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Quick and Easy Cake Mix Christmas Cookies

These quick and easy cake mix Christmas cookies deliver delightful flavor and lots of festive colors that make your holiday even better without having to spend hours in the kitchen!

If you’re a fan of easy baking, you’ll love these easy cake mix Christmas cookies. And if you’re anything like me, the busy holiday season means you’re in desperate need of an easy, delicious treat recipe. Well, guess what? I’ve got you covered with these absolutely scrumptious cake mix Christmas cookies. 

plate and pan of decorated Christmas cookies

They’re not only festive and delicious, but they’re also super easy to make. The best part? You need just a few simple ingredients!

Sometimes I use cookie cutters to add some holiday shapes. However, there are times when I’m in a hurry but still need something festive for the dessert table.

And that’s okay. These cookies taste just as good as cute little stars or Santa hat shaped ones. The colorful toppings give them all they need to embrace the season.

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Easy Holiday Cookies

Let’s get into this great recipe that’s perfect for when you want to impress at holiday parties but don’t have the time for a complex baking marathon.

These cookies have a similar flavor to my sugar cookies, but the texture is different. And they’re both delicious!


As you probably know from the title, these cookies are made with a boxed cake mix. You can use any flavor you want.

Since I wanted to decorate them with a variety of toppings, I usually recommend either yellow or white cake mix cookies.

Christmas cookie ingredients

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Box of cake mix (15-16 ounces, either white, yellow, or chocolate cake mix. 
  • Eggs
  • Butter (softened to room temperature works best)

You can even use a confetti mix for that extra splash of Christmas colors. I’ve made these cookies with both white and yellow cake mix, and I can’t tell a big difference in the outcome.

You can also use vegetable oil in place of the butter. However, the cookie texture won’t be quite as firm.

If you want to more flavor, try adding a teaspoon of extra vanilla or almond extract. But don’t overdo it.

Optional add-ons:

  • Colored sugar
  • Frosting in different colors (I used green food coloring for that festive flair.)
  • Chocolate chips or white chocolate chips
  • Red or green sprinkles

How to Make Cake Mix Christmas Cookies

First things first, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), and line a baking sheet or cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. This step ensures your delicious cookies won’t stick and it makes clean-up a breeze.

In a large bowl, combine your chosen box of cake mix, eggs, and butter.

cake mix, butter, and eggs in bowl

If you’re feeling adventurous or want to customize your Christmas cake mix cookies, now’s the time to add those optional ingredients. Toss in those white chocolate chips or maybe some green sprinkles or food coloring for green cookies that dazzle on the plate!

The beauty of this recipe is in its versatility. You can opt for a gluten-free cake mix like I do, or if you’re a fan of red velvet, french vanilla, or even strawberry cookies, just use that flavor of cake mix instead. 

Red velvet cake mix cookies are also a huge hit! It’s completely up to you!

Mix everything together until you’ve got a smooth cookie batter.

Mixing cookie dough

If you want the softest, fluffiest cookies, consider using extra egg whites or a touch of cream cheese to bring out that airy texture. 

Then, using a small ice cream scoop or just your regular food scoops, form your cookie dough balls. 

scooping cookie dough

This basic formula is foolproof and the foundation of many cake mix cookie recipes, including chocolate crinkle cookies or chocolate brownie cookies.

Place cookies about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. They spread out and need their personal space to become the chewy cookies we all love. 

raw cookies on cookie sheet

Flatten the tops of the cookies slightly, and into the oven they go for about 10 minutes.

Once they’re done, let them cool to room temperature before decorating them.

baked cookies on cookie sheet

Time to Decorate your Cake Mix Christmas Cookies

Pull out all of the decorations and have some fun with them. I like to determine how many cookies will be frosted and how many will get sprinkles before I begin.

Easiest Christmas Cookies Ever

And there you have it! The easiest cookie recipe right in time for your holiday parties or even a quick treat on Christmas Eve. 

These cake cookies are sure to be a huge hit. Remember, the different ways you can jazz up this recipe are endless. 

Add almond or vanilla extract, powdered sugar, or even stuff a few peanut butter cups into the balls of dough before baking for a pleasant surprise. Your Christmas cookie recipe will soon become part of your favorite recipes collection.

Christmas cookies on a plate and on a pan

How to Store Leftover Cookies

After everyone has enjoyed these easy Christmas cookies, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container to keep them fresh – if there are any left! Or you can keep them on the plate and cover them with plastic wrap.

If I know that we won’t be eating all of the cookies within a few days (which is seldom because they’re so good), I sometimes freeze some. It’s super easy. All you have to do is wrap them in plastic wrap and put them in an airtight container or freezer bag.

They should be good for a couple of months as long as they don’t get exposed to air. Thaw them on the counter for about an hour, and they’ll taste as good as they did when you first made them!

More Yummy Desserts

My sweet tooth definitely goes into high gear during the holidays. Here are some of our favorite sweet treats:

Apple Dump Cake – You’ll be amazed by how delicious this dessert is. And it only has 3 ingredients, not counting whatever you choose to put on top. 

serving of apple dump cake with whipped cream on top

Velveeta Fudge – Another name for this yummy fudge is “Impossible Fudge.” That’s because it’s so good that it seems impossible. And it’s one of the easiest ways to make fudge!

plates of velveeta fudge

2-Ingredient Apple Cake – If you’re like me and can’t get enough apples during the holidays, make this. Then if you want a little more sweetness, add some frosting. It’s amazing!

slice of apple cake beside an apple

Brownie and Fruit Dessert Pizza – Even non-pizza fans (if there is any such thing) will love this perfect dessert. With a chocolate base and fruity topping, you can’t go wrong with this one.

pan and plate of brownie and fruit pizza

Pumpkin Loaf – This delightful pumpkin loaf with cream cheese glaze from Call Me PMc will certainly be a popular treat on the dessert table. The flavors come together in a burst of excitement with every single bite.

Coconut Balls – Make these no-bake coconut balls in advance and let them chill in the fridge. Then they’ll be ready for your next get-together with friends … or when you want something sweet to munch on!

coconut balls in a bowl and on a table

Peach Fluff Dessert Salad – I used to leave out the word “dessert,” but I eventually realized that I wasn’t kidding anyone. It’s a dessert salad because it’s sweet. You’ll love ending any meal with this yummy treat. In fact, you can even serve it with any of your favorite cookies!

scooping peach fluff from one of 2 bowls

Christmas – A Time for Sharing Your Favorite Cookies

pan and plate of decorated Christmas cookies

Don’t forget to share this deliciousness at your next holiday party. It’s the time of year for sharing delicious recipes, favorite flavors, and creating memories over a plate of the most delicious Christmas cookies.

Yield: 24 cookies

Easy Cake Mix Christmas Cookies

plate of decorated christmas cookies

When you need a quick and easy recipe for Christmas cookies, make these!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • Box of cake mix (15-16 ounces)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • Edible decorations for the top (optional sprinkles, frosting, colored sugar, small candies, etc.)


  1. Preheat oven to 375˚ F. Cover large cookie sheet with silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. Combine the cake mix, eggs, and butter in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix it well.
  3. Scoop cookie dough with cookie scoop or tablespoon. Roll them into balls and place on the mat.
  4. Flatten them down just a little bit with the back of a spoon or your hand. Do the best you can to keep them round.
  5. Put the sheet of cookie dough in the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove them from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack. Cool to room temperature before decorating.


You can use any flavor of cake mix you like. I prefer either white or yellow cake mix for Christmas cookies.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 122Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 26mgSodium 195mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 0gSugar 9gProtein 1g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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