Cake Mix Sugar Cookies

{This post was written in the week after the Sandy Hook Tragedy.}

Cake Mix Sugar Cookies

Today I am posting for the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary school, as part of the Cookies & Crafts for Sandy Hook tribute. This is one of those times that the blogging community is amazing. When such horrific things happen…everyone wants to DO something, but they don’t know what. A bunch of bloggers decided that posting a certain thing on a certain day, in solidarity, might be a way for us to heal, just a little bit. I know that the people of Newtown aren’t reading this right now; that my cookies aren’t going to help them heal. But maybe, just maybe, the band of bloggers that unite today can, in some way, provide some comfort. Because it will let them know that, a week later, we are still thinking of them. And we won’t stop anytime soon.

So, today I am sharing a cookie with you. A really, really good cookie. This week was my daughter’s last week of school before her school break, as I’m sure it was for many kids across the country. Wednesday was her class party, and they needed cookies. I was happy to oblige, of course.

Cake Mix Sugar Cookies

These are really, really easy cookies to make. They taste like sugar cookies…but they are made with cake mix. I used a vanilla cake mix (well, two of them) and I made a homemade buttercream for the top. Then I covered them in sprinkles because kids love sprinkles. Sprinkles make Jordan smile. And I think, in times like these, we need more smiles on the faces of our children.

I decided to leave one cookie specially designed. I frosted it white and placed a heart shaped cookie cutter in the center. I filled that with red sugar, so the cookie has a heart on the top.

Because my heart goes out to all the people, the families and friends, the community of Newtown, CT.

Cake Mix Sugar Cookies

And my heart goes out to the heroes of last Friday, some older, and so many young:

Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana M. Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Madeleine F. Hsu, Catherine V. Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler, Allison N. Wyatt, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Dawn Hochsprung, Charlotte Bacon and Rachel Davino

Now, they are angels.


Cake Mix Sugar Cookies


For the Cookies

  • 2 boxes Vanilla Cake Mix (I used Betty Crocker Super Moist)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Frosting

  • 1 stick butter , softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Food coloring and sprinkles as desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter in an electric mixer until smooth. Add cake mix, eggs, and vanilla extract and mix until dough comes together.
  3. Scoop 2 tablespoon sized balls onto the cookie sheets. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
  4. To make frosting, cream butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar and mix until incorporated (mixture will be crumby). Add vanilla and heavy cream and beat until smooth. Tint with food coloring as desired.
  5. Frost tops of cookies and sprinkle with sprinkles!

Recipe Notes

I got 38 cookies with my 2 tablespoon cookie scoop. I didn't use too much frosting on each cookie and had just enough. If you like lots of frosting, make double!

Thank you for reading, and go hug your loved ones tight!



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  1. Dorothy, I love your cookie and thank you so much for sharing this beautiful post. I need to make some cookies this weekend and I think I just found the one to make. It is honor to participate in today’s tribute to Sandy Hook and I am linking to your post. Have a lovely weekend and a holiday. ~Cindy

  2. I love this recipe Dorothy, you cant go wrong with sugar cookies with frosting or sugar crystals! thanks so much for putting this all together, and I am so glad I got to be apart of this also today!

  3. We live 30 minutes from Newtown…Our whole state is mourning, but there are so many wonderful people in this state who have offered their support and prayers. It really sends it home living so close to this town. Thank you for your support.

  4. These are so pretty, and such a nice post Dorothy. What a horrible tragedy that I can’t stop getting emotional over, and yet I don’t know a single person harmed. I can’t imagine their emotions!!

  5. Dorothy, you are missing Charlotte Bacon (age 6) from your list. I am working on my post right now and noticed. Just wanted you to know so you can update your post. You are a sweetheart for coordinating this effort! xoxo ~Stacy

  6. “I know that the people of Newtown aren’t reading this right now; that my cookies aren’t going to help them heal. But maybe, just maybe, the band of bloggers that unite today can, in some way, provide some comfort. Because it will let them know that, a week later, we are still thinking of them. And we won’t stop anytime soon.”

    You said it perfectly. Thank you for organizing this.

  7. Very well said.
    Love you,

  8. I loved this idea from the moment I read it this past week and was os very happy to link up to a wonderful cause. I know it does probably seem a bit foolish, but I love baking and it always relaxes me (almost like therapy). So when I so this link I knew I had to put my blog down and happily share. thanks for doing this and love your cookie, too!!

  9. Thank YOU, Dorothy. You have a heart of gold! I went to CNN for my list and right away saw that Charlotte was not listed. May you, your family and friends have a blessed holiday! xoxo

  10. Thank you for letting me join in on this tribute today. I posted in honor of Newtown, CT too.
    I love to think of the joy your brought to your daughter’s class in the form of cookies. How nice!
    Merry Christmas!

  11. I just had the nastiest note posted on my facebook page – so I am taking my tribute to Sandy Hook off my blog. From Fastnacht Shavout – it ready:
    To me this is just sickening people are finding a way to push their stuff by using a tragedy to advertise for themselves and make themselves look good. not many of us are dealing with this too good, and post like this makes it look like children’s deaths are something to celebrate so soon afterwards. like it never happened. i liked your page, but now you are just using it to have fun with a tragedy to me it’s sickening this is even popping up on people’s wall. just sickening. not just you, but anyone else who is doing it disgust me.
    I am sick to my stomach, I had no intentions of doing what she/he said. Thanks, for listening.

    • I am so sorry that someone was SO rude and disrespectful to you. That surely is their opinion, and as I put in my post, I know that my cookies will not help the victims heal. I looked at it as more of a tribute; a letting the world know that we are still thinking of the victims and the community and that we won’t forget about them. I was, in no way, trying to do this for “personal gain.” Really, these sorts of posts are meant for us to heal and to show support. At least, that’s what it meant for me.

      • I know I really shouldn’t have let their comment get to me, but you know that it only takes one negative comment to ruin all the positive. Please delete my comment so it doesn’t spoil it for anyone else. Thank you so much for responding, I know what you’re doing means alot to help everyone heal and show support. 🙂

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  13. Thanks for putting this together. It is nice to be able to do something and I am glad I was able to take part in this tribute. Your cookies are just perfect!

  14. Thank you so much for hosting such a heartfelt event. I’m so happy to have participated with my molasses spice cookies.

  15. these are yummy looking – just wanting to stop by and say Merry Christmas to a great inspiration

  16. That heart with the sprinkles is adorable! And what a tender post. My daughter is almost 6 and the tragedy just resonated…so much with me…..I shudder to think…

  17. I really wanted to participate in this but didn’t have the ability this week. I’m working on a post for next week. Thanks for inspiring everyone!

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  19. This is really nice, Dorothy. My heart is broken for these families. No one should ever have to lose a child…certainly not like this.

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  23. These cookies came out of the oven okay, lightly browned around the edges, but soon fell flat!! The next batch I made smaller, only 1 tablespoon of dough, same thing. The taste is okay but certainly can’t frost, they are close to paper thin, and wouldn’t serve to company. If it sounds too easy or too good to be true, it is!!

    • I’m sorry that happened! I’m not sure what the culprit could be, except they possibly needed to bake longer. Or, the dough may have needed to be chilled before baking. Sometimes butter is softened and gets too soft (sounds weird but it happens!) Or, maybe the cake mix was older? I’ve never had that problem with cake mix cookies before. So sorry that happened to you!

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