Thick, moist, and flavorful describe these delicious Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies. Made from scratch, a cake mix option is included below!
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A few weeks ago I made some of the most delicious Gooey Butter Cookies ever! Melt in your mouth, these puffs of cookie perfection are amazing.
And the best part? They are from scratch. No cake mix needed. Although, if you’re a cake mix hoarder, you can totally use one given my instructions in the recipe!
Today I’m here with a new version of those cookies. Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies.
But back to these Gooey Lemon Butter Cookies. If you’ve ever had Gooey Lemon Butter Cake, these are quite similar, but in cookie form.
Soft, fluffy, and packed with flavor, you’ll find these are great for bake sales too. They stay soft and delicious for a week!
How to make Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies
Often times you’ll here these referred to as cake mix cookies, or Lemon Cake mix cookies. While you can substitute a lemon cake mix in these cookies, I’ve got an easy from scratch way to make them too!
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter, and sugar until light and fluffy. I use an electric mixer and do this on medium speed for about 3 minutes. Add in eggs and lemon extract, beating until combined. Add in lemon zest.
I zested one lemon and added that to the egg mixture. The reason I didn’t use fresh lemon juice was I wanted something a little more concentrated, so I chose to use lemon extract to enhance the lemon flavor.
Next, add flour, baking powder, and kosher salt. Beat until well blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill dough for 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, add powdered sugar. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a 2 Tbsp cookie scoop, spoon equal balls of cake batter (cookie dough) and roll in powdered sugar, until generously coated in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet.
Bake in oven for 11-13 minutes. Remove and cool completely on wire rack.
A few tips in making Lemon Cake Mix Cookies
First, make sure you chill the dough. This helps solidify the butter to a chilled state, which allows the cookies to stay fluffed and thick. You don’t want flat butter cookies!
Store these cookies at room temperature in an airtight container. This will keep them soft and fresh for about a week!
You can freeze gooey lemon butter cookies by letting them cool completely, then transferring them to an airtight container that is safe for the freezer (or ziploc freezer bags).
How to substitute with a cake mix
Want to make these Lemon Gooey Butter Cake Cookies with a cake mix?
Here’s what you’ll need.
One box of lemon cake mix (or yellow cake mix)
1/2 cup butter
1 package cream cheese
1 lemon, zested
powdered sugar (confectioners sugar), for rolling in
Follow the directions to beat the butter and cream cheese together. Add in egg and lemon zest. Then beat in the cake mix. Chill dough as directed and bake as directed in recipe below. ENJOY.
More Cookie Recipes
You can always check my cookie archives for some great recipes. But I’ll highlight a few of my absolute favorites to get you started.
Chewy M&M’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are thick and delicious and perfect when you need a quick dessert. Perfect for holidays and bake sales too!
These Caramel Frosted Sugar Cookies are irresistible. Chewy sugar cookies with a no-chill dough topped with a sweet and salty caramel frosting!
Butter Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie recipe, but can be enjoyed any time of year. Whether you pipe them, scoop them, or slice and bake these cookies, they’re melt in your mouth delicious!
Delicious, festive, easy, melt in your mouth Strawberry Meringues dipped in chocolate! My favorite cookie recipe!
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MORE LEMON DESSERTS:
- Lemon Cupcakes
- Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge
- Lemon Pudding Cake
- Lemon Coffee Cake
- Homemade Lemon Curd
- Lemon Curd Cake
- Lemon Cookies
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