Cake Mix Cookies

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Incredibly soft, these Cake Mix Cookies are easy to make and even easier to eat! The flavor combinations are just about endless.

One of the fastest ways to make cookies is by making them with cake mix. Hello, quick and easy dessert! Down below is a basic how-to on making Cake Mix Cookies along with a ton of ideas for different flavor combinations. So preheat your oven and get ready for soft, blissful cookies.

chocolate and vanilla cake mix cookies

Ingredients Needed for Cake Mix Cookies

Believe it or not, these Cake Mix 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, vegetable oil, etc.) Oil is also our secret weapon for soft cookies.
  • 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 cookies but I’ve also come up with different flavor combinations you can find below.

boxes of cake mix

Cake Mix Flavors

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.  A basic plain white cake mix, rainbow chip, and chocolate! As long as you’re using a 15 oz box of cake mix, this recipe will work perfectly regardless of flavor.

Here are some other flavors to consider:

  • Lemon
  • Red Velvet
  • Carrot Cake
  • Spice Cake
  • Strawberry
  • Funfetti
  • German Chocolate
  • Butter Pecan
  • Yellow Cake
  • Cherry Chip
  • Dark Chocolate

unmixed ingredients in a bowl


One of the funnest parts about making Cake Mix Cookies is customizing them! You can do this by changing the cake mix flavor and/or adding mix-ins!

Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

  • chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, or dark)
  • white chocolate chips
  • peanut butter chips
  • butterscotch chips
  • chopped candy bars (butterfingers, twix, snickers, reese’s cups)
  • reese’s pieces
  • m&m’s
  • sprinkles (use different colors to fit an occasion. Red, white, and blue for Independence Day or green, and red for Christmas)
  • 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

 cookie dough

How to Make Cookies from Cake Mix

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. For full recipe details check out the recipe card down below!

  1. Preheat your oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl (this is where you can mix in your add-ins too).
  3. With a cookie scoop, scoop, and drop cookies onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake until cookies have puffed up and are fully cooked. You aren’t going for browned cookies, they should look matte and a little crackly on top.
  5. Leave on the baking pan for a few minutes then transfer to cooling racks.
  6. Store leftovers in a Ziploc bag with a piece of bread in it (to keep them soft) for up to 3 days!

scooped cookie dough on baking sheetFlavor Combinations for Cake Mix Cookies

Need a little more guidance for these extremely versatile cookies? I 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!

baked cake mix cookies

More Cookies to Try!

If you loved this recipe, you’re going to love all of my other cookie recipes! Here are a couple of  ones to try first:

funfetti cake mix cookies

Experiment away friends and make the best cake mix cookies ever!

The printable recipe card is below, enjoy 🙂

5 from 1 vote

Cake Mix Cookies

Incredibly soft, these Cake Mix Cookies are easy to make and even easier to eat! The flavor combinations are just about endless.
servings 24 cookies
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 45 mins


  • 15.25 ounce Betty Crocker™ cake mix 1 box, in any flavor
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 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.
  • *Slightly adapted from


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake mix cookie recipe, cake mix cookies, chocolate cake mix cookies


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  1. Kindra

    5 stars
    I have been making similar cookies for years from my grandma’s recipe. We usually roll ours into balls and then into sugar. So like yellow cake mix roll in a cinnamon/sugar mix so they’re like Snickerdoodles. Chocolate cake mix would be rolled in powdered sugar, etc. I don’t know why but I’ve never thought to add mix-ins to the batter before. I will definitely have to try that to the next batch I make. What I love about this recipe though is that it’s so easy and only makes a small batch. My grandma said she came up with her recipe because my dad or my 3 uncles would always tell her they needed cookies for school the next day at 10 pm the night before. She needed something quick and not complicated to make. Thanks for sharing your version. I love all your recipes.

  2. Michelle

    My husband used to make these cake mix cookies to take to a weekly meeting. He tried every cake mix there was. They are good but I found that if they were not eaten within a few days they were a bit grainy. Usually they didn’t last that long thank goodness

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