Easter Chick Cookies

These lemon cake mix cookies are decorated as adorable Easter Chicks! These Easter Chick Cookies are so festive and simple, and they make a great Easter project for kids.
Course Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 -14 cookies
Author Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl


  • 6-7 orange candy slices
  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ c. shortening
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • yellow food coloring optional
  • 1-2 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 container prepared cream cheese frosting divided
  • orange food coloring


  1. The edges of the orange slices form a triangle, which makes for a perfect beak. Cut off about ¼ inch of the end of each orange slice, and set aside to use as beaks.
  2. To prepare cookies, in a large mixing bowl, beat together cake mix, eggs, shortening, and water until combined.
  3. Add several drops of yellow food coloring if you want the yellow color of the chicks to be brighter.
  4. Roll dough into 1.5-inch balls.
  5. Place on a parchment paper or silicone mat-lined cookie sheet two inches apart.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until edges of cookies are golden brown.
  7. Remove from heat, and while the cookies are still warm, press in two mini chocolate chips for the eyes. You only need to do this for half the cookies, since one will be the top of the sandwich, and the other will be the bottom.
  8. Remove cookies from cookie sheet to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Reserve and set aside about 3 tbsp. cream cheese frosting (eyeball it).
  10. Fill a parchment bag fitted with a star tip with the remaining cream cheese frosting.
  11. Pipe buttercream between two cookies, making sure each cookie sandwich has a cookie with chocolate chips on it.
  12. Tint the reserved cream cheese frosting with a few drops of orange food coloring.
  13. Using a parchment bag fitted with a #4 tip, on the cookies with chocolate chips, pipe orange frosting onto the bottom for the feet.
  14. Using a dot of orange frosting, 'glue' an orange slice beak onto each cookie just under the eyes.