Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!
I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Henry David would most likely be a fan of cake mix cookies-they are simple, simple, simple-a bit more than 3 ingredients, but not by much.  With holiday activities and gift giving occasions approaching,  it is always good to have a “go to” cookie recipe that you can whip up in an instant.  Enter cake mix cookies.  With a little frosting to jazz them up, these two cookies would even hold their own at any cookie exchange.


Cake Mix Lemon Cookies

 about 30 cookies


1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ lemon cake mix
1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 egg
1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  • In medium bowl, stir together cake mix, whipped topping and egg until combined. (Dough will be thick and sticky.)
  • Place powdered sugar in small bowl. Using wet hands, shape tablespoonfuls of dough into balls; roll in powdered sugar. On cookie sheet, place balls 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are set. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

Voice of experience hints:  Add 1/2 teaspon lemon extract

Pour about a cup of powdered sugar into a bowl-measure out dough with ice cream scoop-drop in powdered sugar and roll it around to cover (this is a really sticky gooey batter)

Speaking of gooey-here is a fabulous basic recipe:


Cake Mix Gooey Butter Cookies

Servings: about 24 cookies

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix

  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with spoon until well blended.
  • Stir in vanilla and egg. Add cake mix; stir until well combined.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in powdered sugar to coat. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake 11 to 15 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.

See notes above about scooping, shaping and rolling in powdered sugar.

Voice of experience hint: Mine baked in about 13 minutes-burned in about 13 minutes and 20 seconds.  They will look golden around the edges when done and flatten out a bit when cooled.

I borrowed a frosting from another favorite cookie and it turned a good cookie into a great cookie-took them to a luncheon and got rave reviews.

Frosting for cookies:

1 c. confectioners’ sugar
1/4 c. apricot preserves
1 tbsp. soft butter

Mix till smooth and creamy. Frost cookies when they are cool.


iSissies, do you have a favorite easy holiday cookie recipe you would like to share?