EVERYONE needs an easy Christmas cookie recipe! From last minute shindigs to cookie exchanges to all those holiday parties for your children, cookies are a must this time of year. An easy cookie recipe is especially necessary because you also have to buy/wrap/decorate/sing/travel/cook/be merry too. The holiday season is so fun and festive but it can be exhausting too. I’m all about simple, easy, and uncomplicated and found some delicious recipes using cake mix that are just fantastic. You won’t have leftovers! Guaranteed.
The great thing about making a cake mix cookie is that it can be totally customized. Don’t want nuts? Love coconut? Have a hankering to mix carrot cake with white chocolate? These recipes can do it all. The cookies are delicious and best of all everyone of them is an EASY Christmas cookie recipe.
They are perfect to make with little “helpers” too. After all, the holiday memories I hope to make with my kids involve them making things with me in the kitchen and not just eating what I’ve created. It takes patience, which is often in short supply in my house, but I think it’s worth it!
Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe: Cake Mix Cookies
I made two varieties of these cake mix cookies this week for a cookie exchange. The recipes yield 3-4 dozen based on how small you make the cookies. I make carrot cake and white chocolate chip cookies and used the basic recipe for a bit of a crisper cookie. I added in the optional ingredients for the KitKat cookies (using chopped up KitKats leftover from Halloween) and I liked the softer texture and lighter hue. Both were big hits at the exchange though. Best of all, they were easy cookies to make!
- 1/2 cup butter (softened)
- 1 boxed cake mix (any kind you want)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- 1 tablespoon baking soda (optional)
- 1 cup chocolate chips, crushed candy bars, sprinkles or anything else
- *If using a dark cake mix like chocolate or carrot, add in 1-2 tablespoons of water)
Mix the cake mix and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Add in butter, eggs, and vanilla and water (if using) and mix into a dough with mixer until everything is well combined. Then stir in the mix-in of your choice. Place spoon-sized scoop on baking sheet about 2 inches a part. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.