Easy Christmas Cookies

Cookies the Kids Can Make

by Maureen on December 6, 2012

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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Christine @ Cooking Crusade December 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Love this beautifully simple recipe Maureen! Thank you for sharing – hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas x
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Gourmantine December 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Ag, these are so cute. I don’t have kids to cook for, but I might borrow some from friends for afternoon baking session. Just for fun :)
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Gourmantine December 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Ah, these are so cute. I don’t have kids to cook for, but I might borrow some from friends for afternoon baking session. Just for fun :)
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Karen (Back Road Journal) December 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm

There was a local show on TV last night showing kids making cookies. These would be perfect and you are right…kids like adding things.
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Karen (Back Road Journal) December 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Just wanted to stop back by and wish you a Merry Christmas.
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Ashley@BakerbyNature December 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

I love baking with kiddos, they really just light up when they see the finished product THEY helped make. I’ll definitely keep these beauties in mind next time I’m baking with my nephews!


Cass @foodmyfriend December 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm

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Christine December 13, 2012 at 7:19 am

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


Maureen December 17, 2012 at 11:08 am

Thanks Christine and so nice of you to stop by.


The Café Sucré Farine December 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

Such fun cookies Maureen! You crack me up too, love your “notes”! :)


lizzie - strayed from the table December 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

How clever. You always amaze me Maureen. They look so good.


Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen December 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I LOVE cookies that are made with cake mix!! So yummy :) They look beautiful!
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Libby December 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

… cookies that grown-ups like myself can make too! :D


All That I'm Eating December 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

These look great, I love the red and green middles too it gives them a definite festive feel!
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Nancy/SpicieFoodie December 15, 2012 at 2:12 am

I’m only a kid at heart, but as a not so great baker I really appreciate your recipe. Yay cookies I can make!! Lol. Thanks for sharing Maureen.
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Mireya Merritt December 16, 2012 at 4:53 am

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!


Anne@FromMySweetHeart December 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

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! : )


Christina @ The Hungry Australian December 17, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Great post, Maureen. I’m not sure I’d leave my kids alone with either the cake mix or the M&Ms though – I don’t think there would be any cookies to bake if I did! ;)


Wizzy December 19, 2012 at 12:45 am

Love the coloured centers to these cookies which make them look so festive. Nice touch.


GourmetGetaways December 19, 2012 at 8:47 am

I will be making these with my little kiddies as soon as school breaks up!

Complete with red and green smarties! Thanks for sharing :)
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mjskit December 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

What great cookies and so much fun! I could feel like a kid making these. :) Fun pictures as well!
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Coffee and Crumpets December 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

This comes at the right time, we have a cookie contest on Saturday which my children are entering, I am going to get Laith to make these. He’ll enjoy doing these. They look fabulous and easy too. Thanks for the idea Maureen!

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Diane Clark December 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm

A great recipe, Maureen. I had trouble finding something that would be simple enough for me and my niece to bake. And voila – I came across your blog. Thank you very much for your effort.
P.S. The smiling faces in the sidebars are absolutely positive and energizing.
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Hotly Spiced December 20, 2012 at 7:59 am

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


peachkins December 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm

my daughter loves helping me in the kitchen…cooking is indeed a nice activity to bond with the kids..thank god for recipes like this!


Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today December 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

I’ll make my hubby bake this ones with me :) thank you, I love easy recipes.


Maureen January 1, 2013 at 9:41 am

Happy New Year, Marta and thanks for coming by. I’ll check out your blog!


Ames December 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm

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 :).


Maureen January 1, 2013 at 9:41 am

Hi Ames and I really appreciate your visit and I hope to get to know you better! Happy New Year!


Lizzy (Good Things) December 23, 2012 at 2:10 am

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


cakewhiz December 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

my kid is way too little to be making cookies but maybe i can make these with him next year… i think he would have fun!

happy holidays maureen :)


Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb December 27, 2012 at 12:52 am

I agree, the world needs easy and quick cookie recipes. Christmas time passes like a whirlwind! One more reason why I wished I could get ready made cake batters here.

Merry Christmas Maureen and John!


FiSh December 28, 2012 at 10:29 pm

wow really that simple? good for newbies like me :D

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Ilan December 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

Those cookies look really yummy and also easy! Perfect.
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The Café Sucré Farine December 30, 2012 at 11:57 am

Happy holidays to you Maureen, hope you’ve had a blessed Christmas and many good wishes for the New Year, Chris


Sarah W. Caron January 1, 2013 at 4:12 am

YUM! I am a huge fan of chocolate crinkles. These look so good.


Maureen January 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

Hi Sarah, thanks so much for the comment and Happy New Year!


Ella-Home Cooking Adventure January 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm

These cookies looks really delicious :) and so easy, perfect not only for Christmas but for any other occasion. My daughters are still too small to help me in the kitchen but will try the recipe for myself till then:)


Maureen January 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

Hi Ella and thanks for the comment. This recipe is perfect for quick whoopie pies too!


Iron Chef Shellie January 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

need to try making red velvet cookies, have only had the muffins. They look great even if you did squish them down a bit too much!


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Maureen March 9, 2013 at 8:08 am

I haven’t replied to this comment because I’ve been trying to think of a tactful way to say I’m not in the US, so I wouldn’t qualify but thanks for the invitation.


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