Introduction: Cake Mix Cookies

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I found a recipe for cake mix cookies on one of those "10 DIY Food Hacks YOU NEED RIGHT NOW" lists and it just sounded to good to be true. Cookies in 20 minutes? I just didn't know about that.

But it works. I made cake mix cookies at home and then again in the Test Kitchen because I was so impressed with them. They're really good - especially the chocolate ones! The texture is great - they're not as dense as normal cookies, and the middles are nice and soft.

One box of cake mix is enough to make 24 cookies - enough to satisfy even the strongest of sweet tooths. :D

Step 1: Ingredients:

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∆ 1/2 cup vegetable oil
∆ 2 eggs
∆ one 15 oz box cake mix

And that's it! Super easy.

For maximum convenience, I recommend using 2 baking pans so you can cook them all at one time. :D

Step 2: Mixing the Dough

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Preheat your oven to 350 F.

Empty the cake mix into a large bowl. Measure out 1/2 cup vegetable oil and crack the eggs into it - beat with a fork until nice and yellow. :)

Pour the oil/egg mix into the dry and mix it well with a spatula. It'll take a bit of stirring to come together - make sure there are no dry spots left! The dough will be fairly stiff and glossy.

Step 3: Measuring Out the Dough

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Use a tablespoon measure and scoop the dough onto baking sheets. A normal box of cake mix will give you 24 cookies - do 12 on each baking sheet.

Step 4: Baking!

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Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes at 350 F. They will be puffy and look like they're not done when they first come out of the oven, but will flatten and firm up as they cool. They should be nicely browned on the bottom but stay light on top.

They dry out super fast if you keep them in the oven too long, so be careful. :)


THC4ME2 (author)2017-10-13

I used canna-butter/coconut oil I made from trimmings, and this worked like magic.

SabrinaTheLemon (author)2017-08-02

These are quick, easy, and crazy good! This is my third time making them. 5\5

AmberD80 made it! (author)2017-07-17

They are delicious! I used chocolate fudge cake mix and put chocolate chips in it and they are perfect!

simmarkaur (author)2017-07-17

do I need to add eggs

phamination (author)2017-06-30

I accidentally added the water what should I do

CheyannaG1 made it! (author)2017-06-26

Very yummy and easy they taste just like cake without chokeing on it haha to be honest these taste so much better! Just fallow the instuctions and you come out with yummyness

ShamsaM2 (author)2017-06-04

I got some almonds and white galaxy chocolates with chocolate mix .

MrsEaston84 made it! (author)2017-05-28

These cookies are fantastic - we're not really cake eaters in my house, but we all love the taste of rainbow bit cupcakes. This recipe lets us have that taste in a way we all enjoy WAY more. I followed the instructions posted by a commenter to use only 1/3 Cup oil and 2 eggs, and they turned out PERFECT! We froze some with ice cream between them as ice cream sandwiches and they were to die for as well!

SommoeB made it! (author)2017-05-26

Made these for myself after having a few drinks and they turned out perfect!!! I think I made them a bit big though.

Nellva made it! (author)2017-04-05

I made it and they came out so good! Excellent texture and taste just like the actual cake flavor

shelbie97 (author)2016-12-23

Why is this so sticky ?? Did I do something wrong ...

foggia (author)2016-11-16

Do you bake the cookies at the same temp as you would a cake?

EricMilliot (author)foggia2016-11-21

Click on "Next" button to go to the next page for instructions. To answer your question, she says to preheat to "350 F"

dhireshb1 (author)2016-06-23

Ahhh 12-14 minutes perfect, I took an idea from Laura Vitale and Sorted food where I wrapped the red velvet cake mix around a galaxy caramel and then rolled it in powdered sugar and then put them in the fridge for like an hour. Then put them in the oven for like 12-14 minutes some turned out soft while others turned out into this amazing cookie that looked like these red and white christmas cookies!!!

anjali_duke (author)2016-05-23

Do you still add the water when making the cookies

jessyratfink (author)anjali_duke2016-05-24


katyhorse (author)2016-05-14

Do you oil the baking sheet?

jessyratfink (author)katyhorse2016-05-15

Nope! The cookies shouldn't stick - they've got quite a bit of oil in them. :)

PamelaC2 (author)2015-09-22

My daughter made this for her classmates. they were a hit. They're a go to quick dessert in our house.

21Brandy (author)PamelaC22016-04-19

I made them for my class and everyone loved them!!! some people say it is the best cookie they have ever tried!!! I made mine with yellow cake mix.

TragicG (author)2016-02-16

hi !my grandmother first made these in the late 1960's. i use the recipe that calls for 1/3 cup vegitable oil and 2 eggs. it isnt so liquidy that way. some recipes call for 1 egg and 2/3 cup oil.. i have found you cannot ruin these cake mixes. i used only water one time and the cake was a little bit dry but it was still good. the mix has all the leavenings and sugars in it already. very handy for fancy looking deserts! i have also used butter or margerine ,1/2 cup ( 1 cube) instead of the oil and that works also. try the spice cake mix. roll into balls and dip into colored or plain sugar and bake. or roll into balls , bake and after about 2 minutes of cooling, roll them in powdered sugar. then roll them once again after a few more minutes. this is execellent when used with FRUIT flavored cake mixes also. they are FAB!!!

21Brandy (author)TragicG2016-04-19

My grandmother showed me this recipe years ago!

21Brandy made it! (author)2016-04-19

I have been making these for years!!! They are super easy and super delicious!!! The yellow cake mix ones are my favorite!!!

ConnieF13 made it! (author)2016-02-06

I tried the lemon cake mix. I didn't like how "loose" or watery/liquidy the dough looked but then I live in Singapore with high heat and humidity. So I added about 1/4 cp more flour and some shredded coconut. I was very sceptical but WHOA! They are amazing-soft, chewy & delicious. Wow, this will be my 'go-to' recipe when I want to make something totally delish and I'm short on time. Can't wait to try other mixes and creative ingredients.

jessyratfink (author)ConnieF132016-02-06

Lemon and coconut sounds divine!! I'm going to have to try that next time I go to the store. :D

melannlent46 (author)2016-01-24

Going to be making strawberry and lemon cookies this morning! Trying to think Spring, in snowy Minnesota!

nbrandt1 made it! (author)2015-12-03

I have a friend whose husband works with mine. After hearing that I took out our refrigerator and installed a new one all by myself she told me that she'd sent some homemade cookies to the office and my husband would be bringing some to me. I got excited about them but he forgot. I made these to compensate. Devil's food cake mix with chocolate chips and coconut.

How did he make them? did he use the same ingredients?

I made them just like the recipe here says. A box of devil's food cake mix, two eggs, half a cup of oil, a bunch of chocolate chips (didn't measure; just poured a bunch in) and a handful of shredded coconut. Baked 11 minutes.

Recently did the same thing with a yellow cake mix. Added a few drops of green food coloring, some peppermint extract, and broken Andes candies. Super simple. Practically the only way I make cookies these days.

gabby liz farias (author)2015-12-23

Can I use butter instead of oil, and if so, how much?

AshleyB61 (author)2015-12-21

Im going to make these for Christmas for Santa.. I think I might make ice cream cookie sandwiches also. Thanks for the great recipe.

tdegroodt (author)2014-08-16

Made them with Red Velvet Betty Crocker cake mix. I added some white chocolate chips and they turned out PERFECT. I only put them in the oven for ten minutes though, and they came out perfectly moist and delicious.

AshleyB61 (author)tdegroodt2015-12-21

Thank you for sharing. My daughter and I love red velvet cake but my boyfriend and son don't. This seems to be the better way to use my red velvet cake mix.

CathyP11 (author)2015-11-04

wow, I have been meaning to look up this recipe for a while, heard about it somewhere. Gonna try them tonight with my grandson, he is 8 and has Asperger's. He loves to bake. I will let ya'll know how they turn out!!!!

jessyratfink (author)CathyP112015-11-04

I hope he loves doing this! They're so easy to make and really yummy. :)

SarahA38 (author)2015-10-01

how long did you bake these?

jessyratfink (author)SarahA382015-10-01

12-14 minutes - I think I pulled this batch out at 12.

redhotmama7 made it! (author)2015-07-09

I used key lime cake mix and added dried cranberries... the kids went wild! Can't wait to try more combinations! Hint: for fluffier, more cake-like cookies, substitute applesauce for the vegetable oil!

thedoctorboy made it! (author)2015-04-14

I made funfetti ones! I love how they turned out!

Momalu063 (author)2015-04-07

Super fast and easy to do with my granddaughter! We made chocolate ones today but the possibilities seem endless!

Chantelle.m.lange (author)2015-03-30

Its Easter this week and I have a 1 year old whom is allergic to nuts & Dairy. Silly me left it to the last minute as I thought the health works would have dairy and nut free cooking chocolate which they did not.
So I left the store with a marble cake mix and a chocolate brownie mix.
He is only 15 months so I dont want to load him with chocolate specially for the first time so my thoughts were with the marble cake mix use my cake pop maker to make them and share them with my older two children decorate them as bunnys perhaps?.
Now the chocolate brownie mix, is it possible without wreaking them to chuck some popping candy, jelly beans fizzies and divide them into my chocolate Easter molds?

BexManUtdFreak (author)2015-02-23

Kept looking for a recipe for my 15oz box and finally happened to find this. Decided to give it a try and thank you so much! Definitely gonna make them again :)

ssandcastle101 (author)2015-01-23

i used triple chocolate fudge cake mix & after they cooled i frosted them with chocolate fudge icing 2nd batch i stirred in small bag plain m&m's to mix & sprinkled iced cookies with a little shredded coconut (nice contrast) and very yummy-possibilities are endless-share your results & ideas, too!!

jamie.dalcero (author)2014-12-27

I made these for the holidays, used a butter yellow cake mix and put a hershey kiss on each one.

Zelysiya (author)2014-12-24

I made these today but won't be able to find out what they taste like until tomorrow. I used fudge marble and yellow cake mix.

PamelaC2 (author)2014-12-15

The kids love these. I will definitely make these again.

JoshuasMommy30 made it! (author)2014-12-12

I made some vanilla ones and added a Hershey kiss in the middle and Devils food ones with peanut butter chips,,, both tasted delicious. Mine came out thicker and more cake like than yours. Idk what the difference was.

carolinegodin (author)2014-12-03

I second the lemon cake ... I grated in some fresh lemon zest, squeezed in the juice from the lemon, and put some sliced almonds on top and they seem very fancy and were well received.

HeathCarlson2009 made it! (author)2014-11-21

I love them and they cook really easy and I like them.

ATASTEOFCHOCOLATE (author)2014-11-09


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