Saturday, November 26, 2011

Easy Gooey Lemon Cookies

I don't normally post recipes, they're too controversial, but I haven't yet participated in NewlyWoodward's Dare series so I thought I could throw in a cookie recipe Rob and I have used and loved before.

I love to bake so I have quite a few good dessert recipes if people enjoy reading this? Personally I think pretty pictures of my house are better to look at ;)

This is a Paula Deen recipe tweak. She used chocolate but I am not a big fan of chocolate, I LOVE lemon though. 

And yes, I stole and tweaked the instructions from but I changed it all up with my tweaks so don't  judge!


  • 1 (8-ounce) brick cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (18-ounce) box lemon cake mix
  • Confectioners' sugar (only if you feel fancy).


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Paula's recipe calls for everything to be room temperature. I don't have that kind of time, I just microwave it to a slop... it cooks in the oven anyways ;)
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner's sugar (if you want brownie housewife points, I never did this). Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and "gooey." Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners' sugar, if desired (don't do this step, it's just sad ;)). 

They're also good with some whipped icing spread on top :)

Cookies are so much effort to make though, I hate scooping them up and placing them on the pan... mine always grow into one giant cookie since I don't have pans big enough to place them far apart...

Linking to

NewlyWoodward's DARE series


  1. This sounds really yummy. I think the lemon would be oh-so-refreshing. Also, why are recipes controversial? I guess I never realized that. I'm super glad you joined in the party. I think I may need to try this one for myself.

  2. that looks amazing! i love lemon too - and they are pretty enough to give as gifts!

  3. Yum! I love lemon, and this would be a nice change from the normal Christmas cookies (like the chocolate peppermint kind I just made!)

  4. I love lemon! Thanks for sharing. I may have to give these a try very soon =) Rolling them in sugar definitely deserves extra points, but that sounds good also!

  5. Lemon desserts are my favorite! And anything gooey is just fine by me. I can't wait to try these!

  6. Those looks delectable and easy too! I also posted a lemon-y Christmas treat. I'm definitely going to given in on my no-cookies rule and make these this weekend!!! My husband will love them :)

  7. I dear lord. I think I need to go buy lemon cake mix. Like now.

  8. They look delish! I'm going to have to pin this so I remember to try them for the holidays!

  9. I never commented when I first read this, but these cookies have been stuck in my head ever since. I'm now making them for a cookie exchange. I cannot WAIT!

  10. The lemon is a great twist!!! They look super delicious and a nice break from all the rich treats this season! Thanks so much for linking up today!! :)


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