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Crazy Simple Cake Mix Snickerdoodles

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Crazy Simple Cake Mix Snickerdoodles
Crazy Simple Cake Mix Snickerdoodles

Short on time, patience, or ingredients but just really want to eat a whole batch of snickerdoodles? Crazy Simple Cake Mix Snickerdoodles is one of the easiest snickerdoodle recipes you'll ever come across. With a box of white cake mix and some cinnamon sugar, you can't go wrong with these cake mix cookies. They're practically failproof! White cake mix provides the perfect base for the cookies because it's not too sweet and doesn't have a strong flavor of its own. The cream of tartar is what really gives these cookies their amazing flavor, not to mention their chewy texture. It adds a big of tang to each bite, which is then perfectly complemented with the warm cinnamon sugar mixture. While you can opt not to include the cream of tartar into your cookie dough, the cookies won't taste the same. Instead of being snickerdoodles, they'll just be glorified cake mix sugar cookies (which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing). After just one bite, you're sure to fall in love with these delicious treats.


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Yields40 cookies

Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time12 min

Cooking MethodOven


  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 box white cake mix (we used Betty Crocker)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Combine sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Set mixture aside.

  3. Thoroughly combine cake mix, butter, egg, cream of tartar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.

  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Then, place dough balls one by one into cinnamon sugar mixture and roll them around until theyre covered. Place dough balls about two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  5. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until set. The cookies will be softer the less you bake them. Once fully baked, remove them from the cookie sheet and transfer them to a cooling rack.

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These are FABULOUS! I make snickerdoodles every year, but I love the idea of the cake mix to make them even easier! I'd take them out of the oven sooner for that softer feel, but they tasted great. :)

Loved this recipe! I like my cookies a bit soft, so I'd probably ease up on the baking time, but other than that they were delicious! And they're so easy to make. Definitely making some of these for Christmas this year!

I can't wait to try this recipe. I love that it calls for melted butter. (Softened butter is my downfall!) I'm not a huge fan of nutmeg, so I might leave that out of the cinnamon sugar when I make this recipe.

I love Snickerdoodles and these were so easy to make! I could make them every week!

These tasted amazing! I'm so glad they are so easy to make. I think I'd bake them for a little less to make them extra-soft, but the taste was spot-on.

I really liked these cookies! They were a wee bit crunchy, and usually I prefer them softer. But they had great flavor and I liked how they were smaller, bite-sized cookies.

Oh my gosh these were divine! Did I mention I ate seven in five minutes?


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