These cake mix cookies are a 5 ingredient dessert that can be made in tons of different flavors and decorated for any occasion. An easy treat that takes just minutes to put together.

I’m all about fast and simple dessert recipes like haystack cookies and fruit salsa. Cake mix cookies can be made at a moment’s notice with ingredients that you already have in your pantry.

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A plate of cake mix cookies rolled in colorful sprinkles.

Sometimes I find myself in situations where I need a quick homemade treat at the last minute. I always keep a box of cake mix in the pantry so that I can make these cake mix cookies for parties, s school events, or as an afternoon snack. They’re perfectly chewy and can be customized in so many different ways.

How do you make cake mix cookies?

These cookies are made with a box of cake mix, eggs, oil and vanilla extract. The ingredients are stirred together until a thick dough forms. I like to add some sprinkles to the dough, then roll the balls of dough in more sprinkles for a festive look. I mixed a few types of Christmas sprinkles together for a super cheerful cookie. All that’s left is to bake the cookies and then it’s time to enjoy your treat!

A bowl of cake mix cookie dough with sprinkles on top.

Cake Mix Cookie Variations

This is a holiday themed version of cake mix cookies made with white cake, but you can use this basic formula to make pretty much any flavor of cookies. Some of our favorites include

  • Chocolate Cake Mix + Chocolate Chips
  • Red Velvet Cake Mix + White Chocolate Chips
  • Yellow Cake Mix + Toffee Bits
  • German Chocolate Cake Mix + Pecans + Coconut
  • Chocolate Cake Mix + Chocolate Sprinkles
  • Strawberry Cake Mix + Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Lemon Cake Mix + White Chocolate Chips

Balls of cake mix cookie dough rolled in sprinkles.

Tips for perfect cookies

  • You can make your cookies larger or smaller than what the recipe calls for; just adjust the bake time accordingly. Use a cookie scoop or measuring spoon to make all of your balls of dough the same size.
  • Cake mix cookie batter can be stored in the fridge for up 2 days before you plan to use it. If you’re storing your batter for later use, wait to add the sprinkles until just before you bake your cookies.
  • Store your cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  • These cookies can be frozen for up to 2 months. Store the cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag, then thaw at room temperature.

A stack of cake mix cookies made with white cake mix and festive sprinkles.

This is a great recipe to make with the kids because the ingredient list is so simple, and my girls just love rolling the cookie balls in the sprinkles. You can customize your sprinkle colors for any occasion. The cookies pictured are decorated for Christmas, but I’ve also made them with Halloween and Easter sprinkles.

Cake mix cookies with sprinkles on a serving plate.

Cake mix cookies are a hit with both adults and kids, it’s so worth it to keep a box of cake mix in your kitchen for when you need a quick treat!

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Cake Mix Cookies Video

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Cake Mix Cookies

AuthorSara Welch
A plate of cake mix cookies rolled in colorful sprinkles.
These cake mix cookies are a 5 ingredient dessert that can be made in tons of different flavors and decorated for any occasion. An easy treat that takes just minutes to put together.
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Serves 24

Ingredients 

  • 18 1/4 ounce box white cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sprinkles divided use

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the white cake mix, eggs, oil and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup of the sprinkles.
  • Roll the dough into tablespoon sized balls.
  • Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of sprinkles onto a plate. Roll the balls of dough around in the sprinkles to coat.
  • Place the balls of dough 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. You will need to work in batches.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are set and lightly browned
  • Cool, then remove from the baking sheet and repeat the baking process with the remaining dough. Serve immediately, or store in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

See post for flavor variation ideas.

Nutrition

Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 18mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 0.5mg

This post was originally published on November 28, 2018 and was updated on October 19, 2019 with new content.

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  1. 4 stars
    I should have planned better as it did take a full bottle of green/red Christmas sprinkles for just half the recipe. Next time I’ll sprinkle the sprinkles instead of rolling the dough balls. Thanks for a fun recipe.

  2. So good and yummy. First time to make. Used yellow butter cake mix added 3oz of all purpose flour coz it’s only 15.25 oz and the recipe calls for 18.25 oz. Added and rolled not much sprinkles coz I don’t have enough. Thank you for sharing. Will make it again. Merry Christmas to you and your family. God bless.

  3. 5 stars
    Made them with spice cake mix, but didn’t have enough sprinkles for the roll. Sooo I rolled them in cinnamon and sugar not to bad. Thanks so easy to do too.

  4. 5 stars
    Made a single batch of these not knowing how they would turn out. I’m now regretting that. Lol A hour later my family has devoured them. So easy too make and so yummy!

  5. I used yellow cake mix and rolled in sugar. . Also use chocolate cake mix and rolled in powdered sugar. Rave reviews all the time. Can use confetti cake mix too.