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Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies

Indulge in the perfect blend of simplicity and sweetness with our irresistibly tasty Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies. These delightful treats are the ultimate answer to your craving for a homemade dessert that’s both easy to make and incredibly delicious.

Made with just a few simple ingredients, including our premium yellow cake mix, these cookies are a breeze to prepare. Each bite offers a soft and buttery texture, combined with a burst of fruity jam in the center. The versatility of these cookies allows you to customize the flavor by choosing your favorite jam or preserve.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, our Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies are guaranteed to impress both family and friends. With their beautiful appearance and heavenly taste, they are perfect for any occasion, from afternoon tea to holiday gatherings.

So, satisfy your sweet tooth and unleash your inner baker with these delectable Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies. It’s time to enjoy the joy of homemade goodness without the fuss. Don’t wait another minute – let’s get baking!

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What Kind Of Cookies Can Be Made From Yellow Cake Mix?

Making cake mix cookies is so easy and there are multiple variations. This recipe is specifically for thumbprint cookies but here are some other creative things to do with cake mix.

Yellow cake mix is a versatile ingredient that can be used to create a variety of delicious cookies. Here are some of the different types of cookies that you can make using yellow cake mix:

Cake Mix Cookies

The simplest and easiest way to use yellow cake mix for cookies is to turn it into classic cake mix cookies. All you need is one box of yellow cake mix, 2 eggs, and 1/3 cup oil. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. Then drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10-12 minutes.

Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

If you want to add some zing to your cookies, try making lemon cake mix cookies with yellow cake mix. To do this, simply add some lemon zest and lemon juice to your basic cookie dough recipe. You can also add some powdered sugar on top for extra sweetness.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Another delicious way to use yellow cake mix is by turning it into chocolate chip cookie bars. For this recipe, you’ll need a box of yellow cake mix, butter, an egg or two, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips (of course!). Simply combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and pour them into a greased baking pan or dish. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20-25 minutes.

Yellow Cake Mix Cookies Ingredients

Cake mix cookies are a breeze to make and are a perfect foolproof dessert when you are in a hurry. If you have never made them before then you are in for a treat.

With Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies you cut out at least half of the ingredients in typical recipes. Not to mention that you cut out a lot of the time it takes to make traditional cookies.

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Butter

Topping

  • 1/4 Cup Strawberry Jam
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

It is mind blowing to think that is all that is needed to make these cookies but it really is that simple.

If you do not have strawberry jam on hand feel free to use whatever you have. I love a good raspberry or boysenberry jam on these cookies as well.

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Step-by-step instructions for making Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies

  • In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter in the microwave. Set aside and let it cool for five minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the cooled butter, eggs, and cake mix. Mix ingredients together completely. Place bowl into the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray such as Pam. Or line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • To prevent cookie dough from sticking to your hand frequently dust them with flour while rolling the dough.
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  • Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and use a medium cookie scoop to spoon out mixture into your hand. Place the dough into your hands and roll it into a small ball then place onto the cookie sheet. Repeat until all of the dough is formed into balls.
  • *Cookies will puff up to twice their size so be mindful not to place them too close together.
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  • Using your thumb make an indentation into each cookie being careful not to go all of the way through the cookie. You should have a small bowl shape in the cookie.
  • Take your Strawberry Jam and place about 1/4 teaspoon of the Jam into the hole of each cookie.
  • Place cookie sheet back into refrigerator for 10 minutes.
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  • Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F. Remove Cookies from the refrigerator and place them into the oven. Cook for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven.
  • Remove when cookies appear to be firm, and cooked. Leave on cookie sheet for 5 minutes to cool before transferring to a wire rack to complete cooling.
  • Once cookies have cooled take powdered sugar and lightly sprinkle it over the top of the cookies.
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Adding the thumbprint filling options – jam, chocolate, caramel, etc.

The thumbprint filling is where you can get really creative with your Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies. While jam or preserve is the traditional choice, there are countless other options you can explore to customize the flavor of your cookies.

If you’re a chocolate lover, try filling the thumbprint with a dollop of melted chocolate or Nutella. The rich and smooth texture of chocolate pairs wonderfully with the soft and buttery cookie base.

For a decadent twist, consider using caramel as the filling. Whether it’s homemade caramel sauce or store-bought, the gooey sweetness will take these cookies to a whole new level.

If you’re feeling adventurous, experiment with other spreads like peanut butter, cookie butter, or even lemon curd. The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative and try different combinations.

Baking and decorating tips for Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies

To ensure your Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies turn out perfectly every time, here are some helpful tips:

1. Don’t overmix the dough: When combining the ingredients, mix just until everything is evenly incorporated. Overmixing can result in dense and tough cookies.

2. Chill the dough: If the dough feels too soft or sticky, you can refrigerate it for 30 minutes to an hour before shaping it into balls. This will make it easier to handle and prevent the cookies from spreading too much during baking.

3. Use a teaspoon to make the thumbprint: A teaspoon is the perfect size to create a uniform indentation in the center of each cookie. It helps ensure that the filling stays in place while baking.

4. Avoid overfilling: While it’s tempting to add a generous amount of filling, be careful not to overfill the thumbprint. The cookies will spread slightly during baking, and too much filling can cause them to overflow and lose their shape.

5. Experiment with decorations: Once the cookies have cooled, you can add some extra flair by drizzling them with melted chocolate, sprinkling them with powdered sugar, or adding colored sugar crystals. Get creative and make them visually appealing as well as delicious.

Variations of Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies – adding nuts, sprinkles, etc.

While the classic Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies are delightful on their own, you can easily add a personal touch by incorporating different ingredients and toppings. Here are a few variations to consider:

1. Nutty delight: Add a crunchy element by placing a whole almond, pecan, or walnut on top of each cookie before baking. The nuts will toast slightly in the oven, adding a delicious nutty flavor and texture.

2. Sprinkle magic: For a fun and colorful twist, roll the dough balls in festive sprinkles before baking. The sprinkles will adhere to the cookies, giving them a vibrant and whimsical appearance.

3. Zesty surprise: Add a burst of citrus flavor by mixing some lemon or orange zest into the cookie dough. This will infuse the cookies with a refreshing aroma and tangy taste.

4. Chocolate lovers rejoice: If you can’t get enough chocolate, try adding chocolate chips to the cookie dough for a double dose of chocolaty goodness. You can also sprinkle some mini chocolate chips on top of the thumbprint filling for an extra indulgence.

Feel free to experiment with different combinations and let your creativity shine. The joy of baking is all about making something uniquely your own.

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Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies Tips and Tricks

  • Refrigerate the dough. This is done once when cookie dough is first made, and again after the cookies are on the cookie sheet prior to going into the oven. Prior to cooking the cookies this helps to set them up making them easier to form into balls. I do this for 30 minutes.
  • Once the cookies are formed and on the cookie sheet I will cool them again for 10 minutes. This will help them, to not spread too much during cooking.
  • When ready to form cookie balls I use a Medium Cookie Scoop to scoop the dough out of the bowl. This makes the cookies uniform in size and will allow for more even cooking times.
  • By using a cookie scoop I also avoid getting my hands messy trying to form the dough into balls.
  • I like to use a Cookie Sheet lined with a Silicon Baking Mat. By using these silicon mats they allow me to skip the step of using cooking spray to keep the cookies from sticking to the pan.
  • If you do not have a silicon mat then parchment baking paper will work well. It can easily be found on in grocery stores in the same isle as aluminum foil.
  • Use flour to dust your hands while forming the dough into balls. This will help to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
  • Use a brand name store bought cake mix like Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker. They tend to be more moist and often have pudding mix for added flavor.
  • Cool cookies completely prior to adding powdered sugar. If the powdered sugar is added too soon it will melt into the cookies and form a runny mess and have difficulty hardening.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Should I beat my eggs before adding to cake mix?

While this step is not necessary it is one that I always do. I like knowing that all of my ingredients are fully mixed. With the egg being whisked ahead of time it allows for a more even distribution during mixing.

Why did my cake mix cookies spread out so much?

Chilling the cookies prior to baking them helps to keep the cookies from spreading out too much during the cooking process. Because these Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies are made with melted butter the dough is a bit more soft. The chilling process is imperative to help form the thumbprint and maintain the structure of these cookies.

What kind of cookies can be made from a yellow cake mix?

Yellow cake mix has a mild flavor which allows it to be used to make a variety of cookies. Throw in some chocolate chips to make yellow cake mix chocolate chip cookies.

It is also possible to add some white chocolate chips and chopped macadamia nuts or walnuts. Just think of the yellow cake mix of a plain flavored dough that can be used to make almost any basic cookie recipe.

Can I use a different cake mix flavor?

Absolutely! While this recipe calls for a yellow cake mix, you can experiment with other flavors, such as chocolate, vanilla, or even strawberry. Just keep in mind that the resulting texture and taste may vary slightly.

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Can I make the dough in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to 48 hours. Just make sure to let it come to room temperature before shaping and baking the cookies.

Can I use homemade jam or preserve?

Of course! Homemade jam or preserve can add an extra level of flavor and personal touch to your cookies. Just make sure it has a thick consistency to prevent it from spreading too much during baking.

Can I freeze the dough?

Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months. Shape the dough into balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze until firm, then transfer the dough balls to a freezer bag or airtight container. When ready to bake, thaw the dough balls in the refrigerator overnight and proceed with the recipe as usual.

How To Store Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies?

The beauty of these Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies is that they are great to make ahead and serve at a latter date. I enjoy doubling the recipe and making a large batch of these cookies for events or as gifts.

They are especially perfect when it is time for the holiday cookie exchange. They are so delicious that they do not taste like they are from a box cake mix. And they store so well that I feel comfortable giving them as gifts.

I find that these cookies last well for a week outside of the refrigerator. And they freeze really well. I typically freeze them on the cookie sheet once they have cooled. Then after a few hours I will add them to a freezer safe Ziploc bag that has been marked with the date and contents.

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Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies

Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies

Cake Mix cookies are so easy to make, and have multiple variations. I have yet to meet one that I do not like. This Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies recipe is no exception.
This recipe is easy to make and full of a light and delicate flavor. These Yellow Cake Mix Thumbprint Cookies look and taste like I spent a lot of time slaving over them in the kitchen. When in fact I did not.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16

Equipment

  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Cookie Sheet

Ingredients
  

Cookies

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Butter

Topping

  • 1/4 Cup Strawberry Jam
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter in the microwave. Set aside and let it cool for five minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the cooled butter, eggs, and cake mix.
    Mix ingredients together completely.
    Place bowl into the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray such as Pam. Or line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • *To prevent cookie dough from sticking to your hand frequently dust them with flour while rolling the dough.
    Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and use a medium cookie scoop to spoon out mixture into your hand. Place the dough into your hands and roll it into a small ball then place onto the cookie sheet. Repeat until all of the dough is formed into balls.
    *Cookies will puff up to twice their size so be mindful not to place them too close together.
  • Using your thumb make an indentation into each cookie being careful not to go all of the way through the cookie. You should have a small bowl shape in the cookie.
    Take your Strawberry Jam and place about 1/4 teaspoon of the Jam into the hole of each cookie.
    Place cookie sheet back into refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F.
    Remove Cookies from the refrigerator and place them into the oven.
    Cook for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven.
    Remove when cookies appear to be firm, and cooked.
    Leave on cookie sheet for 5 minutes to cool before transferring to a wire rack to complete cooling.
    Once cookies have cooled take powdered sugar and lightly sprinkle it over the top of the cookies.
    Enjoy!
Keyword Cake Mix, Cake Mix Cookies, Cookie, Thumbprint Cookie, Yellow Cake Mix

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