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gingerbread cake mix cookies recipe

This is one of our favorite recipes for the holidays and a fun twist on a holiday tradition. The gingerbread cookie is unique, eclectic, flavorful, and definitely a dynamic icon of the Christmas season. It stands to reason why it is one of the most popular cookies during the season.

Gingerbread cookies can be shaped, molded, decorated, paired and adorned with an array of different styles from frosting, sprinkles, white chocolate to ornate candies. They are loved by kids while at the same time being loved by adults. What’s specifically wonderful about this gingerbread cake mix cookie recipe is you don’t have to make the cookie dough using 10+ ingredients, you don’t have to wrap it in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight, and you don’t have to tenaciously wait, watching the cookies bake in the oven making sure they don’t overcook (not a fan of the over-crunchy gingerbread snack). This recipe also made our list on our guide to Christmas recipes

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1 box spice cake mix

1 egg

1 stick butter (softened at room temperature)

1 cup white chocolate melts

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Mix cake mix, egg and butter.

3. Pour entire batter out on a parchment lined cookie sheet and smooth with greased hands to 1/4" thick.

4. Bake at 350° for 9-12 minutes.

5. Allow to cool but not completely before using a gingerbread man cookie cutter to cut out cookies.

Once cooled completely, melt white chocolate according to package directions. Pour melted chocolate into a small frosting bag, snip the tip and decorate your gingerbread people! Using melted white chocolate instead of royal icing is a gingerbread cookie game-changer.

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What Are Some Ways I Can Decorate Gingerbread Cake Mix Cookies

Aside from the melted white chocolate, there are some really simple, yet create (and tasty) ways to decorate gingerbread cookies. These are especially fun for the kids as well. Some of our favorites include…

  • Melted white chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • Sprinkling Sugars
  • Royal Icing
  • Melted Milk Chocolate
  • Melted Cinnamon Chips
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Can You Make Gingerbread Cake Mix Cookies Without Butter?

There are a few clever butter-substitute hacks for gingerbread cake mix cookies that will still provide the traditional flavor. An important reason why butter substitutes are better than egg substitutes is because some of them provide additional flavor profiles to your cookies. For example, instead of eating a two-dimensional cookie with sugar and flower, you can use option 1 below and get a creamy cheese flavor hitting the pallet. The below options are for the recipe above. If the cake mix recipe you use calls for more butter, adjust these ratios appropriately.

Cake Mix Butter Substitute # 1:

4 ounces of cream cheese softened + 1/4 cup of butter

Cake Mix Butter Substitute # 2:

½ cup of heavy cream. Expect dough to be a little stickier than usual. If it is too sticky, try using a little more cream.

Cake Mix Butter Substitute # 3:

1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce + ¼ cup of vegetable oil

Cake Mix Butter Substitute # 4:

¼ cup fruit puree (any flavor you desire!) + ¼ cup of vegetable oil

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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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