A Holiday Tradition: Perfectly Imperfect Sugar Cookies

A Holiday Tradition: Perfectly Imperfect Sugar Cookies

As snowflakes dance outside and the air gets crisper, there's an innate charm in the comforting aroma of freshly baked cookies. It's cookie season, and what type of year would it be without baking a time-honored delight of Sugar Cookies?

There are thousands of sugar cookie recipes out there, and a lot of them we love (shoutout to Dorie Greenspan's Do-Almost-Anything Vanilla Cookies and Alison Roman’s Ultimate Sugar Cookies). However, we strongly encourage crafting these Perfectly Imperfect Sugar Cookies using our Vanilla Cupcake & Cake Mix as a quick, minimal ingredient take on the classic. These cookies aren't just a treat; they're a tradition and an invitation to gather around friends and family for the holidays.


  • 1 box of Vanilla Cupcake & Cake Mix (ignore add-ins on the box)
  • 4 tbsp butter (56g) (cold)
  • 1 egg
  • Decorating Sugar (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut the butter into cubes and add to a large bowl.
  3. Add in the cake mix and egg, and using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix on medium speed until it forms into a cohesive dough. This process might take a few minutes, and initially, the mixture may resemble fine sand. Cease mixing as soon as the dough comes together.
  4. Form the dough into balls, roughly 2 tablespoons each. This batch should yield around 12 cookies.
    • If using decorating sugar, pour a few tablespoons onto a plate and roll the dough around, coating the outside completely. 
    • If using sprinkles, incorporate them into the dough before rolling out and baking. 
  5. Place these dough balls on a baking sheet, ensuring enough space between them. Bake for approximately 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies acquire a golden hue, while the centers remain light. This balance guarantees a perfect blend of softness and crunch.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool before diving into their classic charm.

What sets these Sugar Cookies apart is their simplicity. Thanks to our Vanilla Cupcake & Cake Mix, this recipe boasts minimal ingredients and a streamlined process. With just a handful of items, you can whip up these delightful cookies in a mere 15-20 minutes from start to finish. Unlike many traditional cookie recipes, there's no need to chill the dough, making it a quick and hassle-free baking experience without compromise on taste or texture. Once baked, the cookies have the perfect balance of softness and crispiness, while possessing a charming look of imperfection. Thus earning them the fitting name of “Perfectly Imperfect Sugar Cookies”.

Sugar Cookies epitomize the warmth and joy of the holidays. Whether it’s decorating them with colorful icing, sprinkles, or simply savoring their unadorned sweetness, these cookies hold a special place in our hearts during this magical time of the year.

Make sure to pick up a box of our Vanilla Cupcake & Cake Mix at a retailer near you or directly from our site,  so crafting these Perfectly Imperfect Sugar Cookies becomes not just a task, but a delightful holiday experience.

Happy baking and happy holidays!