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Lemon Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Make EASY, soft lemon cream cheese cookies the easy way! These cookies with frosting are a delicious spring or summer treat.

Lemon Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

The first little shoots of tulips and crocus are making their way up in my yard so I am in complete spring mode. Easter is right around the corner – with its candy and pastel colors.

This springtime itch has me painting my nails the brightest pink, shedding my bulky winter sweaters, and bringing the flavors of warmer months into my kitchen.

This joy over spring’s appearance (finally!) has also had me craving some lemon cookies, and I had to share them with you. This recipe is going to carry you into summer, I promise.

This lemon cookie recipe is moist, chewy and creamy, with the perfect tart flavor, making your insides feel as springy as the tulips popping up outside.

You are going to LOVE this recipe. It is a springtime staple in our house and I know you’re gonna eat it up (Literally + figuratively.) YUM.

Lemon cookies with cream cheese icing on a wire rack

Baking Tips for the Best Cookies Ever

If you want the perfect cookies, you’ll need to make sure your baking is on point. Here are a few good tips.

Since this lemon cookie recipe uses a dough that is lighter in color, you’re going to look for golden edges to make sure that they are done. You want to make sure they are a light brown or dark gold – but not too dark!

You can even slide a spatula underneath one cookie to see what the bottoms look like. You obviously want to avoid burning or cookie bottoms that are too crisp.

The second indicator that you need to remove these cookies from the oven is a slightly puffy center.

The centers will look a little soft, but will continue cooking on the sheet or rack when you remove them from the oven. This is the same whether you use a cookie mix or cake mix.

Are you ready for the best lemon cookie recipe ever? Keep reading!

cream cheese lemon cookies

Cream Cheese Lemon Cookies


For the cookies:

  • 1 Meyer Lemon Cookie Mix (I used Krusteaz)
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract from
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon zest + 2 tbs for topping

(Note: you can also use one box of cake mix, in which case you’ll use 2 eggs, 1/3 cup oil, and no butter.)

For the frosting:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2-2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1/4 cup yellow sugar sprinkles or lemon sugar

Take a peek at the recipe at the bottom of this post! Or you can check out these pictures of the cream cheese frosting. It’s amazing and feel free to use the recipe on just about any cookie.

By the way – just a little tip – I don’t use a knife to spread the frosting. I cut the corner of a plastic bag and use that kind of like a pastry spreader. It’s much easier than wiping a knife or spatula on my cookies (plus easy cleanup!).

lemon cookies with frosting

These cookies will store in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week. You can keep them for several weeks in the refrigerator, and a few months in the freezer.

You’ve got to try these lemon cookies with frosting. Trust me on this! And don’t forget to sprinkle the lemon zest on top! It’s an important part of the presentation.

lemon cake mix cookies with cream cheese

Aren’t they glorious? The lemon flavor is the perfect amount tartness and the frosting is so creamy I want to bathe in it. Or just eat a bunch of it with a spoon. Either one.

lemon cookies with icing and a mason jar glass of milk with a colorful straw

Get the printable recipe below!

Yield: 24 cookies

Lemon Cookies with Cream Cheese

Lemon cookies with cream cheese icing on a wire rack

Make EASY, soft lemon cookies with the most delicious cream cheese frosting you've ever had! Shortcut with a cake mix or cookie mix. SO good!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes



  • 1 box lemon cookie mix
  • 1 medium egg(s)
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup lemon zest

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar sprinkles (yellow)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cookie mix, butter, egg, vanilla, and lemon extract in a medium bowl. Stir until dough forms.
  2. Roll into balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 - 9 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.Lemon cookies cooling on a wire rack
  3. While cookies are cooling, whip the cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar, and combine with mixer or spatula.Lemon cookie recipe with cream cheese frosting sitting in a container on the side
  4. Add vanilla, lemon extract, any extra powdered sugar to taste, and sugar sprinkles.
  5. Fill ziploc or pastry bag with icing and pipe on cookies. Top with remaining lemon zest.Spreading cream cheese icing on the top of a lemon cookie

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

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Paige Flamm

Monday 21st of March 2016

These cookies look amazing! I need them in my life!


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