Copycat Savannah Smiles

Photo credit: Victoria Petersen

Savannah Smiles bear the name of the city founding the Girl Scouts of America, Savannah, Georgia. Savannah Smiles are light lemon flavored cookies with a subtle crunch. These cookies are perfectly accompanied with tea. Iced sweet tea, more specifically, to stay in quintessential Southern style. Follow this recipe, inspired by Delish contributor Maria Siriano’s take on the Girl Scout cookie, to have these zesty treats anytime of the year.

Copycat Savannah Smiles


1 cup of butter

1 cup of powdered sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

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1 tablespoon of lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon of salt

3 cups of flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, beat butter until creamy while gradually adding the powdered sugar, until you have added 1/2 cup. Beat on medium speed until fluffy. Mix in the lemon juice, zest and salt while beating on low. Slowly add the flour, until mixed thoroughly.
  3. With a spoon, scoop the dough out and place on the cookie sheet. Form each ball of dough into the shape of a half moon.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned near the edges. After the cookies have cooled completely, sprinkle on the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.