Cake Mix Sugar Cookies


Since we are already quite a few weeks past St. Patrick’s Day, just ignore the green food coloring and shamrock sprinkles. As you can tell, I made these yummy treats for St. Paddy’s Day but they are versatile. I absolutely love recipes that can fit any particular holiday or season. Simply change up the food coloring and decorations to fit any occasion you’re celebrating.


These cookies are really easy to make and don’t include a lot of ingredients. I love finding fun and new things to do with cake mix.  The cake mix makes the base of these cookies. You just add a few extra ingredients and you have soft, yummy cookies. These cookies are moist and I am happy to say, the softness stays days after you have baked them. (If they last that long!)

I did change up the original recipe I found on these a bit. I decided to use store bought icing because I was pressed for time. I happen to really like Better Crocker icing so this wasn’t much of a sacrifice on my part. I melted the icing and coated the entire cookie, kind of like you would with a cake pop. This gave the cookies a beautiful, glossy finish.

Here’s some advice: Even if you’re tempted, I suggest you don’t skip the icing process. While the cookies are good, they are rather bland on their own. They really need the icing to give that extra push of yumminess.

Adapted from homemade by holman

Recipe Card

Cake Mix Sugar Cookies

1 box white cake mix with pudding in the mix
2/3 cup flour
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoon sour cream
1 container vanilla icing
Food coloring and sprinkles, optional

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix and flour. Add eggs, oil, and sour cream, stir until incorporated. Batter should be fairly stiff.
3. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Use the palm of your hand to flatten the cookies about 1/4 inch high.
4. Bake for ten minutes. Any longer and the bottoms will start to brown. Remove from oven and let cool for a minute or two before transferring to a cooling rack.
5. When cookies are completely cooled, you can start decorating! Add your choice of food coloring to container of vanilla icing (or leave it plain). Once you have your desired color, place in microwave for about 10 seconds. You do not want to overheat the icing. Make sure it is a liquid consistency.
6. Place cookie into icing. Use a spoon to turn it over and completely cover. Use the spoon to remove cookie and place on a cooling rack with cookie sheet underneath. This will contain the mess and make clean-up a lot easier.
7. While the icing is still wet, you can decorate with any type of sprinkles you’d like. Be creative! Once you are done decorating, let cool for a few hours so icing will completely dry.
8. Serve and enjoy!


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