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glazed lemon cake mix cookies

Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

These lemon cake mix cookies are so fresh & moist that they'll be gone in no time! Use a lemon cake mix & a few fresh ingredients for the best sweet treat.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix, cake mix cookies, lemon, lemon cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 32 cookies


For the Cookies

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 8 oz. package softened cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest (zest from one lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

For the Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest (zest from one lemon)


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, cream cheese, egg, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  • Beat for one minute with an electric mixer on medium high. Make sure to scrape sides and bottom of bowl.
  • Add cake mix in two increments, beating well and scraping sides & bottom of bowl between additions.
  • Cover mixing bowl and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
  • Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a small scoop, drop the cookie dough on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 11 minutes. Cookies will not brown on the top, but the bottom should be light golden.
  • Place a cooling rack on a cookie sheet.
  • Put baked cookies on the cooling rack/cookie sheet.
  • To prepare glaze: mix together powdered sugar, milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Glaze should pour off a spoon, but should not be runny. Adjust with more powdered sugar, or more lemon juice, to get desired consistency.
  • Using a spoon, drizzle glaze over cooled cookies.
  • Store in an airtight container, with wax paper between layers of cookies.


Dough will be slightly sticky. Using a scoop makes dropping the batter much easier. 
I heard from a reader who said she put the dough in the freezer for 30 minutes instead of the refrigerator for 3 hours. I haven't tried it myself, but that's a big time saver!