The Best Lemon Cookies ~ Quick , Easy, and Oh, so good!

Rachel Maria's Recipes

True Story: Several years ago, I found an extraordinary recipe for lemon cookies in a cookbook I snatched from my sister’s bookshelf. I made them that Easter, and I have to say, they were AWESOME! I was never even crazy about lemony desserts, up until then. They were that good!

Since then, my sister has somehow misplaced that cookbook and the recipe (which I could smack myself for not copying it).

Today, I needed to bake for the first Easter dinner that Scott and I will host at The House on High Street. Since I was already making Rachel Maria’s Biscotti, I wanted to make a second (yet easier) cookie. I really wanted those lemon cookies, but since I didn’t have much time (and I lost the recipe) I decided to try it using a LEMON CAKE MIX. I am so glad that I did!

Yes, these cookies are from a lemon cake mix in a box, and they are extraordinary.  (Just like the ones I made, from scratch and a forgettable recipe, long ago.)

Scott is not crazy about lemon desserts, and yet he really likes these cookies! He couldn’t even tell the difference from the lemon cookie I made from scratch, in the past. I think this is the way to go, for me, from here on out! How about you?


Lemon Cookies with Glazed Icing 


One box lemon cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil


*Preheat Oven to 375ºF
*Mix ingredients & Roll into 1 inch balls

Best Lemon Cookies

Best Lemon Cookies
*Flatten a bit, with your palm or the bottom of a flat glass.
*Place on a lightly greased baking sheet about 3 inches apart. (They’ll spread out during baking.)
*Bake for15-20 minutes. (You’ll notice the cracks on the top of the cookies. You can also test using the toothpick trick.)

This is how the lemon cookies will look after they are baked enough.
This is how the lemon cookies will look after they are baked enough.

*During baking, whisk together ingredients for the glazed icing. (See below.)
*Pour or drizzle 1 T. of the glazed icing onto the cookies, once cooled.

Best Lemon Cookies

(If you don’t want to mess the cookie sheet, you can use a wire rack. But, why mess a wire rack?!)

Glazed Icing


2 cups confectioners sugar
2 T. lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 T. cold water


Whisk together ingredients & pour over cooled cookies (about 5 minutes out of the oven).

Best Lemon Cookies

And, walla! A quick and easy lemon cookie that is oh, so good! 

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