Cinnamon Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies taste like bites of delicious coffee cake! Plus, they're made with cake mix and just a few simple ingredients, so they're perfect for an easy, last-minute dessert.

You all know by now that I love when my Degustabox subscription box shows up. I never know what deliciousness I'm getting but I always discover some great ingredients! This time my foodie box included the Purely Simple cake mix from Pillsbury; it's got no colors, preservatives, or artificial flavors. I knew I had to try it.
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I decided to bake something that I've seen on Pinterest, but never actually tried: making cookies with cake mix. And, boy, did these Cinnamon Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies turn out great! They're just lightly-sweet and taste like little bites of coffee cake. And they're super easy because of the yummy Purely Simple Pillsbury Cake Mix. Thanks, Degustabox, this ingredient was a great find.

yields about 36 cookies
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 box white cake mix
Cinnamon sugar coating
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until well blended. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and egg. Add the cake mix and stir again until well combined. The dough will be thick and sticky.

Shape the dough into balls about 1" in diameter. Gently roll balls in the sugar and cinnamon mixture to coat. Place 1" apart (they don't spread too much) on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet. 

Bake 12-14 minutes or until set. Remove the cookies to cool on cooling racks.

These seem to me like very "grown-up" cookies—the kind you'd have with tea or coffee. Then again, I brought them to my cub scouts den and the boys absolutely devoured them!

For more of my recipes inspired by Degustabox, check out:

Saucy Hot and Sweet Crockpot Meatballs

Chipotle Fried Egg Avocado Toast


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  1. I love easy recipes using cake mixes as a base and these sound so so delicious! Great job.


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