Frosted Cake Mix Lemon Cookies

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Cake Mix Lemon Cookies topped with a delicious lemon frosting. These cookies have perfectly subtle hints of lemon and almond extract. So tasty!

We have a few lemon cookie recipes on the site including our original Lemon Cookies, and even our Lemon Sugar Cookies. All of them are great, but we especially love how easy this version made with cake mix is!

4 frosted lemon cake mix cookies on white plate

Hello, it’s me, Lily!

Are you having a great weekend? We are! Next week we’re going on a vacation and I’m going to miss a whole week of school and part of my ELM project. Do you know what I’m doing for my ELM project? I have to research a certain animal from the assigned area my teacher gives me. She gave me the Arctic, and I got to pick the Arctic Fox.

Guess what? I really do know what the fox says!! The regular fox and the arctic fox make the same sound I’m guessing. It’s like a high-pitched bark. It is really cool!

A Scrumptious Dessert

You know what else is really cool? These Frosted Cake Mix Lemon Cookies we made this week!! They are scrumptious, and really easy also. You use a cake mix out of a box, which makes the recipe nice and quick. I really like lemon flavor, and loved the frosting on top, too.  I think you’ll love them just like we did.

4 frosted lemon cake mix cookies

The Lemon Icing

These cookies are still pretty good on their own, but the frosting really adds to them. I love the combination of lemon flavor, with just a slight hint of almond extract (one of my most favorite secret ingredients!) It doesn’t take long at all to whip it up.

If you REALLY want to kick it up a notch, you could even add lemon zest, nuts, or white chocolate chips along with the frosting.

stack of 4 Cake Mix Lemon Cookies with frosting

TIPS and storing

Non-Stick. Line the pan with parchment paper to avoid cookies sticking

Fluffy Cookies. To get a rounder, fluffier cookie, let the dough refrigerate at least 30 minutes. This will keep them from spreading as much

Make ahead. If you want to make the dough in advance, refrigerate dough up to a day ahead of baking. Or, freeze dough balls for up to 3 months.

Storing: Store unfrosted cookies at room temperature for several days. If they are frosted, keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-7 days. Freeze baked (unfrosted) cookies for 3 months or longer. Defrost at room temp and add icing before serving.

Frosted Cake Mix Lemon Cookies

If you like lemon, make this recipe! It has sour power!! But not really, because they’re not sour. 😉

I hope you can come back again soon for more yummy treats from me.

Love, Lily

For more yummy cookie recipes, check out:

lemon cake mix cookies with frosting

Frosted Cake Mix Lemon Cookies Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Cake Mix Lemon Cookies topped with a delicious lemon frosting. These cookies have perfectly subtle hints of lemon and almond extract. So tasty!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 274 kcal
Author Lil' Luna



  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg


  • 5 tbsp butter softened
  • 2-2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • lemon juice optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375.

  2. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, butter, shortening and egg until well combined.
  3. Using cookie scoop, scoop onto a greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Let cool completely.
  5. For frosting, mix butter, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, almond extract and lemon juice (optional) until well combined. Add more milk or powdered sugar depending on the consistency you like.
  6. ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.


Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. hi! I really want to make this recipe, but I’m confused on the ingredients for the cookie part. It says 1/3 cup of softened butter and 1/4 cup of softened butter, plus the shortening. That sounds like an awful lot. Is one of the butters an accident?