Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies {Kids in the Kitchen}

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2016
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Nora has been begging me to make “sprinkle cookies” for almost a month, but since I’ve been trying to clean out the freezer for our impending arrival of chicken and beef, we’ve been eating all the frozen baked goods first.

Now than many of the frozen goodies are gone, we decided it was time for Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies (a.k.a. sprinkle cookies)… and Simon even got in on the fun this time!

Although I still prefer chocolate chips in my cookies, these Funfetti sprinkle cookies are quite delicious for a change. They are SUPER soft and chewy… and in my experience, they are not overly crumbly (always a bonus with kids).

If you’re looking for a fun and easy recipe to make with kids, or just a festive spring-colored treat, these cake-mix cookies should do the trick!

Recipe for Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies

makes 2 -3 dozen cookies

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 boxed cake mix (you can use any type but I used the Funfetti mix for extra color and sprinkles!)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. sprinkles (the soft sprinkles, not the crunchy ones)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF
  • In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients (except sprinkles) until well combined
  • Add in sprinkles and stir until just combined
  • Scoop rounded spoonfuls onto parchment-lined cookie sheets
  • Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes (they should NOT get brown)
  • Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack
  • Store in a tightly sealed container

This dough is quite “firm”, so it was difficult for Simon to stir — but he had so much fun shaking his sprinkles that he really didn’t care. If you feel the dough is too thick, you can add another tablespoon of oil (or even water) to make it easier to mix.

And, the only reason I suggest waiting to add the sprinkles until the very end is so that the colors from the sprinkles don’t “bleed” into the cookie dough.

Also, this basic recipe works with almost any cake mix — simply omit the water called for on the boxed cake mix and add the baking powder (and mix-ins of choice) and you have yummy, soft, chewy cookies!

What are your favorite colorful treats?

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8 comments

  1. Barb T.

    03/24/2016

    Andrea, if you add mini choc-chips to half the dough, those cookies could be for you and Dave!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, good idea Barb! Probably not with the funfetti cake mix, but maybe with a plain vanilla cake mix 🙂

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  2. Alicia

    03/24/2016

    Oohhh, my boys would LOVE these! And I love the simple ingredient list – even better! I will be trying these this weekend. 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    be warned — they are addicting!

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  3. Meredith

    03/24/2016

    My favorite cake mix cookies are chocolate cake mix with an Andes mint put in the center of each one. So easy and yummy! And the melted mint/chocolate combo is killer.

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    Andrea Reply:

    you will probably hate me for saying this, but I totally do NOT like the mint/chocolate combo! Isn’t that crazy!

    Of course, if someone gave me a mint/chocolate combo goodie, I would eat it, but I would never choose it on my own or make something with that combo (Dave likes it even less than I do). We’re more of a peanut butter + chocolate combo couple 🙂

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  4. Christine @ The (mostly) Simple Life

    03/24/2016

    Yum! We used to make cookies kind of like this with a chocolate cake mix and then frost them. It’s so awesome that you cook with your kids! Pretty much every kid loves it but a lot of parents don’t feel like they have time to include the little ones. I have good memories of baking with my mom!

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    Andrea Reply:

    it’s usually pretty “fun” to cook and bake with kids — but it IS work (and it makes a mess). There are definitely days when I shoo them out of the kitchen because I’m trying to quickly get something in the oven, but whenever possible, I try to let them “help” in little ways 🙂

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