Easy Lemon Cookies

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I have to confess…

As much as I love making homemade cookies entirely from scratch (which is what I do about 95% of the time), on occasion I still seriously enjoy a good cake-mix cookie. I know…judge away… :)  But hey – they’re simple, wonderfully fluffy, and can be mixed up in just three minutes. Definitely a nice back-up dessert, especially when you’re short on time!

One of my favorites, that is also most requested from friends, are these simple lemon cookies. They’re made with a basic cake mix recipe, but kicked up a notch with some fresh lemon juice and peel – yum. Feel free to roll them in sugar, glaze them (as explained in the tip below), or just cook and eat them plain. I guarantee they won’t last long. :)

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Easy Lemon Cookies

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 20 -30 cookies 1x


Love the sweet tartness of lemon cookies? You will love this Easy Lemon Cookies recipe! Quick and easy to prepare and delicious to enjoy!


  • 1 (18.25 oz) package lemon cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • juice of half a lemon (about 1 Tbsp.)
  • zest of half a lemon (about 1 tsp.)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar for decor (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil, lemon juice and zest until well blended. Form dough into small balls (about 1 Tbsp.), and drop into a bowl of confectioners’ sugar. Roll them around until they’re lightly covered. Once sugared, place on a lightly-greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. The bottoms will be light brown, and the insides chewy.
  4. **To get a rounder, fluffier cookie, let the dough refrigerate at least 30 minutes. (You can also prepare the sugared balls of dough on the cookie sheet, and just refrigerate the sheet for about ten minutes for a similar effect.)


Recipe adapted from AllRecipes

Ali’s Tip:

For a fun variation, I’ve also drizzled these with a lemon glaze (instead of rolling in the powdered sugar). Just whisk together about 1 Tbsp. lemon juice (or water) with 3/4 cup powdered sugar, and then drizzle it over the cookies after they have come out of the oven. Let sit for an hour or so for the glaze to firm up.

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93 comments on “Easy Lemon Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    THESE ARE SO GOOD!!! I baked them and they turned out AWESOME! I 100% recommend this recipe. It was also super easy to make and the cake batter made it very convenient!

  2. 4 stars
    I made these and found the dough to be very sticky I added some flour and found it easier to work with. After scooping the dough out, I sprinkled some confectioners sugar over it and found it was easier to roll then refilled it again. They came out perfect. I got 42 cookies

  3. 5 stars
    I roll them in sprinkles , then bake them.. The grandchildren love them and request them !!

  4. I made these a couple months ago and gave them out to friends and everybody loved them! They are asking when I’m going to make them again!

  5. 5 stars
    My husband loves these! I add powdered lemon to the 10X sugar. So nice and tart. My church scarfs them at out Linger-Longers i.e potlucks.

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe several times and oh! It is so good! Then blueberry season comes along and I can’t resist the temptation! Make the recipe as directed, but refrigerate it for an hour in the bowl. Coat about 1 cup fresh blueberries, washed and dried, with powdered sugar. Next, use a cookie scoop for the cookie better, put the dough on your finger tips and place 3-5 blueberries and wrap them in the dough and roll In powered sugar. I put the cookie sheet with parchment paper back into the refrigerator for another hour. Bake as directed. I used blueberries that I got at the local blueberry farm and they are so much better than anything you buy in the store ,

  7. 5 stars
    Rant reviews – EVERYONE loved them!! Yummy, Yummy, Yummy!!!!

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  9. 5 stars
    I just finished making these cookies, and I cant believe how easy and delicious they are! I added a little more lemon zest and juice,( I used a whole lemon instead of half of one )because my family loves lemon, the batter came out a little loose, so I added some flour to make it stiff. I will definitely be putting this recipe in my collection, Thank you so much for an easy and tasty treat!!

  10. 5 stars
    I made these with cannabis-infused oil and they were so good. All the neighbors loved them!

  11. Lemon cake mixes are now 15.25 ounces so you have to add extra flour to get a dough consistency that works for cookies!

  12. My husband and I tried making these cookies a couple weeks ago for a holiday party and went ahead and made them a second time for Christmas day because they are just so good! We had family members arguing over who would get the last few cookies to take home (we also doubled the second batch). Great recipe!

  13. Ok, I may not be the best baker, but all of my friends and family totally adored these. Now whenever they stop by, they always check to see if I made anymore. THIS RECIPE IS AMAZING! THEY TURN OUT PERFECT! But also it includes how to get back on track if you accidentally mess up. Sure was correct about it being easy. :)

  14. One time I forgot the cake mix was not cookies, so I followed the box and it was so creamy! That was when my mom realized it was cake. So today I will follow this recipe and it will be cookies not cake. :)

  15. Have not made yet. But Im looking forward to I love lemon

  16. Tried it today and they came out perfect! I used Pillsbury Sugar Free Classic Yellow Cake Mix and rolled the dough in Stevia! They came out chewy just as the recipes stated! Thank you for the recipe hack! VERY VERY REALLY REALLY GOOD! 😋😋😋

  17. I printed this recipe sometime ago, and just now decided to make these lemon cookies. The problem is that it calls for a mix that’s 18.25 oz., and all of my cake mixes are now only 15.25 oz. Wouldn’t the lower volume change the ingredients? Help!

    • Hello. I always buy 2 boxes of the cake mix. I add 6 tablespoons from the 2nd box and it comes out perfect every time.

  18. what if the cake mix is only 15.25 oz?

  19. Can I freeze these cookies once they are baked?

  20. So I made this recipe and doubled it because I did one Strawberry and one Lemon cake mix together to make Strawberry Lemonade cookies… SO GOOD!!

  21. Awesome easy recipe !! Delicious cookie !
    A win win !!!!

  22. For milder flavor just use 1 Tbs lemon zest.

  23. My daughter made these for me. I ate most of the batch. Ummmm, they’re absolutely delish. Will make these many times I’m sure.

  24. I used ½ the sugar on the recipe and still found them extremely sweet.