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These easy 4th of July Cookies are made with cake mix, white chocolate chips, festive sprinkles and red, white and blue M&M’s. An easy dessert perfect for Independence Day!

patriotic 4th of July cookies with sprinkles and m&m's on the table.

You can never have too much red white and blue food at your Fourth of July celebration! Whether you are hosting a cookout or having a small family party, you need some fun desserts. And this easy cookie recipe is perfect for any patriotic holiday, including Memorial Day or Veterans Day!

I’m all about easy recipes, I so used a box of cake mix to make these Fourth of July cookies. Cake mix makes soft, chewy cookies every time. Plus, it is a great base for so many different cookie flavors. Throw in colorful sprinkles, candy and white chocolate, and you have a festive cookie for the Fourth!

If you like cookies from cake mix, Be sure to check out these St Patrick’s Day cookies or chocolate cake mix cookies or strawberry crinkle cookies, and even more easy cookie recipes your family will love.

cake mix, white chocolate chips, m&m's, milk, butter, eggs, sprinkles.


You only need a few simple ingredients for these July 4th cookies. Full amounts are in the printable recipe card below.

  • Cake mix — yellow cake mix or white cake mix works best. I used vanilla flavor for these, so I didn’t add any vanilla extract. You can add vanilla if you are using plain cake mix.
  • Eggs — large eggs
  • Milk — to thin out the dough a little
  • Butter — You’ll need to melt butter, but you can use vegetable oil if you prefer.
  • White chocolate chips
  • Red white and blue sprinkles — added to the mix for a burst of color, kind of like fireworks. I found these at Walmart.
  • Red white and blue M & M’s — I like to add the candies right after the cookies come out of the oven so the colors don’t run too much.

How to Make 4th of July Cookies

First, beat the eggs with an electric mixer in a large mixing bowl. Alternately, you can use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Add the cake mix, milk and melted butter, and mix until well combined.

mix cookie dough ingredients with hand mixer.

Next, use a spatula to gently mix in the sprinkles. If you use a mixer for this, it will break up the candies too much.

stir sprinkles in cookie dough with star spatula.

Scoop up a tablespoon of cookie dough, and place dough on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, foil or silicone baking mats for easy clean up. Keep the cookie dough balls about 2 inches apart, as they will spread out. Don’t press down on the dough as this will make the cookies too flat.

cookie dough balls on baking sheet.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. When the edges are firm, they are ready to come out of the oven. The centers may be soft, but they will firm up as the cookies cool. Place a few M&M’s into the warm cookies, and allow them to cool. You can remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.

red white and blue cake mix cookies on plate.


Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They keep fresh for 4-5 days. You can freeze the cookies for up to 3 months — they freeze and thaw well. You can also make ice cream sandwiches — another fun dessert!

Recipe Tip

Don’t press cookies down before baking as they will be too flat.

Don’t over bake — they are done when the edges are firm and a light golden brown.

Add the M&M candies right after baking so the colors don’t run.

More 4th of July Recipes

Looking for more patriotic recipes? Try Red White and Blue Puppy Chow or Red White and Blue Cheesecake Salad, Patriotic Popcorn, Pretzels, Bark or our favorite Red White and Blue Poke Cake.

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4th of July Cookies

By: Dee
These easy 4th of July Cookies are made with cake mix, white chocolate chips, festive sprinkles and red, white and blue M&M's. An easy dessert perfect for Independence Day!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1 box white cake mix
  • cup melted butter or oil
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup red white and blue sprinkles
  • m&m candies
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  • Preheat oven to 350℉
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, and lightly beat with hand mixer
  • Add the cake mix, melted butter and milk, and mix well
  • Use a tablespoon to scoop batter out and drop on baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between cookies
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm and tops are slightly cracked 
  • Remove from oven, and place 3 or 4 M&M's on top of the warm cookies. Allow to cool slightly, then remove cookies from baking sheets, and allow to cool completely on a wire rack or counter



Batter may be sticky, so using parchment paper or foil or silicone baking mats is recommended.
If your house is warm and the dough is too soft, you can chill dough for 10-15 minutes.
Don’t press down on the dough balls, as this will make the cookies too flat.


Calories: 105kcal

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Yvonne says:

    What fun! The grandkids wanted to help make these! We had just bought the red white and blue ingredients at the store so we were set! Yummy too!5 stars