Cake Mix Sugar Cookies (with Video)

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The perfect sugar cookie recipe if you’re short on time, these Cake Mix Sugar Cookies are just 4 ingredients and take less than 5 minutes to whip up but still taste amazing!

The perfect sugar cookie recipe when you're short on time, these cake mix sugar cookies are just 4 ingredients, take 2 minutes to whip up and result in the perfect sweet, soft and chewy sugar cookie. Every mom needs to have this recipe in their back pocket for last minute bake sale requests or homemade gifts.

Cake Mix Sugar Cookie Recipe

Ok, we’ve all been there.

You’re supposed to bring in a dessert to something (classroom party, work event, dinner at a friend’s, etc) but you’re short on time and don’t want to be the one to show up with a store-bought dessert. Or, you’re hosting a party for the kids and have spent so much time cleaning and decorating the house that you’re going to have to cut your food prep time short.

These cake mix sugar cookies are a saving grace for those occasions.

4 ingredients.

2 minutes to whip up.

Refrigerate, bake and serve.

The result is a sweet, soft and chewy sugar cookie with a slightly crunchy exterior. The crackly top is super cute and these cake mix sugar cookies are tasty enough to be enjoyed plain, or you can dress them up with some buttercream frosting.

Frosting them and adding some sprinkles is a great way to make this cookie recipe work for a variety of holidays or themed parties. (Or if you’re really adventurous, you can add some food coloring to the dough! This set of food coloring has lasted me forever and I love that it creates highly saturated colors with just a drop.)

This method of make sugar cookies with cake mix can be used for any flavor of cake mix you desire! I’d made them all:

  • carrot cake sugar cookies
  • red velvet sugar cookies
  • chocolate sugar cookies
  • lemon sugar cookies

I’ve also added chocolate chips, sprinkles, and even stuffed the cookies with everything from maraschino cherries to thin mints – even OREOs. (To do that, just form the cookie dough around whatever you are stuffing them with and bake as directed below.

This is also a great cookie recipe to involve the kids in – my daughter has actually made them all by herself a few times since they are so easy!

Check out our quick recipe video to see how easy these cake mix sugar cookies are to make – and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your printable recipe card:

Cake Mix Sugar Cookie Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: add in whatever mix-ins you’d like for extra flavor or texture – chocolate chips, nuts, sprinkles, etc.

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How to Make Sugar Cookies with Cake Mix

In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs, oil and sugar for 2 minutes.

The ingredients should be well combined and light looking.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight.

Pre-heat oven to 350°F and line two baking trays with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Use a cookie scoop to portion out the chilled dough onto your prepared cookie sheets, at least 3″ apart.

Bake for 7-9 minutes, until the cookies are spread, cracked on top and slightly puffed up. They will still be quite pale – you don’t want a golden color.

Allow the cookies to cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheets before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

 

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How to make sugar cookies with cake mix. This super simple sugar cookie recipe is just 4 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to whip up! The perfect quick cookie recipe for last minute occasions

Grab your free printable recipe card for our cake mix sugar cookie recipe:

Yield: 24 cookies

Cake Mix Sugar Cookies

Cake Mix Sugar Cookies

The perfect sugar cookie recipe when you're short on time, these cake mix sugar cookies are just 4 ingredients, take 2 minutes to whip up and result in the perfect sweet, soft and chewy sugar cookie. Every mom needs to have this recipe in their back pocket for last minute bake sale requests or homemade gifts.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box French Vanilla Cake Mix (15 oz)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs, oil and sugar for 2 minutes.
  2. The ingredients should be well combined and light looking.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 350°F and line two baking trays with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  5. Use a cookie scoop to portion out the chilled dough onto your prepared cookie sheets, at least 3" apart.
  6. Bake for 7-9 minutes, until the cookies are spread, cracked on top and slightly puffed up. They will still be quite pale - you don't want a golden color.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheets before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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