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52 Weeks of Baking: Easy Lemon Cookies

When I asked the Sugar HQ what kind of cookies I should make for this week's 52 Weeks of Baking project, BuzzSugar quickly answered, "LEMON!" I couldn't turn down such an enthusiastic request, and so lemon cookies it was. She specifically asked for crisp lemon cookies, however when searching for a recipe, I kept seeing ones that called for lemon cake mix instead. At first I kept looking for something else, but then I figured why not make it easy on myself? Why not start with a cake mix?

In the end I was really glad I did. These cookies came out fluffy and light, with a slightly crisp outside. They also come together in no time at all. To get the recipe and see my step by step photos,

Note: I added a bit of pudding to mine, it was too runny and I had to add more flour to balance it out. This recipe is the standard recipe, and should come out fantastic, I don't think there is any need for the extra pudding. However, if you want to make it exactly like I did, the modified parts are in brackets.

Easy Lemon Cookies
From BakeSpace member Ali

1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration
[1/4 cup lemon pudding — I used Jell-o instant pudding]

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil, and lemon extract until well blended. [Add pudding, if it's too runny add flour until consistency is firm enough to make balls — even if they do get flattened out immediately.]image
  3. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into a bowl of confectioners' sugar. Roll them around until they're lightly covered.
  4. Once sugared, put them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 6 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. [I baked for 11-13 minutes]. The bottoms will be light brown, and the insides chewy.

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Swp2885 Swp2885 8 years
i made these this afternoon following everything except the pudding and they were so tasty! thanks yum
tkoblondee tkoblondee 8 years
Thanks YumSugar! I'm going to bake them this weekend.
silverpenny013 silverpenny013 8 years
I had studied the pictures and everything and I was so surprised it was dry too! I kept double checking the amounts of everything I used! LOL Thanks for the tips, but they really did turn out amazing with just a little extra oil. It was also so incredibly dry yesterday, so that may have added to it. And you know what's funny? Maybe it's just luck or I don't know the difference (lol that could very well be), but I typically don't have too much trouble with the altitude. I am a new cook (my mom never let me help, so I've just started to enjoy the fun of it in the past couple years) though, and I'm also kind of a sloppy baker in the sense that I'm sure I reduce this and increase that to get the right consistency without really thinking about it. And I'm also afraid that adding flour and reducing liquid will make everything too dry! But I'm going to have to give it a go and see what happens. Thanks for the link too! I always attributed flat cookies to semi-old baking soda! LOL I guess it's a combination thereof because when I used fresh baking soda, they turned out pretty well.
controlledspin controlledspin 8 years
These sound amazing! I even have the mix in my cupboard! :)
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
wow, i haven't had lemon cookies in years!
JLew1982 JLew1982 8 years
Can't wait to try these. If it wasn't 3 am, I'd make them now! :)
Food Food 8 years
silverpenny013 - wow, i'm so surprised to hear that it was too dry. before i added the pudding it was perfect, once i added the pudding it turned to goop. if you try the recipe again, try adding pudding by the tablespoon until the consistency is okay. also, the pudding i added is actual pudding, not just the mix. and finally, here are a few tips for high altitude baking hope it helps!
BethS BethS 8 years
silverpenny, do you find that you can't make recipes "by the book"? I live in Denver and it's so hard for me to cook/bake, it usually takes a couple times before I can get a recipe right (i've taken to using local cookbooks, as they have the altitude in mind). I'm definately going to try this recipe this weekend though, yum! I'm also wondering if it's just the pudding mix, or fully made pudding for the recipe...
silverpenny013 silverpenny013 8 years
Maybe it was my cake mix (probably it's the high altitude actually), but I found the dough to be really super dry! I added more oil (about 2 tablespoons) and I wish I'd added more lemon extract because it's not lemony enough for me... but even so, they are super yummy and smelled like heaven in the oven. Thanks for the recipe, Yum!
Lorrie30 Lorrie30 8 years
lemon cookies are yummy.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
This will be great to make for my husband's birthday in a few weeks. He loves lemon desserts.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 8 years
Is the pudding the dry mix or do you make it first, and use the actual pudding?
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 8 years
I love lemon cookies. They are amazingly delicious with white chocolate chips also!
partysugar partysugar 8 years
These were a lovely afternoon treat!
hottpink hottpink 8 years
Thanks Yum!!! I can't wait to make them....possibly tonight! :)
Food Food 8 years
diana - for me it was totally trial and error, and i actually made the first batch and then added more flour. hotpink - these are way lemony - almost artificially lemony, but tasty! oh and i meant to say, i actually wish i had added a little lemon zest to the powdered sugar. i wanted the first hit on my lips to be lemony too!
Diana172 Diana172 8 years
I do know that pudding makes for excellent cookies and cakes, but I never know how much to add
Diana172 Diana172 8 years
I've never had lemon cookies! Thank you for the post!
hottpink hottpink 8 years
Yum!!! My husband loves lemon cookies, but do they have a strong lemon taste? Or more a light buttery taste, if that makes sense! LoL
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
They were so good! Pudding, huh? I wouldn't have guessed. Thanks for honoring my request, Yum!
Swp2885 Swp2885 8 years
these look gooood!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum
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