Spice Cake Cookies

Prep 10 mins
Cook 9 mins
Total 19 mins
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Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way, it’s all Christmas, all the time, for 25 more days! Which means cookies, cookies and more COOKIES — starting with these crazy easy Spice Cake Cookies made with a box of cake mix!

Stacks of spice cake cookies next to a tall glass of milk with straws.

This is our third time making these Spice Cake Cookies this holiday season already. The first time was an experiment to test the recipe.

The second batch the girls helped me make for some friends who were having a bad week. You should have seen how much cookie dough twin toddlers can get stuck to everything.

Stacks of spice cake mix cookies next to a glass of milk.

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!

They have e a classic spiced flavor that everyone loves and they keep really well and stay soft when packaged up for a few days. And when you roll them in sugar, they sparkle!

Stacks of spice cake cookies next to a tall glass of milk with straws.

If you are looking for more ideas for your cookie exchange, I have to recommend a few of my other favorites: Almond Meltaway Cookies, Chocolate Biscoff Macarons, Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies, The Best White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, and my personal top favorite cookie — these Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.

Every year I buy those holiday cookie and candy tower tins at Michaels and load them up with goodies for all our family, friends and neighbors.

I spend a couple of days in the kitchen baking up all of my favorite treats and I love giving them out to everyone. It’s one tradition I am really excited to get the girls involved in as they get older.

This year, my first two recipes to be added will be these Spice Cake Cookies and my new favorite candy, Pecan Caramel Bars!

Stacks of spice cake cookies next to a tall glass of milk with straws.

You need a whopping 5 ingredients to make these cookies and they only need one bowl and one spatula to make! OH! And they take less than 30 minutes to make including cooling time — score!!

I hope you and your family enjoy these soft Spiced Cake Cookies as much as mine did. Don’t miss the quick little baking video I made at the top of the page if you have any questions!

Yield: 20 servings

Spice Cake Mix Cookies

Stacks of spice cake mix cookies next to a glass of milk.

Delectable Spice Cake Cookies are soft holiday cookies made from a box of spice cake mix. These are perfect for your Christmas cookie platter!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes


  • 18.25 oz box spice cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar


  1. 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.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, oil, eggs and vanilla extract until there are no large lumps left.
  3. Roll 1 heaping tablespoon of dough into balls and coat in granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheets, leaving about 2 inches for spreading.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve warm or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 195mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g


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35 Responses
  1. Cheryl Richardson

    Wow! Never would know it was cake mix!! This opens a whole new category for cookies!! The possibilities are ENDLESS!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!! There were none left within 3 hrs!!

  2. Carol

    These look interesting. I had to add a quarter cup of flour just get them to the sticky point. I sprinkled in a little pumpkin pie spice because I was afraid the extra flour would diminish the flavor. They were like brownie batter before that. Just took them out of the oven, and they are cracked and look good.

  3. Debra

    So far so good, but mine look nothing like your pic, or any other cake mix cookie I’ve made. Mine spread considerably, which is actually fine as I intended to make crean cheese frosting sandwich cookies with them, but oddly there is a huge difference in appearance between my silpat sheet and my parchment paper sheet. Guess we will see how they taste!

  4. Alice

    I made these today with my kids and they were great! I used someone’s suggestion of adding cocoa powder to make up the difference for a 15.25 oz cake mix. They turned out rich and chocolately with a warm spice flavor. I am sure the original recipe is great too and will try it when I find a 18.25 oz spice cake mix. Super easy too!

  5. Margie James

    I was out of vanilla, but had to make cookies for work tomorrow. I substituted 1/2 tsp almond extract.
    Awesome flavor.
    Thanks for a great recipe.

  6. Katie

    Can you bake these and then freeze them? I’m trying to get ahead on my baking for Christmas and not stress about getting everything done last minute!

  7. TRM

    Just finished a batch of these, yum. Super easy, I added ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon because we like spicy. they work best to just drop a fork full into the sugar then roll it around, a bit stick on the fingers but baking is messy sometimes. They taste great, I will make them again.

  8. Pru Bruzzano

    Tried this recipe and the cookies were a big hit.  Dough was very sticky, however, a little water on my fingers and I was able To roll it into balls very easily.  It’s a winner!   Will be making them again soon.  

  9. Patti

    I made these today. Absolutely amazing, the best spice cookies ever! Super moist, very tasty. My new recipe for spice cookies. And SO easy lol

    1. Patti

      On a side note, my Duncan Hines spice cake mix was only 15.25 Oz, I made the recipe exactly as it stated here on this site, and they are absolutely perfect. They are very sticky, so when you roll them into the sugar that’s helps you move them easier. I used a large melon ball scoop, put them right into the sugar. And rolled it around, this made it possible to move them to the pan.

  10. Knieka

    So, my husband accidentally ordered 12 boxes of spice cake mix instead of just one for me, and I’ve been looking for fun ways to use them instead of just making regular spice cake over and over again haha. This recipe looks like it could work, but do you have any tips for using a smaller box? My box is only 15.25 and I’d really love to make these cookies, do you have any subsitution tips? Like perhaps add a little flour or something? I’d appreciate any tips as I’d love to make these cookies.

    1. Patti

      That’s what size my Duncan Hines spice cake mix was, and they turned out absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe exactly as it is, and they’re delicious. Super moist and yummy!!

  11. Cathy

    I used a 16.5 oz spice cake mix and added 2 oz Calicutts Winter Chai Spiced Cocoa.  This made a wonderful chocolate spiced cookie. Perfect for dessert at a chili cook off!

      1. Sherry

        Perhaps 1 egg instead of 2. I added extra flour and I still couldn’t roll them into balls. I thought it would be a good first baking experience for my 7 yr old grandson. It wasn’t.

  12. Samantha

    I am making the cookies as I type this and realized from someone else’s comment, the normal cake mix box size is 15.25. I mixed all the ingredients without even noticing, but now my dough is very sticky and I am unable to roll the balls!!  PLEASE HELP ASAP!!!!!

  13. KATHIE

    USING, 18.25. THANKS MUCH!

  14. Joanie @ ZagLeft

    Everyone needs a really good, easy cookie recipe for the holidays. These look and sound so delicious – I’ll definitely be adding them to my baking list.

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      Hi Paula, I think these are best fresh. They are really easy to make, maybe your daughter will help you make them!


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