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Pancake Mix Cookies

Try this pancake mix cookie recipe for easy holiday, or any day, baking! My family and I love making sugar cookies. It is fun to roll them, cut out the shapes and decorate them. Sugar cookies are always a hit at my house.

The only thing that wasn’t so much fun for us was the time it took to actually make up the dough. My old recipe required several ingredients that all had to be made in stages. Fortunately for me, my friend Kim told me I could make cookies out of pancake mix! Whoa, what a game changer.

I’ve experimented with a couple of different cookie recipes made with pancake mix and have settled on one in particular that seems to work pretty well. I estimate that this recipe (especially if I just make the drop cookies) has shaved off at least 30 minutes of work, plus the time in the fridge that the dough normally takes to chill.

The nice thing about using the eFoodsDirect pancake mix is that it is sealed well and has an extended shelf life, making it ease to store until needed.


3 c eFoodsDirect pancake mix

1/2 c sugar

1/2 c brown sugar

1 egg

1/3 c water

2 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a large mixing bowl, first combine the dry ingredients and then add in the egg, water and vanilla. Mix together.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a tablespoon or a cookie scoop, drop the cookie dough on to the lined baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 8 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden. Remove the baking sheet from the oven.

The cookies will be rounded. Flatten the cookies with a spatula and then return them to the oven to bake for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from oven, place the cookies on a cooling rack and allow them to cool before decorating.

That is the basic pancake cookie recipe. There are many variations of this basic cookie that you can try. Take a look below for some more suggestions or experiment on your own and post your favorite recipe in the comments below.

Variations for pancake cookies recipe:

  • Use almond extract in place of the vanilla extract.
  • Skip the step that calls for flattening the cookies. Add an extra 2 minutes to bake time.
  • When the cookies are cool, dip the cookie balls in melted chocolate and then sprinkles, marshmallow bits or your favorite topping. Place on parchment paper until the chocolate sets.
  • Roll the dough into balls before baking. Then roll each cookie dough ball in a cinnamon and sugar or cocoa powder. Bake as directed.
  • Mix 2/3 cup of chocolate chips into the cookie dough before baking.



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