Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

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    Easy lemon cake mix cookies made with just 5 simple ingredients. These delicious Spring cookies are bursting with fresh lemon flavor! 

    Spring is here, which means I want all things lemon! First up on my baking list were these lemon cookies made with cake mix. They’re seriously so easy and delicious. I also can’t wait to make my lemon brownies, glazed lemon cookies and lemon muddy buddies. Yum!

    stacked lemon cake mix cookies

    Honestly, these are my FAVORITE cake mix cookie to date! They are seriously so simple to make and only take 5 ingredients. They’re the perfect cookie for the beginner baker…even my kids love to make them and can easily follow the directions.

    These cookies are bursting with lemon flavor. The base is a lemon cake mix and then I added in lemon juice and zest in the batter. They are so pretty too. It’s like a chocolate crinkle cookie in lemon form. These would be perfect for any Spring party!

    lemon cake mix cookies mixing in bowl

    Only 5 ingredients

    • Box of lemon cake mix
    • Vegetable oil
    • Eggs
    • Lemon
    • Powdered sugar

    How to make lemon cake mix cookies

    MIX. Mix together the cake mix, oil and eggs. Then add 1 Tablespoon each fresh lemon juice and zest and mix until combined. At this point, I recommend refrigerating the dough for about 15 to 20 minutes so that it’s easier to work with.

    ROLL. Scoop the dough into balls, then roll into powdered sugar. I like to use a medium cookie scoop or spoon to ensure my cookies are evenly sized. Then place on a lined baking sheet.

    BAKE. Bake at 350°F for about 9 to 11 minutes, or until the cookies are set (but not brown). Let cool on the pan for a few minutes, then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

    lemon cake mix cookies ready to bake on pan

    Baking tips:

    • Refrigerate the dough so that it’s easier to work with.
    • Use a cookie scoop and drop the dough directly into the powdered sugar, so it doesn’t stick to your hands.
    • Line the baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent brown bottoms.
    • Add extra lemon zest if you prefer extra citrus flavor.
    • When removing from the oven, the cookies should be set but not brown. They’ll continue baking as they cool.


    Another great thing about these fcookies is that they freeze really well! Once out of oven, let them cool completely. Then freeze the cookies on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes, or until hard. Add to a freezer container or bag and store in freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, remove cookies from the freezer and let thaw on counter for about 2 hours prior to serving.

    lemon cake mix cookies on pan

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    Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: lemon cake mix cookies
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes
    Servings: 24
    Calories: 117
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Easy lemon cake mix cookies made with just 5 simple ingredients. These delicious Spring cookies are bursting with fresh lemon flavor! 


    • 15.25 ounce box lemon cake mix
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 lemon , zested and juiced
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper and set aside.
    • Combine the cake mix, oil and eggs in a large bowl. Add in 1 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and 1 Tablespoon of lemon zest. Stir together until combined. If you have the time, refrigerate the dough for 15-20 minutes (it will make it a little easier to work with, since it is sticky).
    • Using a medium scoop or spoon, scoop the dough onto the prepared baking mat. Then roll dough balls into the powdered sugar. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until the cookies are set. You don’t want them to brown. Allow to cool on the pan for a couple minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.


    Freezer instructions: 
    Allow cookies to cool. Then freeze on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes. Once hard, stack in a freezer container or zip top bag for up to 3 months. Remove from the freezer 2 hours before serving.


    Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

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