bake: Cotton Candy Cake Cookies


Cotton Candy Cake Cookies @mamamissblog ©2012 #cottoncandy #cookies


ooooooh weeee, I {LOVE} me some cotton candy!  So much so, that my mom bought me one of those cotton candy machines, you know, one of those fun nostalgia-esqe ones that can sit on a table.  It’s a bit over-the-top, and I have MAYBE used it once (it sits in our loft in the garage, well, that’s if the hubs didn’t secretly toss it out – HA!), but IT ROCKS!!!!

I {LOVE} cotton candy sooo much, it is my favorite part of going to Disney World!  I buy loads of it the last day we are there to load up the suitcase.  There is nothing like some really good cotton candy – Disney does it good!  The store-bought foil bagged version is okay, if you are desperate and need your cotton candy fix, but it’s just okay; I’d rather have the real stuff any day :)

My last baking store purchase involved buying cotton candy & piña colada flavoring used for candy and baking – YUM!

So, when better than the present to experiment with the ol’ cotton candy flavoring?

I can’t stand it!  These are SO yummy and they are Hubs x 2 and kiddo x 4 approved (my family & a friends family).  Don’t worry, I didn’t suddenly grow another husband & 2 more kids :).

I experimented with the consistency a little.  Because cotton candy is light & fluffy I wanted to emulate that in a cookie.

Lo & behold my “cotton candy cake cookie”!

bake: Cotton Candy Cake Cookies

Yield: Approximately 36 cookies.

These cookies are so light and fluffy and they perfectly emulate cotton-candy in taste, texture, and smell.


1 (15.25 oz.) box vanilla cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
1 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
pink sanding sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a mixing bowl stir together the cake mix, baking powder, and flavoring packet.
  3. Add eggs to bowl, stirring them in one at a time.
  4. Add vegetable oil & water to bowl; stir until well blended.
  5. Add 1/2 tsp. liquid flavoring; combine until completely blended.
  6. Drop by spoonfuls onto a pre-greased cookie sheet.
  7. Sprinkle cookies with sanding sugar.
  8. Bake for 11 minutes or until edges are brown.
  9. Allow to cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet.
  10. Cut out circles with 2 1/4”(58mm) circle cutter (I used this)
  11. Transfer with spatula to cooling rack to cool completely.

Cotton Candy Cake Cookies @mamamissblog ©2012 #cottoncandy #cookies

Cotton Candy Cake Cookies @mamamissblog ©2012 #cottoncandy #cookies

Cotton Candy Cake Cookies @mamamissblog ©2012 #cottoncandy #cookies

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  1. I followed the recipe exactly but it is so runny!!!! What did I do wrong!!!

  2. I used two packets of the frosting mix instead of the liquid flavoring to keep costs down and these cookies were so cute and yummy–it also gave a more intense color!
    Also, this was probably the quickest and easiest cookie I have ever made. Definitely a cute recipe that I will keep in my arsenal forever.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. How do they get the green color? It there a way to make them be pink? I’m thinking these would be perfect for my daughter’s pinkalicious party!

  4. Kelly,

    You HAVE heard of the flavor, but you call it Fairy Floss (my husband is from Canberra). The frosting packets are 99 cents at my local supermarket, but you may be able to find them on Doubt they’d be cheap, though. Good luck!


  5. Brittany DeShazo says:

    Where did you find the cotton candy liquid flavoring? I checked several different stores and nowhere has it.

    • Hi Brittany! I actually got mine at a little mom & pop shop in my hometown, but the last two times I stopped by, they were out. So, when I need it next I’ll be ordering it through Amazon, which seems to be the cheapest place to purchase ( Hope that helps :)

      • I just made this recipe. My only question is, is the batter suppose to be so runny?

      • Hi Nicole! Kinda of, but not really…when I dropped them by spoonfuls they were thick enough that I could place them by spoonfuls, separated, but as I baked them they merged together like in my one photo. I apologize I don’t have any pictures during (I was experimenting & wasn’t expecting them to turn out – haha – but they did – they are delish!). So to answer your question – they are not as solid, as say, the batter for chocolate chip cookies, but they aren’t as runny, as say, Greek yogurt, does that make sense? I hope so! I guess it’s time to remake these guys pretty soon here & do some more experimentation to thicken the batter up a bit :) xx

  6. Hi I am in Australia and haven’t heard of the flavour mix cotton candy. However I can get the essence. Can I leave out the frosting flavour thing will it still work without it?

    • I think so Kelly – not sure though, I’ve only tried it the one way. You could always try! Let me know how it works out :) xx

  7. OMG! I’m obsessed with cotton candy and even had it at my wedding. I have all these ingredients in my pantry, including the cotton candy flavoring (obsessed I tell ya). I’m going to try to make some this weekend:) Thanks for sharing!!

  8. I also had trouble finding the cotton candy flavoring. Unfortunately, I did not give myself enough time to order it on Amazon. However, I found some bubblegum flavoring at Hobby Lobby. Seems to have worked fine. The cookies are delicious. Thanks for the recipe!!

  9. These are SO cute! I love cotton candy so much, and anything covered in sprinkles of course :)

  10. Having no luck finding the cotton candy flavoring and short on time for ordering it thru amazon… Will adding an extra flavor packet suffice????

  11. This looks amazing! They don’t sell cotton candy frosting flavor mix in Ottawa Canada, so I’m completely out of luck. Going to have to make a trip down to buy the stuff. LOL. I pinned this.

    • poo – maybe try Amazon or Ebay? Crossing my fingers they will release it there soon! Thanks for stopping by & pinning anyway :) xx ♥ m

    • Just saw your comment – from small town Caledonia, ON and stumbled across the Duncan Hines flavor packets in our local Zehrs grocery store (Loblaws chain) – had all the flavours .99/pack! Couldn’t believe we had it – checked Walmart today – they didn’t have it. Hopefully you can find it out your way!

  12. Great stuff here…WTG super momma.

  13. Sheilah Kearney says:

    If you freeze your cotton candy it will last a looooooog time. Just bring it to room temp before eating it! A cotton candy vendor at our state fair told me told me this trick! And then sold me a bunch of cotton candy on the last day for 50 cents s bag! Had cotton candy for overt a year and the last bag tasted as good as the first!

    • Soooooo awesome Sheilah! Thank you! Not that I ever have left over cotton candy – haha – maybe I’ll be as lucky as you one day :) xx ♥ m

  14. I found the cotton candy flavoring on . It was only a couple dollars, free shipping.

  15. Is thecottoncandy liquid flavoring really important cauwe I can’t find it anywhere is there anything ro substutute for it

  16. I am also a super cotton candy lover!!! Just so you know you can buy cotton candy perfume it’s called Pink Sugar!!! The best stuff ever!!

    • hehe Tricia! I think most of us secretly are ;) And now I’ll be on the hunt for that perfume!!! eeeek – I can’t wait to smell like cotton candy too!!!! Thanks for stopping by & leaving some comment love :) xx ♥ m

  17. WHOA. I found you via Pinterest and I have NEVER met anyone who had a passion for cotton candy like you…………………..other than ME! Which is why I stalked you. JK, I just came to this post! But I didn’t know this product existed (the flavor mixes) and now I’m afraid! I might eat this for every meal. Yikes.

    I’m so excited!

    Here’s the craziest thing I did for my love of cotton candy (do you know they call it fairy floss in Aus?? so cute)…I made cotton candy perfume in little domes filled with glitter like a snowglobe. \m/

    Nice to meet you!

    • tehehee Stephanie! I {heart} cotton candy sooooo very much, can you tell?!! OMG you need to send me a pic (& send me some!) of your cotton candy perfume – sounds like perfection!!! True story…you just reminded me that I also own cotton candy perfume (I had forgotten about it!) – HA! (Demeter Fragrance sells the cotton candy perfume I own {}) You & I, two cotton candy junkies!!! Thanks for stopping by :) xx ♥ m

  18. where do you get that flavoring at? im in florida!

    • Hello Ruthann!! I got the cc liquid flavoring from a little market by my parents house in DE, but I’ve seen it at specialty bake shops & kitchen stores too. Amazon also sells it as well { The Duncan Hines powder flavoring I purchased at Target, but I have seen it everywhere, the grocery store, Walmart, basically anywhere that sells Duncan Hines products. Hope that helps :) Thanks for stopping by!! xx ♥ m

  19. Hi!

    I just found this recipe on Pinterest and fell in love! I am having a cupcake themed party for my little girl who is turning One very soon. I’d love to make these but since I am in Australia and I don’t have a lot of time to get the “Cotton Candy Flavored Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Flavor Mix” (I can’t find any in Oz! it all has to come from o/s) would I be able to add the liqiud flavouring to both elements of the recipe (provided I get the frosting thick enough to compensate of course) or will it not work?

  20. Wow! These look so fun! I thought of your playdough today when my daughter’s hands smelled like cotton candy (random, I know). What a fun cotton candy experience you have had! thanks for sharing at The Sunday Showcase!

  21. Ohmygosh! My mouth is watering- these look so good! I can’t wait to make them- I know my son will eat these up just as quick as I can make them- He’s a cotton candy fanatic too!!

  22. cheeriosandlattes1 says:

    I love it! Thank you so much for posting on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you’ll be back this week to link up some more great ideas! Have a great rest of the week!

  23. Oh YUM!! These are beautiful & delicious looking too! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Looking forward to seeing you linked up again tomorrow =-)

  24. Featuring your cake cookies on this weeks All Star Block Party!

  25. I love cotton candy, but these are really beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  26. Cotton candy is one of my favorite flavors! I just have to try these cookies! Thanks so much for linking up to Tip Toe thru Tuesday! I have chosen to feature you as one of my fav’s this week so stop by and grab a button!

  27. I love how these cookies look – Super Cute!

  28. I stumbled across your post at the Saturday Show and Tell–I couldn’t help but click on a recipe for cookies that taste like cotton candy! Thank you for sharing!
    -Rachael from The Rehomesteaders

  29. Look yummy & cute! I would love for you link this up at my first LINK PARTY!

    • Thanks Renee!! And, thanks for stopping by :) I am just now catching up with my correspondence & have missed your link party for Tuesday 8/28 :(
      But I’ll make a note to head on over to you this coming week & link up for your 2nd party!! :)

      xx ♥ m

  30. These look amazing! Thanks so much for linking up at Whimsy Wednesdays. I noticed that you have bloglovin so I’m following via bloglovin now. If you’re interested, I’m hosting my monthly bloglovin blog hop at I’d love for you to join in.

  31. Wow, these sound like a keeper. Just pinned them–I know my son would love them.

  32. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper says:

    Hmmm, these sound like a keeper. I just pinned the recipe for a future Cookie Time Tuesday share. I know my son would go nutty over these for sure. Great recipe.

    • Thanks Lindy! I can’t wait for you to try them – they were so yummy, I’m super excited they turned out so well :) Would love to see your pics if you make them :) Thanks for stopping by!!

      xx ♥ m

  33. I’m sorry, did I read that right? You can buy cotton candy flavoring?! Where? Where? Oh Where? I might have to begin a quest. lol

    • oh my goodness YES! Renee! When I saw it, I said “I MUST HAVE THIS”, I think they might have even had bubble gum too…heehe…I’ve almost used up both little vials! Who runs out of cotton candy flavoring, ME, that’s who, hahaha :)

      xx ♥ m


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