Lemon Crinkle Cookies

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by Amber on January 6, 2012

This isn’t so much the case in San Antonio right now (where it’s a balmy 68 degrees), but around this time in New Jersey, I start to go a little sunshine-deprivation crazy. I start to crave citrus, sunshine, and time outdoors – even though it’s usually in the 20s.

That’s where these Lemon Crinkle Cookies come in. They’re a direct inspiration from Jamie’s post for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. I’m certainly not reinventing the wheel here.

But when it’s dark and dreary and you just need a little sunshine in your life? These are the ticket. Using lemon extract and lemon cake, the perfectly lemon-y yumminess is hard to beat.

Plus, because it’s a recipe where you’re doctoring up a cake mix, it comes together in *no* time.

Brighten up the day of someone you love with some delightful lemon cookies, my friends. The smiles you get back are worth it.


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Casey@Good. Food. Stories. January 6, 2012 at 10:21 AM

You can eat lemon cookies for breakfast, right?? And speaking of, did you see the Girl Scouts are offering a lemon cookie this year? Gotta try it.

Amber January 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Absolutely you can. I did not see that. I try to pretend the Girl Scouts don’t exist, or I end up eating my weight in Thin Mints.

Casey@Good. Food. Stories. January 6, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Oh yes indeed. I can eat a sleeve of Thin Mints in no time flat. It’s scary.

DessertForTwo January 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Amber, seriously, I am a lemon addict. These cookies look PERFECT! :)

Happy New Year :)

Amber January 6, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I love lemon too. So much. Thank you :) Happy New Year to you too, Tina!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 6, 2012 at 11:08 AM

These are simply lovely!

Amber January 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Thanks, Katrina! I’m trying Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies next.

Allyssa @ First Sweet Taste January 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

These look amazing! I’ve been on such a lemon kick lately, I can’t wait to try them!

Amber January 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Thanks for stopping by, Allyssa! They’re very lemony and sooooo yummy.

celebrEATySarah January 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM

am making these lemony treats in the weekend!

Amber January 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Sarah, come back and tell me how you like them!

Abigail January 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I’m so excited by how easy these are – I just need to buy lemon cake mix! Definitely making some to bring into work on the first day of class.

Amber January 8, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Abigail, they’re perfect for last minute take-to-work type stuff. And the beauty is, you can make them with any cake mix you want!

amanda @ fake ginger January 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I’ve been wanting to try this recipe but I never have cake mix on hand. Hopefully after seeing your delicious cookies I’ll remember to pick some up!

Amber January 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Amanda, I don’t usually keep it on hand either, but after I tried these cookies once, I went out and bought like one of every flavor (hellooooo spice cake!) to keep in the pantry for emergency cookie situations (i.e. PMS).

sweetsugarbelle January 6, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Oh they are EASY too!!! LOVE. I’m a lemon girl!

Amber January 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Me too, Callye! I love lemon and citrus anything, especially cakes, cookies, and gummy candy. Also, thank you so much for sharing on Facebook. That was so very kind of you. <3

Angie R. January 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM

These look so good! Are you from San Antonio? One of my favorite places and I was just there last week for the Alamo Bowl. The weather was amazing! Sic ‘em Bears!

Amber January 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Angie, I sure am. I live in New Jersey now, but San Antonio born and raised. And my baby cousin Alycia *just* graduated from Baylor about 3 weeks ago. Sic ‘em Bears indeed!

Tracy January 7, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I love cake mix cookies; we usually make the funfetti kind but these look fabulous too, so bright and cheery!

Amber January 8, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Oooooh funfetti! That’s a great idea!

lim January 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

if i cant get box Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Mix,what can i use instad???

Amber January 8, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Lim, you can use any box cake mix of your choosing. It doesn’t have to be Duncan Hines, it just has to be the large 18 oz size. You can use any flavor – if you’re using chocolate or vanilla, use any other extract you’d like, from vanilla to peppermint to orange (think chocolate oranges or creamsicle like flavors!).

Baker Street January 7, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Oh Amber! These look insanely delicious! LOVE that first picture!

Do come and share this on our citrus bloghop: http://ow.ly/8lHRi

Amber January 8, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Thanks, An! I sure will :)

Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} January 8, 2012 at 2:14 PM

This cookie would be great to have with my green tea! Visiting from citrus bloghop!

Amber January 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Nice to meet you, Lisa! Mmm yes, it would be really good with green tea.

@Mango_Queen January 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

What an amazing lemon cookie recipe! My family will love this. Must bookmark and bake it soon. Thanks for sharing the citrus-love!

Amber January 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Thanks so much! I love how quick and easy they are. I think you will too.

Angie R. January 8, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Amber, Congratulations to Alycia! I actually work at Baylor and my son is a sophomore.

Amber January 8, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Thanks, Angie, I’ll let her know. She just moved back up here to NJ/NJ area. She’s so excited to be graduated and starting her “grown up” life.

Suzanne January 8, 2012 at 10:12 PM

yum these look tasty, and easy to make which is a plus! Sending you some #citruslove

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more January 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Love that you used a box mix, and I agree, the weather really can make you crave summery flavours.

foodwanderings January 9, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I love crinckles. I always make them with chocolate but never lemon. Tartness though is my preferred taste so am definitely trying these soon. New to your site through blog hop. Nice meeting!!

Jen January 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

These look delish! I could use a little sunshine right now. It’s dreary and raining… And, I am wrapped up in a blanket on the couch drinking tea.

Terra January 16, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Now your talking! I am not a big chocolate lover, but always say I need to make chocolate crinkle cookie. Now I so would rather make these beautiful little cookies, I would devour them:-) Take care, Terra

Shaina January 22, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I would like these to come to my mouth, please. Maybe? I love the idea of a lemon variety.

Maria February 9, 2013 at 10:56 PM

You said 18 oz of cake mix, but I can never find 18 oz in the store, all I can find is 16 or 19 oz, will that work for the recipe? Thank you!

betty May 7, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Hi there!
i bought the ingredients today!
I’m hoping to make the cookie balls and freeze the dough to use as needed.
We like to eat our cookies in batches of 4-6 hot out of the oven.
Have you ever tried this recipe as a freezer cookie dough before?
If so, do you have any tips?
thanks so much,

Amber May 8, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Hi Betty,
I haven’t tried it as a freezer recipe, but I see no reason why it wouldn’t work. Please let me know how they turn out!

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