Christmas Cake Mix Cookies

5 from 17 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 14 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total: 54 minutes
cake mix christmas cookies on a red and white polka dot plate.

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Christmas Cake Mix Cookies are one of the easiest ways to make a tender delicious cookie for the holiday season.

cake mix christmas cookies on a red and white polka dot plate.

This Christmas Cake Mix Cookies recipe is a wonderful way to take simple ingredients and transform them into fluffy cookies perfect for family or the holiday cookie exchange.


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What We Love About This Cake Mix Christmas Cookies Recipe

These cookies have the same taste, texture and flavor of typical cookies, but take less work and only a few ingredients.

  • 10 Minute Prep: Such an easy way to make delicious cookies.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry, these are such a quick treat for a Christmas Party.
  • Family Friendly: A great recipe to make with your children. They will only take a small amount of time and are full of fun Christmas colors.
  • Adaptable: Can make this Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe low-cal or using gluten-free cake mix.

Ingredient Notes for Easy Cake Mix Cookie Recipe

  • Boxed Cake Mix: One box of Cake mix, any brand. White Cake Mix, Yellow Cake Mix or even Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Eggs: Two large eggs
  • Vegetable Oil: A nice mild oil
  • Food Coloring: A few drops of green gel
  • Candy: Chocolate coated candy or any favorite you like
  • Chocolate Chips: White chocolate chips
christmas cookies with cake mix on a wire rack.

Equipment Needed for Good Christmas Cookie

How to Make Christmas Cake Mix Cookies

These are the basic steps for making Christmas cookies with cake mix. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

a collage of 3 images showing how to make the batter for christmas cake mix cookies.

STEP 1: PREP

First, beat together the cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil until combined. Then, add the food coloring and beat until well mixed. Stir in the M&Ms and chocolate chips. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.

STEP 2: SCOOP

Next, when ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to scoop a heaping spoonful of cookie batter. Roll the dough into a ball and place it on the lined baking sheet. Press the dough down slightly, then decorate with additional candy and chocolate chips if desired. Continue until all the dough has been used.

a collage of 2 images showing how to cook and cool the christmas cookies with cake mix.

STEP 3: BAKE

Finally, bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are slightly brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for five minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before serving.

Prep and Storage Tips for Duncan Hines Cake Mix Cookies

HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY COOKIE RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

 If you refrigerate the cookie dough overnight in an airtight container, you may find that it is too firm to scoop and bake quickly in the morning. Instead, we would suggest that once the cookie dough has been made, it is scooped in mounds onto a baking sheet lined with baking parchment (parchment paper). Cover the baking sheet with clingfilm (plastic wrap) and refrigerate overnight.

HOW TO STORE THIS EASY CHRISTMAS COOKIES RECIPE

Store the cookies in an airtight container after baking.

HOW TO FREEZE THS FAVORITE COOKIE RECIPE

Freeze the cookie dough by scooping the dough onto a lined baking sheet and freeze until the dough is solid. Then, transfer to a resealable freezer bag or an airtight container. Bake direct from frozen, as directed in the recipe. You may have to add additional cook time.

Frequently Asked Questions about Christmas Cake Mix Cookies

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Try using a low fat, or low calorie cake mix. Gluten free box cake mix can also be used for this recipe.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT CHIPS?

Of course, you can use any flavor of chocolate chip you want, such as semi-sweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips.

HOW DO YOU GET A CRISPIER COOKIE?

For a cookie that is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, bake them at a higher temperature for a shorter time.

WHY DO YOU CHILL COOKIE DOUGH?

Chilling the dough helps keep the cookie dough from spreading out in the oven. Meaning you get a nice high cookie. Perfect for Holiday parties.

cake mix christmas cookies on a red and white polka dot plate.

Expert Tips for Making This Cake Mix Cookie Recipe

  • Double: Simply increase the ingredients proportionately from this recipe below.
  • Eggs: Should be at room temperature as well.
  • Add Nuts: Walnuts, pecans or even almonds add a wonderful crunch.
  • Sprinkles: Different color sprinkles are a great touch.
  • Variation tip: Different cake mixes are wonderful for this recipe, try chocolate, butter, red velvet cake mix cookies, they are the easiest cookie recipes you can make.
  • Alternate ingredient: Replace the chocolate coated candies with crushed candy canes. Try using a little almond extract or even vanilla extract in the recipe.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Sugar fee candies or chocolate chips are great for cookie baking.

What to Serve with Christmas Cake Mix Cookies

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Christmas Cake Mix Cookies

5 from 17 votes
Christmas Cake Mix Cookies are one of the easiest ways to make a tender delicious cookie for the holiday season.
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Servings: 18 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 54 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces box vanilla cake mix 1 Box
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 drops green gel food coloring
  • ½ cup red and green M&Ms plus more for decorating
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips plus more for decorating

Instructions

  • Beat together the cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil until combined. Add the food coloring and beat until well mixed.
  • Stir in the M&Ms and chocolate chips.
  • Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a tablespoon to scoop a heaping spoonful of dough. Roll the dough into a ball and place it on the lined baking sheet. Press the dough down slightly, then decorate with additional candy and chocolate chips if desired. Continue until all the dough has been used.
  • Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are slightly brown.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for five minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before serving.

Expert Tips

 
  • Double: Simply increase the ingredients proportionately from this recipe below.
  • Eggs: Should be at room temperature as well.
  • Add Nuts: Walnuts, pecans or even almonds add a wonderful crunch.
  • Sprinkles: Different color sprinkles are a great touch.
  • Variation tip: Different cake mixes are wonderful for this recipe, try chocolate, butter, red velvet cake mix cookies, they are the easiest cookie recipes you can make.
  • Alternate ingredient: Replace the chocolate coated candies with crushed candy canes.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Sugar fee candies or chocolate chips are great for cookie baking.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg

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