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Super Simple Sugar Cookies

Posted by  ·  April 16, 2009  ·  Last Updated: April 16, 2009

Whenever I am in a pinch for time and need cookies I make cake mix cookies.  I am such a fan of these super quick and delicious cookies (remember these?–really they are the best). Seriously in less time than it would take for you to go to the store to buy cookies you can bake these yummy cookies.


I am all about the cake mix. For sugar cookies I love Duncan Hines French Vanilla Moist Deluxe cake mix. For the Chocolate cookies I love Aldi’s Devil’s Food cake mix.


Cake Mix Sugar Cookies


1 Cake Mix
2 Eggs
1/3 – 1/2 Cup canola oil (I used 1/2 cup this time. A 1/3 cup works great also -the batter is slightly more stiff so slightly flatten your balls)


Mix well and scoop (I use a 2 Tablespoon scoop) onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees  for 10 – 13 minutes. Cookies will be soft.  Makes 20 cookies.




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  1. Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
    This recipe will bring the newer small size cake mixes up to the size of the old cake mix sizes. Check the recipe. If the weight is over 18.25 ounces, follow the directions in the recipe below to adapt the new cake mixes to fit in your old recipes. If a recipe only states 1 box of cake mix it might be hard to decide unless the recipe shows a picture of the ingredients. You could also check other websites to find a similar recipe with the size of the cake mix listed. Another clue could be the date the recipe was posted. If it is before 2012, then you will need to adapt.



    This site has a method to adapt cake recipes if you use a lot of recipes using one flavor of cake mix in older recipes.
  2. Debbie
    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
    I'm thinking Orange Cake Mix with a Semi-Sweet or Unsweetened Chocolate drizzle.

    **Here is a recipe for Cake Mix "up-sizer"**
    Just follow directions to adapt new cake mix sizes, to old cake mix sizes in older recipes. A lot of new recipes have been adapted already, and some have been created with the new size cake mixes. If the recipe calls for an 18.5 ounce cake mix, this will bring a smaller size cake mix up to 18.5 ounces.
  3. Helen White
    Saturday, June 24th, 2017
    Have been doing this with cake mix over the years - so easy. First read about it in the Heloise column in our newspaper years ago and still have the tattered piece torn from newspaper. Your creations looked yummy!!!
  4. Sunday, June 5th, 2016
    These look awesome!!
  5. Jen
    Friday, December 11th, 2015
    Can you roll and make cut out cookies with this recipe
  6. Lynn Jamieson
    Friday, November 13th, 2015
    This looks great
  7. Victoria
    Thursday, November 5th, 2015
    Do these taste just like sugar cookies?! I LOVE sugar cookies and crave them SO much but baking them is just SO much work. If these actually taste like homemade sugar cookies I may be in trouble lol ;)
  8. Kathy t
    Saturday, July 4th, 2015
    Love love love these cookies... .. Wondering if I make them half the size , then I should bake about hale the time? Also can you reuse parchment paper. . Or use new sheet for each batch? I used new , today.. Thank you for a wonder easy cookie recipe.. I am a new fan...for sure.
    • Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
      Hi Kathy, I re-use the parchment paper. No need for a new sheet each time. I would bake them a couple minutes less for half size. We love our cookies soft.
  9. Angela S
    Saturday, April 25th, 2015
    Just made these with lemon cake mix and lemon frosting- to die for!!!!!
  10. Cheri Fafoglia
    Thursday, December 11th, 2014
    What kind of icing do you use. I always use buttercream for my rollout sugar cookies and it gets hard. Do you have a recipe for a softer icing?
    • Teniqua
      Friday, August 19th, 2016
      Mmm maybe you can try a whip cream pudding icing super delicious!! (My mouth is watering)
  11. Angie K.
    Friday, November 21st, 2014
    I'm imagining Red Velvet with white chocolate chips and cream cheese frosting.
  12. Roxann
    Sunday, August 31st, 2014
    How about dipping these into a sugar/cinnamon mix before baking to get a snickerdoodle like cookie? I'm going shopping today!
  13. Brenda
    Friday, August 29th, 2014
    The weight has changed on the cake mixes how do you adjust recipe?
  14. Thursday, August 14th, 2014
    , thank you so much for posting this! It is gonna aid me when I order Coconut Milk online! Super Awe Inspiring!
  15. Debbie Jensen
    Thursday, August 7th, 2014
    Or use Butternut squash instead of oil... works for cake mix why not cookies??
  16. Rondell
    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    I made these, yellow cake mix added some peanut butter and chocolate and peanut butter chips. YUMMMM
  17. Candi
    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    Great recipe. Been using this for years. You can add 1 tsp of vanilla or any other flavoring to up the flavor.
  18. Lanie
    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    just google cake mix cookies. there are lots of recipes and variations there
  19. Susan
    Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
    These cookies sound AWSOME. They will help save the day for my"cookie monster". Thank you for the recipe
  20. Maureen
    Saturday, February 1st, 2014
    Have you ever replaced the oil with 1/2 cup of applesauce? It would really reduce you calories.
  21. jan june 13
    Friday, May 31st, 2013
    OMG, they are awesome! thanks for sharing.
  22. Elizabeth
    Thursday, October 11th, 2012
    Looks amazing- what is the recipe for the frosting?
  23. Donna Hart
    Friday, September 14th, 2012
    Made these, doubled the recipe and used orange flavoring. They disappeared in less time than it took me to make them. Great to know about these recipes. Thanks
  24. Lee Anna Mullikin
    Monday, July 16th, 2012
    My 12 yr old chef-in-training son made these and wow, they were dynamite! He used French vanilla w/ canned frosting, adding a touch of almond extract. Will definitely be making these again.
  25. Keri
    Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
    I added raspberry jello to the white cake mix. Awesome.
  26. Clarice
    Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
    Are they a chewy cookie or cake-like?
  27. Audrey
    Thursday, April 7th, 2011
    Tried these with Bob's Redmill Gluten-Free vanilla cake mix... I only made one alteration: added some lemon juice (because i'm not a huge fan of the nutty flavor of the mix) and they turned out great!
  28. Jen Needs
    Thursday, April 7th, 2011
    Silly question.. can you roll out the batter to make cut outs?
  29. Monica Williams
    Thursday, April 7th, 2011
    AWESOME RECIPE!!! THANKS FOR SHARING!!! Has anyone added nuts to this recipe? I really want to try nuts and maybe chocolate chips.
  30. Tammie
    Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
    I saw a similar recipe somewhere that had an option for bars. I'm not a baker. Could someone please tell me if this sounds right?
    1 pkg cake mix
    3/4 cup butter flavored shortening melted & cooled
    1 egg, 2 Tblsp Milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 Tblsp sugar
    Combine all ingredients, spread evenly in 15"x10" Jelly Roll pan (can I use a 9" x 13" pan?) & sprinkle with 1 Tblsp sugar. Bake @ 375• for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool & cut into squares. Can also omit 1 Tblsp sugar on top - bake as directed. Cool & then frost.

    I think I might be combining 2 different recipes, one ingredients with anothers directions. I'm pretty sure they were similar, though ?!?? What do y'all think? Does this look like it would work?
    Feel free to email me: [email protected]
    Any input would be appreciated!!
    Happy Holidays!
  31. Sunday, August 16th, 2009
    Yum! I added chocolate chips to a French Vanilla cake mix. I live at a high altitude but the only change I needed was to bake mine longer (about 18 minutes total). Thanks for a great recipe!
  32. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    you can add crushed candy canes/ peppermint candies or peppermint chips (available during the holidays) to the Aldi Devil's Food Cookies and it tastes just like a thin mint!
  33. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
    We made these using a plain white cake mix, I added a tsp of vanilla for flavor. So delicious. The kids loved them.
  34. Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
    wow those look soo delicious! I want them!
  35. Saturday, April 18th, 2009
    wow! That is easy! I will try these! I linked to this post!
  36. Friday, April 17th, 2009
    It's 11:00 pm here ... would it be really wrong to bake cookies at 11:00 at night? I may not be able to wait until morning ... YUMMY!
  37. Lindsey
    Friday, April 17th, 2009
    My dad has made these for about 4 years. SOOOO good! And, you can try just about any cake mix! He liked devils food best.
  38. Friday, April 17th, 2009
    YUMMY! Oh i'm so making these!
  39. Lisa
    Friday, April 17th, 2009
    that's crazy my question is how on earth did you think of doing this?
    looking forward to making all different kinds!
  40. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    I am looking forward to trying these!
  41. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    wow! great recipe! I can't wait to try these!
  42. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    Ooo! Yum, I've been looking for a recipe like this for a while!
  43. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    We made these tonight. So, so good. Except my oil was a blend with olive oil in it...Maybe not such a good idea. Vegetable oil is probably best.
    We wanted to know what recipe you used for the frosting. We mixed butter, powdered sugar and a splash of milk...Yours still looks creamier!
    Thanks so much for the recipe.
    • cindylouh
      Thursday, April 16th, 2009
      Oh my frosting was from the plastic can --- and by the way the one at Aldi's is great!
  44. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    You are my new favorite blog! Darling ideas!
  45. ninfa
    Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    I didn't know about these and tried it. They were so easy!
  46. Jo
    Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    These cookies saw me through years of last minute snacks for church, school, camp, last minute guests, or just a group of teens landing at our place for a few hours. Our faves are german chocolate cake mix with coconut, devils food cake mix with peanut butter chips, carrot cake mix with raisins, and butter cake mix with M&M's in them...the possibilities are endless! Thanks for reminding me to pick up some cake mixes while they are on sail this week! Yummmmm!
  47. sondra
    Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    Thanks for the recipe! Also, thanks so much for such a great site!
  48. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    I had never made cake mix cookies before and I just made my first batch for Easter with a lemon cake mix. Yummy! Those frosted ones are calling my name... :)
  49. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    These look delicious!! I am so making these!
  50. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    Great stuff! Came by to tell you about my birthday give-away! COme by!
  51. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    YUM! And so simple. Perfect for me!


  52. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    I am gonna have to try this. My 2 year old always wants to help make anything so I think she could help with these without a ginormous mess. Thanks for all the good ideas.
  53. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    Ok, just made them and they were delish! I just used a white cake mix since I figured it was the least likely to make it as a cake around here. So yummy!
  54. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    Is it the same for the devil's food cookies??
    I can't wait to make these!!
    • Thursday, April 16th, 2009
      Yes, it is the same for the chocolate cookies and they are delish! Visit here to find out how to make the best ice cream sandwiches!
  55. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    Wow! That sounds so quick and yummy! I am always picking up cake mixes, will try for sure!