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Cookies From Cake Mix - Here's the Recipe

Updated on August 31, 2016
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Red Velvet Cookies from Cake Mix
Red Velvet Cookies from Cake Mix | Source

How do you make cookies from cake mix? We have the easy recipe (including red velvet cookies)!

Making cookies from cake mix is one of the quickest and easiest ways to fill the cookie jar for holidays, for summer (they're quick to bake), or any time of year. The easy recipe requires only three ingredients, a cookie sheet, and an oven. Stir-ins and frosting are optional. In no time you'll have tasty, delicious cookies with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

There are multiple variations of cookies made with cake mix using add-ins such as chocolate chips, and we'll tell you about a few of our favorites below then give you the opportunity to tell us about yours.

The picture you see here is cookies made using red velvet cake mix, baked then topped with a dollop of canned frosting. The frosting is optional, but what a pretty Christmas or Valentine's Day cookie these make! (Tip: Try the new Pink Lemonade cake mix and frosting for some pretty pink cookies for Easter or for a baby shower!)

Is your mind working yet, coming up with ideas for flavor combinations your family would enjoy? You don't need a special occasion to make cookies from cake mix. All you need is a sweet tooth and some imagination. Start preheating the oven and let's get busy!

Christmas Cookies from Cake Mix - Easy, fast, and fun!

Pretty Christmas Cookies from Cake Mix - Easy and Fun to Make!
Pretty Christmas Cookies from Cake Mix - Easy and Fun to Make!

I made the batch of cake mix cookies in the picture above using a Pillsbury vanilla cake mix, creamy vanilla frosting, and colorful Christmas "sequins." They looked beautiful and tasted great. I'll definitely be making more this year.

Here's the recipe:

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 8 min
  • Ready in: 18 min
  • Yields: Makes about 30 cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 box cake mix (flavor of your choice)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • stir-ins and/or frosting (optional - see notes below)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour the dry cake mix into a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and cooking oil. Add the stir-ins if using. Stir well to make cookie dough.
  2. Use a teaspoon to scoop out dough. Using your hands, roll dough into a ball about 3/4 to 1-inch in diameter. Place balls of dough on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are done. Note that the cookies will rise and tops will crack, then will fall as they cool. Cool completely on cookie sheet. Frost tops or decorate as desired. (Scroll down the page for more pictures and suggestions.)

Recipe Notes

  1. Suggested stir-ins include one cup chocolate chips with devil's food cake, peanut butter chips with chocolate fudge cake mix, coconut, nuts, or raisins with spice, carrot, or banana cake mix, nuts, oatmeal, raisins, dried fruit pieces, etc.
  2. Use canned or homemade frosting if desired. Try cream cheese frosting with red velvet cake mix, vanilla with lemon cake mix, chocolate fudge with devil's food cake mix, etc.
  3. Baking time varies with the type of cookie sheet you use and the true temperature of your oven. Cookies should be soft when you remove them from the oven. I suggest letting the first batch cool then checking the consistency of the finished product. Adjust baking time, adding more time if they're too soft. If in doubt, go ahead and take them out.

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101 Things to Do With a Cake Mix

Bake SnickerDoodles, and more, from a cake mix. This outstanding recipe book contains at least 100 more ideas and recipes using cake mixes, from brownies and bars to cookies, muffins and breads, and even (yep) cakes! Husband approved and recommended!

This bestselling book, a customer favorite, is part of the "101 Things to Do With" cookbook series. Check 'em all out at the link.

Available in paperback or choose the ebook version to keep handy on your Kindle.

101 Things to Do with a Cake Mix
101 Things to Do with a Cake Mix

I just finished making a batch of easy snickerdoodles from cake mix using a recipe in this book. They're so good, my husband wants more! RECOMMENDED!

 
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

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White on White Cookies from Cake Mix - Pretty for winter or maybe even a wedding shower.

White on White Cookies from Cake Mix (vanilla cake mix with vanilla frosting)
White on White Cookies from Cake Mix (vanilla cake mix with vanilla frosting)

A nice, simple recipe variation. I used vanilla cake mix with vanilla frosting for this batch. Ah, the simplicity of winter white!

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies Crinkled and Cracked on Top - Perfect and Pretty! - Soft and chewy inside. Yum!

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Wouldn't these pretty red cookies be perfect for Christmas, Valentine's Day, or even a special shower?

"Where can I buy Red Velvet Cake Mix?"

Red velvet cookies are so very popular, but sometimes it can be hard to find the cake mix. No problem! If you can't find it in your local store, order it online using the link below.

I have to say that red velvet cookies from cake mix topped with a dollop of cream cheese frosting is my favorite combination. And they're the perfect easy dessert to make for a Christmas party or to serve on Valentine's Day.

Duncan Hines Signature Red Velvet Cake Mix, 16.5-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
Duncan Hines Signature Red Velvet Cake Mix, 16.5-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)

Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Red Velvet cake mix, pack of six.

 

Cake Mix Cookies Variation: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Verdict? Yum!

Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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      Susan Deppner 20 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Sounds good to me, Flourish! :)

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      FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

      Anything red velvet is a winner with me!

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      Susan Deppner 20 months ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm sure they'll look beautiful! Have a blessed Merry Christmas, ladyguitarpicker!

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      stella vadakin 20 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I have never made cookies from cake mix, but I am for our Christmas party at church. I hope mine look as nice as yours.

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      Susan Deppner 21 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Your angel food 7Up cookies sound good and remind me of another recipe I have, which I'll have to go look at again. The red velvet cookies are so pretty and festive. Hope you enjoy them! Always good to hear from you. :)

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      Susie Lehto 21 months ago from Minnesota

      I will be trying some of these mixes, especially the Red Velvet for Christmas. I use to make an Angle Food Cake 7Up cookies that is very good, haven't made that for years. Its time to start baking again.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: Great points about the cost of making these cookies. I also buy cake mixes when they're on sale, though 59 cents is pretty hard to come by around here. You're a smart cookie yourself, 3QuartersToday! Thanks!

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      These were my go to cookies last Christmas, they were so easy and fast to make and so many different combinations. I stock up on cake mix when it's on sale for only 59 cents. SOOOO cheap that way, plus if you can find a coupon it almost makes them free.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Brite-Ideas: My husband isn't a sweets person either, but he loves these cookies. Hope you give them a try!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      these look amazing - I'm not a sweets person, but I could easily eat several of these!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I have not yet made cookies with a cake mix -- keyword "yet!" Those Red Velvet cookies look delicious!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Richard1988: Let me know what flavors you use and how you like them!

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      Richard 3 years ago from Hampshire - England

      What a good idea! I've never made cookies from cake mix but I definitely will do now :)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @JimHofman: The red velvet certainly seems to be a favorite, especially around Christmas and Valentine's Day. I just made a batch the other day (not red velvet but a summer white with sprinkles and white chocolate chips) and I'm sorry to say they're gone already. They're hard to put down. Hope you give them a try!

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      JimHofman 3 years ago

      I've had these, but never made them. Thanks for the recipe and tips! Boy am I hungry now...red velvet with cream cheese frosting...yum!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Heidi Vincent: Agree!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Great idea!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Coffeebreaker: So quick and easy, too! Thanks, CoffeeBreaker!

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      Coffeebreaker 3 years ago

      I have made these for years in a pinch for time or other ingredients. They are always liked!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @EmmaGraceEllis LM: Thanks for that excellent feedback, EmmaGraceEllis! Glad to know the picture caught your eye. I hope you enjoy your cookies, no matter which flavor combination you choose!

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      EmmaGraceEllis LM 3 years ago

      I love this lens and cannot wait to give this a go.

      I also just had the most 'epiphany-style' learning curve too.

      The reason I clicked on this lens title, is because of the intro picture!! There is NO mistaking 'red velvet' for anything else. The intro pic was perfect :-) sucked me straight in

      Thanks for such an informative lens

      Take care

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love to make cake mix or cake box cookies. It's fun to see all the different ways I can come with by mixing chocolate chips or nuts and cherries to the various cake mixes.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @danielmccarthy lm: You're welcome, and you're welcome! :)

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      danielmccarthy lm 3 years ago

      Thanks for the idea! I'll definitely be trying this. (Thanks for the like on my story ideas lens by the way!)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @pokeyoat: I'd love to hear how they turn out!

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      pokeyoat 3 years ago

      Red velvet cookies sound delicious! The carrot cake ones look good too. Can't wait to buy some cake mix and bake some for myself ;)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Pam Irie: It's definitely faster. And not a bad result, either!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I've never tried this, but it sounds way faster than making cookies from scratch. I love the look of the white on white cookies.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Mikarazgriz LM: Hope you try the cookies! Keep on keeping on with Squidoo - Hope to see you on RocketSquids!

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      Mikarazgriz LM 3 years ago

      Wow, these look awesome! Can't wait to try them out :)

      Thank you for liking my lenses as well, they've helped improve my lensranks. I've not been very successful with squidoo as i've only been on it a week, but i'll keep trying!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @lesliesinclair: Cool! I got this recipe from my mom originally, but she and I both were grown up by then!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      As a girl I learned to use a box of cake mix to make cookies instead, thanks to mom's creativity. It sure was fast and easy.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Elsie Hagley: Hope you like using the cake mix!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I have never used a cake mix, must try one, it would be quicker to fill the cake tins.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Hannah Writes: Great idea! Thanks!!

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      Hannah Writes 3 years ago

      These are perfect for school bake sales!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @thebookhill: Have fun!

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      thebookhill 3 years ago

      You just changed my plans for today. I am having a cookies and cake taste test! Great lens!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @AstroGremlin: You'll need milk for sure! :)

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      AstroGremlin 3 years ago

      These look tasty indeed. Got milk?

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @delia-delia: I just gave some to a neighbor yesterday. They make great gifts! Glad you're enjoying yours!

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Ohhh, Yummy! Will have to try this! I just got Cake mix cookies from my neighbor and they are delicious!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @marsha32: How nice! That's a good memory, too. Thanks for sharing!

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      My mom made these a lot when I was growing up. They are actually very good and easy.

      I put the recipe with her name on it in our recent church cookbook.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @sousababy: Beautiful idea!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @ironworksca: Thanks! I have to wonder what people will think when they read our comment! But I know what you're talking about. :)

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      ironworksca 3 years ago

      Susan,

      Nice post. I LOVE cake batter cookies. :)

      I finally posted that picture of dead bear cookies for you. Sadly, I made the cookies WAY too big, so it doesn't have the same affect. But at least you can get the idea.

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Gee, these do look easy to make. I think heart-shaped red velvet cookies would be lovely for Valentine's Day.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @HollyBee: Thanks for stopping by!

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      HollyBee 3 years ago

      These all look amazing! Will definitely be trying some of your recipes outâ¦thanks!!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Mickie Gee: It's hard to choose, isn't it! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      I love to make chocolate crackle cookies using a devil's food cake mix. However, the red velvet cookies look too good to pass up.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @smine27: Hope you try a batch!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love love love cake mix and cookies so obviously I would love this! :)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Grandma-Marilyn: They're even prettier in person!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @AdrianaZoder LM: Enjoy!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Corrinna-Johnson: They're so pretty - and delicious, too!

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Yum! I make cake mix cookies all the time! I want to try your red velvet cookies the next time I make a batch.

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      AdrianaZoder LM 3 years ago

      I was just wondering today which cookie recipe I should whip up for the Christmas season... You just gave me plenty of food for thought. :)

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      Grandma-Marilyn 3 years ago

      All the cookies look great. I especially love the looks of the red velvet cookies.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Merrci: I'd love to know what flavor combination you choose. Enjoy!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great lens--what wonderful photos. I may be making a batch of these this afternoon.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Catherine Beck: Thanks so much for the visit and the great comment. Hope you enjoy your red velvet cookies!

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      Catherine Beck 3 years ago

      These recipes look yummy! You reminded me of my old cookie's from cake mix recipe I used to make years ago from a white or lemon mix. Love the Red Velvet Cookie recipe and plan to make a batch later this week. Beautiful lens! Thank you

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Protasker: I've never tried substituting anything for the oil (or leaving it out). Do you use applesauce or something else? I'm sure other people would be interesting in knowing what you do, too!

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      Barbara 4 years ago from USA

      Nice collection of cookies and the pictures made my mouth water! I make cookies from cake mixes but I don't use oil, a lot less fattening!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @anonymous: Mmm, that sounds great!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These look so yummy! My sister-in-law makes chocolate sandwich cookies from cake mix every Christmas.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @StudentandTeacher: Two of my favorite subjects, cookies and Kindles!

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      StudentandTeacher 4 years ago

      You know, I actually have a Kindle book that teaches how to make cookies from cake mix. Gotta love it! Great lens!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Gypzeerose: I know what you mean (about needing more cookies)! Invite some company over. That way you have an excuse for baking them!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Coming back to review these easy and delicious cookies recipe. Like I need more cookies.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wish it wasn't so late right now or I would make some of these tonight. I will be trying this early tomorrow though. Great lens, Thanks.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      I didn't know you could make cookies from cake mix. Yummmmmy. This is a great idea and your pictures are making me hungry for cookies right now.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @kellywilson1: I'd love to hear about your favorite flavor combination!

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      kellywilson1 4 years ago

      These cookies look delicious. I can't wait to try these recipes.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @DraperyMary: LOL That variation on the recipe is one I don't recommend. Good thing they're so easy to make!

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      DraperyMary 4 years ago

      I always wondered how people made cookies from a boxed cake mix. Thanks for sharing. Your red velvet cookies look scrumptious! I wish I could print them out and eat them now.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Eric Mayo: Oh, absolutely! Perfect for a snow day!

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      Eric Mayo 4 years ago

      Great lens and good ideas when I'm stuck inside with the kids.

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      priscillab 4 years ago

      Thanks for this lens. Now I have to go make some cookies!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @ChroniclesofaWa: Let me know how they turn out!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @jayavi: Ah, so do I! Try the lemon variety - awesome with a cup of tea!

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      Mouth watering lens :) i love cookies i like to have some with cup of tea

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      ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

      I love this idea. I have never thought about this but it is really possible. I want to try making cookies from cake mix too. :)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @sellybelly lm: Let me know if you discover another great combination!

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      sellybelly lm 4 years ago

      They all look so delicious! Thank you for sharing, I can't wait to get baking!

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      victoria91 lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. I love baking so this is something that I have to try.

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      hungry-deer 4 years ago

      They indeed look yummy! Love cookies !

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      ericsdorsey 4 years ago

      Yummy lens! I really hate that I'm trying to eat healthy these next couple weeks. Guess I will vicariously live through this Squidoo page.

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      InfoCoop 4 years ago

      Love it- fantastic idea!

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      rasnasah 4 years ago

      yummy coooooooookies. Wow.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @PamelaPamela: Red velvet is such a pretty choice for Valentine's Day!

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      PamelaPamela 4 years ago

      I love cake mix cookies! They taste so old. Will have to try the red velvet. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @miaponzo: As easy as they are delicious! :)

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Wow!!! I never knew that you could make cookies from cake mix!!!! How easy is that??????

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Just4Luck: Hope you like your cookies from cake mix!

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      Justin 4 years ago from Slovenija

      I am not very good at baking cookies. Eating them is my stronger part. Well, I never thought about using the mix. Maybe I should give it a try.