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Easy St Patrick’s Day Crinkle Cookie Recipe

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This festive and oh-so-easy St Patrick’s Day Cookie Recipe is a fantastic holiday baking recipe to make with the kids. The St. Patrick’s Day Cookies are made using a cake mix cookie recipe so they couldn’t be easier to make.

St Patrick's Day Crinkle cookie recipe

St Patrick’s Day Cookies

Can you believe February is already over?   

It’s starting to warm up outside and our Spring Break is just around the corner!  “Luckily” for us, St. Patrick’s Day always falls during Spring Break. St Patrick’s Day is one of our favorite holidays to craft and bake for. Rainbows, leprechauns, pots of gold, the color green, etc…  what could be better? And these St Patricks day cookies need to be at the top of your baking list!

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This year, I’ve decided on these Easy St Patrick’s themed Crinkle Cookies. We’ve already made them once (a little early, I know…but who really needs an excuse for cookies?!) and I know we’ll be making them again closer to St Patrick’s Day.

  • Taste amazingEveryone loves these St. Patrick’s Day Cookies
  • Easy to make – A great cookie recipe to make with kids. This easy cookie recipe starts with a box of cake mix. IMO, cake mixes make for the best cookie baking hack ever! It makes the mixing and stirring so much easier because there’s no need for ten different ingredients spread out across the counter and uses fewer dishes.
  • Festive and fun – the bright green color of these cookies makes them perfect for St Patrick’s day get-together or even a class party.

st patrick's day cookies

Everyone loves these St. Patrick’s Day Crinkle Cookies, and bonus, they’re an easy cookie recipe to bake with kids. Personally, I love easy cookie and cake recipes that start with a box of cake mix.  It’s the best baking hack ever!  It makes the mixing and stirring so much easier because there’s no need for ten different ingredients spread out across the counter.

It’s better now that my kids are a little older but even just two years ago my kitchen would look like a tornado every time we tried to bake together! Other than eating the cookies (of course), the kids favorite part is rolling the dough into balls and then dipping them in the powdered sugar.  (Except for the multiple times I caught my son licking the sugar off the unbaked cookies – yep, those were his, lol.)

These easy St Patrick’s Day Crinkle Cookies cookies are so delicious and soft and chewy, just the way I like them.

Besides the cake mix, there are only 4 other ingredients so these might just take the award for easiest cookies ever. The food coloring could even be switched from green to another color to make these festive and appropriate for other celebrations as well.

St Patrick’s Day Cookies Ingredients + Notes

(Ingredients at a glance, you’ll find the full recipe with ingredient amounts in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.)

  • Box of white cake mix | I  prefer Betty Crocker cake mix, but any white or vanilla cake mix will work
  • Eggs | Eggs should be at room temperature for best results. Eggs make the crinkle cookies chewy and help bind everything together.
  • Vegetable oil | Oil gives the cookie a tender, slightly chewy texture. You can sub with a different oil (like olive or coconut) but keep in mind the oil may affect flavor. 
  • Confectioners sugar | You will roll the cookie balls in sugar before baking.
  • Optional (but recommended) | Green food color. For best results, I like to use the Wilton Gel Colors.

How to Make these St Patrick’s Day Crinkle Cookies

You’ll love how simple these cookies are to make!

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Mix cookie ingredients together. Chill dough for 15 to 30 minutes.
  3. Roll cookies into 1 inch balls and then roll the balls in powdered sugar completely.
  4. Place cookies onto a cookie sheet and slightly flatten with the bottom of a glass.
  5. Cook for 7-9 minutes or until the edges start to slightly brown.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool before serving.
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Recipe Tips:

  • Don’t skip the chilling, the cookies will be difficult to shape into balls and may turn out flatter than desired.
  • Scoop the dough with a cookie scoop and immediately drop it into the bowl of sugar before rolling. This will keep your hands from getting too sticky. Once shaped into a ball, give the ball a final roll in the sugar for the best coverage and prettiest result.
  • Don’t overbake these St Patrick’s Day Cookies, they should be very soft when they’re done. If you overbake (while still yummy) they will come out more cake-like.
  • Secret tip to keep the powdered sugar from melting away: If you want a heavy coating of powdered sugar on your cookies after baking, this extra step gives amazing results. Roll your cookie dough balls in a bowl of granulated sugar first. Then roll again in the confectioner’s sugar for that heavy finished coat of powdered sugar.

The best part about this cookie recipe is that you can use any flavor of cake mix.

  • Make lemon cookies using a lemon cake mix.
  • Chocolate cake mix for fudgy chocolate crinkle cookies.
  • Strawberry Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies for Valentine’s Day.
  • Vanilla cake mix plus any flavor extract with your favorite gel food color for a custom cookie.
  • Add mint extract, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit or sprinkles.


What Is A Crinkle Cookie?

Crinkle cookies have soft centers with crisp cracked edges. When baking, the tops of the crinkle cookies begin to dry out, resulting in a cracked surface. Coating the cookies with sugar helps draw out moisture from their surface, also accentuates the cracks for a “crinkled effect”

Can These Cookies Be Made Ahead Of Time?

Yes! Measure and roll the cookie dough into balls. Line the cookie dough balls up on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. The raw dough can be frozen for up to three months.

How To Store The St Patrick’s Day Cookies

Store baked cookies in an airtight container on the counter for 3 to 4 days.

To freeze already baked cookies: Let the cookies cool completely. Transfer them into an airtight container or a freezer bag with the air squeezed out. (I love my foodsaver for this.) Place sheets of parchment paper between the layers of cookies. For best results, use within 3 months.

Can You Make Cake Mix Cookies With Cool Whip?

Yes, there is an old cake mix cookie hack that a reader shared with me. You can substitute one of the eggs and oil for an 8 oz container of cool whip. I tried it and they were great!

Why Are My Cookies Flat?

A couple of reasons you might have flat cookies.

  1. Did you skip the chilling time? Cold cookie batter has less of a chance to flatten when cooking.
  2. If baking more than one batch, make sure your cookie sheet has time to cool. A warm cookie sheet will lead to flatter cookies.
  3. Using melted butter instead of oil will lead to a flatter crispier cookie.

Want more green/St. Patty’s Day recipes? Be sure to check these out!

Cake mix cookie recipes

If you’re looking for a fun, non-alcoholic way to celebrate the holiday or an easy cookie recipe to make any time, definitely try these St Patty’s Day Crinkle Cookies. You’ll love how yummy they taste and how quickly they disappear from your plate!

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Easy St Patrick's Day Crinkle Cookie

Easy St Patrick’s Day Cookie Recipe

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 22 to 24 cookies
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: oven


This Easy St Patrick’s Day Crinkle Cookie Recipe is a great baking recipe to do with kids! The festive and fun holiday cookies are made using a boxed cake mix so they couldn’t be easier to make.


  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1012 drops green food color
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Heat oven to 375.
  2. Mix cookie ingredients together. Chill dough for 15 to 30 minutes.
  3. Roll cookies into 1 inch balls and then roll the balls in powdered sugar completely.
  4. Place cookies onto a cookie sheet and slightly flatten with the bottom of a glass.
  5. Cook for 7-9 minutes or until the edges start to slightly brown.
  6. Allow to cool before serving.


To keep the powdered sugar from melting away during the baking process, you can roll the chilled dough in granulated sugar first and then a second time in confectioners sugar.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 99
  • Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 21
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 2

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