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Lemon Cake Mix Cookies - Three Ways
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
9 mins
Cooling Time
5 mins
Total Time
19 mins

Can't decide how much lemon you want? These three easy lemon cake mix cookies are all made with the same dough. Try them all and choose your favorite!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Leslie @ playdatesparties.com
  • 1/3 C melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • zest of one lemon
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 box lemon cake mix
Powdered Lemon Cookies
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
  • 1/2 cup lemon curd
Iced Lemon Cookies
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp milk
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • lemon juice
  • lemon zest
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, melted butter, lemon extract, lemon zest, lemon juice and cloves until well combined. Dough will be sticky.
  3. Use a cookie scoop to create evenly sized cookie “balls”, but don’t “roll” the cookies.
  4. Bake according to your method of choice:
For Powdered Lemon Cookies
  1. Roll dough balls in a bowl of powdered sugar before baking. 

  2. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes until just slightly browned. Do not overbake.

For Lemon Thumbprint cookies
  1. Press your thumb in the cookie ball to create a well, being careful not to make it too close to the edges. Place cookie dough on a baking sheet.

  2. Drop 1/4 tsp lemon curd in the well you created with your thumb.

  3. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes until just slightly browned. Do not overbake.

  4. Sprinkle with a little bit of clear sugar sprinkles while the cookies are still hot.

For Iced Lemon Clove Cookies
  1. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes until just slightly browned. Do not overbake. 

  2. While the cookies are baking, combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tsp milk, 1 tsp corn syrup, 1 tsp lemon extract, and a squeeze of lemon juice in a bowl. Whisk until combined. 

  3. Use the back of a spoon to place icing on cooked and cooled cookies. Garnish with extra lemon zest.