So here's my take on variations made on sugar cookies (for what it's worth)....
To me, a sugar cookie is the traditional vanilla sugar cookie. I really dislike when it appears as a perfectly shaped sugar cookie, contains the texture of one, and then you get this weird pop of fake flavor. Not for me.
I absolutely love to bake. One of my favorite things to do for the holidays is to do a variety box of unique cookies. I looked for a little bit of that twist on these lemon drop cookies. They are very close to my vanilla sugar cookies, however, I truly feel the zest and juice of a real lemon and the crushed lemon candies make it a unique overall cookie.
I like to leave my lemon candies in larger crushed pieces. However, I must warn you when you do this YES you will get little pitted areas in your cookie and YES you will have minimal lemon coming out of a couple edges out of the oven (which quickly scrapes away by the way...). To me these things do not bother me because I make it beautiful on top with royal icing, and the overall combination just pairs together beautifully. Also, please note, on my royal icing i substitute LorAnn Lemon Emulsion in place of other flavorings in my traditional recipe. I hope you enjoy!