3 Christmas Cookie Recipes Using Cake Mixes

Dear Reader-

Sometimes I am late to the ball game… ya know when everyone else (or at least a lot of people) seem to know something awesomely cool and then you just discover it…

Enter Cake Mix Cookies into my life…

As a daughter of a former cake decorator, I was ALWAYS in awe of the cake mix aisle… all the flavors… all the choices…

I was always shocked that brides would always choose chocolate or white cake over flavors like cherry chip or orange…


Cake Mix Cookies… now, I am no stranger to the concept of using a cake mix in cookie batter… like I told you last year while making these Santa’s Favorite Cake Mix Cookies, Puddie actually made me a batch of Cake Mix Cookies the night he asked me to be his girl 😉

However, I had no idea that there were multiple awesome recipes out there that utilized the versatility of the standard cake mix!

So, today, I thought I’d share the 3 I have recently found…

NOTE: Cake mixes have reduced in size and it may affect your results. Use this recipe to make your cake mix the right size.

The Santa Cookie recipe from Gooseberry Patch’s Christmas in the Country is very similar to the recipe he used… except he used Butter Pecan cake mix and nixed the white chocolate chips.

Santa's Favorite Cake Mix Cookies


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Serves: 3 dozen

From Gooseberry Patch's Christmas in the Country. For more food and fun, visit
  • Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • ½ Cup Oil
  • 2 T Water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 12 oz Bag of White Chocolate Chips
  1. Combine all ingredients until mixed well.
  2. Drop by Tablespoonful on a greased cookie sheet
  3. Bake in a 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes

I think that is why I LOVE Cake Mix Cookies… there are tons of flavor choices at your fingertips…

This year, Miss Add and I found two additional cake mix recipes in Gooseberry Patch’s Christmas Cookie Jar Cookbook and whipped them up in four different flavors!

First up, we were THRILLED to find Cake Mix Cut-Out Cookies!

(Edited to Add: About half of the readers that use this recipe rave about it… and the other half complain with issues of the dough sticking. Use at your own risk. We love this recipe, but we also use real butter and add flour as needed.)

I mean what Christmas is complete without cookie cutters?

And this recipe made whipping them up a snap.

We chose to make Funfetti and Strawberry Cut-Outs.

You start with your cake mix…

Add 1 stick of slightly softened butter (NOT margarine or light butter), 2 eggs and 1 t vanilla

Now I scraped my bowl and put the dough in a covered bowl in my fridge for a couple hours for easy rolling and cookie cutting…

*EDITED TO ADD: Some readers are reporting that the dough is getting too sticky for them. I am wondering if humidity could be a factor. Regardless, after testing for more user-friendly instructions, I would recommend that dough spends at least one of those hours in the freezer for best results. Also, cake mixes have reduced in size recently and the smaller mix may affect your results. Use this recipe to make your cake mix the right size.

I just went ahead and baked my other cookies while I waited.

But let’s pull a fancy cooking show maneuver and pull that already set dough out of the fridge and continue shall we?

Roll it out on a floured surface.

*EDITED TO ADD: Cake mixes have reduced in size and it may effect your results. Use this recipe to make your cake mix the right size.

Grab that eager 4 yr old and get to cutting out them cookies!

For all those folks who LOVE that “Cake Batter” flavor in their sweets lately… the Funfetti mix gives you that flavor in a cookie and the kids just love it!

Place on lined or greased cookie sheets and decorate with sugars, sprinkles or cinnamon candies…

Then bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Cake Mix Cut-Out Cookies


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From Gooseberry Patch's Christmas Cookie Jar
  • 1 Box Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Stick Slightly Softened Butter (Not Margarine or Light Butter)
  • 1 t Vanilla
  1. Mix ingredients well.
  2. Chill dough for 2 hours (Edited to add: Freeze for one of those hours for best results).
  3. Roll out on floured surface and cut with cookie cutters.
  4. Decorate as desired.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes on a greased/lined cookie sheet

Last but not least, we made 1-2-3 Cookies with Lemon and German Chocolate Mixes… to rave reviews mind you 😉

This versatile recipe was also found  in Gooseberry Patch’s Christmas Cookie Jar Cookbook .

You start with your favorite cake mix…

NOTE: Cake mixes have reduced in size and it may affect your results. Use this recipe to make your cake mix the right size.

And just add a small contained of whipped topping and an egg and mix well.

Then scoop out tablespoon scoops and drop into a bowl of powdered sugar.

Have your baking partner “make it snow” on the dough and cover it up…

Then, shake off the excess powdered sugar…And place on a lined cookie sheet… you know me… I love using my silpat mats.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Meanwhile clean up the kid…

It will likely take the full 15 minutes for the clean up… just sayin’

Place on cooling rack to cool…

Then arrange on a purdy plate to take a purdy picture (optional)

1 2 3 Cookies


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Serves: 3 dozen (large cookies)

From Gooseberry Patch's Christmas Cookie Jar. For more food and fun, visit!
  • 1 Cake Mix
  • 1 Container Whipped Topping
  • 1 Egg
  • Powdered Sugar
  1. Mix first 3 ingredients well.
  2. Scoop dough by spoonful into powdered sugar and coat
  3. Place on a lined cookie sheet
  4. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes


More Cake Mix Fun:

27 Ways to Use a Cake Mix
Our Favorite Cake Mix RecipesGooseberry Patch Cake Mixes BookletTaste of Home: Cake Mix Creations: 216 Easy Desserts that Start with a MixThe Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book: More Than 375 Delectable Cookie Recipes That Begin with a Box of Cake Mix

I am linking up to The Real Farmwives of American and Friends and Two Maids a Milking Cookie Recipe Exchange! Come check out all the awesome cookie recipes with me!

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About Cris
I am the mama behind GOODEness Gracious and the owner of Cris Goode Solutions. Here at GOODEness Gracious, we like to keep it light and fun as we cook up family meals, share our super mommy secrets and chat it up about the GOODe life:) So come on in and sit a spell.

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  • Kerin

    Oh boy… is this a great post for me!
    Ya know , I adore cookies, and I adore simplicity. Bam! On both counts!!
    I’ve been making cake box cookies for a while now, but I’ve not (yet) made a few of the kinds that you posted recipes for.

    I posted a super, super , super easy fudge recipe today. You will have to give it a try. I think you will like it 🙂

    Thanks for sharing more yummy recipes with us.

  • Tammy

    Thank you for putting the last 2 cookie recipes on here. They are quick and seem pretty easy. My 9 yr. old and I will be doing both recipes for 3 different Christmas events! Your lil girl is beautiful. I have a lil blondie too!

  • Very nice post!  I loved cake mix cookies already, so these are definitely going in to my recipe box… the pics with your little girl are adorable also! ~ thanks for sharing 🙂 

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  • Yummy {again-LOL}! I also posted a link to this recipe on my blog…thru my pinterest board.
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

  • Hi!  So, i love this, but i have a question.  I have a couple box cakes here that i’d love to try this with, but both the box mixes also call to add oil and egg.  Do i add the eggs + oil the box calls for PLUS your additional eggs and oil and ingredients?  Or do i only add what you have listed? 

    • Anonymous

      Only add the mix to the other ingredients. Do not prepare the cake mix ahead of time. Enjoy!

  • I pinned these cookies when you first posted them, and just knew they would be perfect for Santa (I mean, it says “Santa’s Favorite” right there in the title!) The kids and I made them this morning, and they are delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • does the T/t stand for teaspoon or tablespoon? 

  • crisgoode

    T = Tablespoon and t= teaspoon

  • Does the batter spread like sugar cookie dough? I’ve never had luck with cutout cookies….they always spread so much, even after refrigerating

    • crisgoode

      They will spread a little, but not too bad. You can see the photo of the end result to see the amount of spreading

  • Samantha Iacoboni

    Is it necessary to use store bought whipped topping or can I use the equivalent amount of homemade whipped cream?

    • crisgoode

      I have only tried cool whip. I would assume the homemade whipped cream would break down, but I am not sure…

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  • Crystal Angel

    Tried the cut out cookies without any sucess. Did everything as you stated. The dough was sticky, much more then any dough I have ever used. I could not get it to roll out well at all, no matter how much flour I used. I couldn’t even get the cutouts off my counter and onto the sheet pan without them getting all out of shape. I’m baking them right now, but I doubt I’ll use the rest of the dough that is left. Nice idea, but it didn’t work for me at all.

    • crisgoode

      Hmmm… Not sure what the issue is… I have made them several times using this recipe.

    • crisgoode

      Did you refrigerate the dough?

    • 7eventhLetter

      Same thing happened with me. My dough was sticky as well. I feel like there has to be a few steps missing in the process.

  • I am 54 years young and have made cake mix cookies for years. My favorite combinations are chocolate with peanut butter chips, spice with chocolate chips, lemon with sugar sprinkles, white with frosting. I’m told that carrot cake mix tastes like ginger snaps. It’s fun to experiment with all the flavors. I’ve only used 2 eggs and 1/2 cup oil in mine and roll into balls, bake at 350 and they flatten on their own!

  • Where can I find this cook book? What is the name & the author so I can see if I can order one?

    • crisgoode

      Click on the links in the post and they should take you to Amazon to purchase them. There are two different cookbooks mentioned in the post. Enjoy! Both Cookbooks are Gooseberry Patch.

  • Thanks for the extra ideas. I have made the Lemon/Cool whip cookies before. So easy and they disappear so quickly. Yummy!!!

  • I made the Santa cookies yesterday, and they came out perfectly! They are so quick and easy. I made and froze them for a Christmas event at church. They are beautiful. Thanks!

  • disqus_UNzzyoU5NU

    Awesome! Going to try these for Christmas!! Can they be decorated with Royal icing as well,will that work?? 🙂

    • I wouldn’t see why not…

  • Made these once years ago go the recipe from a friend. They turned out hard as a rock.

    • crisgoode

      Which one? We have tried all three.

  • Joyce Blodgett

    Hi Cris,

    For anyone having issues with sticky cookie dough; roll it out between two sheets of parchment paper. Seriously, works wonderfully every time!

  • vetta

    Just made these today. They turned out great! So simple and they kept the cut-out shape perfectly:) I did not put dough in the freezer. I did separate the it
    into three parts and left the ones I was not rolling out in the fridge until needed.

  • The sticky dough might be because a LOT of cake mixes are now smaller than the traditional 18.5 oz! Check your box…you may need to add a couple of tablespoons of flour to make almost any recipe using a cake mix come out correctly!

    • I had to add way more then a couple of tablespoons, I had to add 2 full cups before it was even pliable and I’ve been cooking and baking since I was 8, so it’s not like this was something new, but once you figure out how much flour to add it’s not to bad.

  • Mo

    wonderful website. love the photos

  • How long will these cookies stay fresh please?

    • I freeze them for up to a month. And just pop them out an hour before I need them.

  • The fun fettie cookies were the worst I have ever made… they tasted good but were a pain to cut out and put on the pan and also the timing was way off for them in the oven. I think it only took like 4 minutes and the bottoms were brown
    I think it’s safe to say I did not like this pin!

    • crisgoode

      So sorry. Some folks have had trouble while others have raved about it. We didn’t have trouble, and loved the recipe. Thanks for stopping by to let me know how you feel.

  • I decided to give these a try because my daughter wanted something with flavor and I figured why not! Well, the dough was so incredibly sticky I ended up having to add almost 2 full cups of flour (which is why I turned to this recipe I was trying to avoid a recipe that required all the flour). It took me over an hr just to get the recipe to work enough so I could make the cookies. After that all was well and the cookies were awesome, my daughter loves them and my husband even ate a few and both are quite picky eaters. They stay incredibly soft. But I do think the recipe needs to be revamped to work with the new amount in the cake mix boxes. My daughter requested more today, I am not rolling them out I am just going to do drop cookies instead with the same batter, but make them round instead of using cookie cutters. Just no patience for that today.

  • When I make cake batter cookies they always come out like pucks of cake that taste like they are lacking icing and don’t have a cookie texture. What am I doing wrong or is that just how they are supposed to be?

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