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Lemon Cookies From Cake Mix

Lemon cookies from cake mix are easy with curd or jam on the top. How to make easy cake mix thumbprint cookies baked in the oven quickly.

Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

Cake mix lemon thumbprint cookies are so fun to make in the kitchen with your kids. Fill with all sorts of things in the middle to make this cake mix recipe go from yummy to out of this world delicious. Once you bake 1 batch you will want to fill with all sorts of things year round. (affiliate links present)

Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

You can fill these with just about anything really but it is one of our favorite is making them into a lemon curd dessert so that the top has a dollop of that adding to the citrus flavor. There are lots of other choices too though including cream cheese whipped with marshmallow cream or melted white chocolate which we will explain here too.

We use cake mix for all sorts of things way beyond just what would be expected. Essentially here we are making our cake mix crinkle cookies but with a spot on top for more goodness. You could leave some as is and the others with choices to bite into. The season depends on what I include really, and what I have on hand at the time.

Thumbprint Cookies with Cake Mix

Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies

Cookies made with cake mix only needs 3 ingredients to make the basic dough. From there you can coat the balls with powdered sugar if you want a crackly look like we did here.

  • Box of cake mix, lemon flavor
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable oil

From there if you choose to fill the top with something like our peanut butter and jelly cookies you would create a filling. That would be an easy one scooping those two right out of the jars. If you wanted to fill with chocolate you would use the two items listed below.

You could do this same thing with semi-sweet, milk, or even butterscotch chips though considering the citrusy flavor of the cookie white is typically best if you want chocolate.

Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies with Cake Mix

These are a lot like our super easy lemon crinkle cookie recipe except those used homemade ingredients. If we are in a time crunch we often times don’t have time for from scratch so this comes in quite handy indeed.

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs and vegetable oil until smooth and completely combined, about 2 minutes.
  • Place the confectioner’s sugar in a small bowl. Use a 1 1/2 Tablespoon cookie scoop to portion out the cookie batter and roll the cookie dough balls in the confectioner’s sugar until completely coated.
  • Place the coated cookie dough balls at least 3″ apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes until lightly golden and spread out.
  • Use a teaspoon measuring spoon to press into the center of each cookie to create an indent and then allow to cool for at least 5 minutes but cooling completely to room temperature for 30 minutes is often best, on a cooling rack.

If you want to fill your thumbprint cookie recipe with white chocolate filling, instead of curd like our lemon curd cookies, place the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl with coconut oil and heat in 30 second bursts, stirring well in between each heating to avoid burning the chocolate.

  • Portion out 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of melted white chocolate into the indentation of each thumbprint cookie. Allow the white chocolate filling in the cookies to set completely before storing in an airtight container.
Cake Mix Lemon Cookies

Cake Mix Lemon Cookies

Along the way we have shared other cake mix cookie recipes you will enjoy as well. If you love the citrus flare and want more of it try to add a bit of lemon extract into the batter, or into your lemon glaze plopped into the center…or both!! Want to add a duo? Integrate dry fruit into the mix like our lemon blueberry cookies.

Filled Lemon Cookies

Why do my thumbprint cookies fall apart?

If your cake mix thumbprint cookies become too flat while baking or begin to crack and fall apart it may be because the dough wasn’t chilled. To prevent this and become more of a half dome divot in the center to hold your jam or curd you want to let dough chill for 1 hour in the fridge covered.

What do you eat lemon curd with?

A simple idea is to spread a bit on toast if you like. We like making lemon filled cookies with a dollop of curd in the center like thumbprint style. Adding it into a cake batter instead of sour cream will make it super moist, or spread some on or inside a donut for a citrus flare.

Lemon Cookies From Cake Mix

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Lemon Cookies from Cake Mix

Lemon cookies from cake mix are easy with curd or jam on the top. How to make easy cake mix thumbprint cookies baked in the oven quickly.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix, cookies, lemon, thumbprint cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 132kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs and vegetable oil until smooth and completely combined, about 2 minutes.
  • Place the confectioner's sugar in a small bowl. Use a 1 1/2 Tablespoon cookie scoop to portion out the cookie batter and roll the cookie dough balls in the confectioner's sugar until completely coated.
  • Place the coated cookie dough balls at least 3" apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes until lightly golden and spread out.
  • Use a teaspoon measuring spoon to press into the center of each cookie to create an indent and then allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, if you want to fill with white chocolate filling – place the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl with coconut oil and heat in 30 second bursts, stirring well in between each heating to avoid burning the chocolate.
  • Portion out 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of melted white chocolate into the indentation of each thumbprint cookie. Allow the white chocolate filling in the cookies to set completely before storing in an airtight container.
  • ** alternatively you can fill middle with lemon curd for a strong lemon overall flavor, jam works, peanut butter, or any other type of thick filling you prefer.

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Nutrition Facts
Lemon Cookies from Cake Mix
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 169mg7%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 22IU0%
Vitamin C 0.04mg0%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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