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Cake Mix Christmas Cookies makes a fun and easy dessert for the holiday season! Made with cake mix, lots of festive sprinkles then dipped in melted chocolate. 

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Cake Mix Christmas Cookies

Cake Mix Christmas Cookies is the ultimate holiday cookie that couldn’t be easier to make, made with simple ingredients, and filled with Christmas colors. Sweet, chewy, soft and tastes like cake in a cookie form.

One of my favorite things and the best part about the holiday season is all the baking! These delicious cookies are the perfect treat for Christmas baking, a holiday party, gifting, cookie exchanges, leaving out for Santa, and any time you want a quick treat.

You’ll want to be sure to add these cookies to your baking list this year. 

I love using a box of cake mix in my cookies because they have the best flavors and you can use your favorite flavor of cake mix to customize the recipe.  Easy Christmas cookies are always a plus during the busy holiday season and they don’t get any easier than these. 

If you love cake mix cookies for the holidays, try my Grinch Cake Mix Cookies

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Easy holiday cookies: Made in one bowl and all you need is a wooden spoon to mix these! No fancy kitchen gadgets are required with these easy cookies. 

Fun holiday treat: Kids and adults will both love these cookies. They are perfect for classroom parties, a holiday cookie exchange, and treat bags for gifts.

Customizable: You can use your favorite cake mix, sprinkles, and chocolate. Swap the Christmas sprinkles for rainbow to make them all year round. 

Portable: Bring these sweet treats anywhere by easily placing treats in an airtight container or ziplock bag. Pack them up for Christmas or holiday parties, baby showers, lunch box treats, special occasions, or bring them to work.

Kid-friendly: These cookies are easy enough for kids to help make. Let them stir the cookie dough or add the sprinkles.

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key ingredients

  • Boxed of Cake Mix: Vanilla cake mix, white cake mix, or french vanilla cake mix works best. 
  • Eggs: For moisture and texture. They will help make chewy cookies.
  • Baking powder: Makes fluffy cookies and helps them rise a bit.
  • Vegetable oil: Binds the ingredients and gives the cookies a soft cake-like consistency.  
  • Vanilla extract: Enhances the flavors of the cake mix, plus adds more.
  • SprinklesWe use red and green sprinkles to celebrate Christmas but you can use any type of sprinkles. Use different colors for different themed holidays or occasions. Use red and pink sprinkles for Valentine’s Day and pastel colored sprinkles for Easter. 🙂
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how to make Christmas Cookies out of cake mix

Mix ingredients together: In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla extract, and baking powder until combined. You can do this by hand, with an electric hand mixer, or stand mixer. Fold in sprinkles until combined.

Chill cookie batter: Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for 20 minutes.

Prep oven: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.

Bake: With a mini ice-cream scooper or cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet 1 inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes (they may look under-cooked). Place on cooling rack and let cool for 10 minutes.

Dip cookies in chocolate and enjoy: In the meantime, place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals until chocolate is melted. Once the cookies are cooled, dip half the the cookies in chocolate and place on cooling wrap. Top with more sprinkles and let chocolate harden. Enjoy!

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recipe tips & variations

  • Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies: Use chocolate cake mix- add in chocolate chips to make them even more chocolatey. 
  • Brownie Mix Cookies: Swap the cake mix for your favorite brownie mix. 
  • Frosted Funfetti Cookies: Use Funfetti cake mix then add icing or frosting once the cookies have cooled. Add more sprinkles on top or colored sugar. 
  • Color the cookie dough: Add a drop of red or green food coloring gel to the dough to make these cookies extra colorful.
  • Gluten-Free Cookies: Use gluten-free cake mix to make these cookies gluten-free.
  • Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies: Use white or yellow cake mix and add 1 1/2 cups of semi-sweet, milk, dark, or white chocolate chips. 
  • Add-ins: Crushed candy canes, M&Ms, peanut butter cups, crusted nuts, chocolate chips, toffee bits, raisins, and dried coconut. 
  • Alternative toppings: Instead of dipping half of each cookie in chocolate, you can drizzle the tops with chocolate, top with more sprinkles, dust with powdered sugar, or add your favorite icing or frosting. They are also just as delicious plain.
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leftovers & storage

To-store: Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container or large ziplock bag. They will stay fresh for 7 days. They will still be ok to eat after 7 days but they may start to get crumbly and stale. 

To-freeze: Allow the baked cookies to cool completely. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes to flash freeze or harden. Once hard, place the cookies in a large freezer bag or stack in an airtight container. Store for up to 3 months- when ready to serve, remove from the freezer to thaw until softened. 

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Cake Mix Christmas Cookies

Cake Mix Christmas Cookies makes a fun and easy dessert for the holiday season! Made with cake mix, lots of festive sprinkles then dipped in melted chocolate. 
4.84 from 12 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake Mix Christmas Cookies, cake mix cookies, christmas cake mix cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 21 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 box white or vanilla cake mix
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup festive sprinkles plus more to add to chocolate
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil or butter

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla extract, and baking powder until combined. You can do this by hand, with an electric hand mixer, or stand mixer. Fold in sprinkles until combined.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.
  • With a mini ice-cream scooper, scoop the cookie dough onto prepared cookie sheets 1 inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes (they may look under-cooked). Place on cooling rack and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals until chocolate is melted. Once the cookies are cooled, dip half the the cookies in chocolate and place on cooling wrap. Top with more sprinkles and let chocolate harden. Enjoy!
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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Well if you don’t want to make cookies from scratch, what a great alternative. Perfectly decorated holiday cookies. These will be a welcome addition to the treats tray this year.

  2. 5 stars
    I didn’t even know cake mix cookies was a think but I absolutely love how easy these cookies were! Great decorating suggestions too… I can’t wait to serve these during the holidays.

  3. 5 stars
    These cake mix Christmas cookies really did take the stress out of holiday baking for me. The mix made things so much simpler than they usually are when I have to make cookies from scratch!

  4. 5 stars
    Everything about this recipe is perfection! These cookies are soft and chewy with the best sweet flavor. Everything you want in a festive cookie!

  5. 5 stars
    So happy to have found your recipe as I was searching for an easy cookie to bring to a last minute gathering. The cake mix trick won the day, and these were so cute and delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    This was the perfect recipe to set my preteen niece up to make with my kiddo, they had so much fun and we all enjoyed the cookies!

  7. 5 stars
    Wow! This cookie design has so many variations! Everything just looks so delicious and very tasty! A perfect cookie treat this Holiday festivity!