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Lemon Cooler Cookies

Updated on August 2, 2017
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Cholee is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys creating family and budget-friendly recipes from scratch.

Fresh lemon cooler cookies from the oven.
Fresh lemon cooler cookies from the oven. | Source
3 stars from 3 ratings of Lemon Cooler Cookies

With Spring here and Summer just around the corner warm weather is in the air. What complements warm weather better than a sugary, cool refreshing lemon cookie? These cookies are perfect with morning coffee, afternoon tea, or for a picnic. Great for family gatherings, potlucks, and bake sales these cookies never last long.

If you are looking for a great new summer cookie this is it! Cool and refreshing they are perfect for those hot summer days in the sun. I never have to worry about keeping them fresh as these cookies are moist and don't last much longer than 3 days at my house. However, putting them in zip lock bags, a cookie jar, or in a simple tupperware container will keep them fresh.

With only four ingredients these cookies are fast and easy to make. They may not be made from scratch, however they are so moist and delicious people will think they are. If you can't, or simply prefer not to bake completely from scratch, or your philosophy is like my cousin's (they are made at home so they are homemade) these cookies are great.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: About 2 dozen cookies depending on size

*Note: Cook time does not include thawing the cool whip. If you have to thaw the cool whip add an extra 30 minutes to your prep time.


  • 1 box Lemon cake mix with pudding, (Most cake mixes today already have pudding in them)
  • 1 8 oz container Cool Whip, (An imitation whipped cream)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar, (Adding more as needed)
  • 1 tsp. Lemon extract, (If desired)

*Warning: Do not follow the instructions on the back of the cake mix box. Doing so will result in a liquid batter that is nearly impossible to bake.


  1. Thaw cool whip to room temperature if not already. (I like to take it out of the freezer in then morning and bake the cookies right before lunch) Pour powdered sugar into a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl combine cake mix, cool whip, and egg. If using lemon extract add that in as well. (Using a hand mixer will make the process easier).
  3. Use a spoon to create small balls and drop them into the powdered sugar (Wet hands make it easier to form balls as the dough is kind of sticky). Having a small bowl of water nearby may not be a bad idea.
  4. Completely cover balls in powdered sugar and place on a baking sheet (I flatten mine a little so they spread out. Without flattening they will stay thicker cookies).
  5. Bake in oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Do not brown cookies.
  6. Cool on a baking sheet for 3-5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.
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Cookies fresh from the oven | Source

These cookies tend to be a little messy to make with the powdered sugar and sticky dough combination. It is best to not let young kids help in baking these cookies unless you are prepared to clean up a mess afterwards.

For a variation and little tart kick, add a package of lemonade Kool-Aid mix to the powdered sugar. Mix together before placing dough balls into powdered sugar.

The perfect soft lemon cookie for those who prefer soft and moist verses the traditional crispy lemon cookie. Enjoy!


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    • Shesabutterfly profile imageAUTHOR

      Cholee Clay 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      So glad you loved them Teresa Coppens! They truly are a great spring cookie for anyone who loves lemon:)

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      Teresa Coppens 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tried them and loved them!

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      India Arnold 

      9 years ago from Northern, California

      My best friend has a real addiction to lemon flavored anything, and I am a big fan of citrus myself! I will be sure to pass this on to her (after making the recipe for me first of course!). Nice work!


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      Teresa Coppens 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What an easy recipe and my kids loooove soft cookies. And I so love lemon! I have shared on facebook and I hope to make these for an Easter treat!

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      Sarah Darling 

      9 years ago from Powder Springs

      Yummy! Going to try these this weekend!!! I am always looking for new cookie ideas

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      9 years ago from Michigan

      Yummy! I love easy recipes and I can see that these would be perfect for a summer afternoon. These will be a must try in my house. Thanks for this great recipe!

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      Alissa Roberts 

      9 years ago from Normandy, TN

      These cookies look delish! Considering how much my boys love anything with a lemon taste, I will definitely be trying these out. Voted up, awesome, and tweeting!

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      9 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Thank you for this recipe for the lemon lovers in my family. It reminds me of my daughter's recipe for a low cal cookie where you substitute the oil with applesauce. I certainly think your cookies are better for me than the Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Chocolate pie I just had!

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      Sheila Brown 

      9 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      These lemon cookies sound awesome! Pefect timing, I may make some for Easter! Voted up, useful and sharing on my blog! Have a wonderful day! :)

    • Shesabutterfly profile imageAUTHOR

      Cholee Clay 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Appreciate the share rebeccamealey! Enjoy the cookies, they are delicious:)

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      9 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You've sold me on these lemon coolers! gotta bookmark and share!

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      Cholee Clay 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting everybody! Hope you enjoy them.

      Eliminate Cancer-Adding lemon zest sounds good, let me know how you like them if you decide to make them:)

      Daisy Mariposa-You're welcome. I find it very helpful knowing what others have tried and haven't worked, so I like to make sure I put in some tips that others will find useful.

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      9 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      Thanks for publishing this recipe. Lemon cookies are a favorite in my household.

      I appreciate the fact that you added the tips and pointers in your article. Too many recipes are lacking this type of information.

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      Eliminate Cancer 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      I may try it with a bit of lemon zest - I'll let you know how it comes out.

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      Eliminate Cancer 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'm with ChaplinSpeaks - I love lemon anything, especially homemade. Can't wait to try them. My kids will love this!! Thanks for sharing!

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      9 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      These sound really tasty! I love anything citrus and will have to give these a try.

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      Cholee Clay 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Chaplin Speaks. They are extremely easy, but tend to be a little messy. Hope you like them!

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      Sarah Johnson 

      9 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      I like your cousin's philosophy about homemade, and I agree! These yummy-looking cookies seem so easy to make. I love lemon anything and will be trying this soon. Thanks for sharing.


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