These easy Lemon Cake Mix Cookies are such an easy cookie recipe! They’re made with yellow cake mix, sprinkles and are bursting with lemon flavor from lemon extract, juice, and zest.
This is my go-to cake mix cookie – use any kind of cake mix or mix-in for a new flavor cookie!
Why we love Lemon Cake Mix Cookies
Lemon cake mix cookies are like little lemon clouds that taste like cake. I used one of my favorite baking shortcuts for these cuties – yellow cake mix. All of the dry ingredients are ready to go making these a super simple cookie recipe to make.
I like to doctor up the cake mix with lots of lemon flavor – lemon extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Adding the extra lemon ingredients makes these cookies taste homemade – you wouldn’t get that if you only use lemon cake mix.
Triple the lemon gives a huge punch of lemon flavor, and then you add sprinkles, and by the magic of unicorns and rainbows, the cookies turn into funfetti. You know how I love my sprinkles!
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Lemon Cake Mix Cookies Ingredients
- Yellow cake mix: you can use white or yellow cake mix. Be sure to get one that is about 15 ounces (most cake mixes are around that size).
- Softened butter: I use unsalted. Learn how to soften butter fast!
- Egg: a regular cookie ingredient
- Extracts: adding vanilla extract and lemon extract to cake mix cookies makes them taste homemade.
- Lemon: Lemon juice AND Lemon zest amps up that lemon flavor of the cookies
- Mix-Ins: Rainbow sprinkles are perfect but you could also use white chocolate chips.
So, toss the box instructions and follow my steps – how you mix the cake mix with the butter is the trick in getting the right texture for the cookies.
How to Make Lemon Cookies Out of Cake Mix
Mixing Tip: I recommend using a stand mixer or large bowl and hand mixer for this recipe. Working the butter into the cake mix takes some elbow grease, and it’s much easier with some help from a mixer!
1. Start the batter: Pour the dry cake mix into the bowl and add the butter and egg. Mix on a low speed until the butter is worked into the mix. If you do this at high speed, the cake mix will fly out, so take your time and work the butter in slowly.
2. Flavoring: Add both extracts, lemon juice, and zest and mix to combine. Stir in the sprinkles.
3. Scoop and Bake: Drop two tablespoons of the dough on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for eight to twelve minutes or until the cookies’ tops start to crack and the edges turn golden.
Maybe you’re not sprinkle obsessed like I am and want to try switching up the recipe? I’ve got you covered and have tried a few different variations for this recipe. All of these are amazing, too!
- Swap the sprinkles for white chocolate chips, or you could do a combo of half and half. (See my White Chocolate Lemon Cookies recipe)
- Whether you use sprinkles or chips, adding a simple lemon glaze takes them to a whole new level!
- Sometimes I roll the cookie dough balls in powdered sugar before baking them. This turns them into lemon crinkle cookies.
Freezing Cake Mix Cookies
These freeze really well – place them in an airtight container or gallon size bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Place layers between paper towels – the paper towels absorb the moisture as the cookies defrost!
What are cake mix cookies? They’re the easiest cookies ever because they start with a cake mix. This also keeps them soft, fluffy and they melt in your mouth.
How do you thicken cake mix for cookies? You don’t have to make the cake on the side of the box – use this recipe and it’ll be thick enough for cookies.
Can I use a lemon cake mix? Yes you can – if you use a lemon cake mix you can omit the lemon extract but still use the zest and juice for that homemade fresh flavor.
How do you know cake mix cookies are done? The cookies are best when they are still a little underdone when you take them out of the oven, so keep an eye on them so they don’t overbake. Cool them on the cookie sheet and then store them in an airtight container.
Storing Cake Mix Cookies: You can keep them at room temperature for up to four days or pop them in the freezer for up to a month.
Other Cake Mix Recipes to Try
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Lemon Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
- 1 15 ounce box yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (about 1 medium lemon)
- 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles or 1 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats.
- 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.
- 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.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
These easy Lemon Cookies made with cake mix are an easy cookie recipe! They’re made with yellow cake mix, sprinkles and are bursting with lemon flavor from lemon extract, juice, and zest.
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Published on: February 11, 2021