This easy cake mix cookies recipe is simple and economical. It makes a big batch of fancy looking cookies that nobody would know it is out of the box. Kids go crazy for these cookies. Grown-ups, too.
Total Time: 40-55 Minutes
Prep Time: 10-15 Minutes
Inactive Cook Time: 30-40 Minutes
Serving: 18-20 Cookies
This most probably my son's favorite cookie. He always asks me to make a batch and is always proud to bring them back to school or church to share. Since I keep our sugar consumption as little as we can, I only make them whenever there is any big occasion. Then, my little one will have a few while we share the majority of these cookies with the others.
I use French vanilla cake mix to intensify that orange creamsicle
flavor. If that cake mix is not available in the store, you can use
regular yellow cake mix and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract. That
will do, too.
Cookies completely cool down in about 3-4 hours at room temperature. However, I prefer to let them cool overnight and let the extra moisture evaporate before adding the icing on top of the cookies. Either way works.
If you prefer a very thin layer of icing on top (not the royal icing), cut the icing ingredients into halves.
Other than transferring the baking sheet of cookies in and out of the oven, almost the entire easy cake mix cookies recipe can have your little helper(s) to assist you in the kitchen. It is great for family time, especially during school breaks.
1 Box French Vanilla Cake Mix
1/3 cup (2.7oz / 76g) Canola Oil
1/2 cup (4oz / 113g) Butter (softened and at room temperature)
2 envelopes Orange Drink Powder Mix (Unsweetened)
2 cups (17oz / 473g) Confectionery Sugar
2 tbsp Milk
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