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Create your favorite cookie in a pinch using a cake mix! Chewy cake mix Snickerdoodles are quick, easy & delicious.

Keep the cake mix fun going with Funfetti CookiesGooey Butter Cookies, and Cake Mix Cookie Bars. They are just as tasty as these cake mix Snickerdoodles!!

cake mix snickerdoodles stacked on a white plate

A Shortcut on a fav

Our family loves snickerdoodles! That cinnamon and sugar coating and chewy center is perfection with a glass of cold milk. It leaves you with a nice glass of sweet milk afterwards too.

When we want that tasty cookie, but in a pinch we just whip out a yellow cake mix and you’re good to go! By just using 2 eggs and oil you achieve a more cookie texture. The snickerdoodle part comes in that signature sugar topping.

If you want to add in a bit of that tang, mix in a tsp of cream of tartar. Either way these cookies are quick, simple, and super tasty! They are perfect for gifting, or mixing up when you’re in a pinch.

cake mix, oil, eggs, and cinnamon and sugar mixture on a wooden cutting board

Snickerdoodles with a cake mix!

PREP. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375.

MIX + SCOOP. Combine cake mix, eggs and oil in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until all combined. Use medium cookie scoop and scoop onto greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mix. Using the bottom of a cup, flatten the cookies a bit.

BAKE. Bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes. Let Cool & ENJOY!

Balls of cookie dough topped with cinnamon and sugar

Recipe Tips

Other flavors: This recipe works for other flavors of cake mix. I think a basic white cake, spice cake, carrot cake, and pumpkin cake mix would all be delicious coated in cinnamon sugar mixture.

Cream of Tartar: The tangy signature ingredient of a snickerdoodle is cream of tartar. There is a debate that without this ingredient, it’s not really a snickerdoodle. If you are a firm Cream of Tartar fan, then you can easily add ¼ tsp into the recipe.

Tips:

  • Do not over cook the cookies. Take them out and allow them to finish baking while they cool on the baking pan.
  • Chilling the dough before rolling them into balls can help them keep a puffy shape and soft center. 
  • The dough is fairly sticky. I recommend chilling the dough to make it easier to roll and to use cookie scoop.
Baked cake mix snickerdoodles on a cookie sheet

Storing Info

STORE cooled cookies in an airtight container. To help keep them fresh longer, place a piece of white bread into the container. Cookies should last for several days. You can also freeze them for 4-6 months. Be sure to separate the cookies with wax paper or individually wrap them with plastic wrap. 

To FREEZE, place dough balls on a cookie sheet to flash freeze them. Freeze for about 2 hours or until solid, then place the balls in an airtight freezer safe container. Safely freeze for 4-6 months. To Bake: remove the desired number of dough balls. Allow to thaw on a cookie sheet and bake according to recipe

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Cake Mix Snickerdoodles Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Create your favorite cookie in a pinch using a cake mix! Chewy cake mix Snickerdoodles are quick, easy & delicious.
Servings: 24
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 12 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 box Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
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Instructions 

  • Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix. Set aside.
  • Combine cake mix, eggs and oil in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until all combined. Use medium cookie scoop and scoop onto greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mix. Using the bottom of a cup, flatten the cookies a bit.
  • Bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes. Let Cool & ENJOY!

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 162mg, Potassium: 15mg, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 25IU, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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107 Comments

  1. J says:

    Love it! I need one for neighbors! Great idea!

  2. Laura says:

    I LOVE this printable! Is there any way you could do a ‘Thankful for sweet moms like you!’ for Christmas? I’d love to do this for the room moms in my classroom. Thank you!!

    1. Suzie says:

      I absolutely hate to ask during such a busy season, but is there any way you could
      make a “neighbors” one for Christmas? These jars would be perfect gifts! Thank you!!

      1. Lil' Luna says:

        Just added it!! ;D

    2. Lil' Luna says:

      Just added it. 🙂

  3. Jill Jones says:

    Any way you could make a “clients” one? The friends was a huge hit!
    Thank you!!

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      Your wish is my command! Just added it. 😉

      1. Jill+Jones says:

        Thank you!!!

  4. Hannah says:

    First think I thought was – “I hope I can edit out the Thanksgiving and use for Christmas – it’s such a cute printable!” and then I scrolled down and you already had it covered! Thank you so much for the great idea. I’m going to make these ginger cookies from allrecipes (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/big-soft-ginger-cookies/) which are amazing and Christmasy! Thanks again, Hannah

  5. Laura says:

    Thank you very much for the printable! They are awesome!

    1. Lil' Luna says:

      You are so welcome. Merry Christmas!!

  6. Lisa says:

    Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie! Thank you! I love this idea, and would like to use it for Christmas. Is there any way you could make a printable that said “neighbors” where it says “friends” on the Christmas one?

    1. Lisa says:

      Also, I finished reading the comments section and see that you’ve already made some accommodations. I just wanted to say thank you again for what you’ve done. It’s appreciated. If you can’t get to one more, I can make due with “friends” 🙂