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Creative Cookie Ideas For Parties

Creative Cookie Ideas For Parties

In a hurry? Did you know that you can use almost any packaged cake mix to create some delicious cookie treats. Here are a couple of ideas. 

Jiffy holiday cookie bites. 

To one package yellow cake mix add 2/3 cup quick cooking oats, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 egg and 1/2 cup of holiday colored m&ms. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart on un-greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Place immediately onto wire racks to cool. While cooling, mix 1 cup of confectioners sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 to 2 teaspoons of milk to make a frosting that you can drizzle over the cookies. Frosting should flow freely from a spoon. 

Options: You can make many substitutions to this simple recipe. Try these instead of the m&m candies.

  • dried red and green cherries
  • raisins and nuts
  • dried cranberries and pistachios
  • chocolate chips
  • other flavors of baking chips
  • crushed hard candies
  • Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies


To one package chocolate cake mix add 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 egg and 2 tablespoons of milk. Stir in one cup of dark chocolate chips and one cup of milk chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets or line sheets with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Heat one small container of dark chocolate or white frosting in the microwave for about one minute. Stir. Frosting should be slightly runny. Drizzle over cookies. Optionally you could drizzle both light and dark frosting to create a pleasing pattern. Let cool completely before serving. 

Options: You can mix and match your chocolate chips any way you like. Try the mint chocolate chips for a surprising treat. You can also sandwich cookies using marshmallow cream or try peanut butter. 

Try these if you have a little more time. 

Oatmeal Cranberry Treats 

  • You will need
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel and
  • 1 1/2 cups of vanilla or white chocolate chips


Cream the butter, sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl. Add in the fruit, peel and chips, stirring them in to be sure they are lightly coated and mixed well. I suggest doing this by hand as a mixer can turn the fruit and chips to mush. Add the two mixtures together. Drop by teaspoons an inch apart onto greased baking sheets or sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees about 10-12 minutes or until the edges have turned a golden brown. Cool on wire racks. These don’t need a frosting, but you could sprinkle them with a cinnamon sugar mixture while warm. 

BONUS: With guests pulling into the drive way, you can still put out a special treat. Keep several bags of inexpensive cookie favorites on hand for emergencies. Melt a bag of chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave as directed on the bag. While the chips are melting, get out that pretty platter and the cookies. Once the chocolate is melted, dip the cookies about half way up, into the chocolate. Place on wax paper to cool for a few minutes. You could also sprinkle shredded coconut or chopped nuts onto the warm chocolate. Or you could use white chocolate and sprinkle with colored sugars for a really festive tray. To hurry cooling, place in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Everyone will know what an amazing hostess you are when you emerge with a platter full of these ‘homemade’ treats. 

Cooking, while a science of sorts, is one of those places where you can express yourself and release your creativity. Any of these versions will make you the hit of the party, so go ahead. Grab your supplies and get baking. 

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