Cake Mix Cookies
These cake mix cookies are the easiest cookies you will ever make! With only four ingredients and no chilling, these cookies are ready in 20 minutes flat!
If you haven’t noticed, I seriously love baking. There’s something so therapeutic for me when it comes to baking. If I’ve had a really bad day, I’ll come home and bake away in the kitchen for a few hours. While it can be a good way to relieve some stress, I quickly snap back to reality when I see the mess I’ve made in my kitchen.
Sometimes I want to bake something, but not have to deal with the cleanup afterward. This is one of the many reasons I love this cake mix cookie recipe. They’re super easy to make and you only need one bowl to mix them up. No crazy amount of dirty dishes, no major cleanup, just five minutes of your time, and then pop them in the oven for another 10 minutes. Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about these cookies made with cake mix!
I’ve brought these cookies to parties a few times and they always get rave reviews. Oh, and they taste like cake batter and are perfectly soft. Have I convinced you to go make these cookies yet?
These cake mix cookies couldn’t be simpler to make! Here’s everything we’ll need for this recipe:
- Boxed cake mix: I used a box of Duncan Hines French Vanilla cake mix for this recipe, but feel free to use any flavor that you prefer!
- Oil: Use a neutral oil, like vegetable or canola.
- Eggs: Need to be room temperature before being mixed into the dough.
- Sprinkles: Optional, but highly recommended.
How to Make Cookies From Cake Mix
All you need for these cake mix cookies is a box of cake mix, two eggs, a little oil, and whatever add-ins you prefer. Easy peasy, right?! Mix together all the ingredients to form the cookie dough.
Once you mix the dough up, just scoop it into balls, and bake the cookies in the oven. No chill time required and you can be eating cookies in less than 20 minutes.
Can I Use Another Kind of Cake Mix?
Yes! Use any cake mix you’d like for this recipe. I used a vanilla cake mix, but this recipe can also be used to make yellow cake mix cookies, chocolate cake mix cookies, and so forth.
- Add the boxed cake mix like you would any dry ingredient. Do NOT add the extra ingredients called for on the side of the box.
- Wait to add the sprinkles to the cookie dough until the rest of the dough comes together, otherwise you’ll wind up with discolored cookies.
- I formed these cake cookies with about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie.
More Easy Cookie Recipes to Try!
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Soft & Chewy Monster Cookies
- Classic Sugar Cookies
- Brownie Cookies
- Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Cake Mix Cookies
- 1 (16.25 oz.) box cake mix
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oil, and eggs. Once combined, mix in the sprinkles.
- Drop rounded balls of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet, about two tablespoons for each cookie.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
Do i need to mix the cake mix before adding the eggs and oil? Or do i just use the cake mix dry?
No, just use the dry cake mix.
I just made chocolate cookies using chocolate cake mix. I didn’t have any oil and only 1 egg so I used 1 stick of melted butter and put a cashew,an.almond .a pecan and a pistachio on top before baking .I think it tasted really good. ?
My cookies did not really spread out that much, they kind of looked more like scones than cookies. What did I do wrong?
Sorry to hear that, Alyssa. Did you happen to make any adjustments to the recipe?
Can I use chocolate chips instead of sprinkles?
That would be fine! You can use about 1 cup.
How do I avoid burning the bottom?
Did the bottom of your cookies burn? Did you use parchment paper and have you checked your oven temperature with an oven thermometer?
You can put another cookie sheet on the bottom rack of your oven while baking and it will help in cooking more evenly in a stubborn oven. I have to do this in my rv oven.
Can you use any flavor cake mix
Yes, I’ve tried quite a few and they all work well. The only one I’m not sure would work for this recipe is angel food cake mix, but all others should be fine!
I used butter pecan cake mix and added toffee chips and they turned out great!
I used angel food and cocoa powder in mine, they were delicious. I did have to bake them a minute or two longer. They remind me of chocolate crinkle cookies
Could you use butter? Would that make them crispy? Just wondering how it may change texture or taste
I haven’t tried them with butter. I don’t think it would make them crispier though.
Thanks Soooo Much!!!! I have been looking for this recipe so long. I am a ” empty nest grandma ” I will able to make cookies for Xmas! Happy Holidays!!
Hope everyone enjoys the cookies, Barbara! Happy Holiday to you too 🙂
Thanks for the recipe! I used food coloring (kids made their own creations!) and it was perfect.
I have made these cookies using more than one type of cake mix. My grandchildren absolutely love them they can’t get enough of them. Thank you for the Insight on the cake cookies from a lot of happy grandchildren.
So glad to hear that everyone loves the cookies, Deena!
Wonderful recipes! I used white cake mix and white chips and cranraisins with a hint of orange extract and everyone raved about them!
Happy New Year.
So glad to hear that, Mary. Happy New Year as well!
I would like to make a chocolate chip cookie cake….could I use the cake mix for that?
Yes, that would be fine!
Mine made 11 cookies and they were really big. I used red velvet and white chocolate chips! I don’t know why people don’t love white chocolate!
I have a 15.25 box of cake mix would the measurement for the other ingredients stay the same?
That should be fine. I’ve made these with slightly smaller boxes of cake mix and never had any issues.
I used carrot cake mix worked great & orange frosting. diffrent & my grand kids liked them did,’t even think about carrots being in them!
I have tried this recipe 2 times and every time the bottoms kept burning. But anyway the cookies tops tasted great!!
Are you baking them on the middle rack?
I had that problem…solved it.
Smaller scoops of batter
TOP rack of the ovem
If I’m using a White Cake mix, and want them to remain *white, do I use 2 egg whites? The box calls for same amount of whole eggs as egg whites …
I would stick with just using 2 eggs, otherwise, the cookies may not turn out the same.
I like to roll the cookie dough in powdered sugar before baking. Gives a great crackled effect to the tops of the cookies. Red Velvet cookies are wonderful with the powdered sugar added!
Will this work without sprinkles? Thanks!
Yes, that would be fine!
Do these freeze well?
Yes, absolutely! You can freeze the balls of cookie dough or the baked cookies that have cooled completely up to 3 months.
I just made this recipe using a devils food cake mix and butterscotch chips, it turned out A M A Z I N G!!!! I put them directly on a greased baking sheet (no parchment paper), flattened the tops of each ball and cooked for 12 minutes. For me it made 34 nicely sized cookies 🙂
I used a German chocolate cake mix and added butterscotch chips. Very easy and taste just like German chocolate cake!! I think next time I will add a little toasted coconut and chopped pecans. A great recipe and thanks for posting it!!
This is delicious. I used butter instead of oil for a richer taste. The only thing was that I could not do was roll it in a ball because the dough was so sticky. I dropped semi ball shaped using a spatula. The cookies weren’t Pinterest cute but they were delicious!!!!
If the dough is sticky, you can try refrigerating it for 20-30 minutes and that should help. Glad you liked the cookies!
I used a white cake mix and added red and green candied cherries(chopped) and almonds. I also added a teaspoon of almond flavoring to the batter. Gave them to my neighbors at Christmas and they all loved them
Very easy to make and they seem wonderful, my only issue is the recipe says for spoonfuls about 2 tablespoons and that it makes 22 cookies. I did about 2 tablespoons per cookie and got 13.. not sure if you meant 1 tablespoon for each but nonetheless my family will love the bigger cookies 🙂
I typically use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop, you can try making them a little smaller next time 🙂
My first batch burned on the bottom, too. I set the oven to 325 and baked the next batch for 13 minutes. They came out golden brown on the bottom, perfect. My husband lived the burnt ones so my grandkids will love the perfect ones! Thanks for sharing your comments.
Sorry to hear that, Bobbi. Are you making sure to bake them on a middle rack too? I’ve never had any issues with them burning, so I’m not sure why that happened. Glad the second batch turned out better for you!
These were very easy. I used a gluten free cake mix. They were a bit crumbly but still delicious. I am thinking they need butter in stead of the avocado, coconut cooking oil I used. Any suggestions would be great!
Hi, Cindy! It could have possibly been the cake mix that you used. Did you use a similar size?
what can I use besides oil? I want to make cookies with my cake batter mix but I have no oil.
You could use butter, but the cookies won’t be quite the same.
I use the white cake mix add vanilla andor almond extract. White choc chips . Milk choc chips . walnuts . coconut flakes. Everyone raves over these cookies!
These sound delicious and I would love to try them. I have a boxed cake mix that’s gluten-free. Would it work with that too?
I think that would be fine!
I would like to make a batch or two for my husband who is deployed. In an airtight container, will these cookies survive about 3 weeks of travel?
I haven’t tried storing them that long, but they not be as good after 3 weeks.
Can she ship them frozen. Thawing on the way
According to the guidelines, anything frozen is prohibited from being shipped overseas. I do have a FoodSaver so I’m sending it vacuum sealed. (:
I think vacuum sealing is a good idea!
Can’t wait to try this recipe. Can a sugar free cake mix be usEd?
That should be fine.