Mint Crinkles

Mint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies - a fun and easy way to customize your cake mix cookies!

The Lizard (our oldest son) recently broke his face.

Yep. You heard me right.

In a brave but disastrous backflip-into-a-foam-pit attempt, he took a very hard knee to the face resulting in an orbital fracture around one eye, with accompanying black eye and swollen cheek.  It was adorable.  And extremely painful.

I didn’t get medical attention for him right away, because, what are they going to do?  Put a cast on his face?  But after a few days, I thought better of it and took him to the doctor.  The doctor, naturally, ordered a scan, and upon seeing the results of the scan, freaked out and sent us directly to the emergency room.

Where we were told that there is nothing they can do.

And then charged me hundreds of dollars for this.  *sigh*

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Mint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies - a fun and easy way to customize your cake mix cookies!

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As irritated as I was about the whole situation, by the time we returned home, I just needed something to be easy and reliable.

This is when I decided that making cake mix cookies was a brilliant idea.  They are always easy and reliable, they are easy to customize, and they are just plain tasty.

I customized this batch by adding peppermint extract and green food coloring, and rolling them in powdered sugar.  In stark contrast to my decision to go to the emergency room, the decision to make these cake mix cookies made me feel quite happy.

Mint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies - a fun and easy way to customize your cake mix cookies!Mint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies - a fun and easy way to customize your cake mix cookies!

In case you haven’t guessed it already, this cookie is the Cookie of the Month for March!


Check out what my cookie-loving friends made this month!

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Mint Crinkles from Jen’s Favorite Cookies


Mint Crinkles

A simple, mint-flavored cake mix cookie.
Cook Time10 mins
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • green food coloring *see notes


  • Combine butter, eggs and cake mix, mixing until well combined.
    Add ¼ cup powdered sugar, peppermint extract, and food coloring. Mix well.
  • Place remaining ¼ cup powdered sugar in a shallow dish. Roll dough into tablespoon-sized balls, roll in the powdered sugar to coat, and place on baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.
    Let cool before serving.


I use gel food coloring, which is very difficult to measure. You can use as much as you want to get the color you desire. If you use the liquid drops, you can expect a bit lighter cookie color.

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15 thoughts on “Mint Crinkles

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  4. Yum Girl

    This is Kelli AND Yum Girl – these look great and who knew you could make such great cookies with a cake mix? I can’t wait to add this recipe to 2 of our new categories because both “Cookies” and “Half-Way Homemade” have quickly become very popular! I’m really sorry about your son’s face, – there are certain parts of your body that can’t be “set” and that part of your face is one of them……poor kid. Hope he gets better soon!

  5. Nici

    These cookies look gorgeous! I’m a sucker for crinkle cookies. So sorry about your son’s accident. Hope he heals up quickly. At least he’ll have a great story to tell one day.

  6. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Yikes!!! Your poor son! That sounds excruciatingly painful…and the whole “doctor freaking out sending you to emergency and then being told there’s nothing they can do now please pay us ten million dollars” ordeal sounds just as painful! At least it inspired you to make easy ‘n delicious cookies. These look fabulous, Jen! It’s the perfect shade of green (not so “green” that it’s scary) and the crinkles on top are perfect. I’ve never made a cake mix cookie before but now I want to try! I’m sad I didn’t participate this month but I’m looking forward to April’s flavour.

  7. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking and More

    Oh my goodness, that sounds so painful!! I hope your son feels better. And yes, that stinks when in your gut you know there’s nothing that can be done except for things to heal themselves, but you end up paying for care anyway.
    Love your cookies! I still have yet to make cookies with cake mix and now I can’t wait to start.
    Happy Cookie of theMonth!

  8. Isabelle @ Crumb

    Children sure do like to keep us hopping, don’t they? My nephew managed to split his eyebrow open just before my wedding a couple of years ago… he ended up with a big gash and a black eye, and looked like a right ruffian in all of our photos. (And yes, totally adorable nonetheless.) 🙂 Hope your little lizard is on the mend soon.
    PS: These cookies look awesomely simple and totally delicious. Dying to try them out!

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