These funfetti cake mix cookies are perfect when you’re craving a sweet dessert, but don’t want to put in a whole lot of effort to make it. In just 20 minutes you can have these soft, pillowy funfetti cookies made from cake mix! Do you ever find that baking makes you happy? It does for me and I think that is why these cookies just hit the spot. They are really just happy cookies! You can’t look at them without smiling!
Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
These vibrant funfetti cake mix cookies are the perfect sweet treat for all the lazy bakers out there. We’ve all been there… you get a sweet tooth and want something that hits the spot, but is super simple to prepare. Cake mix cookies are the answer to your cravings!
Just keep a few basic ingredients on hand, and you’ll always be able to whip up a batch of these 20 minute cake mix cookies whenever your sweet tooth strikes.
Don’t tell anyone, but I keep an extra box of cake mix in the pantry for those times when that sweet tooth gets the best of me!
Not only are these cake mix cookies easy to make, but they’re also so fun and colorful! These would be perfect for a kids party, showers, or even for gifting during the holidays… just wrap them up nicely and you’ve got a tasty and pretty holiday gift.
How to Make Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies
To make your own cake mix cookies you’ll need a box of cake mix, eggs and oil. This is pretty standard across the board and you can make just about any flavor of cookie you’d like, depending on which flavor cake mix you choose. Mix-ins are optional, but fun… so for a chocolate cake mix cookie, chocolate chips would be a perfect addition.
Since these are funfetti cake mix cookies, I amped up the “fun” aspect by adding in even more sprinkles. The cake mix already has sprinkles in it, but go big or go home, right? I wanted these cookies to look like a party on a plate and be as colorful as possible.
I also added vanilla extract because it adds a nice flavor, but you can feel free to skip it if you don’t have any on hand.
Mix-in Options for these Cake Mix Cookies
Instead of sprinkling extra sprinkles on top like I did, consider adding different mix-ins.
- Add white chocolate chips for a funfetti double chocolate cookie
- Add dried sweetened cherries or cranberries. This will add a gorgeous color to offset the white batter.
- Add dark chocolate chips for a tuxedo funfetti chocolate chip cookie
- Roll the entire cookie ball into the funfetti sprinkles so they are completely covered prior to baking.
- Mix in a ¼ cup peanut butter chips with a ¼ cup milk chocolate chips. I haven’t tried the Heath chips but I imagine that they would be fun.
Allow your imagination to run wild here. Cake mix cookies are so much fun to make plus they are so cheap!
I like to always refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes before I bake because it leads to bigger, puffier cookies. Flattened cookies still taste amazing but I think keeping them fluffy is worth the extra 30 minutes here. I know I’ll be happier.
If you choose to refrigerate these, you can make them into balls and then refrigerate or simply put the entire bowl inside. If you put the entire bowl inside, the heat of your hand will warm them up and you can roll into balls. Both ways will work great and thanks to our reader, Eriana, for asking about that!
I love the use of parchment paper or a silpat sheet on my sheet pan to bake the cookies. Parchment is great and readily available in the wrap aisle at your grocery store. The cookies won’t stick and it makes for simple clean up – and I love saving time in clean-up. The silpat sheets are fantastic because you don’t need to throw anything away. They are completely reusable. I also don’t have to spray the pan with non stick spray. Silpats are simple to clean up with hot soapy water.
You can use room temperature butter for these cookies as a substitute for the oil. Don’t use melted butter as your cookies will run. The room temperature butter will take a normal cake mix cookie to the next level and no one will be able to tell that these came from a cake mix!
If you like to use extracts, this is a great time to bring out the lemon or the mint. Both will blend well with the vanilla cake mix and not conflict with the flavors. Just use a couple of drops to see how you like the flavor.
Someone asked if you use the ingredients listed here IN ADDITION to the the ingredients on the back of the box. The answer is nope! Take the dry cake mix that is in the bag and add the ingredients listed in the recipe card below. Omit all the other ingredients listed on the back of the box. Message if you have questions!
If you love the idea of using Funfetti, check out these awesome pancakes that my friend, Felicia, just made! I want a fork to dig in, RIGHT NOW!!! SO yum!!!
How Do You Know When Cookies Are Done?
It’s important not to overbake the cookies, so it’s a good idea to know what you’re looking for. When done, the edges of the cookies will be golden brown. You’ll notice the centers are still soft. Always leave the cookies on the sheet until it cools down. Once you remove them from the oven, the center will flatten out and finish baking.
The other tip I have is to invest in a nice oven thermometer to check to see the actual temperature of your oven. I just bought a new thermometer and found out my oven is cooking 15 degrees UNDER what I set it at. I had to accommodate for that
Funfetti Cake Cookie Tips:
- Don’t overmix the batter. If you do, the cookies will be dense, hard, and not as delicious as light and fluffy funfetti cookies.
- Check your oven temperature. Use an oven thermometer to test the temp every once in a while. Adjust the temp if needed, so you don’t over- or under-cook them.
- Make sure not to overbake the funfetti cookies. They will be hard and dry if you bake them too long, so keep a close watch. Take them out when they are still quite soft as they will continue to bake for about two minutes on the cookie sheet after being removed from the oven.
- Allow the cookie sheet to cool between batches. If you put more cookie dough on a hot sheet, it’s going to start baking right away. This can affect the entire texture and taste of the cookie. I am too impatient to wait, so I rotate between two cookie sheets.
- Don’t bake more than one batch of cookies at a time. Overcrowding the oven can affect how the cookies bake. For them to turn out the best, one batch at a time is the way to go.
- Leave the cookies on the baking sheet to finish cooking. Leaving the cookies on the baking sheet is actually a crucial step that many people skip. First, this will allow the cookies to be easily moved without tearing the bottom, and they keep baking for a few minutes.
Can I Use Other Cake Mixes For Cookies?
Yes, absolutely! You can really use any kind of cake mix you have on hand and follow the same recipe. They will be delicious cookie no matter what flavor you go with. Here are some ideas to try:
- Red Velvet Cake – Use red velvet cake mix and add in some white chocolate chips. Yum!
- Devil’s Food – You may not ever want a regular cookie again after you taste these scrumptious treats. Toss in a few semi-sweet chocolate chips to take them to the next level of yummy.
- Spice Cake – You’ll be hooked on these spicy cookies! Add some of your favorite cream cheese frosting and drizzle over the top after you take them from the oven.
- Lemon Cake – If you’re looking for something light and refreshing, add a lemon cake mix to your list.
- Strawberry Cake – Another option for a simple and divine flavor that will win over any crowd. They are delightful with cream cheese frosting and garnished with pink sprinkles.
Can I Substitute Eggs In This Funfetti Cookie Recipe?
Yes, you can make some substitutions in these funfetti cake mix cookies for the eggs. Whether you have an allergy or just don’t like using eggs, you have a few options. For best results use ¼ cup of greek yogurt, apple sauce, or mashed banana instead of an egg. The texture will be a little different, but they will taste great.
Is It Possible To Make This Funfetti Cookie Recipe Sugar Free?
Yes, if you want to make these cake mix cookies sugar free, that’s not a problem at all. You’ll need to buy a sugar-free cake mix. Then if you want sprinkles, you can add some sugar-free ones to the batter and on top. They will taste just as amazing with sugar-free cake mix as regular, and you won’t even know the difference.
How Do You Store Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies?
After the cookies have cooled, place them inside of a storage container that’s airtight. You could also use a ziplock bag too. They will last 4-5 days in the pantry or on the counter. These cake cookies are great for making ahead for parties and events because they last a few days.
Can You Freeze Cookies?
Yes, you can freeze these cake mix cookies. For best results, do a flash freeze by placing the cookies in the freezer on a baking sheet for one hour. Then remove them from the baking sheet and place them inside of a storage container or freezer bag. They will last up to one month in the freezer. To eat them, just thaw them out and devour!
If you love cake mix cookies as much as we do, make sure to check out these:
Double Chocolate Espresso Cake Mix Cookies – Simply by changing up a couple of ingredients in our old family favorite we were able to produce a cookie perfect for a cookie exchange! The chocolate and coffee flavors marry perfectly in each bite!
Mint Green Cake Mix Cookies – These minty, fresh cookies are perfect for a spring weekend or St Patrick’s Day! The cake mix dough comes together so easily and the star is really the Andes mint on top!
Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies
- 15 oz. Box Funfetti Cake Mix
- 2 Eggs
- ⅓ cup Canola Oil
- 1 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
- ¼ cup Sprinkles plus additional for topping
- Preheat oven to 375F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- Add cake mix, eggs, canola oil and vanilla to a large bowl. Mix well until the dry cake mix has been completely incorporated.
- Gently fold the sprinkles into the batter.
- Spray hands with nonstick spray. Roll dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet at least 1″ apart to allow the cookies room to expand.
- Top each dough ball with additional sprinkles and gently pat sprinkles into tops of cookies before baking.
- Bake for 10 to 11 minutes. Cookies will be a bit soft to handle, but they’ll firm up a bit as they cool. Bottoms should be lightly golden. Let cool before enjoying.