The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book, Review and Giveaway

My young teen baker and I have had SO much fun exploring and creating with The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book: More Than 375 Delectable Cookie Recipes That Begin with a Box of Cake Mix by Camilla Saulsbury.

This is a nice big book full of recipes in three sections: drop cookies, bar cookies, formed and filled cookies.

We have marked many recipes to try, and have actually made several, ranging from the simple peanut butter cookie, to the slightly more complex (and delicious) peanut butter fudge bars that came together in a snap. The easy recipe for cake balls is up next (in fact, we’ve made the cake and will be combining it with frosting and dipping them tomorrow).

If you have kids like mine who are always wanting to make something (or to eat something), it’s pretty easy to keep some of these basic ingredients on hand so that you are ready to whip them up.

But if you are looking for something original, you can turn to this cookbook as well. Included in the pages are recipes for

  • Lime in the Coconut Cookies
  • Orange Dreamsicle Cookies
  • Mocha-Cappuccino Cheesecake Bars
  • Benne Seed Crinkles

I think that this would make a fantastic gift idea for anyone who likes to bake: a tween or teen girl or boy, or a sister or mother — or for that matter, a sister or mother who does NOT like to bake, because the recipes are original and easy.

I could imagine wrapping up this book on top of a brand-new cookie sheet or bar pan and including two boxes of cake mix. How fun is that? I was going to do this for my sons teachers, but ended up doing something else, however I think I will do it at the end of the year, when they actually might have more time to bake with their families.

Go ahead and buy it now and start your holiday season off right. If you win the copy, I guarantee you’ll find someone else who will love it.

Leave a comment here if you’d like to win. We’ll announce the winner on December 5.

The winners of Razzle Dazzle Ruby are #21 mrsshukra and #24 Tina M.
And if you want a chance to win even more books, check out all of our current giveaways at 5 Minutes for Books, as well as last week’s column that is still open for entries: Hurry Less, Worry Less at Christmas.


  1. says

    Love this idea! I have a few favorite cake mix cookie recipes and always smile to myself when someone asks me for the recipe. I just love these quick and easy shortcuts because they are great for working moms and families who like to get everyone involved in baking. I would love to add this book to the shelf in my kitchen! Thanks a bunch for sharing.

  2. Margaret says

    I would love this cook book! My kids are always wanting to bake with me so this book would be a great treat thanks!


  3. kathees says

    got to have this book! my fav EASY doctoring up of a cake mix: cut 1/2 the oil add a whole banana and chop up/ throw in some milk and dark chocolate bars ( great way to get rid of that halloween candy surplus). bake as box directs. i’ve had several friends ask me for my recipe!

  4. says

    I was just thinking a few days ago that I wanted to make cake cookies but couldn’t remember how lol. I would definitely love this book! (So would my husband!)

  5. Suzanne R. says

    One of my most favorite memories is baking with my grandmother as a child. She has passed on, but everytime I pull out her old, stained cookie pans I smile. They are stained with the evidence of time spent laughing and loving. I would love to give this to my mother so she and my daughter can share similar memories!

  6. says

    Thank you for making a book like this for us domestically challenged individuals. I am not a from scratch kind of mother and I am finally coming to terms with this fact. I thank God for the cake mix; it helps moms like me still be the “cool” mom. I host many play dates, parties, and holiday events at our home and this book would definitely come in handy. I might even share the secret with other moms, might.

  7. says

    Having many children it is important to me to make sure that they know how to cook. This would be a great recipe book to add to my giant cookie recipe that also uses a cake mix. Something quick and easy that will encourage them to try new things.

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