Confetti Cake Batter Cookies

Quick and easy cake mix cookies loaded with sprinkles.

stack of confetti cake batter cookies on a cooling rack

Today’s post is dedicated to all my fellow sprinkle lovers out there. By one confetti cookie, we unite. 😀

I made you a cake mix cookie. Yes. These cookies began with a box of cake mix. I have a love/hate relationship with cake mix. Love it when I’m making cake batter flavored desserts. Hate it because it is just *not* the same as making something homemade from scratch. Not a fan of cake mix? Make my Cake Batter Sugar Cookies or my Soft-Baked Funfetti Cookies (both no cake mix!) instead of today’s cookie recipe.

stack of christmas confetti cake mix cookies

The other day I caved and wanted a puffy, fluffy, crinkly-topped, sprinkle overloaded cookie. I actually want those everyday. But stick with me here. Staring back at me was a box of white cake mix I recently purchased on sale in my Target shopping binge. Cake Batter Blondies were intended to be my cake mix’s destiny but oy. Let’s be a little different here, Sally.

A little Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookie inspiration, a little Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake Mix Cookie inspiration, and my love for all-things-cookies all came together one day. A miraculously soft confetti cake batter cookie is born. Today’s cookie recipe may be the easiest cookie you’ll ever make. For the result you’ll get, you’ll literally ask yourself HOW on earth a cookie this good can start from a box. Well, it does. The dough comes together easily by hand. No mixer required – no extra dishes dirtied. Hallelujah. All you’ll need is a bit of elbow grease to mix up the cake mix, eggs, oil, baking powder, vanilla, and sprinkles.

There is also no dough-chilling required. I chill my dough for nearly every single cookie I bake. It allows the flavors to get a little friendly with one another and baking cookies with cold dough allows them to bake up thicker. However, you can bypass all that and stick these cake mix cookies right into the oven! A simple ingredient list and a simple baking process. Winner, winner, cookies for dinner.

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The dough is quite dense and thick; you’ll really need to work it to get rid of all the lumps of dry cake mix. You could try sifting the baking powder and cake mix together, but there’s really no need to take that extra step because you can get all the clumps out by mixing. Why give yourself more work?

If you’d like to “heathify” today’s cookies, you could easily sub the oil for greek yogurt or light sour cream. Before I had a blog, I mixed chocolate cake mix with 1/3 cup vanilla greek yogurt (and the rest of the ingredients below) and had one fudgy “light” cookie. Deeee-lish.

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Texture wise, these cookies are soft and light. While they come from cake mix, they are not cakey in the slightest. They are soft in the center, but very chewy around the edges. Moist, melting in your mouth – no dry crumbs in sight. They retain a soft-baked consistency I admire so much in cookies.

I adore how thick and puffy they turned out. Little puffy funfetti pillows, if you will. As they bake, the cookies spread to an extent – and then, they just rise. Rise, rise, rise. The baking powder is the culprit behind all that lift. Be sure to roll your balls of dough to be “taller” rather than wide. I talked about the “tall” trick here. If thick cookies are your goal, make sure you don’t miss that!

Quick, easy, painless cookie recipes delivering HIGH results are all I’m looking for this holiday season. Mixed with a little oil, sprinkles, 2 eggs, baking powder and vanilla, white cake mix will be the base of your new favorite cookie. Coming from a cookie snob and very tough cookie critic, that says a lot.

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stack of confetti cake batter cookies on a cooling rack

Confetti Cake Batter Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 28-30 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Quick and easy cake mix cookies loaded with sprinkles.


Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.25 oz) vanilla/white cake mix, such as Duncan Hines
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable/canola oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder. Set aside. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla by hand. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to form a dough- stir vigorously until all of the pockets of dry cake mix are gone. Gently mix in the sprinkles – you do not want to dye the cookie dough by overstirring the sprinkles.
  3. Drop rounded 1-inch balls of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 9 minutes – do not let the cookies get brown. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes; they will be very soft at first. As they cool, the tops will settle down so you will not have to press the cookies down yourself. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container, for up to one week.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Cookies freeze well, up to 2-3 months.
  2. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

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  1. So cute! I’d love to try these with different cake mix flavors and sprinkle colors…like strawberry cake for Easter/spring? Or lemon or orange!! 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Hey Caley! Your suggestion to use lemon cake mix – i LOVE that idea! I love lemon flavored desserts, like lemon bars or lemon meringue pie. A lemon cake mix cookie (maybe with some yellow sprinkles of course) sounds amazing. 🙂

  2. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    I am all about cake mixes, especially for cookies and bars. I love how many sprinkles these have…and how puffy they are!!!

  3. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen says:

    I’m going to have to try your ‘tall’ cookie next time because I can’t seem to roll a good ball of dough to save my life. Although once they come out of the oven you forget about all that….

    Love the sprinkles!

    1. Hi Loretta! The tall cookie trick works wonders, let me know how it goes for you.

  4. Jennie @themessybakerblog says:

    Sally, you have me craving a these sprinkle cookies loaded with tons of festive sprinkles. They look amazing, and I love that they’re so simple to make.

  5. Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    They’re so puffy! Love it. I’d be so fun to see your sprinkle collection. You’d have to be careful with me around it, though. “Oh, don’t mind me… just taking a tablespoon of EVERY type.”

    Your posts always make me smile. Especially when you do the different colored font thing. I giggle and then smile. 🙂

    1. That really really means a lot to me Erin! that my posts make you smile. I’m really cheesy – I love fun fonts and colors 🙂

  6. Sally these are just adorable and so festive! I’ll be sure to make them for my brother when he comes home for christmas break 🙂

  7. Hi Sally! You are the cookie QUEEN and I’d so love if you could link one or a couple of your cookie recipes in my Christmas Cookie link up! At http://www.theeaseoffreeze.com/2012/12/christmas-cookie-link-up.html

    Thanks and have a great day. Loved your pictures!
    Sarah

  8. I’m a definite sprinkle lover! Sprinkles make everything fancy =). These are so cute!

  9. OMG Sally these cookies are AMAZING!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I can’t believe cake mix makes a cookie this good! I want to try all different kinds of cake mixes!!!

  10. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

    These are so festive and pretty! I love cake batter flavored treats! I like to use cake mix when it gets doctored up or in cookies or other treats.

  11. [email protected] Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    Thank you so much for linking up to Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s! I am pinning every post that links up each week to my pinterest page. I hope you come back each week!

  12. Yes, I used parchment paper.

  13. I started my Christmas cooking baking season with these and they were delicious! I love cake batter and simple cookie recipes. Thank you so much for this recipe. The salted caramel chocolate chip cookies are next on my list!

    1. hi Kate! Thank you for letting me know – I made these cookies again and brought them into work the other day. Everyone LOVED them. I’m happy they are so easy to make. Those salted caramel cookies – you are in for a tasty treat! I love those.

  14. These look so great! I have an ugly Christmas sweater party I’m going to tomorrow night and will be bringing them with me. One question–I picked up some Funfetti cake mix, which comes with a little packet of sprinkles…do you think I could use that packet and some red/green sugar crystals as the 1 cup of sprinkles? I don’t have any other holiday-colored sprinkles and won’t have time to run out to the store again. I think the sugar crystals might make the cookies oddly colored but my friends might actually like that because they’re pretty odd themselves.

    1. I love ugly Christmas sweater parties! I went to one last year – with a GIANT terrible red sweater on. Everyone looked ridiculous. You can use the sprinkle packet that comes along with a funfetti cake mix. The sugar crystals may dye the dough, yes. You could always roll the balls of dough into the red/green sugar crystals before baking – a gentle roll wouldn’t dye the dough. I laughed for a good 30 seconds reading that last sentence – my friends (and I) are odd too. lol! Let me know how they turn out! Have fun at the party!

  15. If I use Greek yogurt instead of the oil, do I use plain or vanilla? Also is fat free Greek yogurt okay to use or is lowfat better?

    Thanks.

    1. Low-fat greek yogurt would be a better subsitute for the oil – use vanilla or plain, it does not matter. I feel vanilla would taste better though. 😀

  16. I completely love cake batter items!

  17. Let me know how these turn out for you, Angela, if you make them! Or if you make the salted caramel pecan chocolate chip cookies – both cookies I know you would love!

  18. Any ideas on how to handle the stickiness of the dough? I couldn’t really get them into balls!

    1. Strange! The dough was sticky, but still manageable. I suggest chilling it for 30-60 minutes beforehand in your case.

  19. How many ounces in the cakemix box? Betty Crocker’s are 15.25 and Duncan Hines is a little more. Does it make a difference in the recipe?

  20. I am baking this right now for a holiday cookie exchange tomorrow…super excited!

    1. Hi Bri! You will love these! Let me know how they turn out 🙂

  21. Sally, I’ve made these cookies twice already and both times the people I shared them with raved they were the best cookies they had ever had! Thank you for your willingness to share as I also adore baking! Happy Holidays!

  22. Ill admit I’m a big fan of the 3 ingrediant cake box cookies, so I decided to run with this slightly fancier version. I purchased a huge container of holiday sprinkles that managed to get lost, so I added a cup of chopped pecans, nutmeg and cinnamon to your recipe in lue of the sprinkles. They turned out so fabulous. Definitely love your recipes and will make these again with sprinkles when they turn up! Thank you!

    1. Wow Beth – your version sounds incredible! I don’t think I would be more pleasantly surprised losing sprinkles. I wonderful substitution; I have to try something like that! Thanks so much Beth and glad you enjoyed them!

  23. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says:

    Made these tonight!! They came out awesome! So festive, too 🙂

    1. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says:

      Oh, they WILL be posted

  24. Easiest cookies I have ever made! Recipe is perfect for a quick batch of cookies. I ended up with about 33 cookies and I plan on making more this weekend!

  25. Great recipe and so easy to make!

    1. Hi Joan! Thanks, I’m so happy you enjoyed these cookies as much as I do! I love how easy/quick they are as well. Save time this holiday season!

  26. Thanks for the tips, I plan to try this but have noticed that cake box sizes have shrunk and are now arounf 15 oz vs. 18 that they use to be. Should I make any adjustments to the other ingredients in order to compensate for the new smaller sized boxes?

    1. Hi April – Duncan Hines is 18 oz. That is the brand I used.

    2. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward says:

      For the 15 ounce boxes, such as Pillsbury, use 1 egg + 1 egg white and 4 Tbsp. of melted butter or a neutral oil. Must they always change on us? 🙂 Best, Shanna at Curls and Carrots

      1. Which way (leaving this recipe unaltered despite the smaller box of cake mix or altering the oil and egg amounts) do you think would be best, or the most likely to turn out well? I plan on making a lot of these (three cake mix boxes worth) and I want everything to go perfectly!

  27. Actually, after typing all that, I answered my own question. Apparently, I should have checked the date on my eggs :s I don’t eat eggs myself, only use them for cooking/baking. Fresh eggs made a big difference in preparation and presentation! Love this recipe for a quick easy cookie, although I also prefer “homemade.” Thanks!

    1. Yes indeed they do make a difference! glad they turned out for you Michel. I linked my homemade version quite a few times in the post as well: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/08/16/cake-batter-sugar-cookies/

      1. Yes I saw. I didn’t mind using this recipe since it was holiday themed. Thanks anyways.

  28. I love the colors of the sprinkles you used. Where can I find them? thanks.

    1. Hi Beth! I found the holiday colored sprinkles at Target. I know they are also sold at Walmart, most grocery stores, and craft specialty stores like Michael’s or AC Moore.

  29. My son and I made these last night, and we CANNOT stop eating them! They are completely delicious, and so easy to make with a preschooler. I can’t wait to share these with my mom and sister, but they’ll have to taste the next batch, because this one disappeared in under 24 hours! 🙂 Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    1. Hi Holly! You are SO welcome! And thank YOU for letting me know how much you love them! I agree, they are SO easy to make and truly a perfect recipe to make with a little one. Or when you need an easy cookie recipe. Each time I’ve made these, they completely disappear. 🙂

  30. Jen (mighty4mommy) says:

    So, mixing this right now and I said “oh my, that’s a lot of sprinkles!” Then I said- “what am I thinking?” Can’t wait to eat a few…

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