon more extract
  • Store cookies in a tightly covered container for around 4 days
  • Cookies will freeze fine not rolled into powdered sugar for 3 months, thaw first and roll them

sliced lemon cookies from a long shape of dough

Suggestions and Garnishes

  • Dip into melted white chocolate then into sprinkles
  • Dip one end in melted white chocolate then into crushed toasted nuts
  • Dip into melted white chocolate then sprinkle with coconut

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Girl Scout Copycat Cookies

Even though these are retired Girl Scout cookies, they still can be enjoyed reminiscing those dear memories of childhood, these cookies will bring back lots of good times.

Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy these any time of the day with or without a hot beverage, these buttery lemony crunchy cookies are delicious!

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Lemon Coolers (retired copycat Girl Scout Cookies)

Lemon Coolers (retired copycat Girl Scout Cookies)

Retired Girl Scout Lemon Cooler half-moon cookies rolled into powdered sugar butter cookies that melt in your mouth


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract plus 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest finely grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • Garnish: additional powdered sugar for rolling the cookies in after they're baked


  1. Before baking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth in a large bowl using an electric mixer.
  3. Add then beat in lemon extract and vanilla extract.
  4. Slowing add the flour, cornstarch, and salt, mixing with the mixer on low speed (make sure you're doing a little at a time or the flour will go everywhere.
  5. Pour in the heavy cream until the ingredients form a ball. The dough will be a firm ball.
  6. Place the dough on wax paper and roll it into a thin log then refrigerate the dough for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  7. Prepare 2 ungreased cookie sheets and set aside (or you can line them on parchment paper for easier cleanup)
  8. Slice the log dough long ways straight down the middle to evenly split it in half.
  9. Slice the cookies about a 1/4 inch thick.
  10. Note: they will be thin and crunchier when cooked, if you want a softer cookie, slice them around 1/2 thick instead of 1/4.
  11. Lay each half-moon-shaped cookie flat side down on the cookie baking sheet.
  12. Place on cookie sheets, cookies won't spread much. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are brown.
  13. Place the powdered sugar in a pie plate.
  14. While still hot roll the cookie on each side into the powdered sugar
  15. When the cookies are cool, coat them again with powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

3.43 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.15 g

Carbs (grams)

8.06 g

Fiber (grams)

0.18 g

Net carbs

7.88 g

Sugar (grams)

3.06 g

Protein (grams)

0.76 g

Sodium (milligrams)

33.72 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

9.46 mg

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  1. Claudia I love your knock off series! I'm thinking these would melt in your mouth and look and sound yummy!

  2. wonderful step -by-step recipe!and cookies in the sunlight of spring are gorgeous!have a gooood week-end!

  3. I have never heard of these cookies but don't they look yum!

  4. Claudia, I am definitely making these. I can imagine that these slowly dissolve in your mouth.

  5. I remember these big time! My mom (or dad?) use to buy these all the time and I loved them. I'll have to give these a try.

  6. OMG these are wonderful. I love lemon flovour, delicious. Bye, have a nice Sunday

  7. You cookies series is never ending! lol

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Beautiful cookies...mmm. That's a lot you made! Now I wonder if any is coming my way. I have been very good lately, Claudia :D I should be rewarded! :P

  9. Tart and sweet and melt-in-your mouth delicious! I love them! Your knock-off series rocks.

    I have a Nikon point and shoot - it's very fussy - I don't recommend it. I can take pictures inside but only with lots of sun streaming in. If it's a cloudy day my pictures are crap.

  10. Did you make these outside? I love your pictures of the process. I haven't heard of these cookies either, but knowing you they are GOOD!

  11. I just know this buttery crunch cookie is for me - love everything about it ... Mom made one very similar and I still remember the first bite, inhaling the sugar as I bit into it ... yum

  12. I love the textures of these cookies... GREG

  13. I love lemon and can just imagine how these beautiful cookies would slowly melt on my tongue -gorgeous! More cookies please!

  14. I love lemon cookies and remember these coolers; and it is so cool that you can make them and I bet they taste way better than the commercial version!

  15. Thank you for sharing this recipe; I love these! I can tell you( and I realize this is an older blog post,lol) but they sell Lemon Coolers for $1 a box at Dollar General, they also have Citrus Coolers, an orange flavored cookie, and I love both of them.
    Thank you,


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