Sour Patch Pink Lemonade Cookies



You know how you are like, desperate to fit in as a kid? You want to wear the same things your friends do, like the same bands, eat the same foods, and pretty much minus the surgical attachment procedures, be the same person.

Or maybe that was me, and explains why I had limited friends growing up. Who’s to say?

Anyways, I remember J-14 was the hot magazine growing up, everyone was going cray-cray over O-Town and 98 Degrees, and my mom was evil because she wouldn’t buy me jelly shoes (which, in retrospect, I’m thankful for because my feet would have perpetually smelled rancid throughout childhood). Also, Sour Skittles had just come out, and everyone was OB.SESSSSSSED with the stupid things.

Having never been a fan of sweets or candy, especially Skittles, I was torn. Act cool around my friends and bear the Skittles, or bring back the dying love for Gushers? Plus, Sour Skittles was deffff. not up my alley. Sour stuff = evil stuff, as far as my taste buds are concerned. Anything that makes my face contort into an expression that could best be described as ‘gagging while acid burns my throat and a skunk has sprayed the room.’ Or something.

So I caved and spent my lunch money on a bag of those torturous, fruity pearls of death. And I tasted one and haaaated life. My tongue revolted against my decisions to be cool by having me make that awful face and promptly spit the rancid candy onto the pavement.*
*this was probably the moment when I gave up trying to fit in

However, as I grew up, I kind of began liking tart stuff a little more.. lemonade, margaritas, Sweet Tarts.. you know, the usual suspects. And when Duncan Hines released their new spring Frosting Creations flavors, I was instantly drawn to the Pink Lemonade flavor. OMG SOOOO GOOD! I knew I wanted to pair this traditionally sweet, thirst-quenching summertime drink with something a little more tart, so I thought of sour candies on top. I gave my hatred for sour candy another go around and, while I’m still not a huuuuge fan, I have to say putting candy on cookies is pretty awesome. And I sprinkled the cookies with sugar so it kind of cuts that sour, ew-don’t-look-at-my-face taste. Yay!

flower3Trust me .. you’ll want to jump on this cookie bandwagon 🙂


Sour Patch Pink Lemonade Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 24
Are you a fiend for sour candy? Wish you could enjoy it while eating cookies? Then this is the perfect blend of the two for you!
  • 1 box Duncan Hines white cake mix
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp pure lemon extract
  • 2 pkts Duncan Hines Frosting Creations in Pink Lemonade, divided
  • 1 container Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Frosting Starter
  • 1 pkg. Sour Patch Kids candy
  • White sugar, optional
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or mist lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oil, egg, lemon extract & ONE packet of the Pink Lemonade flavor mix with a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms. Drop heaping Tablespoonfuls of rounded dough onto the baking sheets, about 1" apart. Bake for approx. 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. Cool on the sheets about 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Next, blend the remaining Pink Lemonade flavor mix into the Frosting Starter until thoroughly mixed. Spread the frosting onto the tops of the cooled cookies. Garnish the frosted cookies with the Sour Patch candies (I made little flowers out of mine!) and sprinkle lightly with sugar, if you'd like. Makes about 24 cookies.


flower1Duncan Hines Frosting Creations are seriously my new favorite baking tool. I LOVE how intense and realistic their flavors are — perfect for jazzing up a basic cake-mix cookie into something sweet, tart and truly amazing! And the pink lemonade-flavored frosting is that perfect hint of sweetness when eaten with those chewy, sour candies. Sour candy lovers everywhere will flip for these!

Have a happy Monday!

xo, Hayley

I was provided with some Duncan Hines Frosting Creations and Frosting Starters free of charge to review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. I tried those sour skittles too to fit in! I used to dip them in water to get the sour stuff off. These cookies sound so good! I never thought of using frosting creations packs in cookies!

  2. YUM! I don’t know what was happening where you grew up, but no one here ever liked sour skittles! I’ve always been obsessed (warheads? YUMMO!) so these cookies sound so perfect for me 🙂

  3. I’ve never been able to deal with sour stuff myself, I DID however have jelly shoes. Oh so many jelly shoes lol.

    These cookies are so cute and you probably would’ve been the most popular person ever if you’d made these as a kid 😛

  4. I can totally relate. With us, it was Now & Later’s. Taffy type candies that came in little squares in a pack of life 4 or 5. They were traded and sold in our school the way cigarettes and sexual acts are sold in prison. The underbelly of the Now & Later black market was pretty rough and definitely not for the weak of heart.

    Personally I was able to do sour candies as a kid, but not now. I just don’t like it and it hurts my teeth. I do love lemonade though so that frosting sounds tempting! I know someone who looooves sour patch kids. I’m gonna share this now!

  5. I was never a fan of jelly shoes! And I too have come to appreciate Skittles more as an adult. My kids would flip over these Hayley! Fun cookies!

  6. Sour candy is my obsession, and these cookies could quickly become one too! They look outrageous, Hayley!

  7. I have a friend who would go crazy for these!!! I used to dislike sour candy but am a huge fan now

  8. I had those jelly shoes when I was younger – yuck! As for sour patch kids, I love them! Perfect addition to those cookies, for sure! 🙂

  9. I don’t like sour, but I love tart. I love these cookies!

  10. Oh these are beyond cute. I’m dying. I love sour patch kids!!!!!

  11. bakerbynature says:

    I’m such a freak over sour patch kids!!! Do you have any idea what these cookies are doing to me?! MUST MAKE!

  12. It’s been far too long since I’ve had sour patch kids. These cookies have my name written all over them!

  13. Sour patch are my FAVE!!! ate a huge bag of them yesterday at mini-golf:) LOVE these girlie

  14. Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    So fun, my kids LOVE sour patch candy. They would love these cookies!

  15. I haven’t tried the Pink Lemonade flavor yet! But I love love love sour stuff. Like please please please send me all your sour things. I made a sweet tart cheesecake last summer with strawberries all tossed in sweet tarts that I ground up. Mmmmmmmm. I knew sour patch kids belonged in cookies. Thanks for figuring that one out.

  16. I love all things sour – especially sour patch kids! I totally remember walking to the mailbox to mail a contest entry for a phone call from JTT, my super childhood crush! Oh, to be young again 🙂

  17. Ahh…I am actually such a fan of all things sour and tart. These cookies look amazing too me – whether they give me strange faces or not 😉

  18. hahahaa! I am laughing hysterically at your description of sour candies!!! I am with you on that one! Sour stuff is so evil…I can’t even think about eating sour candies. In fact I’m making faces right now as I type because I can’t handle the thought! The cookies are absolutely adorable though and my kids would go nuts for them 🙂

  19. Hayley am I allowed to use the word “amazeballs” to describe these cookies? Oh, well, too late, I just did. Cuz they are. I saw this new flavor for Duncan Hines and was so excited and now you’ve put it into a COOKIE. My lips are already puckering in sour-sweet excitement (ok that image was weird but I think you understand 😉 )

  20. Oh goodness why did you share these with me …these are sooo reminiscent of my childhood. How could I not bake these!! I had featured u in the post of Top 7 Creative Cookie Recipes For Your Kids on AllFreshRecipes, looking forward to ur newly EATS!


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