Lemon Whippersnap Cookies

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Lemon Whippersnap Cookies

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In honor of Ms. Loretta Lynn, we are sharing her favorite dessert!

After the loss of the country music icon Loretta Lynn, we wanted to find a way to honor her, and what better way to do that than with food? After some research, we found that these Lemon Whippersnap Cookies were one of her favorite Southern desserts. While this is not one of our typical recipes, we stayed faithful to the original for this one!

WOT we love about this recipe: They are straightforward to make and, dare we say, failproof.

Lemon Whippersnap Cookies

Servings 2 dozen


  • 1 15-16.5 oz. box lemon cake
  • 2 cups whipped topping, like cool-whip
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 lemon, juiced
For Rolling
  • ½ cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • In a mixing bowl combine the cake mix, whipped topping, 1egg, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Using a spatula, stir all the ingredients until you get a very sticky dough consistency. 
  • Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out one dough ball and drop it into the powdered sugar. Roll it in powdered sugar until coated and place on the parchment-lined cookie sheet. 
  • Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until set.
  • These cookies are perfect hot out of the oven or if you can wait, perfect for a special treat. They also freeze for up to two months. 
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Photos by Lorianne DeVita

by Camila Alves McConaughey