Easy Lemon Crackle Cookies, Free Printable

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Let me warn you upfront. These lemon crinkle cookies are so yummy and so light that it is hard to eat just one of them. (Light and fluffy, not light in calories – I make no claims about calories.) If you decide to make these delicious bites of sweet lemony goodness, you might as well make two batches. They just don’t last. And they are so easy to make.

I am telling you — make a double batch.

There is something so delightfully cheerful about citrus fruit, especially the lemon. When I was thinking about a sweet treat to make for Mother’s Day I wanted something happy, and I thought of lemons. These cookies are a perfect spring dessert. Give them as a gift or serve them at a party – they look fancy and taste divine, but you can whip them up in less than 20 minutes.

Lemon Crackle Cookies
I’ll tell you a secret, I made them with Betty Crocker® Super Moist® Cake Mix. Yes! Cake mix.

Now, I am not a big cake person. I could eat cookies all day long, but I am happy to leave the cake. So even as I mixed my lemon crinkle cookies, I figured everyone would love them — except me. Boy was I wrong. Apparently when cakes and cookies come together, I am all in.

Photographing these cookies was so hard. All I wanted to do was eat my props!



Mix eggs, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and cake mix in a large bowl.

Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes. (Creates fluffier cookies.)

Roll tablespoon size balls of dough in powdered sugar.

Lemon Cookie Dough
Lemon Cookie Powdered Sugar
Coat well and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Lemon Crackle Cookie Powdered Sugar
Bake for 9 minutes at 375 degrees. (Makes 24 cookies.)


If you can manage to part with some of these cookies, these cookies could really brighten someone’s day. Especially when paired with the cute printable tag I created for these cookies.

Lemon Crackle Cookies Printable Tag
I’ll tell you another cheat. I never seem to have cute plastic baggies when I need them, so I just cut the top off a sandwich baggie, added a little baker’s twine and ta-da. Perfect presentation.

Download your free Lemon Crinkle Cookies tag here.

You can cut the tags out by hand, or for a perfect circle I use Fiskar’s Extra Large Circle Punch.

I want another cookie now. Just one more cookie…

Lemon Cookie

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Easy Lemon Crackle Cookies
Serves: 24
  • Betty Crocker® Super Moist® Lemon Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • ⅓ Cup Oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ⅓ Cup Powdered Sugar
  1. Mix eggs, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and cake mix in a large bowl.
  2. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes. (Creates fluffier cookies.)
  3. Roll tablespoon size balls of dough in powdered sugar.
  4. Coat well and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 9 minutes at 375 degrees. (Makes 24 cookies.)

More Crinkle Cookies

Red, white and blue crinkle cookies.

Red White and Blue Crackle Cookies


  1. Akshita Nanda says:

    Hey, I could not find the lemon cake mix, can you tell me what I can use as a substitute for it?

  2. Do you know how well these would freeze? I wondered if I could make these ahead of time and freeze them.

    • That’s a good question. Honestly, they never last long enough in my house to test it! LOL. But considering that they are cake batter, I would imagine they would freeze nicely. The only downside, the powdered sugar might not look as pretty when it defrosts. The more I think about it, I am picturing the powdered sugar being too absorbed into the cookie from freezing. I am really just not sure. But they are a quick cookie to whip up 🙂 Sorry I am not more help.

  3. Carol Mayle says:

    My dough is way too soft to form into balls. What’s the best way to deal with this?

  4. Carol Mayle says:

    My dough is way too soft to roll into balls. How do I deal with this?

    • Did you refrigerate the dough for at least 30 mins? It is a very sticky dough, if you look at the picture you can see how sticky the dough is. When I “ball” it, it is more like dropping blobs into the sugar. Coating it with sugar helps it to not be sticky, and then I can form nicer balls. I hope this helps and your cookies turn out yummy!

      • I ended up doing what you suggested, but after refrigerating the dough, I put it in the freezer for 10 minutes. After that, I was able to handle the “blobs” using two spoons in the sugar. The cookies are fantastic!!! I am making them again tonight to bring to a party tomorrow night. I thank you and my friends thank you!

    • The dough is very sticky even after refrigeration. I used my small cookie scoop and dropped into the powdered sugar and then was able to form the balls.

  5. Had the same concern about the soft sticky dough but after looking at the picture decided to try it. Once in the powdered sugar, it worked just fine.

    This recipe makes WAY more than 24 cookies though. I doubled the batch as you suggested and used tablespoon sized drops. My first batch of 24 is in the over now and I’ve got at least 2/3 of the dough left! Better too many than too little…

  6. I found that one recipe equals one serving lol. These are sinfully good!

  7. It would really help if all the recipes were printable.

    • Hi Nancy – I am sorry, it looks like my printable plugin wasn’t working on that recipe for some reason. It has been fixed now. I appreciate the heads up so I could fix it for future bakers 🙂

  8. It was nice to get your reply to my email. I made the Lemon Crinkle cookies today…love them. You are right, so cute. I’m giving them as a gift tonight. I’m hoping I’m surbscribed to you. Thanks, Nancy

  9. By the way, I forgot to mention a while ago that my sister froze these lemon cookies and said they were great, no problem.

  10. I forgot to mention a while ago someone asked if these could be frozen..My sister froze hers and said they were great, no

  11. Do these need to be cooled on a cooling rack after baking?

    • They need to sit on the cookie sheet for a bit first, if you try to move them right away they will crumble. But yes, I typically move all of my cookies to a cooling rack eventually so I can back another batch. LOL. But def let them cool for a good 5-10 mins first.

  12. Would love to have a free printable of the Lemon Crinkle Cookies.

  13. The printable Lemon Crackle Cookies gift tag is in the post. Just click to download the image and you can print it. Enjoy!


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