Easy Vanilla Cookies with Starburst Candy Corn


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Sometimes, it’s nice to surprise my girls (and the husband) with a little weekend treat. They had a movie afternoon while the littlest was asleep and had no idea what I was up to. I thought it would be fun to whip up some Starburst inspired sugar-esque cookies.

Easy Vanilla Cookies with Starburst Candy Corn

They were a huge hit and of course, in true to me form, very, very easy to make.

Easy Vanilla Cookies from Cake Mix with Starburst Candy Corn

I used a classic white cake mix as my base, and instead of using the ingredients to make it a cake, I added

  • 1/3 cup oil (you could use apple sauce)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 box of classic white cake mix
I mixed everything together by hand and had my batter in about 3 minutes. Since I wanted them to look like Starbursts, I added a little red food coloring to give them a pinkish-orangish color that went with all of the Starburst candy corns. To tie it all in even more, I added some pink, red, yellow and red+ yellow (to make orange) sprinkles to each of the cookies, so they would all have a color-theme. I’m crafty like that.

Easy Vanilla Cookies from Cake Mix with Starburst Candy Corn

Those bad boys went in a 375 degree preheated oven for only 6-8 minutes (6 was best for us). While they were cooking, I sorted the Starburst candy corns by color, they they would match their respective sprinkles.

Easy Vanilla Cookies from Cake Mix with Starburst Candy Corn

Right when the cookies came out of the oven, they were still very soft. I quickly pressed one Starburst candy corn into each of the cookies and allowed them to cool on an cooling rack (which kept the candy corn pressed into the middle).

Then super sweet candy corn was just the the right pop of fruity flavor to go with the not nearly as sweet vanilla flavored cookies. And, of course, they were a nice movie treat for the girls and Mr. Serious. (Yes, I might have had one, or two or three as well).

Easy Vanilla Cookies with Starburst Candy Corn


  • 1/3 cup oil (you could use apple sauce)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 box of classic white cake mix
  • sprinkles
  • food coloring
  • Starburst Candy Corns
  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Mix oil, eggs and cake mix together by hand
  • Add food coloring if desired
  • Roll batter into 1″ balls and place on cookie sheet
  • Sprinkle with sugar sprinkles if desired
  • Bake for about 6 minutes
  • Remove from oven and press Candy Corns into center while cookies are warm
  • Place on cooling rack
  • Enjoy

I was inspired to make these cookies by a series of Tori Spelling’s Tasty Tips for Halloween Entertaining. The and were definitely my favorites of her edible creations and the would look great on a doorway for Halloween.

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    1. These are super sweet and fruity. They taste just like a starburst…not like a traditional candy corn at all!

  1. grandma pat says:

    These look yummy and easy. Unfortunately there are only Joe and I to eat them when I make them.

    1. Freeze some for later. It only made the 24 cookies you see here.

      Or bring them to work:)

    1. It makes it a million times easier..and doesn’t make a million cookies (which could be good or bad, depending on the occasion). The box is a perfect 2 dozen:)

  2. They look so pretty and fancy. Starburst are one of my all time favorites so I will have to give these a try. Yum!

    1. Fabulous! Yes, I think this is the first year they’ve made them. They are super sweet and fruity, but so much better than the regular ones!

  3. This is a new recipe for me.
    I know my kids would love it and I myself would like to taste it.

    1. It’s so easy, too. They could definitely help out if not do it completely on their own!

  4. What fun and things like this really make a fun memory for the family by baking them together and eating them.

    1. Most definitely. The girls usually like to cook with me, but I wanted to surprise them this time. We’ve totally done a very similar recipe together, too because it’s so easy and quick for them that they don’t lose interest.

  5. These look so yummy! I have some of this candy on hand and will be making party favors with it soon!

    1. That’s totally what I was thinking (joint birthday party in a couple weeks here!)…or maybe I’ll make them for us to munch on during the party!

  6. Would you believe I’ve never tried candy corn? These look yummy!

    1. I wouldn’t! But, having said that, these are nothing like the usual candy corns. These are fruity and delicious (and you can only eat a couple). The regular ones don’t have a flavor, and are sort of just super sugary!

  7. I always see people making cookies with box cake mix, but I’ve always been too scared to try it! Maybe rethinking this!

    1. I’m definitely not a cake/cookie expert. They aren’t crispy like some cookies, but aren’t mushy, either. I’d recommend giving it a try:)

  8. It doesn’t get much easier than that. I love the idea of using cake mix as a base. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  9. Jennifer Marie says:

    starbust candy corn? never heard of it! Yum-and the cookies look great too!

  10. MMMM Looks delicious – I didn’t know Starburst made candy corn – will have to get some

  11. These look cute, and would be an easy treat for kids to make too.

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