Recipe: Sunshine Kisses

If there’s one thing that reminds me of summer and sunshine-filled days, it’s lemon cookies. I remember being young, running around in the backyard (barefoot of course), and being called into the house by my mom after she had baked a fresh batch of lemon cookies. I would guzzle two or three at a time right out of the oven; when they’re warm, they melt in your mouth and the lemon-y drizzle “zings” your tongue with happiness. And when they’ve cooled off a few days later, they’re just as addicting: they’re the perfect mix of soft and crunch, cake and cookie. Now that I’m older, I love making a steaming hot cup of coffee in the morning and drinking it alongside these lemon cookies for breakfast. It will seriously put a smile on your face and start your day off in the best way possible.

Like I said, my mom has been making these for YEARS – they are straight from one of her Pampered Chef cookbooks. And in the cookbook, they are named Sunshine Kisses, which is honestly the perfect way to describe them. They’re like a kiss of sunshine on your tongue.

Without further ado…

Sunshine Kisses (Lemon Cookies)

Ingredients:

  • For the cookies:
  • 1 package boxed lemon cake mix
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine cake mix, egg, oil and water in a mixing bowl and stir until thoroughly combined (mixture will be dry). Chop pecans with a food processor and stir into dough.
  3. Using a small stainless steel scoop, drop dough 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool for three minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.
  5. To make the glaze, remove 1 teaspoon of zest from the lemon and 2 tablespoons juice from the lemon. Whisk lemon zest, lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small mixing bow. Drizzle glaze on cooled cookies.

This recipe makes around 30 cookies. I made them over the weekend and the entire batch was gone in just two days. Oops. My husband has been begging me to make more this week! 🙂

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7 Comments

  1. These look delicious! Such a great idea to swap out the vegetable oil and use avocado oil, love that!!! Saving this recipe!

    5.12.20Reply
  2. Looks so yummy!

    Briana
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    5.12.20Reply
  3. Sunshine Kisses – what an adorable name 🙂 These sound sooo yummy, I love half crispy, half soft cookies! And I like how these do not have a billion ingredients and the recipe overall sounds really simple. I am going to try these for sure! 🙂
    xx Janine
    https://walkinmysneaks.blogspot.com

    5.13.20Reply
  4. This cookie recipe is so easy and sounds like the perfect treat for summer!

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  5. Laura Leigh

    These look and sound soo yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing!

    xo Laura Leigh
    https://louellareese.com

    5.13.20Reply
  6. Shay

    I just made these! They are amaaaaazing, so addictive! Hubs and I both love them. Plus they were easy to make. Thank you so much for the recipe, we will be making these many more times!

    5.17.20Reply