Easy Peppermint Buttercream Cake Mix Cookies

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Cake Mix Peppermint Cookies frosted pink with sprinkles packaged in a holiday tin

I’m so thrilled to be part of Katrina’s holiday cookie event! I’ve never been one to turn down a cookie or baking cookies, so when she invited me to the I’ll Bring the Cookies I couldn’t say no! Every year during December I spend hours in the kitchen making cookies. I follow a few tips I’ve discovered over the years, to make holiday cookie baking less stressful.

Each year, whether I’m making old favorites, like the BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie or trying a new cookie recipe I have one criteria…..it MUST be EASY. I just don’t have the patience for a recipe that’s too involved, that’s why I love cake mix cookies.


chocolate peppermint cookie dough in scoops on a baking tray with red towel and cookie scoop laying beside

I couldn’t decide between chocolate or vanilla cookies, so I made a batch of each. Santa approved, they are perfect for any cookie platter or for snacking on after a marathon wrapping session!

Frost each cookie, then sprinkle with crushed candy canes. ( I found Candy Cane Sprinkles at World Market)

Cake Mix Peppermint Cookies from TidyMom @KatrinasKitchen #BringtheCOOKIES

Thanks again for inviting me Katrina! It’s been fun sharing one of my favorite go-to cookie recipes.

Cake Mix Peppermint Cookies from TidyMom @KatrinasKitchen #BringtheCOOKIES

Easy Peppermint Buttercream Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

Soft, fluffy cookies with a cake mix base
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 3 dozen cookies


  • For the Cookies:
  • Box of Cake Mix any flavor – I used Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge and French Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil use amount called for on box directions for cake recipe
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened and cut into cubes
  • 4 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 5-6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • red gel food coloring optional - you could leave the frosting white
  • Pinch of salt
  • Crushed candy canes for garnish


  • For the Cookies:
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix all ingredients together and then form into 1-inch balls (I like to use a cookie scoop so they are all the same size) and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for approximately 9 minutes.
  • Let cool and then frost with your favorite frosting.
  • For the Frosting:
  • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer with paddle attachment, whip butter for 8 minutes on medium speed (I set my KitchenAid mixer on speed 4). Butter will become pale and creamy.
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium speed for 6 minutes. Frosting will be very light and fluffy.
  • Frost each cookie, then sprinkle with crushed candy canes. ( I found Candy Cane Sprinkles at World Market)

Cheryl amazes me time and time again with her thoughtful creations. Her blog is filled with beautiful images, delicious recipes, fun crafts, and helpful household hints. I look forward to her “I’m Lovin’ It” parties every Friday.

You can connect with Cheryl on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and her blog TidyMom. She has lots of delicious recipes to choose from. Here are some of my favorite cookies from her:

Cappuccino Cookies with White Chocolate

Triple Chocolate Cherry M&M Cookies

Eggnog Cookies with Buttercream Eggnog Frosting

Thanks for bringing the cookies, Cheryl!

- Katrina

33 Responses to “Easy Peppermint Buttercream Cake Mix Cookies”

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    Heidi — December 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    These are so easy! I love it! I have a MASSIVE family and am always looking for easy recipes to get me through the festive crowds!
    My recent post Rolo Chip Christmas Cookies

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    TidyMom — December 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Thanks so much for inviting me to the party Katrina!!
    My recent post Peppermint Buttercream Cake Mix Cookies

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    Carolyn — December 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Love these! Cheryl showed them to me yesterday…yummy, yummy!
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    Rachel — December 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Love these–especially the crunch on top! So fun!
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    Amy — December 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Those look perfect for a cookie swap! How many does on recipe make would you say?

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    Diethood -noun- The state of being on a diet... always! — December 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Cake mix cookies?! Genius!! And that frosting…my oh my…I would not be able to separate from it. I don't know if it will ever make it to the cookies! 🙂
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    @KatiesCucina — December 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Yum! These look fabulous! Peppermint buttercream!?!? Genius!

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    @SallysBakeBlog — December 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I simply adore cake mix cookies! They are SO soft and easy to make. Loaded with the festive pink peppermint buttercream – I am dubbing these the pretties cookies of the season. Love all these cookie guest posts!

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    TidyMom — December 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    oh, sorry I forgot that Amy – I got about 36 out of each batch.
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  10. #
    TidyMom — December 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    lol thanks so much!
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    TidyMom — December 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks so much Katie
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    TidyMom — December 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    like I said, they're a great go to cookie, because I always have every
    thing on hand and there's so many different ways you can make them! The peppermint buttercream is definately one of my favorites.
    My recent post Peppermint Buttercream Cake Mix Cookies

  13. #
    Kristin — December 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Yum! So excited to find these as I'm baking for a cookie exchange party tomorrow! I need to bring three dozen….how many does this recipe yield? Thanks!

  14. #
    Diane — December 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I love cake mix cookies and these sure are pretty!!!

  15. #
    shugarysweets — December 11, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    These look delicious Cheryl!!
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    Nancy/SpicieFoodie — December 11, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    What pretty cookies! They would certainly make a great gift.
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  17. #
    Sandras Easy Cooking — December 12, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Wonderful post and yummy cookies, not to mention pretty!
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  18. #
    Dawn L — December 12, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Cookies look delicious mixer would look even nicer in my kitchen mixing the cookies

  19. #
    Sue — December 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Besides delicious, these look so fun and festive! Love the fabulous photos, as usual, Cheryl!
    My recent post Peppermint Stick Cookies for "I'll Bring the Cookies"!

  20. #
    Lisa Mac — December 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    I love these cookies!

  21. #
    Georganne — December 14, 2012 at 3:37 am

    CAKE COOKIES?! These are pretty much the best thing that ever happened to baking! I want to eat them right of my screen.
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    april Lord-brown — December 16, 2012 at 2:47 am

    JUST made these. Yum yum. I didn't have time to make the buttercream frosting though, so i picked up a can at the store.. wasn't sure how much peppermint to add to it so there is very little. Instead of crushing candy canes, i crushed peppermint puffs. I was afraid the candy canes might be a little to much crunch on top. i will be making a batch with candy cane though, just to see the difference.

    Husband didn't care for this (he doesn't like peppermint anything), but my daughters loved them as much as i did! THANK YOU for a beautiful and yummy, quick and easy, holiday treat!!!

  23. #
    Dez — December 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Do you add water to the mix as well or just eggs and oil?!?

  24. #
    Ashley Davidson — November 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Hi! I made these cookies tonight 🙂 I didn’t try the frosting yet — I’m trying to pick a cookie recipe for Christmas gifting and this is the second one I’ve test-run in my kitchen! I used a yellow cake mix because that’s what I had on hand, and it made very pretty, perfectly chewy cookies! I initially used my cookie scoop, but it made WAY too big cookies which spread all over the pan. I lowered the temperature to 325 (my oven runs hot anyway) and scooped out 1 tbsp-size cookies, which turned out perfectly! Thank you!

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    Jennifer — November 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    So quick question… If I use the quick crusting buttercream, do I add the peppermint extract in addition to the other extracts already in it? Or is the peppermint extract the substitute for the almond and vanilla? Dumb question… but just wanted to make sure.

  26. #
    Madison — December 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    im very interested in making these cookies but am a little confused..you used 2 boxes of cake mix for these cookies, so if I was just making the cookies with one box, would I still use both eggs? Or is that only if
    I make a double batch? Thank you!

  27. #
    Dawn — April 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    They look cute and awesome. But how long can we keep this cake mix cookies at normal temperature?

  28. #
    Goodson — May 27, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    It’s so cute and yummy 🙂

  29. #
    Sarasota — June 16, 2016 at 4:06 am

    I like to eat cookies, but I never try this recipe before.
    You made it looks yummy and cool. I will try it soon.
    Thank for share this awesome post.

  30. #
    Annette — July 18, 2016 at 9:06 am

    This is really great recipe. I never try it bofore but I will on this weekend.

  31. #
    Emma — July 10, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Looks delicious, thank you for sharing!

  32. #
    Olivia — July 19, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Cool, I like this recipe. most effective beverage for hot summer

  33. #
    Amy Frye — July 24, 2017 at 8:58 am

    They look cute and awesome. I think I’ll try this weekend!

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