Custom Cake Mix Cookies (Parve or Dairy)

Cake Mix Cookies

Miri Rotkovitz

  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 30-40 Cookies (30-40 Servings)

Want to bake a quick, casual treat, but don't don't feel like lots of ingredient measuring? If you've got a box of cake mix on hand, you can hack it to whip up a batch of cake mix cookies, customized with your favorite add-ins. Contributed to this site by a reader and busy mother of three, this recipe originally called for Devil's Food cake mix and chocolate chips. But there are lots of other great combos. Here are a few to try:

  • Vanilla cake mix with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips
  • Chocolate cake mix with chopped Heath Bar and chopped pecans
  • Lemon cake mix with chopped pistachios
  • Devil's Food cake mix with peanut butter chips

Miri's Recipe Testing Notes

Back when this recipe was first published, standard cake mixes usually contained 18.25 ounces of mix. Over the years, brands including Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker have reduced the size of their mixes to 15.25 ounces. For recipes that use cake mixes as an ingredient shortcut, those missing three ounces can make a difference. If you are using a mix that contains 15.25 ounces, start with the smaller quantities of oil and add-ins. If you are using a larger boxed mix, such as Trader Joe's, or if you want thin, crisp cookies, you may prefer the larger quantities of oil and add-ins.

Updated by Miri Rotkovitz


  • 1 box cake mix 
  • 2 large eggs, (lightly beaten)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup neutral flavored oil (such as sunflower or canola)
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup mix-ins (such as chocolate chips, raisins, or chopped nuts)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Line two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Place the cake mix in a large bowl. Add the eggs and oil. Mix well, until the ingredients are fully incorporated, and no dry cake mix remains. The batter will be very thick.

  3. Stir in the mix-ins until they are well distributed. (You can knead them in with clean hands if the batter is too thick to stir.)

  4. Drop heaping teaspoons of batter onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies look dry and the centers are set.

  5. With a spatula, carefully transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool. 


  • You can use several types of add-ins, but keep the total to between 3/4 cup and 1 cup. If you want to make more than one type of cookie, divide the dough before stirring in any additions, and scale down the mix-in quantities accordingly.
  • Many cake mixes and candy mix-ins contain dairy, so if you need to keep your cookies parevemake sure to check labels to ensure they are dairy-free.  

Recipe Variation

  • For cookie bars, place batter in an ungreased 8x10 inch glass pan. Bake at 350 F (180 C) for 18 to 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool before cutting.