Lemon Funfetti Cookies

It has been way too long since I posted anything lemon or funfetti. Today I’m killing two birds with one stone: Lemon Funfetti Cookies!

Lemon Funfetti Cookies are full of lemon and cake batter flavor...with sprinkles!

I have a couple things I’ve been wanting to talk to you about concerning pop culture. It’s all very, very important; probably life and death…or something.

1. Taylor Swift. I am obsessed. It’s unhealthy. Have you heard her song Welcome to New York? Literally I cannot stop listening to it. I love how wholesome TS is, and that I can feel good that Jordan loves her too. (Fingers crossed she doesn’t have a sex tape/twitter/Miley Cyrus moment anytime soon.)

2. Rosie O’Donnell leaving The View. I’ve been watching The View since it first debuted so many years ago. I’ve watched almost every single episode since Jordan was born. Jordan was actually a baby the last time Rosie was a co-host; I have so many memories watching her fight with Elisabeth while I was playing mind-numbing infant games.

Lemon Funfetti Cookies

Is anyone surprised that Rosie is leaving The View…again? I’m not. I’ve been waiting for it since week 2. I figured they’d get rid of the ridiculous couch/table combo in Hot Topics and then give Ro the boot shortly after. As much as I love Rosie (and honestly? I agree with her a lot of the time) she is so annoying. I respect all viewpoints on pretty much every topic. I might not agree with someone, but I respect everything that comes out of their mouths. Rosie is the kind of person that gives whatever group she agrees with a bad name; the kind of ridiculous blowhard that cannot see past their own views…on anything. If you don’t agree with them, you are wrong. It’s been painful to watch, almost as painful as watching Barbara Walters get all pissy last year.

3. And last, a pleading note to Brandy Glanville: Girl, I love you. A lot. I always defend you to everyone. You’re my favorite on RHOBH. I’ve been watching Celebrity Apprentice for you. I’ve defended your behavior to my husband, saying things like “she’s really tortured” and “they only show when she’s got the attitude, the others are worse.”

But, honey. Sweetie. All that stuff with Kim and Kyle? And throwing wine? And Jeff Lewis? I’m having a really hard time defending you against all the naysayers. Let’s watch ourselves, mmkay? And maybe drink less wine?

Instead, maybe you need a cookie. All the alcohol and no food is not helping. xo, Dorothy.

The cure for pop culture ailments? Lemon Funfetti Cookies. Always. Because, lemon, obvi. And sprinkles pretty much guarantee a smile.

Unless you’re Rosie. Then…maybe a sneer? Or a head shake?

Lemon Funfetti Cookies

Okay, I spend half the post ranting on pop culture and reality shows. #sorrynotsorry

I have cookies to make you forgive me. Lemon Funfetti Cookies. They’re like little lemon clouds that taste like cake. How can you not want twelve one?

Yes, these start with a cake mix. I like cake mix. Somehow, It makes everything taste like cake. I used a yellow cake mix instead of a lemon one because I like yellow (or golden butter) cake mix better than lemon cake mix. Don’t laugh, but to me? Lemon Cake Mix tastes fake.

{I know. “But Dorothy, cake mix is fake.” I hear your viewpoint, but I still love cake mix.}

I doctored my cake mix with lots of lemon juice, lemon zest, and lemon extract. Triple the lemon gives a huge punch of lemon flavor…and they still taste like cake. Then you add sprinkles and by the magic of unicorns and rainbows, the cookies turn into funfetti.

When you want some cookies and would rather watch the RHOBH or The View instead of measure flour, make these.

Lemon Funfetti Cookies are full of lemon and cake batter flavor...with sprinkles!

Then tweet me and we can roll our eyes at all the annoying things celebrities do. Please? And then check out all my funfetti recipes!

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Lemon Funfetti Cookies

A cake mix makes these cookies a snap to make. Add lemon zest, extract, and juice to a cake mix and you get super lemony cookies that taste like funfetti cake!


  • 1 (15 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 (packed) teaspoon lemon zest (about 1 medium lemon)
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats.
  2. Place cake mix in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (Alternately, use a large bowl and a hand mixer.) Add butter and egg and mix slowly until the butter works it’s way through the mix. Add the extracts, lemon juice, and zest. Stir until mixed, then stir in sprinkles.
  3. Drop 2 tablespoon cookie dough balls onto your prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8-12 minutes until the tops start to show cracks and they just start to get golden around the bottoms. Don’t over bake these, they’re better more underdone. Cool completely on cookie sheets, then remove to an airtight container. Will keep for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
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  1. I’m also starting to join the Taylor Swift camp. I used to mock her because, you know, I teach high school and that’s the cool thing to do. But why do I have a feeling she has a long and amazing career ahead of her?
    I love the fact that you added in the lemon. Makes these so much better! I want them, if you can just send a few over…

  2. Lemon and funfetti are such a great combo, Dorothy! These cookies are like little balls of sunshine. Love this!

  3. I also love Taylor Swift. Her new album is extremely catchy and poppy. It was the only CD in my car for a while so I kind of played the hang out of it. These cookies look really delightful! My best friend makes a cake cookie from chocolate cake mix that’s really amazing, but this lemon variety looks delicious. I love the sprinkles! They remind me of spring and everything happy. 

  4. I seriously need to crawl out from under the rock I call home, because i have NOT heard Taylor’s new song and I did NOT know Rosie left the view.
    I’m missing out on life.
    Good thing I have these cookies to get me through my early life crisis. Funfetti all the things! Pinned!

  5. I’ll definitely take a handful! Can’t go wrong with lemon and pretty funfetti.
    Happy Friday Dorothy!

  6. First the cookies – love the lemon and funfetti combination.  This reminds me that I must make some funfetti cookies or cupcakes – something! – for my son one of these days.  I never have and I know he’d like it.  Secondly, so true about Taylor Swift (fingers crossed) and I agree with you so much about Rosie.  I remember watching it regularly way back in the day with the original crew but I haven’t tuned in for years now…

  7. I will definitely be trying this out! I love funfetti cookies, but I think the lemon would add an extra umph to it! 

    I’ve also joined the Taylor Swift bandwagon. I think what she did for her fans on Christmas was really sweet. 

  8. These are so YOU! The lemon, the funfetti, the whole vibe = YOU! I’d love a dozen myself 🙂

    Brandy G – always felt the same about her but lately seeing her on RHW’s, it’s just over the top. She’s put WAY too much drama into drama-filled reality tv and that’s saying alot, my .02 of course! 

  9. Funfetti cookies are perfect for kicking off the weekend! I love the lemon twist – they’re perfect for bringing in some sunshine! Just like when I listen to TS’s music too! Even my 3 year old loves her new song:) 

  10. I like cake mix cookies too (hides in corner). I love how you added lemon flavor to these – such a great way to jazz them up!

  11. I don’t even watch the view or listen to the radio much. I am definitely behind with what’s going on outside of my four walled office. How do find the time to keep up with the world? Please share your secret! 
    These cookies are so fun and cheerful. Perfect for the weekend! I need to make a batch asap!

  12. that Brandy, she really is a walking talking storm, and YES she needs to lay off the wine

    just stuff her face with these Dorothy

  13. I am starting to warm to Taylor Swift; I am more of an alt-rock or indie type so this is surprising different, in a good way. These cookies  look great, lemon is a perfect way to add a little boost to the long winter months. 

  14. I use cake mixes too and I think it is totally fine!  You doctored it up anyway so it’s not just a cake mix!  I love how these cookies look and I really like lemon too, they remind me of spring!

  15. I keep trying to resist falling in love with Taylor Swift, but her stuff is always so catchy! I haven’t heard the new one yet, but Blank Space gets me every time. So do cookies made with cake mix. #truelove 

  16. I agree about Rosie, she is annoying.  And a bully.  But I will miss her on The View, because she is funny, and there is never a dull moment with her there.  I really like the addition of Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace; they seem really nice, well-read and reasonable.  And TS – yay for good role models!  I love her new CD – great music, now that she is no longer in her some-guy-was-a-horrible-boyfriend-to-me phase.  And she seems to really enjoy hanging out with her fans, and she said that there are no naked photos of her.

  17. I’ve been moping around for 3 days since learning Jon Stewart was leaving The Daily Show. I need to self-soothe with about 16 of these cookies.

  18. I used to watch the view once in awhile when I was on mat leave, and then saw it again recently after Barbara left and it was so different looking I barely recognized it! As long as Whoopie stays, I’m good 😉 These cookies look delicious! Love the lemon and the funfetti!

  19. Dorothy, this is the second recipe I’ve seen using cake mix for cookies!!! I am so intrigued!!! love these!! Lemon Funfetti Cookies, the cure for pop culture ailments ..  haha, love this!! and re: T Swift. .  I love her song, Shake It Off, I listen to it all the time . . and yeah let’s hope she doesn’t have a sex tape/twitter/Miley Cyrus moment anytime soon!!! 

  20. I heart lemon desserts so much and these look so good 🙂

  21. Cake mix cookies are the bomb! Add in lemon and sprinkles? Mmhmm. I am a FAN! Pinned! 

  22. Love anything lemon and these look delicious!
    Brandy has got to go on the housewives!  Too much alcohol and too much drama.
    Lisa Rinna is great addition to the show and I enjoy reading her Instagram too. She is such a hoot.
    Eileen is a little boring 🙂

    On to The View I honestly thought Rosie just joined the show.  I heard her and Whoopie don’t get along.  I don’t really watch it as I work at that time usually but when I do catch it, it usually is good entertainment.  Although Nicole does not fir well and Rosie Perez’s voice is way too screechy.  

    Now I will step down from my soapbox and wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!!

    • I love Lisa Rinna!! She is my new favorite, cuts all the drama down and is just straight to the point. I love Brandy, but her drama creating is just getting to me. Thank you for reading!! 🙂

  23. I see nothing wrong with using a cake mix now and then!!!! I have yet to find a recipe that truly captures that box mix flavor. Its kinda hilarious though that you use a yellow cake mix and not lemon! I am sure that these are much more lemony (is that a word??) with all the lemon you added 🙂

  24. I am head over heels for Taylor’s whole album. I hope she stays like this, for all of our sakes! 🙂 No celebrity drama is too big for these lemon cookies though – easy, fast, absolutely adorable – win win win!

  25. Wow these look so good! Best cookies I’ve ever seen… I’m buying the ingredients so I can make these. My mouth is drooling!! Haha thanks for sharing!

  26. Haha, I’m so thankful you’re not ashamed to bake with cake mix! I love cake mix! And maybe I even love Taylor Swift… 🙂

  27. These look amazing!! So fluffy!

    I used to roll my eyes at T Swift but really I’ve grown to admire her and her strength and songwriting. I get up and dance every time I hear “shake it off.” 🙂

  28. Dude. Brandi. Homegirl needs to chill the fudge out. The wine-throwing was obscene and I just… I don’t even know. I dunno about you, but I’m actually loving Lisa Rinna and Eileen.. I think they rock! AS DO these cookies!

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