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Lemon Basil Cookies Recipe

Prepared with a boxed cake mix, these light lemony cookies come from Pam Frankenfield of Halethorpe, Maryland. With flecks of basil, the yummy golden treats with flaked coconut and chopped pecans will be a hit at any summer gathering.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:42 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and lemon juice. Gradually add cake mix and mix well. Stir in the coconut, pecans, basil and lemon peel.
  • 2. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 87 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 107mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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zonicray User ID: 2661477 54991
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"Very tasty cookie, and very easy to make!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.