Make Cake Pops From Leftover Holiday Sugar Cookies (No Baking Required)

Sugar Cookie Cake Pops

yield: 16 SERVINGS

prep time: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

total time: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

Directions

1

Add the cookies and cream cheese to a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Mix until the cookies are small crumbs.

2

Use a cookie scoop or spoon to scoop up and roll small balls, about one inch. Place them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.

3

Melt 1/4 cup of the candy melts (according to package directions). I used the microwave method to melt them in short intervals.

4

Dip the sticks into the candy melts and insert them into each cake pop ball. Freeze for a couple of hours on a parchment-lined tray.

5

Remove from the freezer and then melt the remaining candy melts. Place in a taller cup or jar.

6

Dip the cake pops in the melted candy coating. I find it easier to dip straight down and up. Tap the excess off and add sprinkles. Place the cake pops back on the parchment paper, in a jar, or inserted into a piece of styrofoam to hold them straight up until set. Enjoy!

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I’m sharing the easiest way ever to make DIY cake pops from soft sugar cookies – no baking involved!

cake pops in a jar

Here’s an easy no-bake dessert the family will love!

If you’ve ever made homemade cake pops then you likely know they can be a bit time intensive. Today I’m excited to share a fun baking hack of crushing the soft frosted sugar cookies, such as Lofthouse cookies you’d find at the grocery store bakery, to make super easy cake pops at home!

The result is a delicious ball of goodness dipped in candy melts and sprinkles. It’s almost like a sugar cookie truffle!

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, check out more easy desserts here!

inside view of cake pop using cookies

This is such a fun activity for the older kids to do, and they honestly taste better than a pricey Starbucks cake pop in my opinion! These can be decorated as desired for various holidays and birthdays. 

clearance sugar cookies after easter

Savings time: Look for clearance cookies after the holidays!

To make your sugar cookie cake pops even more frugal, try grabbing this soft style of sugar cookie after various holidays on clearance! I was able to find these packaged cookies for just $1.29 after Easter, regularly $5.99. 👏

Nearly every grocery store chain and retailers like Target and Walmart will have their own version of soft frosted sugar cookies like Lofthouse cookies so they’re bound to somewhere local to you.

ingredients for sugar cookie cake pops

Tips for making sugar cookie cake pops:

  • This style of cookie is so soft you can mash them up by hand, with a potato masher, or use your stand mixer. It was so fast to use my mixer and satisfying to watch!
  • Use a small cookie scoop to make rolling the cookie crumb balls fast and easy! Make sure to place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking!
  • Don’t skip the freezing part. In previous failed attempts with homemade cake pops, they would fall off the stick when dipping them. I figured out the trick is to freeze them with the stick on! Also dipping them straight down and then up in the melted candy coating helps. Those two tips have worked well for me.

adding cookies to a mixer

adding cream cheese to cookie crumbs

scooping cookie cake pops

rolling cake pops from crumbs

adding cake pop sticks to cake pops

sticking cake pop sticks into cake pops

cake pops in the freezer

dipping cake pop into melted candy coating

adding sprinkles to cake pops

holding a no-bake cake pop


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Sugar Cookie Cake Pops

yield: 16 SERVINGS

prep time: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

total time: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

Soft cake pops with an outer candy coating and sprinkles just like Starbucks!

Directions

1

Add the cookies and cream cheese to a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Mix until the cookies are small crumbs.

2

Use a cookie scoop or spoon to scoop up and roll small balls, about one inch. Place them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.

3

Melt 1/4 cup of the candy melts (according to package directions). I used the microwave method to melt them in short intervals.

4

Dip the sticks into the candy melts and insert them into each cake pop ball. Freeze for a couple of hours on a parchment-lined tray.

5

Remove from the freezer and then melt the remaining candy melts. Place in a taller cup or jar.

6

Dip the cake pops in the melted candy coating. I find it easier to dip straight down and up. Tap the excess off and add sprinkles. Place the cake pops back on the parchment paper, in a jar, or inserted into a piece of styrofoam to hold them straight up until set. Enjoy!

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group of no-bake cake pops from sugar cookies

What a fun cake pop hack!

These really did taste yummy, and remind me of frosted Circus cookies. I loved how well this worked out and the idea makes so much sense because the cookies are already so soft and almost cake-like. 😋 Hooray for easy no-bake treat ideas that are exciting to make!


These dipped Ritz Cracker Fluffernutter Sandwiches are another delicious no-bake treat!


About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 7

  1. lbmomma

    Oh wow. So fun! Can’t wait to try!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I hope you do! Let us know how they turn out for you, lbmomma!🥰

  2. Melanie

    I’m adding this to tomorrows grocery list!

  3. Sherri

    Do you really need the cream cheese or can you eliminate the cream cheese?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I think it cuts the sweetness a bit and is a good binder but ya you can omit and it will most likely be fine. I haven’t tried it so let is know! Thanks Sherri.

  4. Amanda

    My daughter wants to make these together for her 13th birthday that we are celebrating today and we are excited to try them! Thank you so much for the recipe.

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      YAY! You’re welcome! 🎉Hope you enjoy making them together! 🤗 And a very Happy Birthday to your daughter!!🥳

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