Holly Crinkle Cookies: The Cutest Cookies You’ll Make This Season

Giving my favourite crinkle cookies a holiday makeover.

The perfect addition to any Christmas sweet table.

Giving my favourite crinkle cookie recipe a holiday makeover.

I had never been part of a Christmas cookie exchange before. I see all sorts of ideas on Pinterest and I’m like, “Why haven’t I ever organized something like this?!”

Well, another Christmas season is fast-approaching and I still have yet to participate in one. Instead, I have teamed-up with a group of fabulous bloggers for a Cookie Blog Hop and I can’t wait to show you what they have up their sleeves!

Today, I’m sharing the recipe to my oh-so sweet and oh-so easy crinkle cookies.

Giving my favourite crinkle cookie recipe a holiday makeover.

These crinkle cookies are actually made from a cake mix with a few tweaks to the recipe. All it takes is some simple ingredients (that are most likely already in your pantry!) and a bit of imagination.

Holly Crinkle Cookies: The Cutest Cookies You’ll Make This Season

For the cookies:

1 box chocolate cake mix
1/3 cup canola oil
2 eggs, at room temperature
3 tbsp granulated sugar
6 tbsp confectioners’ sugar 

For the decorations:
Red decorating frosting

White decorating frosting
3 oz. green fondant

Yields: approx. 18 cookies

Giving my favourite crinkle cookie recipe a holiday makeover.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 

In a bowl, mix together chocolate cake mix, canola oil, and 2 eggs. Wrap the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Remove from the refrigerator and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. 

Roll each cookie into 1 inch spheres and coat with granulated sugar, followed by the powdered sugar. Place on cookie sheet, about 1-2 inches apart.

Bake for 9 to 12 minutes and allow to cool completely before decorating.

To decorate, use a round frosting tip to create 2-3 circles on each cookie.

Roll 36 small spheres out of your green fondant. Flatten the fondant spheres, giving each a pointed end. Use scissors to cut out a leafy-edge. 

On the back of each fondant leaf, frost out a bit of white decorating frosting. Secure 2 on each cookie.

Serve and enjoy!

Giving my favourite crinkle cookie recipe a holiday makeover.

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! I teamed-up with a group of my favourite bloggers and I am so proud to present their delicious cookies… perfect for the holiday season!
Swiss Mountain Shortbread by Kim of Kim Power Style

German Iced Spice Christmas Cookies by Christina of The DIY Mommy

Slice and Bake Shortbread Cookies by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Cathedral Window Cookies by Rita of Harbour Breeze Home

Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti by Kendra of Joy In Our Home

Cranberry Orange Shortbread by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Maple Shortbread Snowflakes by Laura of one house 2 barns

Ritz Cracker Bark (aka Crookies) by Courtenay of Creek Line House

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies by Jennifer of Happily Organized Chaos

Earl Grey Snowball Cookies by Tan of Squirrelly Minds

Gingerbread Cookies by Dannyelle of Life is a Party

Giving my favourite crinkle cookie recipe a holiday makeover.


  1. These cookies look delicious. Using a chocolate cake mix makes it easy to make these cookies. Thinking I could use different cake mixes for different flavors.

  2. Those look absolutely gorgeous! I love crinkle cookies it brings me back to my childhood when my grandma would make cookies for me. I love what you did with these!

  3. What a delicious collection of cookie recipes. We’re not doing a Christmas cookie holiday swap this year as we’ll be out of the country during the holidays but I am sharing this post with my friends and bookmarking so I can make some when we return.

  4. I like a good crinkle cookie. And I love that these are made from simple ingredients that I have on hand like cake mix. I want to try to make these for the school’s holiday party.

  5. You have selected some top of the top Christmas cookies for exchanging this year. I have a group of gals we host a cookie exchange every year and this is going to be one of my baking sessions this year

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