How to make Cake Mix Cookies

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My Cake Mix Cookies recipe is the best – super simple and delicious no matter what cake mix brand you use! I’ve tested this recipe so many ways and made it so many times, it’s a foolproof easy cookie recipe.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make cookies from a box mix – a basic recipe with tons of variation ideas – then you’re in the right place.

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These are seriously the easiest cookies ever!

  • 3 Ingredients
  • Use ANY cake mix brand or flavor
  • Add your favorite mix-ins!

It’s SO simple to make your own favorite cookie recipes out of this one base recipe. This post shows you how to make the cookies and then gives tons of ideas on how to switch them up for any occasion.

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3 Ingredient Cake Mix Cookies

You just need 3 main ingredients to make this recipe:

1. Cake Mix: You need a standard size box of cake mix (approximately 15.25 ounces). Most of the cake mixes these days are about that size.

2. Unsalted Butter: You can substitute salted butter if it’s all you have. We melt the butter because it makes the recipe even easier – no mixer needed!

3. Eggs: Be sure to buy large eggs.

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What Cake Mix is Best For Cookies?

The best part about this recipe is you can use ANY brand or flavor cake mix!

The cookies shown in this post use either Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines but you can also use Pillsbury, even sugar-free.

However: different cake mixes do bake differently:

  • Betty Crocker: Stays more puffy after chilling and baking. Press down slightly with the palm of your hand before baking so they don’t stay in little balls.
  • Duncan Hines: Spreads more after chilling and baking, even when baked cold. Do NOT skip the chill time for Duncan Hines or they will spread too thin.

How to Make Cookies From Cake Mix

Step 1: Add melted butter, cake mix, and eggs to a large bowl.

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Step 2: Stir by hand (or you can use a mixer) until completely incorporated.

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Step 3: Add your favorite mix-ins.

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Step 4: Scoop onto prepared cookie sheets. Chill, then bake!

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This is a ONE BOWL cookie recipe and you don’t even need a mixer!

Mix-In Ideas

You need 1 ½ cups of your favorite mix-ins to make these cookies:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • M&Ms
  • Nuts
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Chopped Candy Bars
  • Toffee Bits
  • Chopped Oreos
  • Anything else you love!

Not only can you add different mix-ins but you can also add flavoring!

  • Extract: Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon almond extract, lemon, hazelnut, peppermint – anything you like!
  • Zest: Add the zest of a lemon, lime or orange to add extra flavor.
  • Frosting: Instead of adding mix-ins above, frost the cookies with Vanilla Frosting, Chocolate Buttercream, Cream Cheese Frosting, or Whipped Cream Frosting.
  • Sugar Free: You can make this recipe with sugar-free cake mix too!
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Flavor Combination Ideas

Strawberry Cake Mix + White Chocolate Chips

Strawberry Cake Mix + Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Cake Mix + Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Cake Mix + Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cake Mix + Peanut Butter Chips

Lemon Cake Mix + White Chocolate Chips

Lemon Cake Mix + Sprinkles

Lemon Cake Mix + Blueberries

Yellow Cake Mix + Chocolate Chips

Yellow Cake Mix + Sprinkles

Yellow Cake Mix made into ice cream sandwiches

Spice Cake Mix + Cream Cheese Frosting + Walnuts

There are so many flavor ideas it’s impossible to list them all!

Storing and Freezing Cookies

Store these cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Freeze the cookies for up to 3 months. Read about how to freeze desserts!

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FAQ

What are cake mix cookies?

These are a simple recipe with just 3 ingredients – one bowl, no mixer needed.

Do I have to chill cookie dough?

You MUST chill this cookie recipe – otherwise they will spread too much.

Can I make sugar-free cake mix cookies?

Yes – this recipe has been tested with both regular and sugar-free cake mix.

Does it matter what brand of cake mix I use for cookies?

Use any brand or flavor for this recipe but know that Duncan Hines cookies spread more than Betty Crocker.

Can I add anything to cookies?

Add up to 1 ½ cups of any mix-ins, add any extract or flavorings too!

How do you keep cookies soft?

Cake mix cookies are soft by design – the cake mix keeps them soft for days. Be careful not to over bake them though – over baked cookies become hard.

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Easiest Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

Easy Cookies with 3 main ingredients can be customized as you wish with any mix-ins or flavoring – one bowl no mixer!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 24 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter melted or softened
  • 1 15.25 ounce box cake mix (any flavor; see notes)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups mix-ins see notes for variations

Instructions

  • If using softened butter, you’ll need a hand or a stand mixer. If using melted butter, you can use a mixer or do the following by hand.
  • Place butter, cake mix, and eggs in a large bowl. Stir or mix until combined and no lumps remain. Stir in mix-ins.
  • 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. 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 mix-ins 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.
You can do this same recipe using sugar-free cake mix as long as it’s around the same size box.
For ChocolateCookies: use chocolate chips
For Strawberry Cookies: use white chocolate chips or sprinkles
For Lemon Cookies: use white chocolate chips or sprinkles
For Red Velvet Cookies: use a combination of white and semi-sweet chocolate chips
For Vanilla Cookies: use chocolate chips or M&Ms
  • Other Variations (use 1 ½ cups of the following):
  • Oreos
  • Chopped peanut butter cups or other candy
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • A mix of chocolate chips
  • Nuts
  • Sprinkles
  • Leave them plain and frost cookies with buttercream or other frosting
  • Add the zest of a lemon, lime or orange
  • Add 1 tsp vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon any other extract
  • Sugar-Free Cake Mix works also!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix, cookies
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Cake Mix Cookies are a fun, easy way to make semi-homemade cookies. You only need a few ingredients to make these moist, soft cookies.

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7 CommentsLeave a comment or review

    1. I haven’t tried GF, only sugar-free but if it’s a similar size to regular cake mix I believe it will work just fine!

  1. I call them cookets, I freeze them after baking them, before decorating them.
    . awesome treats . I use them at weddings as I put cream filling between the two , decorate the tops Brides love them instead of cupcakes or cake pops.

  2. I have a question. I live in Florida and have a problem with ghost ants, so everything I make must be refrigerated. I would like to make these, as they look yummy, but my question is, would they become hard if they are refrigerated? Of course they would be wrapped.

  3. Oh my thanks for this recipe! I’ve been using muffin mixes for cookies but a cake mix will be awesome. My first attempt will be lemon with fresh Rosemary mix-in. Stay tuned….