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Zombie Cookies

These are not your average cake mix cookies. These Zombie Cookies are creepy and ghastly - just like the undead who want to eat your brains.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix, cookies, halloween, zombie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill 30 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Servings 24 cookies


  • 8 ounces cream cheese - room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter - room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • food coloring - in purple and green
  • sprinkles - optional
  • confectioner's sugar
  • candy eyeballs


  • Combine the cream cheese, butter, egg and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl. Beat together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the cake mix and stir slowly until just combined.
  • Divide the batter into two bowls.
  • Add the food coloring and any desired sprinkles to each bowl and mix until the color is uniform throughout and the sprinkles are evenly distributed.
  • Cover and chill each color of dough for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Roll 2-3 tablespoon-sized portions into balls and then roll those in the confectioner's sugar to coat.
  • Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and press them down slightly but don't completely flatten.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Add the candy eyes to each of the cookies immediately after removing from the oven before they cool - pressing them in just deep enough so they don't fall out.
  • Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.