Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Strawberry Lemon Glaze

Introduction:

Indulge in the delightful flavors of summer with these Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies topped with a luscious Strawberry Lemon Glaze. Perfect for picnics, potlucks, or simply satisfying your sweet cravings, these cookies offer a burst of fruity goodness in every bite. With just a few simple ingredients and easy steps, you can whip up a batch of these irresistible treats in no time.

Ingredients:

For the Cookies:

  • 1 box strawberry cake mix
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Strawberry Lemon Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F 175C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the cookie dough: In a large bowl, combine the strawberry cake mix, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  3. Shape the cookies: Form 1 tablespoon balls of dough and place them 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake: For 10 minutes, or until the edges start to lightly brown. Do not overbake to ensure cookies remain soft.
  5. Cool: Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Prepare the glaze: Blend the strawberries and lemon juice until smooth. Mix into powdered sugar to create the glaze.
  7. Glaze the cookies: Once cooled, spoon or drizzle the glaze over the cookies. Allow to set before serving.

Serving Tips:

  1. Serve these Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Strawberry Lemon Glaze alongside a refreshing glass of iced tea or lemonade for the ultimate summer treat.
  2. Arrange the cookies on a decorative platter or plate for a beautiful presentation at parties or gatherings.
  3. For a special touch, dust the cookies with a sprinkle of powdered sugar just before serving.

Storage Tips:

  1. Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days.
  2. To maintain freshness, place a piece of parchment paper between layers of cookies to prevent them from sticking together.
  3. If you prefer to store them for longer, you can freeze the cookies (without the glaze) in a single layer on a baking sheet until firm, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be kept in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
  4. When ready to enjoy, simply thaw the cookies at room temperature and drizzle them with the prepared glaze before serving.

FAQs:

  1. Can I use a different flavor of cake mix for these cookies? Absolutely! While strawberry cake mix adds a delightful fruity flavor, you can experiment with other cake mix flavors such as vanilla, lemon, or even chocolate for a different twist. Just keep in mind that the glaze flavor may need to be adjusted accordingly to complement the cookie flavor.
  2. Can I make the glaze ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the glaze ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. When ready to use, simply give it a quick stir to ensure it’s smooth before drizzling it over the cooled cookies.
  3. Can I omit the lemon juice from the glaze? While the lemon juice adds a tangy flavor to the glaze, you can omit it if you prefer a sweeter, strawberry-only glaze. Alternatively, you can replace it with milk or cream for a creamy texture without the citrusy flavor.
  4. Can I freeze the cookies with the glaze? It’s best to freeze the cookies without the glaze as the texture and appearance of the glaze may be affected during freezing and thawing. However, you can freeze the cookies without the glaze and add the glaze once they have thawed completely.
  5. Can I store the cookies in the refrigerator? While storing the cookies in the refrigerator is possible, it’s not necessary unless you live in a particularly warm climate. Room temperature storage in an airtight container is sufficient for maintaining freshness. Refrigeration may cause the cookies to become dry. If you prefer chilled cookies, you can refrigerate them for a short period before serving.

Conclusion:

These Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Strawberry Lemon Glaze are a delightful treat that’s sure to brighten up any day. Whether you’re hosting a summer gathering or simply craving something sweet, these cookies are the perfect choice. Easy to make and bursting with flavor, they’re sure to become a new favorite in your dessert repertoire. Enjoy!