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Fall Funfetti Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

by Courtney on October 18, 2010

I’m such a sucker for fall-related food and candy items. :oops: While grocery shopping a couple weeks ago, I came across this festive Betty Crocker box…


and didn’t even think twice about tossing it into my cart! I had a feeling it would come in quite handy for this past weekend’s Fall Festival festivities, and it sure didn’t disappoint. Since cookies are often easier to “grab and eat” than cupcakes are, I decided to use my quick & easy Cake Mix Cookies recipe:

Cake Mix Cookies:

1 box of your favorite cake mix

1/4 cup oil

1/4 water

1 egg

Mix all ingredients together. Drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Since part of what really drew me in to the picture of the cake was the orange frosting, I decided that it would be a necessity on my cookies. After looking through my cookbook binder, I came across a recipe that I had completely forgotten about, yet is super delicious!

I don’t even know where the recipe came from…it’s just on a random piece of paper that looks like I printed out at some point? Either way, it doesn’t matter where it came from. All that matters is that it’s extremely yummy.


Orange Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened (you can also use 1/3 less fat)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 tsp orange food coloring


Blend the cream cheese, butter, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla in a large bowl, using an electric mixer set at medium speed, until smooth. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and creamy, about 3 more minutes. Add the food coloring and gently stir until the color is uniform. Chill the frosting until read to spread.


I think it’s important to make sure that you add the orange food coloring, just so people may have an idea that it’s actually orange flavored. The orange flavor is subtle, not too overpowering, but a great complement to the creamy, cream cheese base.


With festive sprinkles! :)


This frosting actually pairs really well with anything chocolate. I had originally used this recipe with both chocolate cupcakes and brownies, and I actually think I like the frosting better with those. While it was great (and festive) on the funfetti cookies, the sweetness of the orange frosting was missing the richness of something chocolaty. And when do we ever need an excuse to eat anything chocolaty? ;)


Is your mouth watering yet??? ;)

Question for the Afternoon:

Chocolate or Vanilla? :-P

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1 Chicago Cuisine Critique October 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

These cookies look great!


2 adventuresofpretendcook October 18, 2010 at 11:06 am

Those cookies look so festive. That frosting sounds delicious! I can’t eat right now because I’m having a physical later and you are making me so hungry. :)


3 Jess October 18, 2010 at 11:19 am

vanilla! I’ve never been a huge chocolate fan. I love funfetti cookies/cake etc:)


4 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

Those look REALLY good! I’m more of a vanilla fan when it comes to cake. I don’t really like chocolate in baked form. In candy form – you betcha!


5 Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 18, 2010 at 11:38 am

My mouth is definitely watering! I love funfetti, I love cake mix cookies, and I love cream cheese frosting!


6 Shanna, like Banana October 18, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I have not seen that box yet! I hope our grocery stores have it!

Vanilla ;)


7 Kelly October 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm



8 Shayla October 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Yummy! They look delicious!

Well it depends on the food – if it’s cookies, ice cream, or frozen yogurt, then it has to be vanilla!! But when it comes to frosting, I do love chocolate! For some reason I just do not like chocolate ice cream, frozen yogurt, etc. I can tend to be very picky when it comes to my sweet treats! ;)


9 Courtney October 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Oh my gosh, ME TOO! I can’t stand any kind of chocolate in my ice cream or frozen yogurt, or even in cheesecakes, but I LOVE chocolate cake & frosting. Too funny!


10 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm

i posted about these cake mix cookies before, too. SO, so good!


11 Exercise and Eat October 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm

My mouth is absolutely watering! You’ve inspired me to go out and buy more own box of this!


12 Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) October 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Chocolate all the way!! Those cookies look delicious!


13 Vanessa October 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I’m a vanilla kinda gal. I’ve never been a chocolate person. But white chocolate I like (however, it’s not real chocolate). Your cookies look delicious!!


14 Katy October 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Vanilla all the way!!!

However, today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day (no joke!) so I made chocolate cupcakes today for my friends. :)


15 leashieloo October 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Eee! I love Funfetti! And I must admit that I slightly geeked out when I saw the picture of the fall themed cake. Your cookies look awesome!


16 CaSaundra October 19, 2010 at 9:59 am

Love the looks of these–cake mix cookies have always been a favorite of mine, because I like my cookies with a more cake-like texture!


17 Evan @swEEts October 20, 2010 at 10:04 am

Total chocolate girl here, but I really like the sound of these cookies!


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