bake: Cotton Candy Cake Cookies

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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. 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!


  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!!


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