Friday, December 10, 2010

Lemon Cookies

**Update 2/13/18 - Today I made these again... I found the dough to be a little too sticky to work with. I believe this may be because the boxed cake mix has less mix in it than it did years ago. For a quick fix I added about 1/4 cup of yellow cake mix (that's what I had - any flavor should work). It may have been too much because the cookies didn't flatten/spread as much as they should have while baking. BUT I was making them for Valentine's parties at my kids' school.... SOOO I took advantage of the fact that they weren't spreading - and pressed them into a heart shaped cookie cutter - and for the most part they held their shape while baking!! So if you mix up the original recipe below and it is too sticky to roll into balls - just add a little extra cake mix (maybe a TBSP at a time) until it's a good consistency to work with!!**
***One batch made about 24 cookies.***

I love these cookies. I have a cookie exchange to attend tomorrow, and with the wedding coming up next weekend, I needed something simple that I could make quickly for this event. I was browsing an old cookbook and saw these and thought how perfect - they are so yummy AND super easy!!

I haven't made them in a long time, and I have never made them with icing. Normally, I just dust powdered sugar on top after they come out of the oven. But the icing idea is fantastic. It is a mixture of powdered sugar and lemon juice.

1 package Lemon Cake Mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup Oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice

*Preheat oven to 375. Grease cookie sheet.
*Combine cake mix, eggs, oil and lemon juice in large bowl. Beat at low speed with electric mixer until well blended. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on cookie sheet, 1 inch apart. Bake 6 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet. Remove to cooling racks or waxed paper.

*Dust with confectioners sugar.
*Frost cookies with 1 cup confectioners sugar mixed with 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice. (Start with 1 tablespoon and add more as needed to reach a smooth spreadable consistency).


Jackie said...

Those look so yummy!

Christine Kellett said...

I made these yesterday for my family as I love anything lemon. They were a hit and SOOOO easy. Thanks so much for the recipe. Hope you guys are doing well.

Sarah11976 said...

Could you use greek yogurt instead of egg and oil??

Christi said...

I have no idea on the greek yogurt. If you try it and it works let me know!! The original recipe gives you nice chewy cookies - so let me know how they compare!! :-)

Anonymous said...

I used applesauce in place of an egg. 1 egg = 1/4 cup of applesauce. Be sure to use unsweeted. I also used my own cake mix (cheaper than buying). I needed to add more lemon because it was just strait cake mixed. Turned out delish!

ramzeesgirl said...

Just wondering how many this recipe makes....thanks!

Janine Bush said...

Just made these and the dough was SO SO SO SO SO SO sticky!!!! I added some flour...and they're baking now...but we'll see how they turn out as a cookie (dough was tasty).

Anonymous said...

The dough was sticky, but I popped it in the freezer while the oven finished heating up and it made it a little stiffer and easier to work with. Just need to work quickly when putting the cookies on the sheet. The cookies with the lemon icing were delicious!