Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies recipe

 The Spruce

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 20 servings

Using a purchased cake mix to make cookies is a fun way to save time in the kitchen. This recipe will work with any flavor of cake mix and a variety of mix-ins, giving you lots of options for flavor combos. You can also use a homemade cake mix for a more natural option that's free of added preservatives.

Cake mix cookies are fun to make with kids since there's very little measuring involved. Just make sure that everyone washes their hands well after working with the dough since it contains raw egg. And don't forget that raw flour (including in cake mix) can contain bacteria, so watch children carefully and don't let them eat the raw dough or even lick their fingers before they have washed their hands thoroughly with soap and water.

You can stir in chocolate chips, coated candy pieces, chopped nuts, or dried fruit. If you're baking with kids, divide up the dough into a couple of bowls and let the kids add their own mix-ins. Frost the cookies if you like using homemade or canned icing, or make sandwich cookies by spreading frosting between two cookies. Any leftover cookies should be stored tightly covered at room temperature so they stay soft.

If you're using a chocolate cake mix, add two tablespoons of water along with the egg since the mix tends to be thicker.


  • 1 (18-ounce) package cake mix (any flavor)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water (only if using chocolate cake mix)
  • Chocolate chips (or other mix-ins, up to 1 cup)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  3. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, softened butter, and egg, (plus, water for chocolate cake mix) with a mixer or a spoon until the dry ingredients are moistened and the dough is thoroughly mixed.

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  4. Stir in any mix-ins (if using).

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  5. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

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  6. Bake at 350 F for 9 to 12 minutes.

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  7. Cool the cookies for 2 minutes on the cookie sheets, then use a wide and thin spatula to place them on wire racks to continue cooling.

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  8. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Recipe Variations

Take your cookies to the next level with some of these delicious mix-ins:

  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Candy-coated chocolate candies
  • Crumbled Heath bar
  • Small pieces of candy bars

Need some ideas for flavor combos? Here are some cake mix and mix-in combo ideas:

  • Vanilla cake and dark chocolate chips
  • Yellow cake and butterscotch chips
  • Chocolate cake and candy-coated chocolates
  • Devil's food cake and white chocolate chips
  • White cake and multicolor sprinkles