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Cake Mix Christmas Cookies Recipe

These Cake Mix Christmas Cookies are a festive, quick treat that is perfect for a holiday party, as a gift for neighbors, or to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve.  
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best christmas cookies, Best cookies, Cake Mix Cookies, soft cookies
Servings: 24
Calories: 154kcal


  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Baking Sheet
  • Wire Rack


  • 1 (15.25 ounce) chocolate cake mix (you could also use Devil's Food)
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup M&M's candies (can also use chocolate chips)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix together dry cake mix (don't prepare it as called for on the back of the box), vegetable oil, vanilla, and eggs. The dough will be very thick.
  • Fold in the M and M candies.
  • Roll the dough into 1" balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes and remove from oven. Let cookies cool for 2-3 minutes on the cookie sheet, then move them to a wire rack to finish cooling.


Although we love the festive look of the red and green M&M candies in these Cake Mix Christmas Cookies, you can always mix in something extra or substitute the mix-ins to your tastes.  Here are some ideas:
  • Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares (chopped up)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chocolate toffee bits
  • Crushed candy cane
  • Chopped pecans


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg