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
4.53 from 431 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. Just curious. I just made these and the batter was extremely sticky even after chilling 30 min. I added some flour to help make the batter more pliable to work with. I know the cake mix box lists as being 13.25 instead of 15.25 which is what all manufacturers are doing with everything lately. What am I doing wrong? Also they didn’t go flat at all and stayed in somewhat of a ball. What am I doing wrong? Haven’t tasted yet as I’m waiting for them to cool.

    1. Hi Joan, it sounds like you had quite the unfortunate chain of events! While cake mix cookies do have a stickier dough than regular cookies, when you used a smaller size cake mix than called for in the recipe it likely made your dough extra sticky. Then when you added extra flour to compensate it resulted in the cookies having too much flour and holding their shape rather than spreading as they should while baking. If you want to try the recipe again be sure to use a 15.25 ounce box of cake mix (I believe only Betty Crocker mixes changed their sizes). I haven’t tested the recipe with the new 13.25 oz boxes of mix yet but I am adding it to my to-do list so I can troubleshoot and see if there is a way to make the recipe work with the “shrunk” packages.

  2. 5 stars
    First time trying this recipe. The batter was very sticky when I first mixed it up but after putting it in the fridge for about 30 minutes and using a greased scoop, they came out perfect and tasted great. I did bake mine brown a bit because I glazed them but they were delicious. Thank you.

  3. theses lemon cookies look good.can I add cream cheese to this recipe. some recipes you can’t use cream cheese.

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