These quick and easy cake mix cookies are a sweet treat for every patriotic party! The kids will love to help make these 4th of July Cake Mix Cookies that are so easy to make. What’s more fun then dipping cookies in chocolate and adding sprinkles?
Cake mix cookies are always a fun and easy baking project and these patriotic cookies are just one of our favorites! Making the cookie dough is so easy so there’s plenty of time to do the decorating – that’s always our favorite part.
Patriotic Cake Mix Cookies
For this recipe, we’re taking cake mix and turning it into cookie dough! It’s such an easy way to make cookies – you don’t have to measure any dry ingredients.
The hardest part is waiting for the cookies to cool so everyone can decorate them. We use red, white and blue chocolate melts and sprinkles to make these a great dessert for 4th of July or any patriotic party.
You can even make and bake the cookies ahead to decorate later. They’re freezer friendly or make them a day in advance and let the kids have fun decorating them the next day.
If you want an easy fourth of July cookie recipe, you’ll want to give this one a try!
- Cake mix – we like to use a white cake mix or vanilla cake mix for this recipe.
- Eggs – to make cookies out of cake mix, we reduce the amount of eggs so you get the right cookie texture. So, disregard what is listed on the box!
- Vegetable oil – this gives the cookies a nice tender texture.
- Vanilla – just a touch to enhance the flavor!
- Chocolate candy melts – I use red, white and blue. You can usually find white chocolate candy melts in the baking aisle at most grocery stores. Red and blue melts can usually found at craft stores or online.
- Sprinkles – pick your favorite red, white and blue sprinkles or choose a few to decorate your cookies.
How to Make 4th of July Cookies
Combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, and vanilla in a large bowl. Chill the cookie dough for 20 minutes.
Scoop the dough to form 1 to 1 1/2″ cookie dough balls. Place them on a prepared baking sheet.
Bake the cookies at 350°F for eight to ten minutes. Allow them to fully cool before decorating them.
Melt each melting chocolate color in its own bowl. Stir until smooth. Line a separate baking sheet with parchment paper.
Dip each cookie in one color so it’s half coated. Place them on the baking sheet and, while the chocolate is wet, add the sprinkles.
Let the chocolate set at room temperature before serving. Or, you can chill the cookies to speed up the process.
Recipe Tips for Cake Mix Cookies
- Don’t skip chilling the dough. This is necessary so your cookies don’t spread too much while they’re baking.
- Keep an eye on the cookies while they bake and take them out once they are set around the edges and baked but not browned on top. If you overbake them they won’t be as soft.
- Decorated cake mix cookies will keep well for several days at room temperature. I like to store them in an airtight container with wax paper separating the cookies (if you stack them). This will keep them from sticking to each other.
- If you want to freeze the plain cookies, you can! Place them in a freezer safe container and they will keep well for up to two months. Thaw them at room temperature before decorating.
We love these cute 4th of July cookies! They’re so easy to make and the kids will love decorating them. They’re the perfect treat for your 4th of July party or give them out as gifts to family and friends. Have fun making them and enjoy!
More Easy Cookie Recipes
- Halloween Monster Cookies are yummy chocolate cookies with fun googly-eye decorations to give them a fun spooky look!
- Thumbprint S’mores are a fun and easy way to get the taste of s’mores without a campfire!
- For kid-friendly no-bake cookie recipe, you need to try our Haystack Cookies!
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- 1 box vanilla or white cake mix
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 12 ounces red melting chocolate
- 12 ounces white melting chocolate
- 12 ounces blue melting chocolate
- Red, white, and blue sprinkles of choice
- In a large bowl, add the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Stir until well incorporated.
- Chill the dough for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- When the dough is done chilling, scoop the dough into 1- to 1 ½-inch balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
- Place baking sheet in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven. Do not overbake.
- Let the cookies cool completely before the next step (important).
- Melt each of the red, white, and blue melting chocolates in separate bowls in the microwave in 30 second intervals until the consistency is smooth and creamy.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Dip half of a cooled cookie into the melted chocolate. Set down on parchment lined baking sheet. Immediately add the sprinkles of your choice. *Handle the cookies with care as they tend to be delicate*.
- Let the melting chocolate set naturally or pop the cookies into the refrigerator to set faster.
Cake mix cookies tend to be very delicate. Make sure they are completely cooled before attempting to dip them in the chocolate. Handle with care!
Don’t skip chilling the dough. This is necessary so your cookies don’t spread too much while they’re baking.
Keep an eye on the cookies while they bake and take them out once they are set around the edges and baked but not browned on top. If you overbake them they won’t be as soft.
Decorated cake mix cookies will keep well for several days at room temperature. I like to store them in an airtight container with wax paper separating the cookies (if you stack them). This will keep them from sticking to each other.
If you want to freeze the plain cookies, you can! Place them in a freezer safe container and they will keep well for up to two months. Thaw them at room temperature before decorating.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 25gProtein: 4g