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Lemon Burst Cake Mix Cookies


Enjoy the burst of lemon flavor from these light and soft baked cookies.  Lemon Burst cookies are made using a cake mix.

I had a nice response last week with the Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies we made.

One of my fabulous readers, Alicia of Home with the Hollands shared another cake mix cookies recipe with me in the comments.  It’s just as easy and involves a lemon cake mix and cool whip.

I’m a HUGE fan of lemon, and Heather wanted a special treat to take into work for a co-worker’s birthday ……… easy and delicious was all I had time for.

Lemon burst cookies

Lemon Burst Cake Mix Cookies

Lemon Burst Cake Mix Cookies

Enjoy the burst of lemon flavor from these light and soft baked cookies.


  • 1 box Lemon Cake Mix*
  • 1- 8 oz container Cool Whip
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar (for rolling)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In medium bowl, beat cool whip, egg and cake mix until well blended. Dough will be thick and sticky.
  3. Drop by teaspoonfuls into a bowl of powdered sugar and roll to coat.
  4. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 10- 12 minutes


*Try these using strawberry or orange cake mix for variety.

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  1. 1

    Yum! These remind me of the Chocolate Crinkles that I make during the holidays. I love lemon, can’t wait to give these a try.

  2. 2

    Gosh! These are so beautiful…and my mouth is totally watering! I LOVE lemon!

    This looks like a perfect recipe for a bake sale, too!

    I like starting off the week looking at COOKIES!!! Yum!

  3. 3

    What a pretty and bright little cookie! Perfect for Hollywood to bring into work for her co-worker’s birthday. Thanks for posting Cheryl.

  4. 4

    Gorgeous!!! I am not s huge lemon dessert fan… but you just might have converted me!
    Be blessed!

  5. 5

    Thank you so much! They turned out just as pretty as they always do. So glad that you liked them!

  6. 6

    These look amazing!!! I love lemon too… and these cookies seem really easy to make! can you use real whip cream rather than cool whip?

  7. 7
    Teresa Verhoestra says:

    Yummm! sounds delish.

  8. 8

    These are SO SO yummy! I’ve had these before and LOVE them! Too bad I used that whipped topping in the s’mores pie because I’d make these right now, if I hadn’t! ;-)
    GORGEOUS pics.

  9. 9

    These look so lemony and luscious – What a great recipe! I like that it uses a cake mix too.

  10. 10

    oh yum! I do believe im drooling… off to the store for lemon cake mix!

  11. 11

    Yowzer, these look delicious! I love lemon, so I’m sure they wouldn’t last long around here. Thanks for sharing.

  12. 12

    I was just commenting to my friend Jen that I don’t even like lemon but I would make these cookies! They look amazing and so easy!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. 13

    Those cookies look so good! I love any dessert with lemon in it. It might not be safe for me to make them though. My husband isn’t a big fan of lemon so I would have to eat them ALL. LOL!

  14. 14

    That looks really good. I love lemon flavored anything!

    Thanks for sharing.

  15. 15

    Looks delicious and easy to make as well.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Have a terrific Tuesday!

  16. 16

    I love it!! What could be easier and lemon is my husband’s favourite. I can’t wait to make these, thank you for sharing!

  17. 17

    WOW!!! these cookies look AWESOME!!! and sound so EASY!!! to make.

  18. 18

    How simple and yummy!

  19. 19

    I have the ingredients to make these right now. And that’s what I’m going to do!

  20. 20

    Mine are taking a long time to get done what am I doing wrong?

  21. 21

    Oh Cheryl, those look awesome. You inspire me every time I come over here!

  22. 22

    made these today with my daughter-they were yummy and easy for her to do almost by herself!

  23. 23

    I’m not a big fan of lemon cakes, but this one looks delicious to me. I made a similar cake with strawberries and it was fantastic. Maybe I’ll try this time with lemons instead of strawberries. Thanks for sharing!

  24. 24

    these look fab, but i dont have access to cool whip where i live. could i use cream?

  25. 25

    What the heck is cool whip?!?!?!!

  26. 28

    My mom and I have made these for about 10 years now. They are deliciously soft.
    Tip: Keep a very very careful eye on them. They turn to brown and burn very quickly. Also, put the dough in the fridge for an hour or so before rolling them in powdered sugar and they won’t be as sticky.

  27. 30
    Scott (Cakes by Scott) says:

    Alicia and Cheryl,

    I cannot thank you enough for this post!!
    I grew up in a family of bakers. Both grandmothers had their specialties.

    My maternal grandmother and I used to make these cookies EVERY time we visited her. Such fond memories are associated with them.

    I’d had the recipe memorized for years. Then, as I grew up, and grandmother passed away, I forgot the recipe. No one in the family even remembers these but me! I thought the recipe lost, and was so disappointed.

    Today, you’ve gifted me with a part of my history, my family I never thought I’d get back.

    Thank you both so much! I can’t wait to share the recipe with my mother, aunts and cousins. Maybe THEN they’ll remember…(it might help if I send some of the cookies with the recipe, huh?)

    Happy baking to you,
    ~ Scott in Vancouver, WA

    • 31

      You are very welcome! This is one of those recipes that was also passed around in my family and it always comes out for the bridal teas and baby showers because it’s such a pretty cookie. So glad that I could help!

  28. 32
    Laura Pokas says:

    I’ve made these multiple times. The flavor is delish, but the batter can be quite sticky. I found if I had a large flat bowl/pan with the powder sugar in it, I could use my small ice cream scoop to grab a ball of dough and drop it right it, roll it around and it was a lot less messy.

  29. 33

    They look so good, I have to try them!

  30. 34

    These look so yummy, I have to try them right away! Thanks for sharing!!

  31. 35

    I love to see a recipe that is so simple, yet it gets you thinking … how did anyone ever think to add Cool Whip to cake mix to make a cookie. Very clever, indeed.

  32. 36

    pinning right now… they look delicious!

  33. 37

    These are amazing! I made them last night and got rave reviews :)

  34. 38

    these are incredible! I’m pinning now!

  35. 39

    Those look DELICIOUS! Would love to have you link to my party this weekend too!

  36. 40

    ..I tried these years ago, and they didn’t turn out very!
    My Cool-Whip was thawed..should it still be frozen??
    I know…how could I not figure out a three ingredient
    recipe!! I want to try again..they were so soft that they
    pulled apart on the cookie sheet..loving lemon in Washington

  37. 41

    My grandmother made these when I was growing up….I use the same recipe but with a German chocolate cake mix and I add chocolate chips…my boys absolutely love this cookie…and at Christmas I tried it with a Spice cake and added cinnamon chips and chopped pecans then rolled them in powdered sugar and cinnamon mix then drizzled a powdered sugar and milk glaze over the top….very big hit!!.

  38. 42

    Just made these and they are delicious! thank you for the easy and yummy recipe!

  39. 43

    I just made these cookies and they are really yummy! thanks for the easy and delicious recipe!

  40. 44

    Made these for my neighbor’s birthday today! SO yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  41. 45

    I’m making these now! The first batch just came out of the oven. They look sooooooo good!!!!

  42. 46

    I want to make these, but I get so upset when I waste stuff, so I need to know one thing: is the cool whip supposed to be frozen or thawed? Can someone who has already made them please let me know?

  43. 48

    you are pretty much a genius. that is all.

  44. 49

    I had gotten this recipe from a group that I volunteer for. They send these cookies to our troops because they don’t melt and spoil when they are sent over to Afghanistan. Treats for Troops will be in this Oct. Issue of woman’s day magazine and I think she had mentioned the cookies. They are wonderful and taste delicious.

  45. 50

    I am going to try these today! Super Excited!

  46. 51

    I can say my grandmother made these almost every week when I was young. Having 10 kids and about 28 grandchildren and around 40 great grand children at the time she passed she would make huge batches up. I can still remember helping her Strawberry is the best. Great cheap quick snack that goes a long way. Just do not over cook you will enjoy throwing those outside as disk lol.

  47. 52

    I make these cookies, but I use Whipped Topping, and they have to set in the Fridge for an hour. I have a recipe that calls for 2 boxes of Lemon Cake mix, 3 eggs and 8oz of whipped topping. Everyone requests these.

  48. 53

    I have had these bookmarked to make for a while. I loved the bright cheery color. None of the grocery stores near me carried lemon cake mix. I found my cake mix (Duncan Hines) in Target. I did substitute topping for the cool whip. I am getting mixed reviews from my family about the cookies. I didn’t get the same bright yellow that you did. I also found them to be very caky rather than a fudgy textured cookie. I turned a few into cupcakes, and after tasting them I think I find the batter too sweet for me. Is there anything I did wrong that would make my cookies not be the same bright yellow or more of a cookie than a cake?

  49. 54

    Seriously, use parchment paper. You will regret it if you don’t! My cookie sheets normally don’t give me problems but these lemon cookies did not like to come off the sheet. The cookies are great!

  50. 55

    Saw this recipe on TT&J and just made them to donate to a fundraise. They are so easy to make and so delicious. I have to drop them off immediately or I will have eaten them all. They taste like yummy little lemon cakes.


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