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Try these easy lemon cookies. These delicious cookies only have 6 ingredients & one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

Use cake mix to make easy lemon cookies

Try these easy lemon cookies. These delicious cookies only have 6 ingredients & one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

I am a chocolate girl!  It’s my go-to dessert flavor.  But sometimes, if you’re like me, you’re in the mood for a cookie that’s light and refreshing.  And these easy lemon cookies definitely fit the bill!  They are so easy to make because they only have 6 ingredients and one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

I think these lemon cookies would be great to make for a Christmas exchange or PTA bake sale because the recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies! And using a hand mixer to whip them up makes clean up a breeze, too.  The kids can easily help roll up the balls and coat them in powdered sugar, so it can be a fun family activity!  Before I get started, though, I just want to let you know that these are a bit time-consuming because once you have made the dough, it needs to chill in the fridge for 2 hours before rolling them out and baking them. But, trust me, they are worth the wait! I found the original recipe here.

Easy lemon cookies

Ingredients

Try these easy lemon cookies. These delicious cookies only have 6 ingredients & one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

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1 box lemon cake mix (I used Betty Crocker super moist lemon)

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese or Neuchâtel cheese, softened

1 tbsp lemon juice

an egg

1 stick butter, softened

About 3/4 c. powdered sugar (to roll cookies in)

Directions

Cream the butter and cream cheese, using a hand mixer, until smooth.

Try these easy lemon cookies. These delicious cookies only have 6 ingredients & one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

Add the egg and lemon juice. Mix until incorporated.

Try these easy lemon cookies. These delicious cookies only have 6 ingredients & one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

Add the entire package of cake mix gradually. I found that after I had added about 3/4 of the mix, the dough began to get really thick and difficult to mix.  But then again, my mixer is 20 years old… Use a rubber spatula to remove the dough from the beaters.  I actually used a large spoon to finish mixing in the last little bit of cake mix so I could make sure it was thoroughly combined.

Try these easy lemon cookies. These delicious cookies only have 6 ingredients & one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

Once the dough is all mixed, mound it up in the mixing bowl and put a layer of plastic wrap over it.  Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours or until you think it is solid enough to roll into 1 inch balls.

Try these easy lemon cookies. These delicious cookies only have 6 ingredients & one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

When the dough is ready, pre-heat the oven to 350°.

Either use a small dough scoop (like this one) or roll dough by hand into 1″ balls.

Try these easy lemon cookies. These delicious cookies only have 6 ingredients & one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

Roll the balls in powdered sugar.  I find that having the sugar in a measuring cup works great.  (Just as an aside: my daughter is 16 and has lots of fun nail polish colors. She convinced me to try blue (!) and hers is green.  Hence, the colorful nails you see in these pictures 🙂 )

Try these easy lemon cookies. These delicious cookies only have 6 ingredients & one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

Put the balls on cookie sheets.  These don’t spread out too much, so I was able to fit 4 to 5 cookies in a row on my standard cookie sheets.  Our batch made 45 cookies because my daughter was using the scoop so hers were a consistent size and I was eyeballing mine and using a spoon. 😉

Try these easy lemon cookies. These delicious cookies only have 6 ingredients & one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

Bake for 12-15 minutes.  Halfway through, switch the pans so the one that started on the top rack finishes on the bottom and vice versa for even cooking.  They are done when they have cracks on the top and are slightly browned on the bottom.

Try these easy lemon cookies. These delicious cookies only have 6 ingredients & one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

Let the cookies cool for several minutes and then transfer them to parchment or waxed paper to finish cooling.

Try these easy lemon cookies. These delicious cookies only have 6 ingredients & one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

Store them in an airtight container.

Homemade (wink) lemon cookies – PRINTABLE RECIPE.

Try these easy lemon cookies. These delicious cookies only have 6 ingredients & one of them is a box of lemon cake mix. That is my kind of recipe!

See how easy that was?  Nobody will guess you used cake mix. They are light and fluffy and taste just amazing. Not too tangy, not too sweet.  Yum! So give them a try.  I bet you’ll be amazed, too! What are your favorite lemon desserts? I also love lemon bars.

Happy baking!

~ Pam

P.S. I told you my favorite flavor was chocolate, so here is a bonus recipe.  Decadent chocolate lava cake, made in a crock pot!  Try it, too!

This decadent crock pot lava cake combines the best of moist chocolate cake and creamy pudding in a sinfully rich dessert, straight from the crock pot!

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Author: Pam Hoepner

Hi I'm Pam, a seasoned homemaker with a husband, 3 teenagers, and a houseful of pets. I'm also a librarian and professional organizer (The Economical Organizer) who loves to share my hard-earned homemaking, DIY and organizing skills with others so you too can have a Life, Creatively Organized.

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