Lemon Cookies

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Soft and Simple Lemon Cookies are a favorite with everyone. The butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar in this Lemon Cake Mix Cookie make them totally melt in your mouth!

Of all the lemon cookie recipes on the site, this one is definitely the most simple! We also like the cake mix version with frosting, and the lemon sugar cookie recipe. All are delicious in different ways!

lemon cookies on a white plate

melt in your mouth Cookies

Remember how I’m a lemon convert?! I haven’t always loved lemon-y treats, but I’m obsessed these days and thought it would be fun to try a Lemon version of our Gooey Butter Cookies and make some delicious Lemon Cookies.

Knowing just how much we love our Gooey Cookies, we were sure a lemon version would be amazing. It also helps that this cookie recipe is simple and so soft. The cream cheese and butter in the recipe make them so irresistible as well as make them so good, they melt in your mouth.

lemon cake mix cookie dough on a baking sheet

simple, thanks to lemon cake mix!

I don’t always have lemon cake mix on hand, which is the main ingredient, but all the remaining ingredients are simple – butter, cream cheese, egg, lemon extract and powdered sugar. Because we have been making these more, though, I’ve been sure to grab a few lemon cake boxes each month, especially because we’re also obsessed with this Lemon Sheet Cake that uses them.

Other than chilling the dough for these cookies for half hour, these cookies can be made quickly, and with the help of the kiddos.

DOUGH. Beat butter, lemon extract, egg, and cream cheese until fluffy, using a hand mixer. Add in cake mix and beat until smooth.

REFRIGERATE. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes.

POWDERED SUGAR. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar to a small bowl. Roll dough into 1/2-1 inch balls and dip in powdered sugar. Placed on greased cookie sheet.

BAKE. Bake for 12 – 13 minutes. Sift with powdered sugar if desired. ENJOY!

Additions: If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can add white chocolate chips to the dough, top with toasted coconut, or even drizzle a powdered sugar/lemon glaze on top of your baked cookies.

lemon crinkle cookies on a white plate

STORING AND FREEZING

How do I store baked cookies?  

  • Counter: Once the cookies have cooled Place them in an airtight container. Cookies will keep for several days. To help keep them from getting stale put a slice of fresh bread in the container as well.
  • Freezer: Once the cookies has cooled place them in an airtight container. Put parchment or wax paper between each layer. Freeze for 4-6 months.

Can I freeze cake mix cookie dough? Yes! You can easily freeze the dough to bake later. Place dough balls on a cookie sheet to flash freeze them. Freeze for about 2 hours or until the outside has become frozen. Place balls in an airtight freezer safe container. Safely freeze for 4-6 months.

To Bake: remove the desired number of dough balls. Allow to thaw on a cookie sheet and bake according to recipe. 

These cookies really are so soft and melt in your mouth. They have just enough lemon to appeal to all those obsessed with lemon treats, but not so lemon-y that they are too tart.

For more cake mix cookies, check out:

More Lemon Treats

Lemon Cookies recipe

5 from 11 votes

Soft and Simple Lemon Cookies are a favorite with everyone. The butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar in this Lemon Cake Mix Cookie make them totally melt in your mouth!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill 30 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 148 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 1 Lemon Cake Box Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. With a hand mixer, beat butter, lemon extract, egg, and cream cheese until fluffy. Add in cake mix and beat until smooth.

  3. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes.

  4. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar to a small bowl. Roll dough into 1/2-1 inch balls and dip in powdered sugar. Placed on greased cookie sheet.

  5. Bake for 12 - 13 minutes. Sift with powdered sugar if desired. ENJOY!

Author

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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Comments

  1. I’m making these right now, and after chilling the dough for 30 minutes, I tried to roll the dough into balls. The dough is a little sticky and hard to roll. Any suggestions?


  2. Just made these tonight and they were marvelous! Didn’t change a thing. Although they did stay in the fridge 2 hours before I had a chance to bake them! Just perfect, thank you!


  3. I have had these cookies in other flavors & I think the lemon is one of my favorites! Lemon is so refreshing. I took these to a church function & everyone wanted the recipe!


  4. Fantastic! So simple and so delicious! I just made 3 batches of these to go in the favor bags for my daughter’s BIRTHDAY Party. I have no doubt everyone will love them!