Easy Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies

This is the easiest recipe for Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies made with vanilla box cake mix and Cool Whip! Soft, chewy and ready in minutes, with perfect crackled tops!

Three Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies on a polka-dot backrgound
So we just got back from a week long trip to Disney. There is just something about that place, isn’t there? It was my 2 little guy’s first trip (they are 6 and 4) and I will tell you this might be the perfect age for Disney. They were big enough to ride almost all the rides, but still small enough to want to hug Mickey and believe in the healing powers of Tinkerbell’s magic fairy dust.
Awesome trip.

Here’s the thing ~ we drove. From New Jersey. Straight through. It was great going there because we left in the evening and we were in Disney with the kids fully rested the next afternoon. Coming home, however, is a different story. Got home at 4:30 a.m. and slept a few hours, but now that we are home it’s back to reality.
So when I get home from a long trip cooking certainly isn’t a high on the list of things I feel like doing, but it is necessary, I suppose. Sustenance and all.
Now coming back to NJ its a warm and balmy 20 degrees, so cozy food is what I crave. You know, the kind you eat on the couch while wearing your college sweats and the hubby’s socks. Oh, the sock thing,…is it just me? Love hubby’s socks. Is that weird?
So, while the chili is simmering these cake mix cookies are perfectly easy and equally as cozy as those socks.
Here’s whats perfect about them….you only need 4 ingredients…

Intriguing? Yes. Yummy? Yes.


Now, I don’t know what they are called, and I have no idea where the recipe came from..my girlfriend gave it to me and she said she got it from another friend, so it’s just one of those that has gotten passed along. 


We’ll call it the Cool Whip Cookie, for lack of a better name and creativity (4:30 am, people~cut me a break!)
1 box of cake mix (any flavor you want)
1 regular sized tub Cool Whip thawed (8oz)
1 egg
powdered sugar

A tub of cool whip next to a box of vanilla cake mix.
Preheat to 350
In a large bowl mix cake mix and egg. Fold in cool whip until combined.

Cake mix and cool whip is combined in a mixing bowl.This is very sticky.
A hand held up, covered in sticky cake mix cookie dough.Now pour some powdered sugar in a bowl and drop by rounded spoonfuls (one at a time) into the sugar and roll and coat.
My girlfriend gave me a quick tip, to rinse and dry out the Cool Whip container and use it for your powdered sugar. Resourceful 🙂
A plastic container full of powdered sugar.A cookie dough ball is rolled in powdered sugar.Place on your cookie sheet (parchment lined preferably, but not necessary)
Close up of a rolled crinkle cookie dough ball on a baking sheet. …and bake for 7-8 minutes until edges begin to get golden. Be careful, the bottoms will burn very quickly, so don’t overcook.
Let cool.
Here’s how they look…
Like a pretty crinkle cookie
Cake mix crinkle cookies on a yellow plate.They taste cakey and chewy all at the same time. YUM.
A cake mix crinkle cookie halved to reveal the chewy inside.And as my kids say, “Easy-peasy, Lemon-squeezy”
Speaking of lemons…these would be good with lemon cake mix….ooh!
I used Golden Vanilla cake mix because that was what I had in the pantry, but I imagine that chocolate, strawberry or even Funfetti would be super yummy!

Now I am off to sleep…yeah right!
Bye Mickey and Minnie, we will miss you!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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The Maid
Jan 3, 2010 10:04 pm

I've always made those with lemon cake mix…they are delish! 😉

Love reading your blog. 😉

I'm a wannabe cookie maker…we will see what 2010 brings!

🙂 Becky

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}
Dec 24, 2009 2:56 am

I really have to try these.

Dec 16, 2009 9:58 pm

Oh, I used to make these all the time! Lemon is my favorite, followed by chocolate, orange (harder to find), spice (roll in granulated sugar), and strawberry. The only thing I do different is using half a tub of Cool Whip. Thanks for reminding me of this recipe. Red velvet ones would be very pretty for Christmas 😀

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes]
Dec 16, 2009 2:45 pm

These look perfectly delicious!! I love crinkle cookies!

Dec 15, 2009 2:03 pm

These look really good. I bet they'd be awesome with chocolate cake mix too!

Dec 14, 2009 10:05 pm

I love love those cookies! My mom used to make them for us all the time. Yum!!! Glad you had fun in Disney, and yes your kids are the PERFECT age for it!!

Dec 14, 2009 2:31 pm

Wow! I love that these are so easy. I imagine you can use any flavor cake mix and it would be just as good.

Tracy @ Sugarcrafter
Dec 14, 2009 1:44 pm

These do look easy! Yum!

Monica H
Dec 14, 2009 5:56 am

I just baked and decorated 6 dozen cut out cookies and all I can thin kabou tit all those cookies you made for Dell. Hats of to you!

These are intriguing and yummy looking. I like that they're all crackly (is that a word?)

Dec 14, 2009 4:24 am

Great easy cookie for the kids to make. Glad that your little ones enjoyed the magic that is Disney.

Dec 14, 2009 2:07 am

These sound great. Nice that the seem easy as well!

Alicia (The Red Deer)
Dec 13, 2009 11:29 pm

How interesting – I don't think we have cool whip here though.

I soooo badly want to go to disneyland 🙁 – damn money!

Dec 13, 2009 9:35 pm

I love these cookies. We made them in 7th grade home ec class with a devils food cake mix. YUMMY!

Dec 13, 2009 9:28 pm

They look delicious! I love cake mix cookie recipes!

Chey can cook! (and more)
Dec 13, 2009 9:23 pm

Yum! And I'm glad you had such a wonderful trip! I never get sick of going to Disney:)

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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