Cake Mix Cookies with Candy Corn M&Ms

With only a couple of days until Halloween, I thought I’d try to squeeze in one last trick-or-treat inspired dessert. When an MBA reader emailed me regarding Cake Mix Cookies, I knew exactly what I’d whip together to share with you. And they just so happen to be studded with Candy Corn M&Ms!

I honestly don’t know how Candy Corn M&Ms were able to steer off my radar for as long as they did, I mean – hello – I am a self-professed candy corn addict and I’m obsessed with everything that supposedly tastes like it. Case in point – Candy Corn Oreos.

A couple of weeks ago, I happened upon a festive display of Candy Corn M&Ms at Target and I was a little more excited than I care to admit publicly – yes, I have issues – we know this. Needless to say, I chucked a couple of bags of them into my Target cart.

Like the Candy Corn Oreos, the M&Ms aren’t overwhelming candy corny. I think Amber pretty much hit the nail on the head when she said they reminded her of Cotton Candy. They totally do and yes, in case you didn’t already guess – I also have a thing for cotton candy, so these are a total win in my book!

I used a simple recipe for Vanilla Cake Mix Cookies, tossed in a couple of tablespoons of Halloween sprinkles and finished the cookies off with a few Candy Corn M&Ms. Easy peasy! If cake mix isn’t your thing – no worries, just jazz up your favorite soft sugar cookie with the addition of sprinkles and M&Ms and you’ll have a delicious from scratch version of this recipe.

Regardless of the route you choose to take with this recipe, I hope these cute Cake Mix Cookies with Candy Corn M&Ms make your Halloween extra spooktacular!


Cake Mix Cookies

Yield: about 36 cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes


1 box Duncan Hines French Vanilla Cake Mix
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sprinkles (mine were orange, yellow and white)
Candy Corn M&Ms


1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine dry cake mix, eggs and oil. Beat on medium speed until mixture is well combined. Mix in sprinkles.

3. Use a small cookie scoop (2 teaspoons) to drop dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12.

4. Remove cookie sheet from oven and gently press a few Candy Corn M&Ms into the tops of each cookie. Be careful because the cookies and pan will be quite hot. Allow cookies to cool on pan for about 5 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.


- Cookies are best served the day they are made; however, cooled cookies will keep in a sealed container at room temp for up to two days.

Source: My Baking Addiction adapted from Duncan Hines

13 Responses to “Cake Mix Cookies with Candy Corn M&Ms”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Mmm these are lovely!


  2. Paula B. — October 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Yep, I thought you were somehow mistaken when you used the term candy corn and M and M’s together. How have I missed this? Must get right on the above recipe as soon as the hurricane/tropical storm gets done with us. While others rush out for essentials I will be trolling the aisles for any remaining candy corn M and M’s. Now, where am I most likely to find these little pretties???? Oh, and thanks for the inspiration!


  3. Cookbook Queen — October 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I LOVE cake mix cookies..and these are gorgeous!! Great use of Candy Corn M&Ms :)


  4. Debbie — October 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Your photos are wonderful


  5. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I love cake mix cookies – they are always so soft!


  6. Aimee @ Simple Bites — October 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I’ve never seen candy corn M&M’s up here. Why do you guys get all the cool stuff?? We are getting Target Canada, though, so maybe there is hope! ;)


  7. What a fun and festive cookie, I like that trick or treat ribbon around the milk bottle too.


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  10. natalie — October 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

    These look FANTASTIC! I’ve made similar ones but with chocolate cake mix and reese’s pieces – also delicious (you use a fork to press little “whiskers” into them and make them look like cats)
    And I love your pics!


  11. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. — November 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I too was blissfully ignorant of Candy Corn M&Ms until a week ago! Sadly, a teeny tiny hurricane has prevented me from trying them firsthand… I’ll have to take your word for it. Sniff.


  12. Tracy — November 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    These are adorable! Perfect for Halloween (or who I am kidding – after Halloween as well). ;-)


  13. Emely — November 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm



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