Easy Lemon Cookies from Cake Mix

Are you ready for something with a little ZING?! How about these easy-as-pie lemon cookies from cake mix? And because we’re hopelessly devoted to chocolate in all of it’s glorious iterations, we’ve added creamy white chocolate chips to the mix.

Of course lemon fans will tell you that this bright flavor is welcome all year round, but Spring seems to be a really fantastic time to break out of the heavy flavors of winter baking. The sun is out! We’re flirting with flip-flop weather! Our kids have come inside with cheeks that are a wee bit too rosy since we didn’t realize it was time to double down on the sunscreen. (Sorry kids!)

lemon cookies from cake mix

Next time baking supplies are on sale at the grocery store, we highly suggest stockpiling some cake mix cookie supplies. You just never know when you’re going to want a little after-school snack. Every day is a good day for lemon cookies from cake mix!

Here’s how to tackle this ridiculously easy recipe.

Easy Lemon Cookies from Cake Mix

1 box lemon cake mix
2 eggs beaten
5 Tbsp melted butter
2 cups white chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix together all ingredients and spread into a greased 9×13 pan.
3. Bake for 20 minutes.

Now while these cake mix cookies are pretty freaking amazing, as-is, you could get buck wild and give them nice schmear of cream cheese frosting (a fantastic recipe can be found here). Maybe some sprinkles. 

I’m a sprinkles kinda girl.

This recipe holds up marvelously to using a cookie cutter to cut the baked cookie into fun shapes.

What kiddo wouldn’t be happy to get sunshiney cookie in the shape of a heart or dinosaur?!

Lemon not your thing? FEAR NOT! Because cake mix cookies are 100% my thing. So here are a few other varieties that I think you should give some SERIOUS thought to putting on your To Bake list, ASAP.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies
Double Chocolate Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Cadbury Mini Egg Cake Mix Cookies
Cadbury Mini Egg Cake Mix Cookies — Chocolate Version!

Ready, set…BAKE!

Emoji Chocolate Bark | Valentine’s Day Treat

Emoji Chocolate Bark makes a simple and adorable Valentine’s Day Treat!

Emoji Chocolate Bark makes a simple and adorable Valentine's Day Treat! This white chocolate dessert is perfect for a school party or birthday.

With a 5th grade daughter in the house, we are a little Emoji crazy around here! We’ve got the pillows, the phone case, and you name it anything else emoji related is coming in this house. My daughter’s birthday party theme was even emoji and I’ve rounded up some amazing emoji party cakes in the past.

When I stumbled across some adorable emoji M&M’s at Target, I immediately wanted to buy them all up to use for a Valentine’s Day treat! Needless to say my daughter was thrilled. I think she scream at the top of her lungs in Target. That’s another thing 5th grade girls are crazy about… doing high pitched screams! ha!

Emoji Chocolate Bark makes a simple and adorable Valentine's Day Treat! This white chocolate dessert is perfect for a school party or birthday.

I decided to make some Emoji White Chocolate Bark Valentine’s Day treats as that is about the simplest thing you can make and looks adorable packed up in cute bags.

Along with yellow M&M’s I wanted my dessert to have some color. I found some cute and colorful candy hearts from Wilton at Target too. Any Valentine’s Day Candy Sprinkles will do for chocolate bark —> look for some here.

To make Emoji Chocolate Bark, just melt a large glass bowl full of white chocolate chips or vanilla almond bark for about 1 minute in the microwave. Stir and melt for 30-60 more seconds and stir until creamy.

Pour onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Sprinkle Emoji M&M’s and heart candy sprinkles onto the melted chocolate.

Emoji Chocolate Bark makes a simple and adorable Valentine's Day Treat! This white chocolate dessert is perfect for a school party or birthday.

Place the baking sheet into the refrigerator for about 20 minutes or until the white chocolate has totally hardened.

Emoji Chocolate Bark makes a simple and adorable Valentine's Day Treat! This white chocolate dessert is perfect for a school party or birthday.

Cut the candy into pieces and you’ve got an adorable Valentine’s Day treat!


If you can’t find the Emoji M&M’s, here are some alternative ideas:

• Use a black edible marker to draw emoji faces on yellow Mega M&M’s (I recommend these edible –>markers)

• Instead of M&M’s, you could use any small emoji candies! I’ve found seen some emoji conversation hearts and emoji gummies that would be fun.


Watch us make this fun and simple treat in the video below. Please subscribe to my Youtube channel HERE.


You might also like these Emoji Party Ideas…

Emoji Party Ideas! Colorful Free Party Printables perfect for any Emoji Fan. Emoji Poop Invitations, Tags, Water Bottles and Gift Wrap. Emoji birthday party fun. ~ LivingLocurto.com


Emoji cake ideas and dessert inspiration for an Emoji Party. From birthday and graduation parties to school events, an emoji party theme is fun for all! LivingLocurto.com


Emoji Chocolate Bark makes a simple and adorable Valentine's Day Treat! This white chocolate dessert is perfect for a school party or birthday.

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Birthday Cake Martini Recipe

Colorful Birthday Cake Martini. An easy cocktail recipe that tastes just like a birthday cake! One of the Best Party Recipe Ideas. LivingLocurto.com

When you are needing a fun cocktail, try making a Colorful Birthday Cake Martini. It’s such an easy drink recipe that tastes like a birthday cake!

I’m excited to announce that I JUST started a new Facebook page featuring the BEST PARTY RECIPES! I’d love for you to come like the page and join the fun. I love making and featuring great party recipes, but I also like sharing all kinds of other creative ideas here at Living Locurto, so now I have a place just for the recipes. What are YOUR Best party recipes? Come share them on the page!

I’m kicking off the new –> Facebook Page <– announcement with this festive Birthday Cake Martini recipe, which I believe is one of the most fun drinks you can make for a party! Especially for a birthday party.

Colorful Birthday Cake Martini. An easy cocktail recipe that tastes just like a birthday cake! One of the Best Party Recipe Ideas. LivingLocurto.com

Have you ever made a Birthday Cake Martini? It’s so easy, with only 3 ingredients…


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18 Amazing Homemade Brownies Recipes

Looking for the perfect homemade brownies recipe? Well, you’ve hit the jackpot here. You can’t go wrong with any of these options. Your toughest choice? Which one to make first?!?

Double Chocolate Chunk Brownies With Caramel Frosting From TodaysMama.com

“Chocolate and Caramel – does it get any better than that?! These double chocolate caramel brownies with the most delicious frosting are pure heaven.”

Double Chocolate Brownies


Red Velvet Homemade Brownies With Cream Cheese Frosting from The Recipe Critic

“These red velvet brownies are seriously the perfect brownie recipe!  Perfectly moist and chewy with the bright red color.  The cream cheese frosting is the perfect finishing touch!  These are AMAZING!”

Red Velvet Homemade Brownies


Samoa Brownies Recipe from My Incredible Recipes

“Just when you thought that magical cookie couldn’t get any better than it all ready is . . . let me introduce to you the SAMOA brownie!”

Homemade Samoa Brownies Recipe


Brownie Bowl Sundaes From TodaysMama.com

“Check out this brilliant dessert hack to make your own homemade brownie bowls!”

homemade brownie bowls


Ice Cream Sundae Brownies from Picky-Palate

“So, you knew once I tried ice cream inside of cookies that I wasn’t stopping there right?!!  These devilish brownies are equally as decadent as those cookies.  I’m talking perfectly crisp edges, chewy centers, thick, ultra CHOCOLATY and down right delicious!  The beauty of this recipe is you can personalize it with your family’s favorite ice cream.”

ice cream brownies

Ice Cream Sundae Brownies


Dark Chocolate Brownies With Dark Chocolate Frosting from Table for Seven

“Chocolate, super fudgy and will surely satisfy your chocolate craving.  Oh, and the frosting?  It’s like a dream in a bowl.  Be careful not to just eat with a spoon before you get it on the brownies. Dreamy.

A little twist to your average brownie. Delicious!”

Dark Chocolate Brownies with Dark Chocolate Frosting



White Chocolate Decadence Brownies From TodaysMama.com

“Be sure to use a good quality white chocolate for this recipe.  I usually buy a bar or block of white chocolate instead of white chocolate chips but they will work too.  Just make sure it is real white chocolate (not the almond bark or vanilla melts).”

Homemade White Chocolate Decadence Brownies


Peanut Butter Cup Brownies from All Things Mama

“The recipe I found called for you to make your own homemade brownie mix for these, but I used my favorite go-to boxed brownie mix instead. I’ve found I get much more compliments on them than when I make the best homemade recipe I have. So, run to the pantry and pull out your favorite brownie mix, penaut butter, chocolate, and peanut butter chips and get started. These are soooooo worth it!”

Salted Caramel Brownies


Homemade Snoball Brownies From Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

“Fans of Hostess Sno Balls will love these Sno Ball Brownies! Dense chocolatey brownies covered in marshmallow and pink coconut — pretty to look at and so good to eat!”

Homemade Snoball Brownies Recipe


Homemade Buckeye Brownies Recipe From Shugary Sweets

“Rich chocolate brownies topped with a homemade buckeye filling and covered with smooth chocolate ganache. Yep. That’s a definite help in the comfort department!!”

Homemade Buckeye Brownies Recipe


Peanut Butter Cookie Brownies {a.k.a. “Polka Dot Brownies”} From Lovely Little Kitchen

“These little squares did NOT last long my friends. My husband barely even got to taste them because the boys and I scarfed them up so fast. He’s learning that he has to be quick if he wants to get in on the good stuff. Otherwise it’s like, “Um, didn’t I see a pan of brownies on the counter a few days ago?” Sure did buddy, you snooze you loose around here!”

Peanut Butter Cookie Brownies


Homemade Lunch Lady Brownie Recipe From Life in the Lofthouse

“These brownies are simply incredible. Fudgy, chewy and totally amazing. Apparently, it’s an old classic recipe from the sweet ladies who served our lunches in Elementary school.”

Homemade Lunch Lady Brownies Recipe


S’mores Brownies From Easy Peasy Mealz

“Rich chocolate brownies, gooey chocolate, and perfectly browned marshmallows make these brownies the perfect summer treat.”

Homemade Smores Brownies


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies From Recipe Girl

“New and improved!”

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies


Twix Truffle Brownies From Chef In Training

“Oh. My. Gosh. Time to break out the stretchy pants… This recipe will completely knock your socks off. If you love the components of Twix, then you will LOVE this recipe!

This recipe is a fudgy chocolate brownie topped with a shortbread cookie truffle, gooey caramel and melted chocolate… yeah, its pretty amazing :)”

Twix Truffle Brownies


Cheesecake Brownies From Lil’Luna

“The chocolate-y treats are one of my “go-to” desserts when company comes over, so I like to have several different brownie recipes on hand. When my family saw a recipe for Cheesecake Brownies, they decided to give them a try. Let’s just say I’m so glad they did because this recipe was GREAT!! Let me tell you why…

1 – Brownies on they’re on are simply delicious!

2 – A cheesecake layer in between means you can’t go wrong!

3 – White chocolate chips in the Cheesecake layer make them even better!”

Homemade Cheesecake Brownies Recipe


Poke  Turtle Brownies From Carlsbad Cravings

“Just when you thought brownies couldn’t get any better – introducing crazy moist Poke Turtle Brownies seeping with pockets of caramel, infused with pecans and chocolate chips, smothered in the BEST chocolate frosting and topped with more caramel. ” 

Poke Turtle Brownies