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Incredibly soft, these 4 Ingredient Cake Mix Cookies are an easy recipe to make and even easier to eat! Cookies from Cake Mix? That’s right!! Just 4 ingredients needed to whip up a batch with endless flavor combinations. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to these cookies! Delicious with crockpot hot chocolate or eggnog for the holidays!
Four Simple Ingredients
One of the fastest and easiest ways to make homemade cookies is by making them with cake mix. Hello, quick and easy dessert! If you find cake mix flavors you love, you can turn them into cake mix cookies with this simple, basic method. Believe it or not, these chewy cookies only require 4 ingredients! And it’s an easy enough recipe to make with your kids (don’t worry cake mix is VERY forgiving). Here’s what you need:
- Cake Mix – this contains all of the dry ingredients needed to make these cookies. More about cake mix in the next section!
- Eggs – used for structure! Without eggs, the cookies would spread like crazy!
- Oil – this is mainly for moisture. Any light-colored oil will work here (canola oil, avocado oil, vegetable oil, etc.). Oil is also our secret weapon for soft cookies. Melted butter also works in a pinch.
- Vanilla Extract – this is for a little extra flavor that helps these cookies taste homemade. It’s optional, but I think makes a difference.
These are the basic ingredients to make these easy cookies but I’ve also come up with different flavor combinations you can find below.
Customizing Your Cookies
One of the best parts about making Cake Mix Cookies is customizing them! You can do this by changing the cake mix flavor and/or adding mix-ins!
Use a Different Flavor Combination of Cake Mix
Any flavor of cake mix will do to make these cake mix cookies! I stuck to the Betty Crocker 15.25 oz boxes and as you can see above, I bought three different flavors of cake mixes. A basic plain white cake mix, rainbow chip cake mix, and chocolate cake mix! As long as you’re using a 15.25 oz box of cake mix, this recipe will work perfectly, regardless of flavor. Here are the common flavors I have found in local grocery stores in my area.
- red velvet
- carrot cake
- spice cake
- german chocolate
- butter pecan
- cherry chip
- dark chocolate
Try Adding Some Mix-Ins
The sky is almost the limit when it comes to adding in different items to make your cookies special and just the way you like them. Lots of chocolates, sprinkles, nuts and goodies to choose from. If using add-ins, I typically say measure with your heart, but if you want an exact measurement, I use between 3/4 cup to 1 cup.
- chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, or dark)
- white chocolate chips
- peanut butter chips
- butterscotch chips
- chopped candy bars (butterfingers, dark chocolate, twix, snickers, reese’s cups)
- reese’s pieces
- m&m’s (plain, peanut, peanut butter, mini)
- sprinkles (use different colors to fit an occasion. Red, white, and blue for Independence Day or green, and red for Christmas, red and white for Valentine’s Day)
- nuts (almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, etc.)
- coconut shreds
- citrus zest (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit)
- dried fruit (strawberry, raspberries, blueberries, apricot)
- mini marshmallows
- chopped graham crackers
- chopped candy canes
- pumpkin spice + cinnamon
How to Make 4 Ingredient Cake Mix Cookies
There is no need for the creaming method for these Cake Mix Cookies! Simply dump all the ingredients into a bowl and mix away. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl and mix out all of the lumps, though a few small lumps are totally fine! For full recipe details check out the printable recipe card down below!
Preheat Your Oven + Prep Baking Sheets
Preheat your oven to 350° F. Line two light colored baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Make Your Cookie Dough (with a Cake Mix!)
In a large bowl, stir the dry cake mix together with 1/3 cup oil, eggs and vanilla extract. This is where you can mix in your add-ins to the cake batter. (See notes above about add-ins.)
With a cookie scoop, scoop, and drop dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake + Cool Your Cookies
Place into your preheated oven and bake 8-10 minutes or until they have puffed up and edges are barely brown. You aren’t going for browned cookies, they should look matte (not shiny) and a little crackly on top.
Leave on the baking pan for a few minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
Flavor Combinations for Cake Mix Cookies
Need a little more guidance for these extremely versatile cookies? I’ve got you covered! Try out these cake mix cookies:
- S’mores – add a mixture of chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and chopped graham crackers to white cake mix for summer-worthy S’mores cookies!
- Chocolate Peanut Butter – use chocolate cake mix with peanut butter chips for this classic flavor combo. Reese’s Pieces is also a good peanut butter choice.
- Almond Joy – combine toasted chopped almonds, coconut shreds, and chocolate chips with either chocolate or white cake mix.
- Lemon – for a lemon overload use a lemon cake mix and add in lemon zest!
- Carrot Cake – use carrot cake mix and add white chocolate chips. Or consider making cookie sandwiches with cream cheese frosting in between.
- Berry Cookies – mix dried fruit, any sort of chocolate chips, and cake mix together. Think of a chocolate cookie with dried strawberries and white chocolate chips in it, so pretty!
Pro Tip: Want to keep cookies soft? Store cookies with a piece of bread in it for up to 3 days. The cookies absorb the moisture from the bread.
Cake Mix Cookies FAQ’s
If you’re using a Betty Crocker cake mix that says “Super Moist”, it already has pudding mix in there. If not, you can add a small box of pudding. It will add to the flavor, moistness and be a more dense texture.
I would say no, because it’s already in the mix. However, I can’t say for sure because I haven’t made them that way.
Yes! If you want to freeze these cookies after baking, I would suggest allowing them to cool completely to room temperature before placing in an airtight container or resealable bag. Cookies should stay fresh in the freezer for 2-3 months.
If you want to freeze the dough, you could roll out into balls and place on a cookie sheet and into the freezer until frozen (this keeps them from sticking together), then transfer to a container or bag for storage in the freezer.
As long as it’s a lightly colored and flavored oil, it’ll work just fine. I’ve never tried it with applesauce, but you are welcome to try. The texture is what would most likely suffer. You can also use melted butter in place of oil if you’re in a pinch.
More Cookie Recipes to Try!
If you loved this recipe, you’re going to love all of my other cookie recipes! Here are a couple of my favorite recipes to try first:
- Soft Baked Peanut Butter Cookies
- Amaretti Cookies
- Perfect Shortbread Cookies
- Coconut Cookies
- Chocolate Fudge Cookies
- Carrot Cake Cookies
- Actually Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
- No Bake Cookies
More Favorites from Lauren’s Latest
Experiment away friends and make these easy cake mix cookies! They’ll truly be the best you’ve ever had. These are one of my go-to recipes for birthday parties or Christmas cookie exchanges. The printable recipe card is below, enjoy!
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4 Ingredient Cake Mix Cookies
- 15.25 ounce Betty Crocker Cake Mix 1 box, in any flavor
- 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir cake mix together with oil, vanilla and eggs.
- Scoop dough into 24 even balls and place onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 4 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.