Crinkle season is finally here!! I’m completely against putting up your Christmas tree before Thanksgiving BUT I’m totally ok with starting on Christmas treats. These chocolate crinkle cookies made with cake mix are the perfect treat to drop off to your neighbors, bring to a holiday party, or eat all alone when your kids are in bed. The cake mix makes them all too easy to make and kids love helping roll them in the powdered sugar before baking. Win for everyone! This recipe also made our list on our guide to Christmas recipes.
For Santa-approved Chocolate Crinkle Cookies With Cake Mix, you’ll need:
1 box Devils Food Cake Mix
1/3 c Vegetable Oil OR 1/2 c Butter, softened
1 tsp Vanilla
Extra Fudgy Cookie Tip:
Try adding 1 cup of miniature chocolate chips or using a triple chocolate cake mix.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies With Cake Mix Method
- Heat oven to 350°F. In a bowl, stir cake mix, oil, eggs and vanilla until dough forms.
- Refrigerate dough 15 to 30 minutes, for easier handling. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in powdered sugar. On ungreased cookie sheets, place balls about 2 inches apart.
- Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Store tightly covered.
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What Is The Difference Between Cake Mix and Cookie Mix?
First, let’s start with what cake mix batter and cookie mix batter DO have in common. There’s fat, oils, sugars, flours, and sometimes eggs. The biggest differences between cake mix and cookie mix is the ratios of the ingredients which determines the consistency and texture. Cookie dough is generally thicker. Cake mix will give you a smoother texture and has a thin batter, almost runny.
Now...when you are making cake mix cookie batter it will be thicker than normal cake mix batter because of the ratio of wet to dry ingredients. You’re probably wondering: Why even use a cake mix for cookies in the first place? The biggest reason is simplicity and ease of use. Making cake mix cookies is super convenient and takes about half the time it does compared to making cookies from scratch.
Can You Freeze Cake Mix Cookies?
Yes! You can freeze cake mix cookies the same way you could freeze regular cookies. We have a clever process detailed below.
1. Make your cake mix cookie dough recipe but stop short of forming the dough balls and baking them.
2. Chill your cake mix cookie dough in the fridge for about an hour (it might take two hours). Let the dough firm up. You want those butters and oils to stabilize and stiff. You’re going to want to make sure it’s cold enough for the next step in the freezing process. This is important.
3. Using a cookie scoop (uniformity is vital, we like a small ice cream scooper but use whatever you have, a spoon will work too), scoop cake mix cookie dough into balls and roll them so they are nice and round. Make sure they are equal in size and weight as much as possible. Don’t stress if you can’t make them equal. And here’s our WARNING! You will be tempted to eat this cookie dough
4. Place each cake mix cookie dough ball on a cookie sheet (parchment paper is optional—they peel off rather easily after frozen). Don’t worry about having your cake mix cookie dough balls huddled closely together. They won’t expand in the freezer like they do in the oven.
5. Put the cookie sheet with your evenly rounded cake mix cookie dough balls into the freezer for at least one hour until they are slightly frozen, but not super-frozen. The goal is for the cake mix cookie balls to maintain their shape for the next step.
6. Gently remove the frozen cake mix cookie dough balls off the cookie sheet and place in a Ziploc bag (or other strong freezer bag brand). Place the frozen cake mix cookie dough balls into the freezer. Important: Write the date on the bag, along with how long to cook, and what temperature.
7. How long can you freeze cake mix cookie dough balls? The quicker you use them, the better the cake mix cookie. Don’t go for more than 3 months. After that time, the quality of the cake mix cookie really declines. Personally, we noticed the quality of the cookies taper off after one month. But when you’re desperate for a quick cookie, sometimes it doesn’t matter ;)
8. To bake after frozen, just place the frozen cake mix cookie dough ball on a cookie sheet, let them come to room temperature (about 20-30 minutes), then bake according to the instructions that came with the original recipe or what is listed on the freezer bag.
How Do I Thicken A Cake Mix For Cookies?
Thickening your cake mix batter is quite simple. There are dozens and dozens of ways to do this, but we just wanted to give you our favorites that are 1) really easy to do and 2) don’t sacrifice the flavor and integrity of the cake mix cookie.
Cake Mix Cookie Thickening Hack #1
This one is probably the most used method and that is adding a little bit of flour to the batter. You’re only going to want to add about ½ tablespoon or 1 tablespoon at a time. You’ll want to stir (or beat) the batter a few times after each flour addition until you hit the optimal thickness consistency you’re going after.
Cake Mix Cookie Thickening Hack #2:
This one is by far the EASIEST way to thicken your cake mix cookie batter. Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes.
Cake Mix Cookie Thickening Hack #3:
Add a beaten egg. Eggs are amazing little baking miracles. Adding an egg will give you a firmer texture because of the way the egg’s proteins and lecithin react with the other ingredients. And...the egg yolks add a little more moisture to the cookie. You’ll want to first beat the egg then add the beaten mixture 1 tablespoon at a time making sure you stir (or beat) the batter after each tablespoon addition.
Cake Mix Cookie Thickening Hack #4:
Here’s another really easy hack to thickening your cake mix cookie batter. Add a little cornstarch or baking powder. Unlike flour where you add 1 tablespoon at a time, if you use this method (cornstarch or baking powder) you’re only going to want to add 1 teaspoon at a time because it has twice the thickening power as flour. Make sure to stir in between the addition of the cornstarch or baking powder. Here’s a hack on top of a hack: If you want to add nuts to your cake mix batter and it’s not as thick, roll the nuts (or other garnish) in cornstarch and you’ll see that batter really thicken up nicely.
Cake Mix Cookie Thickening Hack #5:
Add a mashed up banana to the batter. Granted, this is going to add a small flavor change to your cookie, so you’re going to want to exercise caution when using this thickening hack.
The Ultimate Guide To The Web’s Best Cake Mix Cookie Recipes
Hey, do you have a baking cookie problem? All right, well, lots of people do. Can we talk frankly about it for a minute? What’s going to happen if your cookie problem continues? What if you can’t help it and it continues to be a thorn in your side?
Now, that’s pretty bleak. But, I want to ask you something else. What would happen if we got this handled? What would your life be like if you could make the most delicious cookies with half the ingredients half the time and half the effort? What would your life be like if you didn’t hesitate or feel anxious every time that recipe rested on the counter-top staring back at you? What would your life be like if you stopped worrying if your neighbors liked your cookies and instead KNEW they loved them?
So, all you need to do is check out our monster recipe list of the best cake mix cookie recipes you can find on the web. We got you covered.
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If you haven’t been following along with our cake mix cookies this year, check it out:
All of these recipes are made with cake mix and all of them are so easy to do!