Lemon Cookies

Easy lemon cookies recipe with homemade lemon frosting. Soft and fluffy lemon crinkle cake mix cookies! Also a refreshing recipe idea for essential oils.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, dessert, lemon
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Amy Locurto



  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract (or 4-6 drops dietary lemon essential oil)
  • 1/4 cup lemon drops, crushed
  • 1 cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar
  • parchment paper


  • 8 oz cream cheese room temp.
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract (or 3 drops dietary lemon essential oil)
  • 1/4 cup Yellow candy sprinkles optional
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix cake mix, oil, eggs, lemon juice from the lemon, extract or oil, and crushed lemon drops on medium speed until everything is all smooth and incorporated.
  • With the dough, make balls a little smaller than a golf ball, and roll them in the powdered sugar. Place each dough ball on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. You want the cookies to just start to turn golden but not brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.


  • Whip the cream cheese until smooth, then add the powdered sugar and mix it all together.
  • Add the vanilla, lemon juice from one lemon and extract or essential oil.
  • Give it a taste and if you want it sweeter add more powdered sugar, if you want it a little more tart add more lemon juice.
  • Wait for the cookies to completely cool then pipe on the icing.
  • The easiest way to pipe it on is to put the icing in a Ziploc bag and snip a corner. Swirl it on top of each lemon cookie.
  • Add yellow sprinkles or sprinkle a little of the crushed lemon drops on top!


This is a very sticky dough, but after you drop it in the powdered sugar you will be able to roll it into a ball shape.
After testing one cookie ball in the sugar and you think the dough is too runny, try adding a few more pinches of flower to stiffen up the dough.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 48mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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