Looking for some easy Christmas cookies to bake up this holiday season? If so, these Cake Mix Christmas Cookies are perfect for even entry-level bakers. With these effortless cookies, you can easily bake up a delightful treat for Santa, even amidst the hustle and bustle of the season.
As a mom juggling a multitude of responsibilities, I’ve discovered a secret weapon in the kitchen: cake mixes. These handy helpers have become my go-to shortcut for whipping up delicious treats without spending hours measuring and mixing.
Cake mixes offer a quick and easy way to create homemade goodies that my family loves, without sacrificing flavor or quality. They’re a lifesaver on those busy days when I want to bake something special but don’t have the time for elaborate recipes.
I love that I can use cake mixes for baked goods like cookies, bars, dump cakes, and even breads. Recipes like Cake Mix Banana Bread, Lemon Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies, Slow Cooker Apple Spice Dump Cake, Cake Mix Lemon Bars, or these Spice Cake Mix Cookies.
Cake mixes are also so forgiving because the results are typically always consistent and crowd-pleasing. They’re a stress-free way to bring a touch of sweetness to our family gatherings and celebrations.
That is why I think these cake mix cookies are the easiest Christmas cookies to whip up this holiday season.
Christmas Cake Mix Cookies Ingredients
- Yellow/white/chocolate cake mix is the base of the cookie providing structure and sweetness.
- Eggs help to bind the cookie dough together, ensuring the cookies maintain their shape while adding moisture as they bake.
- Vegetable Oil or Butter adds moisture to help make the cookies soft and not crumbly or dry.
- Holiday M&Ms add a festive touch, texture, and flavor to the cookies.
How to Make Cake Mix Cookies
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) to ensure it’s ready to bake the cookies evenly.
2. Combine the Ingredients in a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, egg, and oil.
5. Fold in the red and green M&M’s into the cookie dough.
6. Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, portion out evenly sized balls of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
7. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly golden brown.
8. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat if there are more cookies to bake up.
Cake Mix Cookie FAQs
Can I use any type of cake mix for cookies?
Yes, you can use various cake mixes to make cookies, including white, yellow, chocolate, and even flavored mixes. Each will impart its unique flavor and color to the cookies.
Can I frost cake mix cookies?
Yes, you can frost cake mix cookies once they are cooled. We frosted ours as seen above with canned frosting once they were fully cooled to the touch.
Can I substitute oil for butter in the recipe?
Yes, you can substitute vegetable oil for melted butter in equal amounts. However, the texture of the cookies may be slightly different, since butter produces a chewier cookie.
How long can I store the cookies?
Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. For longer storage, consider freezing the cookies for up to 2 months.
Can I add other mix-ins to the cookies?
Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with various mix-ins, such as chopped nuts, dried fruits, chocolate chips, or flavored candies. Just ensure the additions are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
How can I prevent the cookies from spreading too much?
Chilling the cookie dough for 30 minutes before baking can help reduce spreading, resulting in thicker cookies. Additionally, avoid overmixing the dough, as this can lead to flatter cookies.
How can I make the cookies chewier?
To achieve a chewier texture, consider substituting melted butter for vegetable oil and slightly underbaking the cookies. This will result in a softer, chewier center.
More Cookie Recipes to Try this Season
Looking for more cookies to try this Christmas season? Check out these favorites!
- Lemon Snowball Cookies
- 3 Ingredient Shortbread Cookies
- Peppermint Snowball Cookies
- Pistachio Cherry Snowball Cookies
- Sea Salt Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Christmas Cake Mix Cookies
- baking sheets
- cookie scoop
- 15.25 ounces cake mix
- 2 large eggs
- 8 tablespoons melted butter unsalted, cooled
- 10 ounces Holiday M&Ms
- In a large bowl, add the cake mix, cooled and melted butter, and eggs; combine.
- Fold in the M&Ms.
- Scoop the cookie batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet with 2" of space per cookie.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookie edges are golden brown.