Last updated on December 12th, 2022 at 03:14 pm
Here’s an easy recipe for Christmas crinkle cookies you’ll want to make this holiday season. It starts with a boxed cake mix, so it doesn’t get much simpler. Why not have the kids help you with this one? Older kids can even make these cookies all on their own!
These festive-looking red and green treats will be the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray. We also like to include these cookies in these fun holiday treat boxes. They make a terrific little gift.
Christmas Crinkle Cookies With Cake Mix Variations
Save this recipe to make throughout the year. You can make these cookies for any holiday or occasion by just changing the color! Here are some ideas:
- Valentine’s Day: Use red and pink. Make pink cookies by mixing a little less red coloring into your cookie dough.
- St. Patrick’s Day: Use green. Then, make lighter green cookies by mixing in a bit less food coloring in one of your bowls of cookie dough.
- Spring/Easter: Use pastels. Try purple, pink, light blue, and green.
- Fourth of July/Independence Day: Make some vibrant red and blue crinkle cookies to celebrate the holiday.
- Halloween: Create orange food coloring by mixing red and yellow. You can also make green cookies and purple ones too. Just mix red and blue food coloring to make purple.
- Christmas: And, of course, red and green cookies say “Christmas!”
Ready to get started? Here’s the recipe for our Christmas crinkle cookies with cake mix.
Christmas Crinkle Cookies
- White cake mix any brand
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- Red and green food coloring
Mix the cake mix, eggs, and oil together in a bowl. Once well incorporated, split the dough into two separate bowls.
Then, color each bowl with food coloring, one with green, and the other with red. Use as many drops of the coloring to create the desired color. I suggest doing a couple drops at a time.
Once the dough is colored, refrigerate for 30 minutes. This will help make the cookie dough easier to work with.
When dough has chilled, take it out, and roll into small balls.
Roll the balls in the powdered sugar. I put the sugar into a small bowl. Coat the balls generously with the sugar.
Place on cookie sheet, and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. You will want the cookies to be a little firm, but still soft. Baking time does vary, so watch them closely.