Christmas cookies?!? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Well I’m here to tell you that you do! Grrrrllll……..I got you! They very well could be the easiest cookies you will ever make! I’ve been adding them to Christmas cookie trays for years now and everyone has been none the wiser of my cookie shortcut. You see, the cookie dough is actually…..wait for it….CAKE MIX! Of course you’ll need to add a couple more ingredients, but the basic dough is just cake mix, eggs, and oil. You can play with the flavors and pick your own add ins. I’ve used chocolate cake mix with Christmas colored M&Ms here to make them festive, but adding Reese’s Pieces instead is one of my all time favorite combinations. What are you waiting for??? Let’s get baking!
Here’s all you’ll need: cake mix, oil, eggs, Christmas M&Ms.
Add cake mix, eggs and oil to a large bowl. Yep! Everything in one bowl. I told ya this would be easy!!
Mix with a hand mixer on a low to medium speed until well combined (about 2 minutes).
Stir in the M&Ms or the add in of your choice! I recently hosted a slumber party with my niece and nephew and we paired white cake mix with chocolate chips and Christmas sprinkles and they turned out fab! They love baking with Aunt Lisa!
Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I’ve done these two ways and both have worked wonderful. Traditionally I would portion out spoonful sizes and roll them by hand into balls. This dough is very sticky. The key to working with it is a light touch. Pretend they are very delicate as you roll them. BUT…..I’ve recently used my cookie scoop to drop them by the spoonful and it’s an excellent alternative to getting your hands dirty! You can place additional M&Ms on top to make them extra pretty.
Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes on the middle and top racks of your oven. Don’t forget to rotate your cookie sheets about halfway through baking so you get that nice and even bake. Remove from the pan and allow cookies to cool. I bet Santa would love a batch of these paired with a nice, big glass of cold milk!
Cake Mix Cookies
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup M&Ms
- Step 1 Add cake mix, eggs and oil to a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until well blended (about 2 minutes). Stir in 1 cup of M&Ms.
- Step 2 Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll into balls if desired.
- Step 3 Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the pan to cool. Enjoy!
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