Cake Mix Christmas Cookies: Stir Them Up in a Snap

Cake mix Christmas cookies are an easy way to stir up a batch or two (or more) of delicious cookies.

Using a cake mix to make cookies with The Cookie Elf

But practicality aside, there may be a disquieting niggling at the back of your mind ... a tiny little voice from purists.

"Is it cheating?"

The Elf uses cake mixes all the time to make cookies.

So why not you, too?

There are plenty of good reasons, not the least of which is the fact that you already use plenty of prepackaged ingredients when you make cookies.

Point in fact: you add chocolate chips. But you don't grow the carob plant and extract the cocoa fat every time you make cookies with chocolate chips, do you?

Here are a few of The Elf’s best reasons for stirring up cookie magic with cake mixes.

Reasons to Make Cookies from a Cake Mix

Variety

A wide assortment of cake mixes grace the grocery shelves. You can use nearly any mix to make cookies in nearly any flavor you want – yellow, white, chocolate, spice, cherry, butter pecan, devil's food, or lemon. Creative cooks like The Elf have developed dozens and dozens of cookie recipes in all shapes and forms, including bar cookie recipes, drop cookie recipes, molded cookie recipes, rolled cookie recipes, and sandwich cookie recipes – all from cake mixes.

Savings

Cake mixes are inexpensive. The simplest cookies cake mix recipes use just one or two additional ingredients to go with the mix. That makes these cookies a wonderful value.

Time

When you're pressed for time, cake mix cookies are a perfect solution. You have fewer ingredients to keep track of, less measuring, and less mixing. If you like short cuts, this is a good one.  

Convenience

Making cookies from a cake mix is handy. A mix in your pantry means you can whip up a batch of homemade cookies without fuss. They’re ideal for busy bakers who like easy cookie recipes with short ingredient lists and minimal equipment. Less measuring and mixing is required. They’re especially good cookies for kids to bake or for those who don’t have much experience making cookies - because they are so simple.

Taste

A good recipe is a good recipe. Cookie to cookie, it’s hard to tell the difference between cake mix cookies and cookies from scratch … when the recipe is a good one.

Creativity

You can turn cake mix cookies into a personal favorite by adding your own creative touches, whether it’s exchanging one ingredient for another, changing the cake mix flavor, or decorating the cookies before or after baking. When it comes to baking cake mix Christmas cookies, the options are endless!

When not to bake cookies from a cake mix

  • When you have a tried-and-true cookie recipe from scratch that works well for you.

  • When you like to bake and have plenty of time.

  • When you want to try a cookie recipe that is not made from a cake mix.

  • When you’re a purist. (It’s OK. The Elf loves cookie bakers of all kinds, even if you’re a stickler about tradition.)

The Elf’s best baking tip for making cake mix Christmas cookies:

Try them.


The Elf Recommends These Yummy Cake Mix Christmas Cookie Recipes

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Chocolate-Cherry Bars: a favorite from Pillsbury Bake-Off #25 ...

Chocolate Crinkles: easy cake mix cookie recipe ...

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Easy Candy Bar Cookies Recipe: use your favorite candy bars ...

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Lemon Cake Mix Cookies ...

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies: Just 7 Ingredients ...

Peanut Butter Fudge Bars: cake mix, peanut butter, chocolate chips ...

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Pineapple Coconut Bars from Bake-Off #35 ...

Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies: Just 2 Ingredients!

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Red Velvet Blossom Cookies: easy variation of a classic cookie recipe ...

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies ...

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Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies: strawberries and cream in miniature ...

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies: easy cake mix cookie recipe ...


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White Chocolate Key Lime Calypso Bars: from Pillsbury Bake-Off #40 ...


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