Holidays recipe

Triple Citrus & Coconut Cinco De Mayo Cake Mix Cookies

Here I am, on the eve of Cinco De Mayo, at 10:38 pm, exhausted, yet suddenly determined to make a dessert to celebrate tomorrow’s holiday at work. I’m sort of thinking, what the eff? I finally have two sleeping kids and have been looking forward to sleep all day (one of those days). But I believe you should never turn away inspiration no matter how tired you feel! So with the notion of finding something I could make that was fast, simple, required little and common ingredients that I’d have in my kitchen, and was festive enough for tomorrow, I created these Triple Citrus & Coconut Cake Mix Cookies! 

My go to is always cookies and if I can use the hack of making cookies from a box of cake mix, that’s even better! There is so much one can do to doctor up a box of cake mix, not to mention it can make things super easy if you’re in a time crunch (like me). I felt like this recipe was meant to be – I had a box of lemon cake mix on hand, something I typically do not have on hand. Usually my staples are chocolate or vanilla, but lemon is not all too common! Magically, I still had my DIY orange extract and lime juice in the fridge that hadn’t expired for 4 more months despite feeling like I’ve had that in their for ages! PLUS, I was down to my last two eggs which is precisely the amount of eggs that were called for this recipe! The stars had certainly aligned on this night!

Triple Citrus & Coconut Cake Mix Cookies
Orange, Lemon and Lime flavored cake mix cookies perfect for Cinco De Mayo or Summer fun!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 1 box of Lemon Cake Mix
  2. 2 Eggs
  3. 1/2 cup vegetable oil, canola oil or coconut oil
  4. 1 teaspoon orange extract
  5. 2 teaspoons lime juice
  6. 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  7. food coloring (optional)
  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients together.
  2. Mix well - add a small amount of green food coloring if you want your cookies to appear streaked with color. Gently stir so there are streaks!
  3. Chill in the fridge for a hour
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  5. After dough has been chilled, form into tablespoon sized balls.
  6. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes or till done!
  1. Fruit zests would be great added in and rolling the cookie dough in coconut is also another option/suggestion!
The Mixed Bag

I’m excited to share these with my coworkers and I think they will go great with our lunch that we plan on ordering from Pancheros!


  • Reply
    Mary Hunnicutt
    May 5, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Girl, You so cray cray! Get some sleep already! Really though, I am up for anything with some lime and coconut in it! YUMMY!

  • Reply
    May 11, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I’ve been meaning to comment on these since last week when I first saw them but well, you know me.

    I absolutely LOVE the idea of using a cake mix to make cookies! I got a box of TJs chocolate truffle brownies not too long ago and it had a recipe for cookies and they turned out amazing (then again it could have been the extra crispy bacon and sea salt that I sprinkled on top) lol

    I love that you used your DIY extracts for this recipe, I bet it took them from a ’10’ to a bajillion and ten (wait, what?). What I mean is, they sound incredibly delicious!!

    Oh, and speaking of doctoring up a cake mix, have you seen the “Cake Mix Doctor” brand of cake mixes? They are soooooo gooooood.

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    shelly peterson
    July 23, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    These sound really good. I love coconut! Y have never made cookies before using a cake mix.

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    Julie Wood
    July 27, 2017 at 7:44 am

    These cookies look so pretty and I bet they taste delicious. I want to make these for the kids.

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