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These soft & chewy easy Canada Day cookies are made with cake mix and red and white M&Ms candies, so they’re the perfect no-fuss treat to bring to parties, BBQs, and picnics on July 1!

close-up of a Canada Day cookie made with cake mix and red and white M&Ms

Ok, so this post is definitely pretty last-minute. I’ve seen the “Oh Canada!” M&Ms at Safeway for the last little while, so I had to pick some up. They’ve been sitting in my pantry, semi-forgotten. It took me this long to think up these cookies. *facepalm*

What better way is there to use up M&Ms than in cookies, though amirite?!

These limited edition ones are pretty fun, I have to say. Red and white themed food is pretty classic for Canada Day. Oh, and this is not a sponsored post. I just happen to like them! 🙂

mixing bowl with cookie dough and red and white Canada Day M&M's

It may be a surprise to some of you that I live in Canada (most of you lovely people who read my blog are from our neighbor down south). Now you know!

On July 1 we celebrate Canada’s birthday – it turns 151 this year. Canada Day is quite similar to July 4 in that we have fireworks, parades, get a day off work, and just generally celebrate outdoors.

close-up of a bite of a Canada day cookie

I am very excited for the long weekend… it’s nice to have a little break from my day job… which means I get more time to work on recipes for the blog! And go for walks. And do some yoga now that I’m trying to get into the habit.

four easy Canada Day cookies

Will you give this Canada Day cookie recipe a try?

Let me know in the comments below, and I wish my fellow Canadians (or anyone who lives here or wants to celebrate) a happy Canada Day weekend, eh!

Easy and delicious Canada Day cookies made with cake mix and red and white M&Ms!
5 from 2 votes

Easy Canada Day Cookies

These soft & chewy easy Canada Day cookies are made with cake mix and red and white M&Ms candies, so they're the perfect no-fuss treat to bring to parties, BBQs, and picnics on July 1!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes
Total: 47 minutes
Servings: 12 cookies


  • 1 (15.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (e.g. canola)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (190g/6.7 ounce) package Oh Canada! M&Ms 


  • Add the cake mix, vegetable oil, and eggs to a large mixing bowl. Using an electric hand mixer, mix on low speed until combined. Stir in the M&Ms.
  • Chill dough for 30 minutes in fridge (or longer) or 15-20 in freezer. I recommend this step since the dough is sticky and you will also get slightly puffier cookies with chilling, but you don't have to chill them.
  • Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat non-stick mat.
  • Make 2" balls and place them on the baking sheet at least 2" apart, if not more since they do spread. Bake for 11-13 minutes until they're set.
  • Let them cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer cookies to a cooling rack. Once the cookies have cooled, be sure to store them in an airtight container to keep them soft.


  • I made fairly large cookies (rolled dough into 2" balls), so if you make them smaller, you can definitely make more than the dozen or so that the recipe suggests. 
  • You can use the larger-sized boxes of cake mix (18.25 ounces) as well - it'll make about 16 2" cookies (keep everything else in the recipe the same). The batter will be less sticky and the cookies will be more puffy - especially if you chill the dough.

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  1. 5 stars
    Man oh man, your cookies make me miss cookies, BADLY. I should have made some for today’s party my husband and I are hosting! DARN IT!