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Homemade Sugar Cookie Mix is the perfect DIY gift! And it makes the best cookies!

Homemade Sugar Cookie Mix is the perfect thing to keep in your cabinet for sugar cookie emergencies, or give it as a gift for the holidays! Why purchase the premade stuff?

Plus, the mix has sprinkles. #winning


Homemade Sugar Cookie Mix is the perfect DIY gift!

It’s finally cold here in Sacramento. The heat kept kind of hanging on (it was high 70s/low 80s last weekend) but finally, finally, the cooler weather is here to stay. It even rained last week!

Ah, cooler weather. It’s time for socks, gloves, jackets, extra blankets, and eating more sugar to gain my winter coat.

Er, or something like that.

Homemade Sugar Cookie Mix is the perfect DIY gift! And it makes soft and yummy cookies!

I think my body is craving another layer or something because I’ve been eating way too much. It started on my trip to Nashville and pretty much hasn’t stopped since. I was trying to be good…and then I made this sugar cookie mix.

It makes the best sugar cookies in the whole entire world.

And what’s funny? It’s the same recipe as these cookies, but I make them differently. #differentforthewin

These Sugar Cookies come from a homemade sugar cookie mix and they're the best cookies I've ever made!

Homemade Sugar Cookie Mix

I’ve kind of been in the “homemade mix” making mood lately. Brownie mix, then hot chocolate mix, now sugar cookie mix.

Sure, I’ve been known to buy those pouches of sugar cookie mix at the grocery store. I’ve used them lots of times, even on this blog. But I like my sugar cookie recipe even more, so I figured I’d try to make a mix out of it. And it worked, fabulously.

This is easier than making regular cookies. All you do is mix up all the dry ingredients and put them in a jar or a bag. When you’re ready to make the cookies, you beat in some room temperature butter, an egg, and some vanilla extract. Then bake as usual.

Because I was making this as a “mix” I didn’t want to frost them. Plus, if you gift this to someone, you can’t really gift the frosting with the mix. And giving someone a bag of powdered sugar is just mean. It means they’ll have to clean their floors. (You know, because powdered sugar has wings. It flies everywhere.)

I added sprinkles and mini chocolate chips to my homemade sugar cookie mix. You can omit them, or you can add all sprinkles, all chocolate chips, or even add nuts. Just pop them in with the other dry ingredients.

Something about mixing all the dry ingredients first and then adding the wet ingredients later made an amazing cookie. The sprinkles and chocolate chips gave these the exact amount of sweetness they needed and they ended up pillowy soft with the perfect amount of sugar cookie chew.

I ate waaaaay too many of them. Half my new layer goes to these cookies.

Homemade Sugar Cookie Mix is the perfect DIY gift! And it makes soft and yummy cookies!

Make a few jars of this homemade sugar cookie mix to keep in your cabinet for whenever the sugar cookie mood hits, or give them as holiday food gifts. You don’t need to buy the cookie mix pouches anymore – trust me!

homemade sugar cookie mix: no more need for the prepackaged mix!
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Servings: 1 batch; 24 cookies

Homemade Sugar Cookie Mix

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
Don't buy that sugar cookie mix at the store! Make your own homemade DIY Sugar Cookie Mix! It makes better cookies and it makes a great holiday gift.


 For the Mix:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup mix-ins — sprinkles and/or mini chocolate chips and/or nuts

To make the Cookies:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter — softened and sliced into tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg


To make the mix:

  1. Whisk all ingredients in a large bowl. Continue with making instructions or place in a resealable bag or large jar (3 pint to 1 quart sized jar or container).

To make the cookies:

  1. (If you’re gifting this mix, attach the following directions to the jar.)
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with silpat liners or parchment paper.
  3. Place mix in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (Or, a large bowl if using a hand mixer.) Add butter and mix slowly until crumbly. (This will take a minute or two in a stand mixer; longer with a hand mixer.) Add vanilla and egg and mix until a cookie dough forms.
  4. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of dough (use a cookie scoop if you have one) onto cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes. I like to take them out as soon as the bottom starts to turn brown (about 9 minutes for my oven) even though the centers may still be a little glossy, and let them finish cooking as they cool. Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to one month.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (24 g) — Calories: 83, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 857mg, Carbohydrates: 7g, Sugar: 6g

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  1. I love your mixes, Dorothy! Because they’re much better than mixes, but ready when you need them. And I remember your saying how much your father-in-law loves sugar cookies in your cookbook, so this must be very handy in your household!

  2. What a great idea to make your own cookie mix! I love this idea, Dorothy! Sugar cookies are the best and this would make such awesome holiday gifts! Pinned!

  3. Love love love that you made us sugar cookie mix! AND with sprinkles, because that makes ALL THE THINGS better. Totally worth a new layer 😉 Pinned!

  4. My mind always seems to think all that extra food I eat on vacation doesn’t count. It makes it so hard to stop when I’m back at home:) This cookie mix is ideal for gift giving! Who doesn’t love sugar cookies with sprinkle and mini chocolate chips? I appreciate you sharing the recipe, Dorothy!

  5. Absolutely love it! So many people in my family would love this as a gift! Pinned!

  6. Oh, I like this idea!!  It’s such a time saver!  And I love the colorful sprinkles in these pretty cookies!!

  7. This sugar cookie mixture is everything I ever wanted for Christmas.

  8. Ooo, loving the sound of this mix, shop-bought mixes just have too many preservatives and additives. Homemade cookie mixture is just perfect! 

  9. This is great!  And I love adding chocolate chips to my sugar cookies.  I mean, why not?  My husband thinks it “ruins” the sugar cookie.  I guess he’s a sugar cookie connoisseur now.  What does he know?  Chocolate makes everything better, duh!

  10. Love this, what a fabulous gift idea! I’m all about homemade gifts this year, may have to add this to my list!

  11. What a cute idea! I’m a TERRIBLE gift giver, so giving some sort of food is my go-to. Will definitely add this to my gift-giving list 🙂

  12. Great cookie mix, and what a awesome gift it would make! I’d love having this sit on our counter to have cookies ready to go whenever we want!  

  13. I was just standing in some fancy schmancy store in the checkout line the other day noticing they were selling ‘gourmet’ mix and it was like $20 bucks for the smallest little jar ever. I mean cute, yes, but holy overpriced. You are so smart and this is so practical and useful! Pinned 🙂

  14. I think these are such an easy and super great gift to give and to receive! 

  15. Sugar cookies are my husband’s all-time favorites…which means, I am loving this…and he will too!

  16. Why why why would I ever want this on hand?  So I can make sugar cookies every single day and eat all-the-cookies?!  Dangerous and also completely genius!

  17. Sugar cookies are the best especially when you add sprinkles 🙂 I love that you made your own mix.  That is such a great idea and so handy to have around the holidays!  It looks so pretty all jarred up like that 🙂 Pinning!

  18. I’m so excited that the weather has cooled off down here in the SF Bay Area — it finally feels like fall!  This sugar cookie mix would be the perfect gift to give, and the sprinkles are a must!  Pinned. 🙂

  19. This is such good idea!! It really would be the perfect holiday gift!! I love all those sprinkles! 🙂

  20. I am so thrilled to have ran across your blog and this recipe! My daughter has 11 different food allergies, and buying cookie mixes isn’t something we ever get to do. I love cooking from scratch, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to just throw in a couple of key things to an already pre-made mix. Sugar cookie mix is something I haven’t seen before, so thank you again!!

  21. Hey this is great. Is their a jar for me under the tree??? 🙂

  22. This is amazing! My only fear is that I will find an excuse to be baking these cookies all the time. I guess I will add a layer too! 😉 The sprinkles makes it so cute, would be a lovely gift as well!

  23. Love the sprinkles, Dorothy!  Sprinkles make everything just that much better, don’t they?  🙂
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  24. Loved this post Dorothy. This would be great to put in small mason jars for Christmas and give away for gifts.

  25. What an adorable gift idea!  Ha @ winter coat I think I’m growing one too! :3

  26. What an adorable gift idea!  Ha @ winter coat I think I’m growing one too! :3

  27. Yippee!  I love your mixes – so mise en place! And so delicious when made.  Thank you 

  28. I sure wouldn’t mind having a sugar cookie mix on hand ALL THE TIME!

  29. This is a great idea! They look delicious. My extra layer thanks you 🙂

  30. This makes the most perfect gift ever – I think homemade gifts like this are the best 😀 DIY gifts #FTW 😀

  31. Oh when I first saw this, I totally thought it was some sort of funfetti frosting. And I died. But homemade sugar cookie mix? Possibly even better. Even if I just want to eat a spoonful…it looks *that* good.

  32. This would make such a sweet hostess gift, love this!!!

  33. Winning is right!! A cookie mix with funfetti already inside! Such a great idea and perfect for brightening these obscenely cold winter days! When did it get so cold? It certainly didn’t have *my* permission! Pinned! 

  34. This is SUCH a great idea Dorothy! Oh boy! I would LOVE to receive a gift like this for Christmas. What a treat.  

  35. I just love all your mixes, but I’ve already got my winter layer 🙁

  36. Love this! I’m totally making several batches of this mix to give as gifts…..and some to keep for myself 🙂

  37. Homemade mixes are so fun! I’ve always loved the idea of keeping a bunch in my pantry to make whenever I want, but I’ve never done that, haha. I can see why these cookies are so addictive! And sprinkles. Yes. 🙂

  38. This is seriously such a fun idea! I have done the cookies in jars as gifts with the gift tags before, but it never occurred to me to actually post it. You are on a roll with fun mixes! I can’t wait to see what’s next!

  39. What a fun looking mix and they look delicious! Will the mix fit into a pint jar or does it need to be bigger? I think this will be December’s gift to the ladies I visit!

  40. Love that you added sprinkles! This cookie mix makes a perfect holiday gift!

  41. I love this idea, it will make such a great neighbor gift for the holidays!

  42. What a great idea!! I love the sprinkles too. And I am with you, I would eat waaaayyyy to many. 😉 

  43. We made these last night. They are a very cute cookie as well as yummy!  We creamed everything together and then added the dry ingredients.  We used sprinkles and mini chocolate chips.  Going to make again and use Xmas colored sprinkles. 

  44. Just made the mix and baked the cookies using butter.  The flavor is awesome, but the cookies turned out flat.  Any suggestions?

    • By any chance, is your leavening old? That can cause the cookies not to rise as they should. Also, I don’t usually need to chill this dough before baking, but if your batter seems to soft, you can chill it for a bit before baking to keep the cookies puffy.

  45. Where did you purchases the jars?  I would love to make these as bridal shower favors.

  46. Just checking before I print out the recipe and make up a batch…you really meant one tablespoon of vanilla, not teaspoon? Can’t wait to try them!

  47. Hi! I’d love to make this but I’m wondering that how long can I store it before it goes bad if I use chocolate chips? 

  48. I love the look of these and think they would be a great way to gift some cookies to my son, he’s just newly moved out. Your recipe says to add 3/4 cup of mix ins, but you used both sprinkles and mini chocolate chips and found it to be the perfect combination. I was wondering how much of each did you use. Equally amount of each to make 3/4 cup or maybe 1/2 cup of one and 1/4 cup of the other? 

  49. Hello, I love your site!! I have a question ???? I have many great sounding bar recipes BUT they all call for a pouch of B/C sugar cookie mix I do not want to use a mix ; it kind of defeats the home made purpose of homemade! could I use your sugar cookie mix recipe instead of Betty’s ??????

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