Cake Mix Cookies

red and green sprinkled cookies stacked on a white board

Dessert | December 7, 2019 | By

Cake Mix Cookies ~ easy, fun to make soft cookies with just 4 ingredients! This basic recipe shows you how ~ just customize for any holiday!

These Cake Mix Cookies couldn’t be any simpler. Three grocery store ingredients plus a bonus ingredient of your choosing.

Keep a box of cake mix in your pantry and the variety of cookies you can bake will be endless!

close up of red and green sprinkle cookie with bite taken out of it.

What are Cake Mix Cookies?

Cake Mix Cookies start with a box cake mix blended with a couple of other ingredients and a bonus ingredient that bake into soft, delicious festive cookies.

The best part of this recipe is that it’s basic ~ so you can change the theme of these cookies just by what you add to the basic dough i.e. the bonus ingredient.

Do you know fans of Disney’s Frozen movie? Some blue sprinkles, maybe a few snowflakes and you’ll have a tasty cookie Ana and Elsa would be proud to call their own.

These cookies can be whipped up quickly and are ideal for getting little hands involved. They’re great for parties, cookie exchanges, after school snacks or even bake sales. 

skip the messy measuring and jump straight to the fun part: stirring, scooping, and rolling (which kids love!)

What’s a bonus ingredient?

Here are few bonus ingredient suggestions:

  1. sprinkles corresponding to the current holiday
  2. chopped candy
  3. chocolate chips
  4. butterscotch chips
  5. nuts
  6. . . . you get the idea.

What’s in Cake Mix Cookies?

  • 15 – 18 ounce box white cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sprinkles or other bonus ingredient

How do you make these cookies?

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, blend the cake mix, eggs and vegetable oil until combined then stir in the sprinkles by hand (no mixer).

Roll the dough into balls. I used a 1 1/2″ scooper, equal to about 1 heaping tablespoon using your hands to form a smooth ball.

Pour the sprinkles into a bowl. Roll the dough balls into the sprinkles coating then transfer to the baking sheet about 2″ apart.

Bake 9-12 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden on the edges.

Remove from the oven and leave on the baking sheet 2 timed minutes then transfer to a wire baking rack to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container on the counter up to 3 days.

Can you freeze these cookies?

Yes. Baked cookies can be frozen up to 3 months in an airtight freezer-safe container. To freeze the dough raw, form into cookie dough balls, place on a baking sheet in the freezer one house then transfer to an airtight freezer-safe container. Thaw the dough then bake per this recipe.

What are some other Cake Mix Cookie varieties?

Using  different flavor cake mixed, the cookie options are almost endless. Here are a few flavor suggestions:

Red Velvet Cake Mix + White Chocolate Chips

Yellow Cake Mix + crushed Heath candy bar

German Chocolate Cake Mix + Pecans + Coconut

Lemon Cake Mix + White Chocolate Chips

White cake mix + crushed candy canes

Yellow cake mix + candy heart – The Grinch cookies

Enjoy!

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Cake Mix Cookies

Easy basic recipe for Cake Mix Cookies ~ easy, fun to make soft cookies with just 4 ingredients! This basic recipe shows you how ~ just customize for any holiday!
Print Recipe
CourseDessert
CuisineAmerican
Keywordcake mix cookies, how to make cookies from cake mix
AuthorA Gouda Life

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix 15-18 ounce box box
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sprinkles *or other BONUS ingredient* see body of post for suggestions

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, blend the cake mix, eggs and vegetable oil until combined then stir in the sprinkles by hand (no mixer).
  • Roll the dough into 1 1/2" balls (I used a 1 1/2″ scooper) then use your hands to form a smooth ball. 
  • Pour the sprinkles into a bowl. Roll the dough balls into the sprinkles to coat then transfer to the baking sheet about 2″ apart.
  • Bake 9-12 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden on the edges. 
  • Remove from the oven and leave on the baking sheet 2 timed minutes then transfer to a wire baking rack to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container on the counter up to 3 days.

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