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Lemon Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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!

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.

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.

Lemon Cookie Recipe

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 Lemon 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!

Lemon cookies cooling on a wire rack

Cream Cheese Frosted Lemon Cookies

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 1 Meyer Lemon Cookie Mix (I used Krusteaz)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup 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, softened
  • 1 1/2-2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1/4 cup yellow sugar sprinkles
Lemon cookie recipe with cream cheese frosting sitting in a container on the side

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cookie mix, butter, egg, vanilla, and lemon extract in a medium bowl. Stir until dough forms. Roll into balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
  2. Bake for 8 – 9 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  3. While cookies are cooling, whip the cream cheese until smooth, add powdered sugar, and combine with mixer.
  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
Lemon cookie recipe with cream cheese icing
Sprinkling lemon zest on top of a lemon cookie with cream cheese frosting
Yield: 24 cookies

Lemon Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 box lemon cookie mix, (I used Krusteaz)
  • 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)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cookie mix, butter, egg, vanilla, and lemon extract in a medium bowl. Stir until dough forms. Roll into balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
  2. Bake for 8 - 9 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  3. While cookies are cooling, whip the cream cheese until smooth, add powdered sugar, and combine with mixer.
  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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

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Lemon cookie recipe with cream cheese frosting and lemon zest

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 a mason jar glass of milk

What are the recipes you love making when spring finally comes around? Share away! And be sure to visit us as we blog about style, food, and the things we love over at the Pretty Life Girls.

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Paige Flamm

Monday 21st of March 2016

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

Paige http://www.thehappyflammily.com/