Cookies the Kids Can Make

Most of my recipe are for grownups and recently a young friend asked me why I didn’t put up easy things that kids could make, especially around Christmas and make the recipe simple enough that mums and dads didn’t have to help other than the oven.  Well, that gave me food for thought.

It’s been a long time since I had young ones and my grands are 10,000 miles away so I don’t get to cook with them very often.

Easy Cookies Kids Can Make


Then I saw Bakerette’s post for Chocolate Crinkles and I knew I was on to a good idea.  My execution wasn’t 100% but I’ll know better next time.  I pushed the M&Ms in too far and that messed with the icing sugar and they didn’t look so crinkly.  Keep the ball shape as much as you can.

I used red velvet cake mix (because it was holiday red) and I used red & green Christmas M&Ms for the top.  I don’t know that they needed the candy on the top but kids like adding things so I used them.

Dump the cake mix in a mixer, add 2 eggs and half a cup of butter nearly melted (just pop it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds depending upon how cold the butter was) and some vanilla extract.   Mix until it all comes together, about 2 minutes.

Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (if you can last that long) and then take a teaspoon of dough in your hands and form into balls and then roll in icing sugar.   Place on cookie sheet on baking paper and bake for 10-12 minutes or just until the cookies are set.  They are cakey, not crunchy cookies.

easy cookies for kids to make

When you take them out of the oven, slide the baking paper on to a cooling rack and see who burns their mouth first having the first bite.  Remember the M&M is going to be really hot right out of the oven.


Red Velvet cake mix goes straight through – you’re not dying, it’s the food coloring.  Best not to peek after you poo. It’s like eating too many beets, you’re sure you’re dying of something.

Use a devil’s food cake mix and make the same way and turn them into whoopie pies  Or spice cake crinkle cookies.

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Cookies the Kids Can Make
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Cookies easy enough for children to make nearly on their own.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 30
  • 1 box cake mix, any sort
  • ½ cup butter, very very soft
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (or other flavor extract)
  • ½ cup Powdered sugar (icing sugar) for rolling
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the cake mix, butter, eggs and vanilla until the dough comes together.
  3. Chill for 30 minutes
  4. Roll into balls and then into icing sugar and place on cookie sheet lined with baking paper.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the center is just set - don't overcook.
  6. Store in a tightly covered container.


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  1. says

    Baking with children is one of the best parts of Christmas time I think. My daughters and I would do sugar cookies when they were little, so now I am going to pass your recipe on for Chocolate Crinkles . Yummy
    Thanks for sharing

  2. says

    My family loves these cookies. They are fun to do with kids as you say; my fourteen year-old loves getting into the kitchen to bake them. They do make good Christmas cookies too!

  3. says

    Maureen, I have always wanted to try Crinkle Cookies….they look so fudgey and good! Love the M & M’s in the middle….very festive! I am certain, had I been in your kitchen, I would have been the first fool to burn my tongue on these scrumptious treats! I definitely have to bump these up on my must make list! : )

  4. says

    These look so good Maureen and I’ll heed your advice about them going straight through! I think I saw a similar looking cooking on Just a Smidgen but she called them crackle mounting cookies! xx

  5. says

    Hi Maureen! I found your blog via Minnie’s The Lady 8 Home and absolutely love your blog! Can’t believe I didn’t click over here sooner :). I love how easy this recipe is and think this might be a good school holidays activity to do with the kids that I sometimes look after! Thanks for sharing :).

  6. says

    Maureen, how delicious… I’ve been wanting to make these for ages! Thank you for sharing this recipe. And may I take this opportunity to say what a joy it was to meet you this year… love your work and you’re a great lady too… keep in touch, best wishes for Christmas and the new year. Lizzy xoxo

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