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Easy Sprinkle Sugar Cookies with a Cake Mix


Sugar cookies are ALWAYS a crowd favorite. In fact, I find that there are a lot of times that people will reach for them before chocolate chip cookies. Make them even more special by adding sprinkles to the cookie dough. Sprinkles instantly add fun and festiveness to anything they touch. That is why these Easy Sprinkle Sugar Cookies with a Cake Mix are going to dance right into your heart. Whether you are making for a birthday or a Tuesday night they are guaranteed to make it better!

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Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are stacked on a large white tray with extra colored sprinkles around them.

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Easy Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

The very best part about these Sprinkle Sugar Cookies is that they are simple to make because they start with a cake mix. Adding sprinkles to the cookie dough is the perfect finishing touch.

You will love that you can customize the colors of the sprinkles to go with holidays {red and green for Christmas, red and pink for Valentine’s Day, etc}. Which also makes this easy cake mix cookie recipe super versatile.

If you like adding sprinkles to the top of cookies, check out these festive Mardi Gras Cookies! They are so much fun.

Stacks of Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are on top of a red cake plate.

Ingredients Needed

  • White Cake Mix- The perfect starting point for these soft and delicious cookies.
  • Cornstarch- Added to give the cookies and extra soft and light texture.
  • All Purpose Flour- A small amount of flour is added to give the cookie dough more structure.
  • Butter- Softened butter gives the cookies flavor.
  • Butter Flavored Crisco- Added to give the cookies flavor while also helping the cookies bake up nice and thick.
  • Eggs- The perfect way to bind all of the delicious ingredients together.
  • Vanilla Extract- So much flavor in one little teaspoon.
  • Sprinkles, Sprinkles, Sprinkles- What is a Confetti Sugar Cookie without sprinkles?!

How to make Sprinkle Sugar Cookies with a Cake Mix

  1. Combine the dry ingredients and whisk them together.
  2. Add the butter, shortening, eggs and vanilla to the dry ingredients and mix using a hand held mixer. Add the sprinkles to the cookie dough.
  3. Gently stir the sprinkles into the cookie dough until they are evenly distributed.
  4. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop dough into your hand. Then form the dough into a small round disc. Place the cookies onto a silicone mat {or parchment} lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool completely on the cookie sheet.
  6. Serve & enjoy!
6 step by step of photos of how to make Sprinkle Sugar Cookies.


  • Whisk the dry ingredients together before adding the other ingredients. This ensures that everything will be evenly incorporated into the cookie dough.
  • Make sure that your butter is at room temperature. It will allow the butter to mix easily into the sprinkle cookies without any lumps.
  • Form the cookies into round discs before baking. Doing this will bake the cookies into a perfectly round and thick sugar cookie with sprinkles.
  • Don’t over bake the cookies. Bake until the cookies are set up around the edges and then let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet. The heat from the baking sheet will set the cookies with sprinkles up perfectly.
  • Add a thin layer of frosting if you want to add even more of a wow factor!

Sprinkle Cookie Variations

  • Cake Mix- Use a chocolate, yellow or even strawberry cake mix to change up the flavor of the sprinkle sugar cookie.
  • Vanilla Extract- Almond extract is a wonderful substitution to vanilla extract, especially in sugar cookies. Just be careful because it is strong and you might not need as much.
  • Sprinkles- If you don’t have any sprinkles you can always use chocolate chips, nuts or even freeze dried fruit in the cookies as an add-in ingredient.
3 Sprinkle Sugar Cookies are stacked on a small red cupcake stand.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use any kind of sprinkle?

The possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing a sprinkle. Soft Sprinkle Cookies can be customized for any occasion. Just adjust what color and shape to go with whatever you are celebrating or feel in the mood for.

I would stay away from jimmies {or the little round sprinkles} because the color on these sprinkles will bleed easily and make your cookies a bit of a mess.

How do I store Sprinkle Sugar Cookies?

The very best way to store Sugar Cookies with sugar sprinkles is in an airtight container at room temperature.

They can also be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container and will actually keep for a day or two longer this way.

How long will Sugar Cookies last?

Rainbow Sprinkle Sugar Cookies will last for up to 3 days at room temperature and 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

Can I freeze Sugar Cookies with sprinkles?

These cookies freeze beautifully. The best way to freeze them is to lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze for an hour or so and place the frozen cookies in freezer bags or airtight containers.

The great part about freezing cookies this way is so that you can pull only a few cookies out at one time and they don’t stick to one another.

How can I make sure the cookies bake up soft?

The best way to ensure that cookies bake up soft is to not over bake them. Pull them from the oven once the edges are good and set. Then allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet.

The residual heat from the baking sheet will set the sugar cookies up perfectly and keep them super soft!

An overhead shot of a dozen or more Sprinkle Sugar Cookies.

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Easy Sprinkle Sugar Cookies with a Cake Mix

A delicious cake mix sugar cookie is made even better when the dough is filled with colored sprinkles and baked to soft perfection.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 22 cookies
Calories: 221kcal
5 from 2 votes
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  • 1 box white cake mix {15.3 ounces}
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup butter {softened}
  • ½ cup butter flavored shortening
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup rainbow sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Combine the white cake mix, cornstarch and all purpose flour in a large bowl. Whisk the ingredients together to combine.
  • Add the softened butter, shortening, eggs, vanilla extract and almond extract to the dry mixture and cream together using a hand held {or stand} mixer. The dough will be a nice thick consistency.
  • Add sprinkles to the cookie dough and gently stir them into the dough until they are evenly distributed.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to measure out into your hand and form the cookie dough mounds into round discs. Place the cookie dough discs onto a silicone mat {or parchment} lined baking sheet baking 8 cookies at a time.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are baked through but not over baked. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely on the baking sheet. Continue baking the 2nd and 3rd batches. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.


  • Change up the color and shape of sprinkles that you use to go with the season, occasion or feel that you are wanting for the cookies.
  • Add a little frosting to the top of each cookie for an extra wow factor.
  • These cookies also freeze well for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 161IU | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
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