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Overhead close up view of assorted lemon cake mix cookies, some filled with white chocolate chips.

Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

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  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 11-12 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These easy lemon cake mix cookies are quick to make with 5 ingredients! So soft and chewy, they’re infused with fresh lemon flavor and rolled in sugar for crunch. Add in white chocolate chips for a delicious sweet-tart treat.


  • 1 box (15.25oz) Duncan Hines Lemon Cake Mix
  • ½ cup (113g) Unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Lemon extract (or fresh lemon juice)
  • Zest from 1 large lemon
  • Sparkling Sanding Sugar for coating (1/3-1/2 cup)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients (except the sanding sugar) and mix until well combined. The dough will be thick.
  3. Use a large cookie scoop to portion out the dough. Roll each ball of dough in the sanding sugar then place the dough about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 11-13 minutes. The center of the cookies should be slightly under-baked but not too gooey. Use a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie to check for doneness.


  • This is based on a Duncan Hines Cake Mix which is 15.25 oz. Other brands that may be 13.25o size cake mix, add 1/2 cup all-purpose flour to make up the difference. 
  • Optional add-in: ¾ cups white chocolate chips, save a few to put on top right when they come out of the oven.
  • Don’t skip the sanding sugar! This gives the cookies a nice crunch and a little bit of sweetness.


    • To store. These lemon cake mix cookies store well at room temperature for 3-4 days. Be sure to keep them in an airtight container.

    • Freeze. You can also freeze your cookies for up to 1 month. Defrost them on the countertop before serving.


  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie
  • Calories: 242
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 114.8 mg
  • Fat: 12.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 2.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 56 mg