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Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

These Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies are incredibly soft and chewy. A warm vanilla almond flavor makes these cookies as delicious as they are easy!

These Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies are easy, fast and only require 4 ingredients! A recipe that is perfect for Christmas or any time of year!

My mom made these red and green crinkle cookies every year along with chocolate crackles! They were a nice break from the arduous, yet delicious, rolled cookies! {cough, cough. Gingerbread}

Made with just four ingredients, they were by far the easiest cookies on the list!

These Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies are easy, fast and only require 4 ingredients! A recipe that is perfect for Christmas or any time of year!

I added ½ teaspoon of almond extract to really pop the flavor! I’ve also tried ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, which is delightful, and I plan to try peppermint next year!

These Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies are easy, fast and only require 4 ingredients! A recipe that is perfect for Christmas or any time of year!

The texture of the cookies is easily customizable as well. The longer you bake them, the cakier they become. They are made with cake mix after all!

My mom and I like ours just shy of doughy, but my husband prefers them closer to cake. Just know that the longer you bake them, the faster they dry out. They are best within 5 days but the cakey ones should really be eaten within 3.

These Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies are easy, fast and only require 4 ingredients! A recipe that is perfect for Christmas or any time of year!

Each bite of these delightfully chewy cookies will deliver bright almond flavor – just try not to breathe or powdered sugar will get everywhere!

An easy, colorful addition to your Christmas cookie platter or gift box!

These Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies are easy, fast and only require 4 ingredients! A recipe that is perfect for Christmas or any time of year!

I know I said these were the easiest cookies ever, and they absolutely are, but things can go awry with even the simplest recipes. (Pie crust comes to mind!)

A few notes to make your Almond Crinkle Cookies successful:

  1. There are different size cake mix boxes out there. I know this because I accidentally bought a small one and my dough was super oily and I had to throw it out. Tear. Make sure you pick up a 16.5 ounce box. I used Duncan Hines.
  2. I prefer the liquid food coloring to the gel food coloring in this recipe. The liquid disperses better in the batter. To get the right color with the gel, you had to use so much I could taste it. Blech! It was also difficult to incorporate, so I ended up over-mixing my batter. Again, another batch wasted.
  3. When I say generously roll your dough in powdered sugar, I do mean GENEROUSLY! As in powdered sugar is caked on the ball and there is powdered sugar all over your hands, the counter and the cookie sheet.
  4. The cook time will drastically alter the texture of your cookie. If you do not want dry, cakey cookies, then watch them!

These Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies are easy, fast and only require 4 ingredients! A recipe that is perfect for Christmas or any time of year!

These Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies are for the tenth day of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies! You won’t want to miss the No Bake Gingersnap Brandy BallsChocolate Pecan TassiesMolasses Sugar CookiesOld Fashioned GingersnapsPeanut Butter BlossomsOld Fashioned Oat Lace CookiesRaspberry Linzer CookiesHoliday Bark or Cherry Pecan Cookies!

Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 30 Cookies

Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies

These Festive Almond Crinkle Cookies are incredibly soft and chewy and impossibly easy! A warm vanilla almond flavor makes these cookies as delicious as they are easy!

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix [16.5 oz]
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract or vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Food Coloring if desired (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place about ½ cup powdered sugar in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the cake mix, eggs, oil and extract until few lumps remain.
  3. If you are going to add food coloring, do so now; mix to combine. I divided my dough in half and then colored half green and half red.
  4. Roll dough into balls, approximately 1.5 inches across, and then roll in powdered sugar until they are generously coated. Place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. The dough is very soft and will not stay in ball form, which is fine.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 7-11 minutes. 7 for very soft, underbaked cookies and 10-11 for cakier, lighter cookies.
  6. Let cool 5 minutes on baking sheet and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
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18 Comments

  • Annie+@+ciaochowbambina
    December 18, 2014 at 9:41 am

    My grandmother’s holiday cookies were always these colors..you’ve taken me back. These look delicious! Thank you.

    Reply
  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
    December 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I love these pretty red and green cookies, Lindsey! Almond extract is my favorite to add in cookies. I actually use that instead of vanilla in sugar cookies and it makes them so good! Love how easy these are to whip up, too. Pinned!

    Reply
  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
    December 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    These cookies are so much fun! How awesome that your mom made them every year too – I really love the red and green color you added! So so pretty!

    Reply
  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    December 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Woohoo! Only 2 more days to go! 🙂 Congrats on making it to Day 10. These are such great looking cookies! I love the colors. They remind me of Butter Mints. Remember those?

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      December 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks!!! I love butter mints! I could eat them by the handful!!!

      Reply
  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
    December 19, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I have never baked cookies from white cake mix!!! But I’m going to have to go pick some up so I can make these cookies!! These seriously look so good .. and so festive!! love! and thanks for all the tips above!! so helpful!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      December 21, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks, Alice! Sometimes I find the easiest recipes have the most pitfalls!

      Reply
  • marcie
    December 19, 2014 at 11:45 am

    These are so pretty and colorful, and I love the sound of the almond flavor! A very nice change from chocolate crinkles indeed!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      December 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks, Marcie! It is nice to break it up…plus then you feel justified having a red, a green AND a chocolate!

      Reply
  • David @ Spiced
    December 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Gosh…I need more cookie posts from you, Lindsey! How about you plan a “Baker’s Dozen of post-Christmas Cookies” series. I could get into that for real. Also, your cupcakes called, and they are lonely. They don’t feel the love anymore. I even caught one of them crying. shame, shame…

    😉

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      December 21, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      You seriously make me laugh like nobody’s business! HI-larious! I was just thinking the other day that I miss making cupcakes! I came up with 2 fabulous ones for Christmas but there was no time! Sadness.

      Reply
  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    December 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    oooooh la la such pretty cookies!!!!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      December 21, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks, Kayle!

      Reply
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  • Kaitlyn
    December 11, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Does it have to be canola oil?

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      December 12, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      No but I use vegetable oil in order not to add flavor.

      Reply
  • Jill
    December 9, 2019 at 11:10 am

    The flavor is great! I used the almond for the green and peppermint for the pink…. But I’m having trouble getting the color bright for the pink. Looks more mauve following the 12 red, 4 blue suggestion by McCormick. Any suggestions? Delicious- Thank you!!!

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      February 10, 2020 at 5:45 pm

      Just keep adding red 🙂

      Reply

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