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Cake Mix Snickerdoodles

Cake Mix Snickerdoodles

The first time I made a cake without a box mix I added ½ CUP of salt instead of ½ teaspoon. 

I was using my mother’s devil’s food cake recipe on a worn index card, which had made dozens of glorious, rich, fudgy cakes up to that point.

At 8 years old, I was ADAMANT that I got to make this thing on my own. Which added, ahem, all that much more salt to the wound when it came out of the oven SPARKLING with salt. It glittered with salt, no lie. 

And my older sister, bless her heart, said to me, “Let’s put some frosting on it and see if that helps.” So we iced it (thickly) in the pan, then she plated a slice for each of us.

Let’s just say that was lipstick on a pig, my friends. 

While my love affair with cake and cookies carries on, my MARRIAGE to box cake mixes is watertight. They are the way to flawless finishes and creative confections. 

Box cake mix is often how I get from Point A to Point B as a flappable business owner and not add cumin instead of nutmeg, or paprika instead of cinnamon. 

(That last oops my mom made once, so maybe it runs in the family.)

These Cake Mix Snickerdoodles are one of those cookies you can put in front of your treat lovers in just a few minutes.

You will end up with soft, yummy, cinnamon-sugary cookies with a lightly crisp edge, and not have to worry if you added baking soda or baking powder or cream of tartar or “what did I pull out of the pantry this time”…

Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Recipe

Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Recipe

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

This is a simple recipe for fluffy snickerdoodles made with a cake mix


  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • Optional: Additional ½ t of cinnamon for the batter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together the cake mix, butter, egg and vanilla. (If you like lots of cinnamon flavor, you can add a ½ t more to the batter here also.)
  4. Spoon the dough into 1" balls
  5. Roll the balls in the sugar mixture.
  6. Place the balls on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes or until they are done.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool on a baking rack.
  9. Store in an airtight container.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

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The bottom line

So how did your Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe turn out? Did you add a pinch more cinnamon to the cake mix just for the heck of it?

Wasn’t that easy? Want more box cake mix goodness? Try our Cinnamon Cupcakes or these Easy Lemon Cookies made with box cake mix.

Hope you enjoyed reading about my embarrassing salt-in-cake faux pas, but that instilled in me the love for using cake mix for so many of my favorite cookies, cakes, and more. 


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