Candy Cane Cake Mix Cookie Recipe

‘Tis the season for cookies, am I right?? One of my friends always hosts a cookie exchange mid-December. She has everyone “register” their cookie type, so there are no repeats. Which means I have to get creative! This year, I am opting to make my cake mix cookies – but add a festive twist. I’m going to let you in on a secret: cake mix cookies are the easiest thing. And they taste SO good. The hard work is crushing the candy canes – but it adds the perfect flavor and texture to these cookies.



  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees, and line your baking sheet(s) with parchment paper or spray with Pam. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix your cake mix and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Crush your candy canes. To do this, I double bag them in gallon sized zip lock bags (to prevent big messes) and then beat with a spoon. If you have kids, they LOVE this part!
  4. In a smaller bowl, add your eggs, oil, and vanilla. Whisk by hand until everything is well-mixed.
  5. Slowly pour your wet ingredients into your bowl with dry ingredients. Stir by hand until a soft dough forms. (Make sure you break up all the dry ingredients and air pockets!)
  6. Add in, and mix the crushed candy canes. Reserve a small handful for later.
  7. Drop rounded balls of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Pro tip: make sure your balls of dough are taller than they are wide – since cake mix tends to grow more than traditional cookie dough in the oven!)
  8. Optional: Press a few of the reserved candy cane bits into the tops of the dough balls, for looks.
  9. Bake cookies 9-11 minutes, do NOT let the tops of the cookies turn brown.The cookies will be very soft at first. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet about 2 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Cookies may be stored in an air-tight container up to one week.

Happy baking!

Oh wow!! These look delicious!!
Ashley W
Jenna always has the best recipes to share! I have to try these!!

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