Candy & Cake Batter Sprinkle Cookies

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I pinned a Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction the other day and knew I needed to make these gorgeous treats, however, I wanted to change them up just a little bit. I wanted them BIGGER and I wanted M&Ms in them instead of the white chocolate chips. For the kids, of course. Of course. Sally’s method for making thicker cookies intrigued me and I wanted to test it out to see if it really worked.
Here’s what I used to make these awesome treats:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup vanilla boxed cake mix
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
 In a large bowl, combine the flour, cake mix and baking soda.
In another bowl, cream together the sugars and butter.
Mix in the egg and vanilla until it’s smooth and creamy.
Add the creamed mixture to the dry mixture and pour in the chocolate chips, M&Ms and sprinkles.
Now mix everything together. I used a hand mixer because I don’t have a full-size mixer. Who has room on their countertops for one of those? For those of you who have them, where in the world do you put them?
Make sure you don’t overdo it on the mixing. Just beat the dough until everything is folded together. Now chill the dough for at least one hour. This will also help create a thicker cookie.
After the dough is chilled, get out your baking pans and spray them with non-stick cooking spray. This is the part of Sally’s recipe that intrigued me. She calls it the “tall” cookie dough trick. You can ready more about it here. She says that if you make basically a tower rather than a ball you’re going to reduce the cookie’s spreading, resulting in a thicker cookie. I believe she used about a tablespoon of dough for each cookie. I did two tablespoons because I wanted a larger cookie.
This is how the cookies looked after 12 minutes of baking at 350 degrees when I pulled them out of the oven.
After four minutes, remove them from the pan onto a cooling rack. This is where my photo shoot ended for the night. I waited until morning to take photos of the finished cookies because natural light is your friend when it comes to food photography.
So, between the evening and the morning, we enjoyed a few cookies and I ended up getting the camera back out again to take a few more shots in the natural light. I asked my hubby if he thought the cookies looked too pale now that I took them out of the artificial light. He just rolled his eyes at me. So I decided to just go with it. Not many of us here in the Midwest have tans in the dead of winter anyway, so why should a cookie?
Don’t forget to pour yourself a nice glass of milk to go with this scrumptious treat.
And for goodness sakes, don’t eat just one. Eat two or three. Just ask your kids if they think I’m right. I’m right. These are so colorful and so much fun. They’re the perfect cookie for birthdays and holidays. Hold that thought. They’re the perfect cookie any ole’ time. Thank you to Sally for her “tall” dough baking tip. We will be enjoying these all week!


  1. They look so colourful and cute. Visiting from Marvellous Monday’s. Laura@baking in pyjamas

  2. Laura, thanks so much for stopping by! These cookies are certainly a hit with the kiddos. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Have a wonderful Friday!

  3. These look to die for! I love that you used m and ms and cake mix. Such gorgeous colors

  4. Great project !!

    I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

    Look forward to seeing you there 🙂

    Claire x

    • Thanks for the invite, Claire! I stopped by tonight. I’m always looking to broaden my network and am excited about meeting some new blogging friends in 2014. Thanks again! Following you on Pinterest!

  5. Hi Sara! Just stopping by to let you know you are one of he features at tonight’s Freedom Fridays! 🙂 Be sure to grab a featured button if you would like one! We can’t wait to see what you share this week!

  6. Jamie, what fabulous news! You just made my day. Thank you so very much! I’m planning to stop by the party tonight for sure. I so appreciate you stopping by to let me know. I’m definitely grabbing a button. Thank you!!!

  7. This are just super cool little cookies!!! So much fun!! And of course we just had to feature them at Freedom Fridays this week!!!


    PS Totally pinning!!

  8. Evelyn, you and Jamie are sweethearts. Thanks so much for the feature. Following you on Facebook now too!

  9. These sound delicious! =)
    Im a new Facebook follower from “Freedom Fridays”!

  10. Melissa, the cookies were eaten up in no time! Thanks so much for stopping by – I’m sure we’ll be partying together all year!

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