Cake Mix Cookies

Share with friends! Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on StumbleUponShare on Yummly

There are certain “mom” moments in life, ones that we all experience at point or another.  Moments like… “I need to take 4 dozen cookies to school tomorrow morning” (said at 9pm), or “What’s for our Family Night treat?” (asked at 4pm, while you’re trying to help with homework, make dinner, supervise piano practice, all with little ones hanging from your leg and most likely to occur when you’re a few weeks from having a baby and you waddle more than you walk.) Well, we’re moms, and we find a way to figure it out.  Sometimes it means a late trip to the store to buy cookies, or staying up late to make them (which is what I usually do).

When that happens, or any other time you want a yummy and easy cookie, I have something for you to try!

We love cake mix cookies at our house.  They have only three ingredients, take about 5 minutes to mix together, and are super delicious and soft!  I also love that there are so many potential varieties and options, depending on which flavor cake mix you use, and what you mix in with it.

I was feeling spring-y today, so I decided to use a lemon cake mix–my personal favorite.  I rolled the balls in sugar first, which adds a little crunch to the outside of the cookie, leaving the inside soft.

cake mix cookies 4 final copy

If you have someone that’s gluten-free in your life, this is also a great way to make them cookies.  I have a little girl with Celiac disease, which means making treats can sometimes be a little more time-consuming, but I’ve discovered that gluten-free cake mixes work wonderfully with this recipe!  I like to make up a batch and keep it in the freezer, so when something unexpected comes up at school or home, or she’s invited to a party, I have something on hand for her.  She likes chocolate cookies with pink frosting.  :)

It’s also a really great starter recipe for a child that wants to learn to bake, because it’s so easy to make, and so few ingredients.

Or…make them just because.  :)


-cake mix, your choice of flavor (I’m a Duncan Hines girl)

-2 eggs

-same amount of oil or melted butter it calls for on cake mix package


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix cake mix, eggs, and oil or melted butter together in mixing bowl until well blended.  I prefer using butter, so that’s what I use, but either one will work.  Roll into balls (I like to roll them in sugar), and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or foil that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Use a glass to press down the cookie dough.

cake mix cookies in oven final copy

Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until done.

cake mix cookies 3 final copy


-chocolate/dark fudge cake mix with one of the following:  white chocolate chips, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, mint chips, raspberry chips OR with buttercream frosting

-lemon cake mix with white chocolate chips OR lemon buttercream frosting

-yellow cake mix with butterscotch chips

-cherry chip cake mix, plain or with white chocolate chips

-spice cake mix with cream cheese frosting, OR with cinnamon chips

-german chocolate cake mix with chopped pecans and cocount

-orange cake mix with vanilla buttercream frosting

5.0 from 3 reviews
Cake Mix Cookies
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Cookies
  • Cake Mix (your choice of flavor)
  • 2 eggs
  • amount of oil or melted butter on cake mix box
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together, until well blended. (I prefer using melted butter, but either will work.)
  3. Roll into balls, and place on cookie sheet that's been lined with parchment paper or foil and sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Use a glass to press down the balls of dough.
  5. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until done.


Share with friends! Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on StumbleUponShare on Yummly

About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

15 thoughts on “Cake Mix Cookies

  1. Just made these with strawberry cake mix and added chocolate chips and they are awesome! What an incredibly easy recipe, thank you so much for sharing this. Can’t wait to experiment with different mixes. I too am a Duncan hines girl so we always have lots of flavors on hand.

  2. Hi, I make this same recipe with one exception, I scoop the dough and make small balls, then roll the balls in powdered sugar and bake. They make the prettiest crackle cookies E.V.E.R. Any cake mix flavor works, my kids love Red Velvet, with lemon coming in a close second.

    1. That sounds fabulous!! I adore both red velvet and lemon, so I think I’m going to have to try it! Thanks so much for sharing!!! xo

      1. So happy to share the idea, got it from Just an FYI right now for summer pillsbury has special cake flavors, orangesicle, key lime and pink lemonade. They make the prettiest cookies and they taste wonderful. The orange are just like the creamsicle ice cream. Made all three flavors along with the lemon for my son’s summer school party and they were a big hit.

    1. Hmmmmm, I’m not sure. Maybe just use a yellow cake mix and butter instead of oil? It will probably still be a different texture than a butter cookie, but it might taste similar!

  3. I bought a pkg of crispy cake batter cookies and I’m hooked now, so I decided to look for a recipe and found your site. Have you ever made them crispy?

  4. Will it still work if my cake mix needs eggs (3) and milk (220ml)? I’m from Argentina and all cake mix need milk, and don’t use oil

    1. You only use the cake mix as an ingredient–you don’t follow the directions on the box. I’m not sure what your cake mixes are like there, but it’s worth a try! Let me know how it turns out!

  5. Is there a big difference between using the oil versus using the butter? I have seen recipes for both and wondering which I should choose. Thanks for your help!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe:  
CommentLuv badge