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For the easiest cookie fix, make these double chocolate cake mix cookies! You only need four ingredients and one bowl to make these rich, chocolatey cookies with chocolate chips. If you want a batch of quick and easy chocolate cookies, you can’t go wrong with this recipe!

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BEST Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

There are times for from-scratch cookies and times for cake mix cookies, and there is room in this world for both! I love making both, but when I am short on time and need a quick batch of cookies, more often than not, I make cake mix cookies.

  • Hello, one-bowl cookie recipe! That is music to my ears – this recipe won’t leave you with a pile of dishes to wash.
  • You can use any chocolate cake mix that you like! Just be sure to pick the correct size box for the best results.
  • These easy chocolate cookies are customizable – add the chocolate chips or swap them out for other cookie mix-ins that you like.
  • These cookies are the best reason to keep your pantry stocked with cake mix. Having the ingredients on hand means a batch of cookies is less than an hour away!
Chocolate cake mix cookies with one split in half to show inside of cookie

Just 4 Ingredients

Butter: Melted unsalted butter is what I use

Chocolate Cake Mix: any type you like will work as long as it’s a 15.25-oz box.

Eggs: Be sure to buy large eggs.

Chocolate Chips: Use your favorite brand and flavor

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How to Make Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

1. Combine the butter, cake mix, and eggs in a large bowl. Mix until the batter is smooth.

2. Stir in the chocolate chips.

3. Scoop two tablespoons of the dough to form each cookie ball. Place them on a prepared baking sheet and then chill them for at least 30 minutes.

4. Line a second baking sheet with parchment paper (or silicone mat). Once the dough balls are chilled, transfer them to the new baking sheet and space them two inches apart.

5. Bake the cake mix cookies for 10 to 13 minutes. They are done baking when they are no longer glossy.

COOKIE TIP: Right after you take them out of the oven, while they are still hot, press a few chocolate chips into the top of each cookie.

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  • What’s great about this recipe is that you can use any cake mix flavor to make cookies. Any cake mix brand will work, too, as long as it’s approximately 15.25 ounces. I’ve used this recipe to make German chocolate cake mix cookies and other types like milk chocolate and Devil’s food cake. They all work!
  • Know that Duncan Hines cake mix cookies spread more than Betty Crocker so don’t skip that chill step!
  • You can also use sugar-free cake mix to make these chocolate cookies. Just make sure the size is the same as what’s listed in the recipe.
  • You can swap the chocolate chips for any mix-in you like. For example, try the same amount of chopped nuts, M&Ms, chopped candy like peanut butter cups or Heath bars, or other kinds of baking chips like butterscotch, peanut butter, or mint chips. Or do a mix of add-ins! Just don’t exceed 1 ½ cups total.
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What can I do with a box of cake mix? You can do so many things!

I love to make cake mix cookies, but you can also use boxed cake mix to make cobblers, poke cakes, coffee cake, cake balls, and even quick bread.

What is the difference between cake mix and cookie mix? 

While they have similar ingredients, the difference is in the ratios of those ingredients. Cookie mix usually has a different ratio of flour to wet ingredients and may use another type of leavening agent (i.e., baking soda vs. baking powder). Cake mix may use cake flour, which is lighter than AP flour and requires more liquids and eggs, making a thinner batter rather than a dough, like cookies.

What can you add to Betty Crocker cake mix? 

There are so many ways to doctor a box of cake mix. For example, you can add more eggs and switch out oil for butter for a more decadent cake. You can also add all kinds of mix-ins like nuts, candy, chocolate chips, and other baking chips. You can also use it to make poke cakes with different fruit fillings, syrups, and sweet sauces.

My cookies spread too much. What happened?

Did you forget to chill the cookie dough? This is a critical step and shouldn’t be skipped. Chilling the dough allows the butter to firm up, so the cookies don’t spread as much when they bake. Also, remember that Duncan Hines cookies will spread more than Betty Crocker.

Why are my cookies not spreading? 

If you’re using Betty Crocker cake mix they won’t spread as much so press the dough down a bit before baking.

How do you store chocolate cake mix cookies?

Keep them in an airtight container, and they will keep at room temperature for three days.

Can you freeze cake mix cookies? 

Yes, they freeze great! Store them in a freezer bag or container. If you stack them, use paper towels to separate the layers. When you thaw them, the towels will absorb the excess moisture.

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Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

5 from 3 votes
If you want a batch of quick, easy and rich chocolate cookies, you can’t go wrong with this Chocolate Cake Mix Cookie recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 51 minutes
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter melted
  • 1 15.25 ounce box chocolate cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups (255g) chocolate chips
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  • Place butter, cake mix, and eggs in a large bowl. Stir or mix until combined and no lumps remain. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Scoop 2-tablespoon balls of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silicone baking mats. No need to space them; we are chilling the dough. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a second cookie sheet with parchment or silicone baking mat.
  • Space cookies 2-inches apart on cookie sheets. If using Betty Crocker mix, press them lightly with your palm before baking to flatten slightly. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until they just lose their glossy sheen. These cookies stay puffy and will settle a bit as they cool but don’t become flat.
  • Immediately after removing from the oven press a few more chocolate chips on top for decoration. Cool at least 10 minutes before removing from the cookie sheet.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

Recipe Notes

  • Use any brand or flavor cake mix that is approximately 15-16 ounces in size.
  • Use any chocolate flavor (devil’s food, milk chocolate, etc).
  • You can do this same recipe using sugar-free cake mix as long as it’s around the same size box.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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If you want a batch of quick and easy chocolate cookies, you can’t go wrong with this Chocolate Cake Mix Cookie recipe. These are the best, most rich, chocolatey cookies.

Dorothy Kern

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  1. You can also use this same recipe to make cookie bars. I have used strawberry and orange cake mix w chocolate chips, chocolate cake mix w peanut butter chips, vanilla cake mix with m and m pieces…the combinations are endless!