How to Make Lemon Cookies From a Cake Mix

Updated on July 14, 2018
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Patricia is a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a daughter whose passion is to put into writing things she feels and experiences.

They may look plain, but they're surprisingly tasty!
They may look plain, but they're surprisingly tasty! | Source

Fond Memories of Time With My Momma

As a young girl, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my momma. Something wonderful was always being prepared: canning vegetables of all sorts, making jams and jellies, pickling okra and making pickles, an endless supply of goodies for the winter... And it did not stop there.

We made cookies and cakes and pies and cobblers. Peanut butter cookies and oatmeal cookies were some of our favorites. Tender moist yellow cakes tantalized our senses. And those pies and cobblers... I am simply drunk with the memory of them—strawberry and blackberry divinity! Those were some of the most precious moments I spent as a child.

However, Momma did tell me it was okay to use a cake mix from time to time if we just 'had' to have something sweet and there was no time for 'from scratch' prep.

So if you need a quick cookie, be sure to consider trying these.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 9 min
Ready in: 24 min
Yields: 24 small cookies

All You Need (Plus Some Love)

Ingredients

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4-1/3 cup cooking oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Place eggs, oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest in medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add cake mix and blend well with a spoonula.
  3. Drop by spoon full onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake at 375 about 9 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. YUMMMM

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.

~Barbara Jordan

If you give a mouse a cookie....

No matter your age and whether you like cookies or not, this is a book that everyone will enjoy. You will enjoy it even more if you can read it to someone. It is a delightful little story with absolutely adorable illustrations.

If you give a mouse a cookie... he will need a glass of milk... how true. What is even more delightful is that there is a whole series of these books... they are like Lays potato chips commercial once said... you can't eat just one... you cannot read just one of these.

Heston Wayne's Favorite Cookie

When my grandson Heston Wayne was very young, he lived next door to me. And he spent a lot of time with me which I loved. I would step out by the road that lead to my house and my heart sang as he raced down the road and into my arms. What lovely memories those are.

One day when he was about 2 or 2 1/2 we made brownies together. When i got to the part where we broke the eggs for the brownies my precious little Heston Wayne's eyes filled with tears. And he said, "No, no Nini...those are bunny eggs...don't break them." I am not sure how I was able to get them in the brownies but somehow I did.

Now about six years later, Heston Wayne has a gj tube which is how he gets most of his feeding. He eats very little by mouth and is generally not interested in food.

Before he got the gj tube, I used to make him these lemon cookies all the time because he loved them. He had not been interested in them for a few years but last week he surprised me.

He said, "Nini, I would like some lemon cookies." Wow... I am thrilled... so I just made a batch for him and will take them tomorrow.

Cookies are a wonderful treat....

Make the Recipe Your Own

  • This recipe is similar to one I saw on line but I tweaked it a bit. It called for lemon extract, and I used fresh lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • It also called for rolling the dough into balls and rolling them in confectioner's sugar. However my Heston Wayne does not like anything on his so you see in the photo none was used.
  • If you want a fancy cookie and do not have picky eaters, do roll them dough in powdered sugar because when they cook they have a crackled appearance which is lovely.
  • You can also make a lemon drizzle to let ooze over each cookie using a bit of confectioner's sugar and fresh lemon juice. My crowd likes them plain but make them to suit yours.
  • Microwave cold cookies for about 10 seconds, and they taste 'just baked.'

Little Dollops of Dough Waiting to Be Baked

You can make these cookies with almost any cake mix. The only one I really did not like as a cookie was the red velvet cookie mix. It just did not lend itself to a cookie in my opinion.

So if you have company coming and want a freshly made dessert, this is an answer. These are also fun to make with kids of all ages.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 87
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 7 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 14 mg5%
Sodium 107 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        4 months ago from sunny Florida

        They sound like they would be just wrong. I have to try that. Thanks for stopping. Angels are headed your way

      • moneymakingmom profile image

        Beverly Johnson 

        4 months ago

        Lemon is my favorite flavor ever! And, I must admit that I've never tried making cookies from a cake recipe. However once, when I had a really bad sweets craving, I turned sweet corn muffin mix into cookies. I can't remember exactly how, but it was mostly melted butter and the mix. Very sweet and crumbly! More cakey you would say.

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        4 months ago from sunny Florida

        I responded to this but it did not show up. thank you for stopping. My baby grandson always makes things more fun Angels are on the way this evening ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        4 months ago from sunny Florida

        I really prefer making them from scratch. However when time is of the essence these do come in handy. thank you for stopping. Angels are headed your way this afternoon ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        4 months ago from sunny Florida

        Thanks Jo. He was a cutie then and is even more of a cutie now. He says some really amazing things....of course I would say that as his Nini. I must make more for him very soon. Angels headed your way once again ps

      • Thelma Alberts profile image

        Thelma Alberts 

        4 months ago from Germany and Philippines

        I have not tried baking cookies from a cake mix. Thanks for the idea. I will definitely try that next time I bake cookies.

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        Jo Miller 

        4 months ago from Tennessee

        Oh, Patricia, this seems life a lovely recipe, but your story of your grandson makes it so much more special. Thanks for sharing.

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        4 months ago from sunny Florida

        O yes...I have had a few cookies that turned out like hockey pucks...LOL This one is almost a no fail recipe...and by the way of course it was the recipe...certainly not YOU who had a problem. Angels once again are on the way ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        4 months ago from sunny Florida

        Thanks for stopping. Yes...I love to tell that story...it must be a Nini thing...that is what my baby grandson calls me. Nice to have you stop once again. Angels are headed your way this morning ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        4 months ago from sunny Florida

        It is nice that you can make them at the last minute and it makes your house smell like you have been baking all day. Nice to see you and thank you for stopping. Angels once again are on the way ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        4 months ago from sunny Florida

        As I have surely said in some other comments because they are so easy it is a fun cookie to make with very young children. Thank you for stopping. Angels are once again headed your way . ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        4 months ago from sunny Florida

        Thank you Pam for sending Angels today. They are always welcome and believe it or not I can always feel their presence. These are a delightful little cookie that are not too horrible if eaten in moderation. Angels once again are headed to you ps

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        Dred Cuan 

        4 months ago from California

        My first attempt at making cookies was failed cause it turned out like a bread! Actually, I am not sure if the recipe or it was me who had a problem. lol I will definitely try this one!

      • Robert Sacchi profile image

        Robert Sacchi 

        4 months ago

        Interesting recipe. Heart warming back story.

      • MarleneB profile image

        Marlene Bertrand 

        4 months ago from USA

        This is a wonderful recipe. I like making cookies to give to guests as they leave (something they can remember the visit by). This is a yummy recipe that I can whip up at the last minute and serve. Thank you for sharing it.

      • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

        Susan Hazelton 

        5 months ago from Sunny Florida

        What a wonderful article filled with loving memories and tips. I love the idea of making cookies from a cake mix. It's something I will have to try.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        5 months ago from Sunny Florida

        Wow, how easy. I love anything with a lemon flavor and these cookies look good. I have never used the microwave to bake cookies, and I didnot know that was an option. I hope your grandson is doing well. I spent a lot of time with one of my grandsons and my granddaughter, so I know about the fun times and the boundless love.

        I will send some angels you way today!

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        5 months ago from sunny Florida

        Thank you Manatita...yes it was a special moment I treasure more than ever each moment with my family. I have learned not to take for granted one minute of any day. Thank you for taking the time to visit...I enjoy your writings so much. Angels are headed your way ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        5 months ago from sunny Florida

        Hi Rajan Thank you for stopping by....I am going to come back to your spot and see what you say about lemons...you surely must have a hub about them. Angels once again are headed your way ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        5 months ago from sunny Florida

        Easy peasy recipe for a simple light and not too unhealthy treat. Thanks for stopping by...Angels are on the way to you ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        5 months ago from sunny Florida

        Every time I make these it reminds me of happy times with my baby grandsons who now are NOT babies. I was so thrilled to give these to Heston Wayne because he eats very little by mouth...but when I was there the other day when I took them he ate three!!!! Nice to see you stopping by. Angels are headed your way ps

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        manatita44 

        5 months ago from london

        I see that you still have your touch for cooking and recipies. Yes, that was a 'melting the Heart' piece from Heston asking for cookies, in the light of his past reminisences. Cool!

        Hope all is as well as can be. Enjoy as much you can. Peace. - Manatita

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

        Wonderful idea to make cookies from a cake mix. They need to be tried. Look so delicious and inviting.

      • Jackie Lynnley profile image

        Jackie Lynnley 

        5 months ago from The Beautiful South

        I have all the ingredients and I love lemon. Got to try it. Thank you!

      • Frank Atanacio profile image

        Frank Atanacio 

        5 months ago from Shelton

        this would have brought back fond memories.. now we all get to try it out and create our own new memories.. thanks for the share my friend.. bless you...:)

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        5 months ago from sunny Florida

        Some how it seems we all have fond memories of baking and cooking with our families as children. Thank you for stopping to read and comment. Angels are on the way ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        5 months ago from sunny Florida

        I know he will...I did not get to Ocala today to give them to him as I got side tracked and time slipped away. They are a tasty little treat for sure. Angels are headed your way my friend ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        5 months ago from sunny Florida

        Thanks for stopping to read and comment. They are very light and flavorful and just great for a quick little dessert. Angels are headed your way this evening ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        5 months ago from sunny Florida

        Oatmeal cookies are healthy if we leave out a lot that makes them taste so good ...I adore them I admit but do not make them or any kind of cookie much any more as I have been losing weight steadily for two years and sugar is one of my weaknesses so I try to stay away from it. The lemon cookies as I stated were made for my grandson who rarely eats anything by mouth and because he requested them I made them. I drool over cookies...I do...but try to avoid them if I can. thank you for stopping to read..and comment. Angels are on the way ps

      • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

        Patricia Scott 

        5 months ago from sunny Florida

        YOU are a peach....since you are not a fan of lemons...are you a peach fan? And you know Bill after all these years I am a fan of yours too. Hoping all is good with you and yours...Angels once again are on the way ps

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        Ray 

        5 months ago from Philippines

        I also baked cakes and cookies with my mother in the kitchen when I was little. I love your cookie recipe. It is a healthy and easy to make, Ma'am Patricia. I am quite drooling for it.

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 months ago from Houston, Texas

        This recipe certainly sounds easy enough. I cannot think of the last time I have purchased a packaged cake mix. However I may just have to do it in order to make these lemon cookies. Your real lemon juice and the zest would really make them nice and lemony flavored. Pinning this to my cookies board. Hope Heston Wayne enjoyed them!

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        5 months ago from Canada

        Your cookies look deliciously simple. Perfect for busy moms.

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        Mary Norton 

        5 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        This is easy to do especially with grandchildren. I do bake cookies sometimes but mostly oatmeal cookies as they're more healthy for us but given how easy this recipe is, I might just give it a try.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 months ago from Olympia, WA

        I'm not a big fan of lemons, but I am a big fan of PS! I loved that you started off a simple recipe article with fond memories...that is good writing, my friend.

        Angels rapidly beating their wings eastward!

        bill

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