I bet you can’t eat just one

This just might be one of the easiest ( & most favorite) cookie recipes I have ever made.  They are so good I even got some of the healthiest people I know to eat them all up, leaving the kids with just a few.  OK, let me explain.

For the kids (I thought)

We were having a fun BBQ and get together with some sweet friends and their kids at my brother and sis-in-laws house.  Honestly as much as I am over there we should just start calling it my second home.  Anyway my brother was going to grill and I told them I would bring dessert. 

The trick to this get together was that the guests own a local cross fit gym here in town, where my sis-in-law works out at, and I didn’t think they were going to be partaking so I decided to make treats for the kids.  I figured if their kids were anything like my niece and nephew cookies were a good way to go especially if sprinkles and M&M’s were involved.

Well little did I know the adults were going to indulge in them WAY more than the kids…good thing I made a ton!

Sprinkles or M&M’s…or both?

Now I am not one to discriminate between a sprinkle or a M&M, I mean a little sprinkle and a little M&M in a cookie makes it a happy cookie in my opinion, but not so much in my nephews opinion.  You see Wesley, he likes just M&M’s on his cookies and he likes sprinkles on his ice cream.  Being that I thought I was making the cookies for the kids I decided to make 1/2 with sprinkles and 1/2 with M&M’s that way everyone could be happy.

Evidently the adults were happy with the sprinkles and M&M’s as well.

The perfect size

One of the things I love most about these super tender and cute cookies is their size…they are 2 bites (or 3) of yummy goodness.

The key to making them the perfect size is to press them down just a little once you get them onto the baking sheet.  I used a small cookie scoop to get them on the pan and then took a piece of parchment paper and gently pressed them down using the bottom of a juice cup, or you could use your hand.  I found the parchment paper helped keep the cookies shape as the dough is really sticky and without it everything gets pretty messy.

After they are flattened just a bit you can pile on the sprinkles or M&M’s, or whatever topping you prefer.  Some chopped up peanut butter cups or butterfingers would be good too.

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36 cookies

Cream Cheese Cookies

Rich little cookies that are loaded with tons of flavor without a ton of work or time.

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla bean extract (or vanilla extract)
1 egg
1 box yellow cake mix (or any variety you prefer)
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1-2 cups chocolate chips, mini M&M's and/or sprinkles (or any toppings you prefer)


Preheat oven to 325
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, set aside
In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth
Add in vanilla and egg, mixing until combined, scraping down the sides as needed
Mix in cake mix, mixing until just combined
Stir in chocolate chips
Using a small cookie scoop place mounds of dough onto prepared pans
Gently press down to make about 1/2 inch thick
Top with M&M's, sprinkles or additional chocolate chips
Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until bottoms and sides of cookies just start to brown
Remove and let cool for 4-5 minutes on pan


Use whatever variety of chocolate chips you prefer or candy pieces to make these cookies perfect for you and your family.



3113 cal


233 g


240 g


40 g
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It’s all about the secret ingredients

I am all about shortcuts in recipes and throwing a little something extra to make it extra special, but these cookies have 2 special ingredients.

First is the cream cheese.  I love adding in cream cheese to cookies as it really adds a richness and creaminess to the cookie.  The second is cake mix.  Yes the boxed kind.  Normally I make everything from scratch but I have to tell you the cake mix in these cookies is really what makes these so yummy.

I used a yellow cake mix, but you can use whatever variety you prefer.  For some extra fun use a confetti version or a devils food one for a double chocolate cookie.  Get creative and have fun with it.

Just so you know as the gym owners were scarfing down the cookies one of them asked what made these so delicious and when I told them they kinda looked at me side ways but them laughed and kept eating.

It is time to break out the sprinkles and M&M’s and have some fun this weekend with these cookies.  Trust me they will be devoured in no time.

Make sure and take some pics and let me know what you think and tag me @sparklesnsprouts so we can all see your version!!

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