Christmas Crinkle Cookies

Sometimes I am on it. And sometimes it dawns on me that a month ago I promised to send in two dozen cookies for the teachers tomorrow. Yikes! I know that I am not the only one who needs emergency cookies now and again, right?! That’s when I break out the easiest cookie I know — the crinkle cookie. And just in time for Christmas, I created red and green Christmas Crinkle Cookies. (Also known as Christmas Crackle Cookies.)

Christmas Crinkle Cookies
For the record, I always called them crackle cookies, but I have been informed they are actually crinkle cookies. Whatever you call them, they are easy and yummy.

These cookies become my go-to so often that I regularly keep a box of cake mix in my pantry, even though I have never once baked a cake. That way as long as I have two eggs, I can make cookies.

Always on the search for fewer artificial ingredients in my family’s life, I was intrigued to discover Pillsbury™ Purely Simple™ cake mix and frostings. The Purely Simple contains simple ingredients with no colors, preservatives or artificial flavors, and it still has that delicious homemade taste. It sounded like the perfect base for my Christmas Crinkle Cookies.

Red Green Christmas Cookies
Normally, I have two little helpers when I make crinkle cookies, or any cookies for that matter, but since I need the cookies for tomorrow… this time I made my cookies on my own.

So easy, so quick, so delicious.

Quick and easy Christmas cookies for the teachers.

Christmas Cake Mix Cookies

Christmas Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients

  • Pillsbury™ Purely Simple™ White Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • Red and green food coloring

Christmas Cookie Dough
Directions

Mix eggs, oil and cake mix in a large bowl.

Separate dough into two equal amounts.

In small bowls dye one part red and the other part green. The dough has play dough-like consistency, so I found it easiest to mix the colors by hand.


Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes to create fluffier cookies.

Roll tablespoon-size balls of dough in powdered sugar and place on a Silpat or parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 9-11 minutes at 375 degrees.

Crinkle Cookies
Someday I will actually bake a cake with my cake mix, someday. But for today, my cake mix came in handy for another batch of Christmas Crinkle Cookies to save the day.

What is your favorite dessert to bake at Christmastime?

Christmas Crinkle Cookies
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Christmas Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients

  • Pillsbury Purely Simple White Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • Red and green food coloring

Instructions

  1. Mix eggs, oil and cake mix in a large bowl.
  2. Separate dough into two equal amounts.
  3. In small bowls dye one part red and the other part green. The dough has play dough-like consistency, so I found it easiest to mix the colors by hand.
  4. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes to create fluffier cookies.
  5. Roll tablespoon-size balls of dough in powdered sugar and place on a Silpat or parchment-lined cookie sheet.

  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes at 375 degrees.

 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

If you love these Christmas Crinkle cookies, you will love these Lemon Crackle Cookies. Same idea, just lemon!

Lemon Crackle Cookies

77 thoughts on “Christmas Crinkle Cookies”

    • Yes, they can be made with another cake mix. I just really like the simple ingredients of Pillsbury Simple and they turn out perfect with this mix.

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    • You can make them with regular Pilsbury too. I just like the simpler ingredients list of the Simply Pilsbury. But they will work (and taste) just as well. Enjoy!

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  1. Unless you are giving cookies to elementary teachers, do not give these or any homemade goodie. Sadly, there have been too many cases, even in elementary school, of baked goods tained with pot or other substances.

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    • I did a trial run on these cookies and they turned out more like a brownie. Today I am making another batch but I altered the recipe adding 1/4 cup half & half. Also, after dividing the dough, I added vanilla flavoring to red half and mint flavoring to green. Also I am going to bake at a lower temp because my gas oven runs too ho

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      • I’m curious how your cookies were after the changes. Did you like them? Instead of a brownie consistency what was the cookie with half and half like? I like the idea of changing flavours also.

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    • Sorry you had trouble with the recipe. The flour is in the cake mix, and every time I have made them they have been delicious. It is sticky when you make the balls of dough, but adding extra powdered sugar helps some. Either way, even with sticky dough they have turned out yummy!

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  2. If you over mix, they tend to be flatter. We also use a version where you omit the oil, use 4 ounces of cool whip, and 3 eggs instead of 2.

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  3. How many drops of food coloring do you typically use in each bowl of dough? I went to the grocery and unfortunately they only had green food coloring so I will only be making green crinkle cookies. Thank you!

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    • It depends on if you are using regular food coloring or gel. I like gel because the color is very concentrated and makes the color turn out more brilliant. With the gel, you only need a couple of drops (2 maybe 3) to get the bright green (for half of the dough). If you use regular food coloring, you will need quite a bit more to be this green (especially for the whole recipe).

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  4. I am stationed overseas and unable to buy Pillsbury™ Purely Simple™ White Cake Mix
    but have a great cake mix from scratch. I want to make this recipe but not sure how much mix to use.
    Guidance? Thanks ahead for your time.

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  5. I made these cookies and they turned out nice the first time. This time after dividing the dough in half, I am adding vanilla favoring to the red dough and mint flavoring to the green dough. I am remaking these today & I altered the recipe and added 1/4 cup half & half to make the dough more cake like instead of chewy. I am refrigerating for one hour instead of 30 min. Anxious to see how they look and taste!

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  6. I did a trial run on these cookies and they turned out more like a brownie. Today I am making another batch but I altered the recipe adding 1/4 cup half & half. Also, after dividing the dough, I added vanilla flavoring to red half and mint flavoring to green. Also I am going to bake at a lower temp because my gas oven runs too hot.

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  7. I made lemon flavored cake mix and they were wonderful! I’m going to make my own powdered sugar out of Stevia and get sugar free cool whip and sugar free cake mix. I think these will be great for a diabetic.

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    • I have never tried to freeze them. I often made the dough the day before and then keep it in the fridge overnight, but I haven’t tried freezing them.

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  8. Just wondering can I make the batter and leave in fridge overnight? And also I couldn’t find the simple pillsbury so do I just use the same ingredients that you listed? Thanks!

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    • Hi – Lisa, yes, you can leave the batter in the fridge overnight. I do this often. And yes, they can be made with another cake mix brand. I like the Simple Cake mix because it has very few ingredients, but any cake mix will do. Enjoy!

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  9. 1 star
    Agree with the other person who said this dough was a sticky mess. Very hard and frustrating to work with. Not worth the time and effort to make these. Sorry. Would not make again.

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    • Sorry you had trouble. I’ve found that different cake mixes make the cookies more or less sticky. Next time try the Pillsbury Purely Simple White Cake Mix, I’ve never had trouble with this one.

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      • Also, I use a cookie scooper (like a small ice cream scooper,) and I just plop the ball right into the bowl of powdered sugar to avoid the whole rolling it into a ball thing thus totally avoiding dealing with the sticky mess part. Baking is not always neat and tidy, you know? Well, maybe you don’t, but you do now!

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  10. I have made these b4 by using cool whip in them as well it is supposed to keep them softer and about how much powders suger am I supposed to roll them up in after I take them outnofnthw freezer for 30min and what if the dough is not thick enough to roll into a ball

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  11. Just made these tonight and they have come out beautifully! So easy to make. I don’t understand the sticky comments. It was only sticky for mixing, but once refrigerated rolling the balls and then rolling in powdered sugar was a breeze! Will be making these again for sure!

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  12. I’ve made chocolate crinkle cookies from scratch, yes they are still sticky when rolling em. Try this…
    Don’t chill dough. Put x sugar in a small bowl. Drop tsp dough in the sugar, turn over to coat other side.
    Transfer to lightly greased bake sheet and bake as these cookies are directed.

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  13. 5 stars
    Hi! I just thought you should know these are my elf cookies. My children’s elf on the shelf brought them from the North Pole (I made them) last year and they were a hit so I just made them again for for elf to bring upon his time return. I love to cook but hate to bake, this recipe is perfect for me. I had to try one! They were even better this year! I stuck with pillsbury but used super moist white cake mix instead of the simply stuff. So good. I was in a hurry so I only chilled for 10 minutes in the fridge. Cooked them for 10 minutes. Perfection.

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    • Well, you just made my day! I love that they have become part of a tradition with your family. Have a wonderful Christmas season with your Elf. 🙂

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  14. Thank you for this recipe my sister used to make these for our family is didn’t know how she done it,she has passed, thank you for sharing! Elaine

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  15. Have you ever made a large batch of these before? I need to make a bunch for some client Christmas boxes…14!! I didn’t know if the recipe would still work if I just doubled or tripled the ingredients?

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    • Oh goodness! You have your work cut out for you! I doubled the recipe for a party, but I have never had to triple it. Doubling works fine, I would imagine tripling would as well. But you can defiantly start with doubling them. I hope everyone loves them as much as we do!

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    • I prefer parchment paper or a silicone mat, but if you don’t have either of those I would spray the baking pan. I am not a fan of baking with waxed paper.

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  16. 4 stars
    Just made these tonight. Read all the comments twice! They were easy to make – will be faster on a second run. Nothing was sticky; nothing got burned! I have an electric oven which is usually hot but had to bake these cookies an extra 3 minutes. Started at 9, then 2 more. Took them out but decided to do 3 more minutes after they sat for a minute. I was confused about how to tell if done so just tried a toothpick. I have tasted one and it’s a very good soft cookie. Can I stack these in a tin or will everything get squished?! Loved this recipe!

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  17. I think adding some flavored extras would improve the vanilla taste. They look so festive. I want to put cinnamon or rum extract in the.

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  18. 5 stars
    I love these cookies! I think this is the 3rd year I’ve made them and everybody always wants the recipe. Never had any issues with stickiness or anything else. I have never been able to find the Purely Simple cake mix so I use whatever white cake mix I have. Yummy every single time.

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    • Ummm, I am not sure because they never last very long when I have made them. (I’ve made them for several bake sales and cookie parties.) I would guess a few days, but they would dry out after a few days like a typical cookie. So if you planned to give them the day after you made them, I think it would be fine.

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  19. I have just made three batches of these cookies, following your recipe. Green, with a little real peppermint extract, chocolate and lemon. All are delicious, but the lemon and the green don’t look anything like the photos and although they are super tasty, they look so unappealing. The icing sugar did not stick everywhere. And where it is not sticking, the cookie dough turned a sickly yellowish tan. What have I done wrong? The balls were completely rolled in icing sugar before I popped them in the oven.

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    • My guess with the color is the food coloring used. I use Wilton gel food coloring for the bright bold colors. Regular liquid food coloring tends to be duller. (https://amzn.to/33t9hID) With the yellow, lemon cookie, the color comes from the cake mix, if you used a different cake mix that would alter the color.

      The powdered sugar should “crackle” with the cookie when cooked, so it won’t cover the whole cookie at the end. As far as the dough turning yellowish tan, that sounds like they are overcooked. If you used a different mix, you may need to adjust your cook time slightly.

      If you refer to my red, white and blue crackle cookies, you can see the yellow isn’t nearly as bright because those are made with vanilla cake mix and don’t have the same coloring. https://www.thesuburbanmom.com/2015/06/26/red-white-and-blue-crackle-cookies/

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  20. I followed the recipe you had on FB. Which calls for cool whip, cake mix, egg, and vanilla. They came out FLAT, and stuck to parchment paper. However the recipe you have posted here does not call for cool whip. Which one is right? Thank you

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    • I don’t post my full recipes on Facebook – EVER. So the one you found on Facebook must have been someone using my photo and sharing a recipe that was different. Sadly, this happens often. I don’t care for the way Cool Whip cookies turn out. This is the one I use for my crackle cookies. Sorry someone confused you by using my photo, it frustrates me greatly.

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  21. I made these cookies but instead of just adding food colouring, I added a box of strawberry jellies powder and a box of lime jello powder. It coloured and flavoured them at the same time. It also firms up the dough a bit so it’s not so sticky.

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  22. Hi, I want to try this using a regular cake mix since I can’t find Pillsbury within our vicinity. May I ask how many cups/ounce/grams does the pillbury cake mix has? Thank you so much!

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  23. 4 stars
    Made these today, they were very cute and tasted good. For a fast cookie that looks very festive go for these. I did get a workout mixing the colors in the dough. I used a very small bowl, I will use a larger one next time to have a little more mixing room. The dough is very much like play dough. Thanks for this recipe! approx. . 2 1/2 doz cookies. almost 2 inches wide I will make smaller cookies next time around.

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