3-Ingredient Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

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Looking for an easy lemon cookie recipe? These soft and chewy lemon cake mix cookies are incredibly delicious and super easy to make with just 3 ingredients!

Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

Lemon desserts are a favorite in our house. There is just something about that combination of sweetness and tartness that we can’t get enough of.

Lately, I have found myself craving lemon cookies.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies with Cake Mix

And luckily, I have found that having warm and tasty just-from-the-oven lemon cookies doesn’t have to be difficult. 

In fact, all you need is a box of lemon cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and this easy lemon cookie recipe!

Easy Lemon Cookie Recipe

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Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

Making these cookies is as simple as mixing together all of the ingredients, forming the dough into balls, and baking for about 10 minutes–just like our red velvet cake mix cookies, strawberry cake mix cookies and funfetti cake mix cookies.

The result is soft and sweet lemon cookies that are bursting with lemony flavor.

3-Ingredient Lemon Cookies

Lemon Cookie Tips

USE SILICONE: When to comes to cookies, I swear by silicone non-stick baking mats. They eliminate the need for non-stick cooking spray which can result in making cookies spread out too much while baking.

CHILL THE DOUGH: For best results, chill your cookie dough for at least 30 minutes before baking. Chilling the dough works to prevent spreading in the oven. 

KEEP SIZE SAME: Make the size and shape of your dough balls the same to ensure even baking.

ROLL IN SUGAR: Roll each cookie dough ball in powdered sugar before baking for more of a crinkle cookie effect.

How to Make Lemon Cookies With Cake Mix

Happy baking!

If you enjoy these easy lemon cookies, you will love our lemon icebox cake, lemon bars, and lemon bundt cake as well!

Easy Lemon Cookies
4.52 from 419 votes

Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Soft and chewy lemon cake mix cookies are incredibly delicious and super easy to make with just 3 ingredients.


  • 15.25 ounce lemon cake mix (1 box)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • confectioners sugar optional


  • In a large bowl, mix well to combine cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil.
  • Place dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper.
  • Form dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar, if desired. Place dough balls on baking sheets at least 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for 3 minutes before transferring from cookie sheet to cooling rack to cool completely.


  • Chilling the dough works to keep the dough from spreading as it cooks and results in puffier cookies. However, if you are short on time you can skip chilling the dough. The cookies will still taste yummy.
  • Store covered in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • For even baking, make sure all cookies are the same shape and size.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 147kcal
Easy Lemon Cookies

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  1. Easy peasy! I added a lemon glaze to my batch because I love the tang of lemon. Will definitely make them again. Couldn’t be any easier! Thanks for sharing. For any who want the glaze recipe i made: 2 1/2 cups powder sugar sifted. 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice. 1 teaspoon soften butter. pinch of salt. I made the glaze once the cookies were all cool and it turn out to be the perfect combination for me.

  2. made these but added lemon zest and fresh lemon juice. they’re so easy and great. if I could add a pic I would

    1. I bet yours came out extra delicious then! PS- If you have Instagram you can share photos with me by tagging me @crayonsandcravings or you can add “tried it” photos on my pins on Instagram 🙂

  3. I made these at a Christmas cookie party for the first time. There were 15-20 different cookies made and these lemon cookies were picked the favorite of everyone! Also shared with family and friends who loved them as well, everyone wanted your recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    My family and friends ask me to make these cookies all the time. They are so easy that you don’t mind whipping up a batch on short notice.

    1. Another reader shared the recipe she used for a lemon glaze:

      2 1/2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
      1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
      1 teaspoon butter (softened)
      pinch of salt

    1. Yes, you can make the dough ahead of time and chill it in the fridge overnight. If it is too stiff to roll into balls allow it to sit at room temp to soften up for a few minutes.

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