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Lemon Cookies are baked to soft perfection and drizzled with a simple, sweet homemade glaze.

If you love the zesty taste of lemon, you’re going to love these easy-to-make cookies! They have a hint of lemon zest and a wonderful amount of sweetness that will make your mouth water. What are you waiting for? Make a batch of these lemon cake mix cookies today!

If you’re craving more delicious lemon dessert recipes, be sure to check out my Lemon Drop Cupcakes, Lemon Bars, and Lemon Crinkle Cookies!

lemon cookies on a plate

I’m currently suffering from pre-Easter panic. I don’t know what to make! It’s not that I can’t come up with something – it’s just the opposite. There are too many delicious desserts to choose from!

However, I know that no matter what, I’ll be baking a batch of these lemon cookies for everyone to enjoy. Even if I also end up baking some extravagant cake, I know I’ll be mad at myself if I don’t make these cookies, too! After all, they’re so easy to whip up, there’s really no reason not to make them.

If you’re also suffering from pre-Easter panic, make a batch of lemon cookies. These sweet cookies are rich with lemony goodness and are sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces!

stack of lemon cookies

INGREDIENTS

Here’s what you’ll need to make the best lemon cake mix cookies –

  • Cream Cheese – You’ll only need on 8 oz package of cream cheese for a batch of these lemon cookies. Make sure it’s softened! Just leave the package on the counter for an hour or so.
  • Butter – Make sure the butter is also softened, but not melted! Also, unsalted butter works best for this easy recipe.
  • Egg
  • Lemon Juice – If you’re using a fresh lemon, you’ll need the juice from half of it. You can use the whole lemon if you want the lemony flavor to be even more prominent!
  • Lemon Cake Mix – I definitely recommend using a box of Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ lemon cake mix for best results.

To make the homemade glaze, all you need is –

  • Powdered Sugar – This sugar is the key to all tasty homemade glazes! It can’t be substituted with any other kind of sugar.
  • Lemon Juice – If you’re using a fresh lemon, you’ll need the juice from the entire thing to make the glaze.
lemon cookies with glaze

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST LEMON COOKIES

STEP 1. PREPARE

To start, preheat your oven to 350°F. Do not grease the cookie sheets.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until it’s well blended. Beat in the egg until it’s smooth. On low speed, beat in the lemon juice and cake mix until it’s well blended.

STEP 3. BAKE

Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Then, bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the edges are light golden brown.

STEP 4. COOL

Allow the freshly baked cookies to cool on a baking sheet for about 2 minutes before placing them on a wire cooling rack. Once they’re on the wire rack, allow them to cool fully. It should just take about 20 minutes or so! (As tempting as it’ll be to sneak a bite, these cookies are best when they’re fully cooled.)

STEP 5. MAKE THE GLAZE AND DRIZZLE IT

In a small bowl, beat the glaze ingredients with a mixer until it’s smooth. To glaze the cookies, you have two options. You can either dip the tops of each cookie into the glaze, or use a piping bag to drizzle the glaze over the cookies.

FAQ

WHAT ELSE CAN I TOP THE LEMON COOKIES WITH?

If you don’t want to glaze the cookies, powdered sugar by itself it also a deliciously sweet choice! If you’re making these for a birthday party, rainbow sprinkles are also a cute idea.

HOW LONG WILL THESE CAKE MIX COOKIES STAY FRESH?

In an airtight container at room temperature, these cookies will stay fresh and delicious for up to 3 days! I love making a batch just to have in the house. Leave them on the counter for everyone to enjoy, or sneak one in your kid’s lunch box. They’ll be so happy to see that surprise! These are the best lemon cookies ever!

HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER SOFT LEMON COOKIES

Just put them in an airtight container and keep them airtight. You can also add them to the freezer to save for later.

WHAT OTHER TOPPINGS CAN YOU ADD TO CREAM CHEESE LEMON COOKIES?

I’m a fan of the sweet glaze but you can also top with frosting or even leave plain. It’s up to you to enjoy tart lemon cookies!

stack of lemon cookie recipe

Besides enjoying these cake mix lemon cookies for Easter, I’m probably going to be making them all throughout the spring… and summer! They’re just so easy to make and scrumptious, I can’t resist making multiple batches.

Lemon Cookies

You're going to love these easy-to-make cake mix Lemon Cookies that are drizzled with a simple, sweet homemade glaze!
3.80 from 5 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 package 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • Glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • In large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until well blended.
  • Beat in egg until smooth.
  • On low speed, mix in cake mix until blended.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets using a cookie scoop if you have one.
  • Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Don't overbake.
  • Cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes before adding to a cooling rack.
  • Cool completely before adding glaze.
  • In small bowl, beat the glaze ingredients with spoon or mixer until smooth.
  • Add to either a bowl and dip tops of cookies in the bowl OR to a piping bag to drizzle glaze over cookies.
  • Store covered in an airtight container at room temperature.
Keyword: bar cookies, lemon, lemon dessert
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Mine didn’t come out like yours ! I guess you need to use a cookie scoop.

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