Cake Mix Snickerdoodles


Cake Mix Snickerdoodles

Cake Mix Snickerdoodles
2 1/2 dozen cookies
10 Min

When it comes to simple cookie recipes, this one can't be beat. Start with cake mix and in a few easy steps, end up with a freshly baked batch of Snickerdoodles! 

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (18-1/4-ounce) package white cake mix (see Note)
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

What to Do

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, butter, egg, and vanilla with a spoon until dough forms. (Some dry mix will remain.) Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  3. Roll balls in sugar mixture, then place about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until set. Remove from baking sheets to cooling racks.


We tested this recipe with both the 18.25 ounce box as well as a 15.25 ounce box of cake mix and both batches of cookies came out the same. Either size box will work for this recipe. 

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Looks delicious!

This is such a great recipe!! I also omitted the cinnamon and just made sugar cookies added a little frosting, my grand kids think I a make the best cookies ever!!! Easy and yummy!

Delicious and, how much easier can it get?!

Can we use cooking oil for this instead of butter? if so how much?

While we haven't tried it with this recipe, we have used oil in similar recipes and believe it should work. If you try it with oil, you will need a 1/2 cup. Please let us know how they turn out for you!

Can this recipe be made with gluten free white cake mix?

Hi there! Yes, you can absolutely make these Snickerdoodles with a gluten-free white cake mix. Enjoy!

Great tasting, easy and quick!! I used unsalted butter and they were fine.

do you think it would help if we uesed 3 tbsp of sugar if it is to salty? thanks

Hello! You can try using unsalted butter, instead of salted butter. The Test Kitchen hasn't tried it this way, but doesn't think that adding a little bit of sugar would hurt. :) Enjoy!

Would a sugar free cake mix work?

Yes, a sugar-free cake mix would work. However, this will affect the sweetness of the cookies.

For people with a dairy allergy/intolerance, use the Duncan Hines Classic yellow cake mix, 2 eggs and 1/4 cup oil. Works great and tastes great too without the butter!

I made these today. It made 2 dozen.They are good, but a little salty. Must be the cake mix I used. Very easy to make. A little crumbly while rolling them into balls but they turned out good. I would make again if I wanted good cookies in a hurry.

Could you use a yellow cake mix to make these? Thank you


Thank you

Delicious! Made these cookies for a Super Bowl party. Many comments were made on how good they were and they were gobbled up. One person even said they were the best he ever had. So easy to make.

Fast. Easy.Yummy..make a double batch cuz you'll eat them all...made during halftime.

I made these last year for the big game 2013 and they didn't last 30 mins. I am making them this year. But I am making a hole lot more this year! Thanks !!!!!

I knew I wanted this recipe when I frst saw it ! I can't to try it ! Thank You !

Can you use sugar free cake mix for these?

The Test kitchen has not tried using sugar free cake mix, but does not see a problem with it.

Looked good when you were making it on tv, thought I would try it. I am going to make them tonight. thanks.

Can't wait until tomorrow I am going to make these. One batch with a white cake mix and another with a yellow cake mix but I think I will add some orange zest give it a zing

Can I make these with yellow cake mix instead!!!! Too cold out to run to the store and that is all I have at the moment, LOL??????

Yes, I made them with yellow cake mix and they turned out just fine for us. Didnt last to long though. ;-)

just made these they are great thanks

I am a diabetic. could I use a artificial sweetner instead of the sugar, and have it still taste the same?

You can absolutely use splenda or stevia in place of the sugar!!

Some artificial sweeteners have an after taste like Splenda, so they will make the cookie taste different. Try a natural sweetener like Stevia or Truvia and they wont make the cookie taste different.

cream of tartar with the cinn & sugar or in the dough

In the dough.

Please note that the size (weight) of most cake mixes have changed to 15.25 ounces - which will definitely affect this recipe.

We tested this recipe with the 15.25 ounce box of cake mix as well as the 18.25 ounce box and both batches of cookies came out the same way, so either size box will work. :-)

To keep your cookies soft, place a slice of bread in the bottom of the container they are in. They will keep soft for two weeks if they last that long. If they do and the bread has become hard, just replace with a new slice.

To keep my cookies soft I place a slice of bread in the bottom of the container they are in. They will stay soft for two weeks if you can get them to last that long.

This is so easy to make. & taste so yummy. & a lot easier then going through the old methond. Love them. Thanks, Jackie C. Virginia Beach, Va.

just rolling a vanilla cookie in cinnamon sugar does not make it a Snickerdoodle. If you want these to taste more like an authentic Snickerdoodle, I would suggest adding 1 - 1 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar....this is the ingredient that puts the "doodle" in the Snickerdoodle. Otherwise its just a cinnamon cookie. It's a pet peeve of

this cream of tartar is that the tartar sauce you use for fish? Like in the squeeze bottle? As you can tell i've never made these before. Thanks for any help anyone can give me. Um I have to rate this but don't know so i will just hit the middle thanks again.

cream of tarter is found in the spice department . It is a white powder form not the tarter sauce used for fish. I have found a lot of cake mixes are less than 18.25 ounces. so check before you buy. I have not tried these cookies yet, the reason for my ratting

Absolutely! Just not a Snickerdoodle without Cream of Tartar.

What does the cream of tartar do to make a snickerdoodle a snickerdoodle? I am curious.

Outstanding!!!! Make sure you have lots of milk and hot tea and coffee ready to serve...

grate cookie recipe- served them to a public meeting for the Historical Society- loved by all ages ! compliments, compliments , compliments!!!


I loved these cookies - quite addicting. If, like me, you're a big fan of raw dough, take these out of the oven a few minutes early. Helps them stay nice and soft even a couple of days later.

These cookies were great, very easy to make and you would never know it was made with a cake mix. I have made them three time in one week.

going to try sugar free ck mx, sounds so simple & tasty!

I tried them and they were pretty good. They were so easy and fast but I had an after taste. I'll try again in case of "my" mistake, otherwise back to the old fashioned snickerdoodle. I tried with a white Pillsbury pudding in the mix; would that make a difference?

Wonderful and easy!! I couldn't get a white cake so I tried a French Vanilia. If you like vanilia you will love this!!

I'm trying yellow cake mix too! That's what I have on hand, I just can't imagine it making a difference since the yoke of the egg is also added. White cake just uses the egg "white" and never uses butter or vanilla. will post how they turn out. (They better be great because now I'm craving them!!! HA HA HA!

Can yellow cake mix be used in place of white cake mix, & will it affect the baking tiuime?


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