Lemon Cake Cookies

Updated: Dec 31, 2019

LEMON COOKIES.. the easy way…

Use any boxed lemon cake mix or from scratch whatever you want to do.. I use a box and add two eggs to it to make it cookie dough.. did you know that? By adding 2eggs and half a cup of vegetable oil to a cake mix you have cookie dough… that’s a hack.

Ok so here’s what you’ll need.

1 box lemon cake mix

½ cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

6 drops of lemon essential oil

1 cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar

parchment paper


8 oz cream cheese room temp.

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

3 drops of lemon oil

1/4 cup Yellow candy sprinkles optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix cake mix, oil, eggs, 6 drops of lemon oil, 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 softened cream cheese until smooth, then add the powdered sugar and mix it all together.

Add the vanilla, and 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 oil or… a couple teaspoons of actual 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.

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