Easy Cool Whip Cookies Recipe

There's nothing quite like the refreshing taste of lemon cookies. Perfect for a light dessert or snack, they contain the right amount of zing and sweetness that everyone seems to love. Speaking of sweetness, there is also nothing like Cool Whip. The creamy dessert topping is used on a variety of dishes to add a fluffy texture and sugary flavor — and we won't tell if you enjoy a spoonful of the stuff on its own, too. If you enjoy lemon cookies and Cool Whip, then you absolutely must give these easy Cool Whip cookies a try. With only five ingredients and ready to eat in less than an hour, they are sure to become one of your go-to dessert recipe favorites.

Recipe developer Courtney Moeslein of The Southern Spoonful says that she loves the lightness of the cookies, and the lemon extract "makes these the perfect refreshing summer cookie." She added that they are perfect to take to a party because they are so easy to make and have a great visual appeal. Get-together or not, you may never reach for store-bought cookies again once you take a bite of these.

Gather the ingredients for your easy Cool Whip cookies

Other than how delicious these cookies are, the best thing about this recipe is that it only requires five ingredients that you may already have on hand in your pantry and refrigerator. If not, you'll only need an ultra-quick trip to the grocery store to get everything in place for this easy recipe. 

To make these Cool Whip cookies, you will need a 15.25-ounce box of lemon cake mix. Turns out that cake mix can be pretty handy to keep on hand for other uses, too. For these cookies, you will also need an 8-ounce container of Cool Whip, 1 cup of powdered sugar, an egg, and one teaspoon of lemon extract. Yes, that's really it. Now that you've got everything you need, let's get to mixing!

Prepare the powdered sugar and cake mix

To get things rolling, you'll first want to preheat the oven to 350° F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. The next step is to place the powdered sugar in a medium-sized bowl and set it aside for later use.

Next, empty the box of cake mix into a large mixing bowl. Whisk the egg in a small bowl before adding it to the cake mix. Then, using a hand or stand-up mixer, combine the cake mix and egg until they are just blended together. Then, add the lemon extract and continue mixing until the batter is well blended. While you may be feeling pretty enthusiastic here, be careful not to overmix the batter, so as to avoid developing too much gluten and producing an overly tough cookie.

Fold in the Cool Whip

After the batter is mixed well, you're ready to add the Cool Whip, which gives the cookies their light and fluffy texture. You'll want to fold it into the cake batter with a spatula, however, and not a mixer. 

Moeslein says that the spatula is the key to getting the consistency right. That's because you don't want to overmix the ingredients. Using a spatula and mixing by hand allows you to combine the ingredients until they are just combined into one cohesive whole. You can do this without the worry of overmixing and effectively deflating the light and fluffy nature of the Cool Whip. Remember also that overmixing can potentially make the final cookie overly tough or chewy. 

To properly fold in the Cool Whip to the rest of the ingredients, all you need to do is to take the spatula and make a number of gentle passes around the bowl and through the middle of the mixture. Use a scooping motion to fully distribute the ingredients.

Scoop the cookies and cover them with sugar

Once the batter is mixed, you are ready to scoop out the cookies. Use a tablespoon to lift a spoonful of the batter out of the bowl. Then, place it in the bowl of powdered sugar and roll the ball around until it is covered with the sugar

You won't want to touch the ball once it is covered, lest you ruin the visual effect of the finished cookie. So, be sure to pick up the coated ball of dough with the spoon and place it on the cookie sheet. Repeat until all of the dough is used, setting them down about two inches apart from each other. This recipe should yield 18 to 20 cookies, assuming you make each cookie with about a tablespoon of dough.

Bake the cookies and enjoy

The next step is to bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies will spread in the heat of the oven, leaving striking yellow cookie dough between bits of the powdered sugar. That's sure to catch plenty of hungry glances next time you bring these beauties to a get-together with a dessert table.

The last step is the best step, which is, of course, to enjoy these simple and easy-to-make cookies. Moeslein says they taste great warm or at room temperature. Whoever eats these cookies will surely be happy with them either way.

Easy Cool Whip Cookies Recipe
5 from 33 ratings
With only five ingredients and ready to eat in less than an hour, these easy Cool Whip cookies are sure to become one of your go-to dessert recipe favorites.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
10
minutes
Servings
18
cookies
Easy Cool Whip Cookies
Total time: 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 15.25-ounce box lemon cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 8 ounce container of Cool Whip
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pour the powdered sugar into a medium-sized bowl and set it aside.
  3. Pour the cake mix into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Crack the egg in a small bowl and beat it well. Pour the beaten egg into the cake mix and combine.
  5. Add the lemon extract to the cake mix. Continue to mix until well blended.
  6. Using a spatula, gently fold the Cool Whip into the cake and egg mixture.
  7. Once the mixture is well blended, scoop out approximately 1 tablespoon of the cake mixture into the powdered sugar.
  8. Shake the cookie dough ball in the powdered sugar until well covered. Pick up the cookie dough ball with a spoon and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue this process until all dough has been used.
  9. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 157
Total Fat 5.0 g
Saturated Fat 2.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 18.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 27.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
Total Sugars 7.5 g
Sodium 67.0 mg
Protein 1.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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