Recipe of the Week: Cake Mix Cookies

A lot of the times when I want fresh-baked cookies, I just buy cookie dough and bake it, because it’s so easy, especially now that they have the break-and-bake stuff. But for gift baskets and parties, I like to have cookies that I can truly say were made by me.

Here’s an incredibly easy cookie recipe that I just tried for the first time the other day. These are so sweet and delicious, I could hardly wait to share them! The best thing about this recipe (besides the taste, of course) was that I had all the ingredients on hand already. I just hate finding a new recipe and not being able to make it because I’m lacking ingredients. As soon as I found the recipe, I got up immediately and had them made in minutes. Perfect!

I’m planning on making cookie & candy gift baskets for people, and these are definitely going in the baskets! I’m also submitting these to the following carnivals: Cottage Magpie hosted a cookie exchange this week, and My Kitchen Treasures is hosting a Homemade Christmas Gifts event. I’m also posting these on The Happy Housewife for the dessert portion of the Bloggy Progressive Dinner and to the Eat Christmas Cookies event at Food Blogga.

Happy Baking!

Recipe for Cake Mix Cookies:
1 Yellow Cake Mix
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
candy sprinkles (optional)
Directions: Mix eggs, water, oil, and cake mix. After well mixed, add sprinkles. Roll into balls and place on greased cookie sheet or cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Place about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. (Makes 2 dozen cookies)
Tips & Suggestions:
-After baking, cover with additional sprinkles or dust with powdered sugar.
-If you’ve got a real sweet tooth, upon cooling, cover cookies with your favorite icing.
-Try this recipe with other flavored cake mixes, or change it up by adding nuts or chocolate chips.
-To keep dough from sticking to your hands, cover your hands in powdered sugar.



  1. The Happy Housewife says

    my mom use to make this when I was a kid! I love them!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love making cake mix cookies. They are so easy to make. I have never added sprinkles though. I will have to try that.

  3. I always want to make cake cookies!

  4. Thankyou so much for sending this to my event.
    They look so yummy and delicious.
    I love the picture too so fewtive looking.

  5. Amy @ Finer Things says

    A friend of mine makes cake mix cookies all the time, using all different flavors of cake mix. My favorite is lemon.

  6. Susan from Food Blogga says

    The little flecks of color add such holiday cheer! Thanks!

  7. I always wondered what the texture of cake mix cookies woudl be like. Are they cakey or soft?

  8. Jerri - Simply Sweet Home says

    Thanks everyone for visiting. I really do love these cookies. I can’t wait to try these with other flavors of cake mix. Oh, and I forgot to mention the smell of these when you open up the container they’re in. Boy, they smell good!

    Happy Housewife – Thanks for hosting the dessert.

    Lynn – You don’t really taste the sprinkles in them, but they do add a color and make them a little more festive. And it makes it so you can do different colors for all different occasions.

    Happy cook – Thanks for including me in your event.

    Steph – The texure, I would say, is soft and chewy, kinda like a sugar cookie. But about a week after making them, there a little more on the crunchy side, still chewy, but just a little bit of a cruch…but even after they’re a week old, they still taste good and fresh.

  9. Scrappy Jessi says

    yummy these look fab!! and easy. i love that!!
    happy holidays!!


  10. Thank you for the great recipe. With time running out to do Christmas baking, this is the perfect recipe. Thanks so much for posting this.

    I love your site “decor”. Makes me think of spring.

  11. Hi, Thanks for visiting my blog – your cookies look really good too…

  12. I’m definitely going to try these! I have a box of cake mix that’s been sitting in my pantry for a while and this would be a perfect way to use it up. Thanks!

  13. Cool – I have never heard of cookies made form cake mix before, but I like it.

  14. Cooking and the City says

    Jerri, like Cakelaw I’d never heard of cake mix cookies untill I started blogging! they look great, I love the sprinkles 🙂

  15. A happy heart at home says

    My mother used to make cake mix cookies. I did, too, about 30 years ago LOL! I used to use a butter pecan cake mix. It made yummy cookies! Thanks for reminding me of this quick recipe.


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