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.
Easiest Cookie Recipe EVER
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.
How to make Cookies from Cake Mix Recipe Video
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.
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.
Step 2: Stir by hand (or you can use a mixer) until completely incorporated.
Step 3: Add your favorite mix-ins.
Step 4: Scoop onto prepared cookie sheets. Chill, then bake!
This is a ONE BOWL cookie recipe and you don’t even need a mixer!
You need 1 ½ cups of your favorite mix-ins to make these cookies:
- Chocolate Chips
- White Chocolate Chips
- Reese’s Pieces
- Chopped Candy Bars
- Toffee Bits
- Chopped Oreos
- Anything else you love!
Cake Mix Cookie Flavor Variations
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!
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!
These are a simple recipe with just 3 ingredients – one bowl, no mixer needed.
You MUST chill this cookie recipe – otherwise they will spread too much.
Yes – this recipe has been tested with both regular and sugar-free cake mix.
Use any brand or flavor for this recipe but know that Duncan Hines cookies spread more than Betty Crocker.
Add up to 1 ½ cups of any mix-ins, add any extract or flavorings too!
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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- 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
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.
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):
- Chopped peanut butter cups or other candy
- Reese’s Pieces
- A mix of chocolate chips
- 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!
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
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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Published on: July 26, 2021