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Cake Mix Cookies

You’re just one boxed mix away from having Cake Mix Cookies for dessert! Dotted with colorful sprinkles, these festive cookies are perfect for any occasion.

If you love easy cookies, give our favorite Chocolate Covered Oreos a try. Decorate for any holiday or birthday! Readers LOVE our delicious Snickerdoodle recipe too!

Baking sheet with a stack of cake mix cookies and red/green sprinkles.

Why Use Cake Mix

Even the most rule-abiding among us need to break the rules sometimes. I admit to not having much of a rebellious streak. . .but I did feel the teeniest bit like a rebel when I used a cake mix to make cookies.

It’s a slippery slope. Before you know it I’ll be using pancake mix to make waffles, staying out past 9 P.M. or wearing white after labor day. (Too late on that last one, come to think of it.)

But it turns out cake mix isn’t just for cake!

In this case, my ability to ignore the directions on the cake mix box and use its contents for another recipe was just the amount of rule breaking necessary to create something extra delicious.

The cake mix in this cookie recipe works wonders. It makes them soft, sweet and even easier to make than your average drop cookie. I also love how pretty they look without the mess or hassle of frosting.

I decorated these with red and green sprinkles for the holidays, but there are so many fun ways you could customize your Cake Mix cookies! From swapping the sprinkles to trying different flavors of cake mix, these cookies are adaptable, easy and always a hit.

Have I mentioned yet that the cookie dough comes together in just one bowl? Fewer dishes to wash = more time to devote to eating cookies.

We love whipping up a batch of these easy cookies to enjoy while baking up our favorite Sugar Cookie recipe!

How to Make Cake Mix Cookies

Stack of four christmas cookies on a baking sheet with wire rack.

Mix. First, you need a box of cake mix (duh). Any white cake mix in a box will do perfectly! You’ll also need some egg whites, flour, almond extract and oil.

Mix everything together in a bowl, then fold in chocolate chips and sprinkles.

Shape. Use your cookie scoop to drop balls of the dough onto a baking sheet, flatten them slightly with your hands then add MORE sprinkles and chocolate chips on top.

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. They will look a little under done and doughy but don’t worry. The cookies continue to set as they cool.

I like to leave mine on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to continue cooling.

Recipe FAQs

How do you store cake mix cookies?

Store baked cookies in airtight container at room temperature.

How long do cake mix cookies last?

Cake mix cookies stay soft and chewy if stored properly, for up to one week.

Can you freeze cake mix cookies?

Yes. Store cooled cookies in a freezer safe airtight container or ziploc bag for up to 3 months. Thaw on counter overnight (in container).

Red and green sprinkles in cake mix cookies on a wire rack.

Substitutions

Cake Mix Cookies are designed to be versatile! You can substitute ingredients and customize them for any craving or occasion.

  • Cake mix – This recipe uses a basic white cake mix. Try different cake mixes to change up the flavor. Chocolate cake mix would create scrumptious double chocolate chip cookies! A yellow cake mix would work too if you don’t mind the yellow color as opposed to white. Red velvet cake mix cookies are also incredible!
  • Sprinkles – You can use any kind of sprinkles you like in these cookies, or leave them out altogether. I used Christmas colors for a holiday theme. Use rainbow sprinkles for a funfetti look, red and pink for Valentine’s Day or swap your school’s colors for a graduation party. The possibilities are endless.
  • Chocolate chips – Try peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch morsels or any other variety of chocolate chip instead to swap out the flavors. If you’re not feeling the chocolate at all, they can be omitted. I, personally, will never pass up an opportunity to add chocolate to my desserts!
  • Almond extract – Because the white cake mix already has plenty of vanilla flavor, I used almond extract to highlight the taste of the chocolate. You could swap it for more vanilla if you don’t have almond or prefer not to use it.

More Tips and Tricks

  • These cookies are easy enough for the kids to help make. They’ll love helping you pick out which sprinkles to use, scooping the cookies on to the baking sheet and adding extra sprinkles on top.
  • I find that less is more with the sprinkles here, though, so be sure to monitor the kids to make sure they don’t overload the cookies with jimmies. Too many will overwhelm the cookies and could create a sticky mess on your baking sheet.
  • Did you notice that this recipe happens to be dairy free? To be sure these are safe for your dairy allergic and lactose intolerant friends, just double check that your cake mix is dairy free (most brands are!).
  • Try this delicious Cheesecake Cookie recipe next time you want to take your cake mix to the next level. So soft and fluffy!
Cake mix cookies with chocolate chips and sprinkles on a wire rack.

More Easy Christmas Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

Cake Mix Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Save time and effort by using cake mix in your cookies this baking season! No one will ever know you bent the rules to make them. Cake Mix Cookies are a tasty and festive addition to your Christmas Cookie trays!

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix (any brand)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies
  • ¼ cup sprinkles, any kind

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix with egg whites, flour, almond extract, and vegetable oil. Mix until well blended.
  3. Add in chocolate chips and sprinkles.
  4. Using a medium cookie scoop, drop cookie dough onto baking sheet, two inches apart. Press down slightly and if desired, add extra chips or sprinkles to the top of the cookie.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, cookie will set as at cools.
  6. Store in airtight container for up to one week, or freeze for up to three months.

Notes

  • STORAGE: Store baked cookies in airtight container at room temperature. Cake mix cookies stay soft and chewy if stored properly, for up to one week. Store cooled cookies in a freezer safe airtight container or ziploc bag for up to 3 months. Thaw on counter overnight (in container).

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 106Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Save time and effort by using cake mix in your cookies this baking season! No one will ever know you bent the rules to make them. Cake Mix Cookies are a tasty and festive addition to your Christmas Cookie trays!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on November 30, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. I’ve been making cake mix cookies for years and what a blessing to have found the recipe. So simple and so many ways to change it up. My recipe is even simpler, 1 cake mix, 1 cube butter, 2 eggs. My family seems to like the lemon cookies best, although lemon cake mix is sometimes hard to find. I drizzle a powdered sugar glaze over the top of each one.

  2. I just made these, delicious!!! I can’t wait to bring them to my Daughters tomorrow. Thank you Aimee for a simple but scrumptious cookie.

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