These crazy-easy Spice Cookies are made with a box of cake mix. They have a soft texture and classic flavor that’s perfect for the holidays. You’ll love sharing them with the people you love!
- Easy Cake Mix Recipe: A simple cookie recipe is always nice to have, and this one takes lots of the work off of your shoulders by using a box of cake mix for the base. Easy peasy!
- Only 5 Ingredients: Did I mention how easy this is? Not to overdo it, but yes – these sparkly holiday cookies only take 5 basic ingredients to make.
- Quick Baking: These cookies also take less than 30 minutes to make, including cooling time – score!!
- One Bowl: No mixer needed – just a bowl and spatula will get the job done.
(If you are looking for more holiday cookies, check out my 101 Christmas Cookies round up! I also have to recommend these White Chocolate Dipped Gingersnap Cookies, Gingerbread Man Cookies, and my personal top favorite cookies – these classic Spritz Cookies!)
Thanks to the cake mix, these cookies have a sweet, spiced flavor that everyone loves. Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
- Cake Mix: One box of spice cake mix.
- Oil: Vegetable oil, or another neutral oil.
- Eggs: Large, whole eggs help bind the mixture together and give it structure.
- Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract.
- Sugar: Regular granulated sugar.
These cookies would be perfect to make for a cookie exchange, especially if you aren’t the most experienced baker — these cookies are really hard to screw up!
- Make the Cookie Dough: Mix the cake mix, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl until there aren’t any large lumps.
- Shape the Cookies. Roll the dough into balls, and roll each one in sugar. Place them on baking sheets with room for spreading in between.
- Bake. Bake these cookies for 9 – 10 minutes, or until the tops have cracked and the tops look set. The centers will still be gooey.
- Cool. Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.
Baking up these scrumptious, aromatic spice cookies is fun, especially with a few tricks up your sleeve. These quick tips will help guarantee a perfect batch of cookies, every time.
- Added Vanilla: While spice cake mix is flavorful all on its own, a little added vanilla gives the recipe a deeper, bakery-style taste that’s hard to beat.
- Chilling Option: After mixing the cookie dough, you can bake it right away, or refrigerate it for around 30 minutes before baking. Chilling the dough allows the flavors to meld together, and makes the dough firmer going into the oven, which will deliver thicker, chewier cookies.
- No Sticking: To prevent the cookies from sticking to the baking sheet, I like to use parchment paper or silicone baking mats. You can also simply grease the cookie sheet, but that’s not always as reliable.
Spice cookies are wonderful on their own, but if you want to jazz them up a little, try these holiday-appropriate variations. So many delicious cookie options, so little time!
- Icing or Frosting: What’s better than a cookie? A cookie coated with frosting. You’ll love adding Cream Cheese Frosting for a Lofthouse-like cookie, or Brown Sugar Frosting (from my pumpkin cake recipe!) for a thinner, more homespun twist.
- Add Some Crunch: Spice cookies are the perfect vehicle for a little added crunch from chopped walnuts, pecans, or slivered almonds.
- Add More Flavor: Other mix-ins you might like include white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, raisins, cranberry, or candied orange peel. Yum!
Spice cookies store well at room temperature (unless you top them with cream cheese frosting – in that case, keep them in the fridge). Make sure to store them in an airtight container or zip-top bag, and enjoy them within four or five days.
Can I Freeze These?
Yes! Cool the cookies completely, and package them in layers in a hard-sided container, with parchment or wax paper between the layers to prevent sticking. Freeze for up to 2 months, and thaw at room temperature before serving.
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- 1 box (18.25 oz) spice cake mix
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line two cookie sheets with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Place granulated sugar in a shallow bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine cake mix, oil, eggs and vanilla extract until there are no large lumps left.
- Roll 1 heaping tablespoon of dough into balls and coat in granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheets, leaving about 2 inches for spreading.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until the tops have cracked and the tops look set (the centers will still be gooey). Let sit for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
- Serve warm or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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