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Easy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

These chocolate cake mix cookies need just four ingredients and less than ten minutes of your time.

They’re rich, fudgy, and explode with gooey chocolate chips.

And since they’re so easy to whip up, you can make them last-minute for any occasion.

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies Recipe (So Easy!) featuring Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies  on Parchment with a Glass of Milk
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Easy Cake Mix Cookies

Most cake mix cookie recipes only need 3 ingredients. And technically, this one does, too.

So long as you have a box of cake mix, eggs, and butter, you’re good to go!

But these are chocolate cake mix cookies. And what are chocolate cookies without chocolate chips?

They add extra flavor and melty goodness to every bite.

That said, you can leave them out if you don’t have any. They’ll still be soft, chewy cookies. You just won’t have the added gooey element.

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookie Ingredients: Chocolate Cake Mix, Butter, Eggs, Chocolate Chips

4 Simple Ingredients

Believe it or not, you need just four ingredients to make these cookies. And I can’t imagine you don’t have butter and eggs in the house. 

That said, you can get away with oil and even bananas in a pinch. 

To make these fudgy treats, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chocolate Cake Mix– Don’t worry about using a specific brand unless you have a favorite. Since this isn’t turning into a cake, you don’t need to worry about finding the best.
  • Butter– Butter adds a wonderfully rich taste. But if you’d prefer to use oil, feel free to make the swap.
  • Eggs– You’ll need two eggs to help these babies rise. But if you’re looking for a dairy-free recipe, you could use applesauce or bananas.  
  • Chocolate Chips– As mentioned, these are not essential. But you can’t deny that adding chocolate makes everything better.  

How To Make Cake Mix Cookies

These cookies taste amazing. And they’re so quick! Just dump everything into a bowl and stir until the dough comes together. 

How easy is that?

You’ll find a full list of ingredients and a detailed method at the bottom of the post. But here’s a quick overview:

1. Mix the cookie dough. Beat the eggs lightly, then add the soft butter and cake mix. Stir until the dough comes together, then add the chocolate chips.

2. Chill. Cover the bowl and pop it in the fridge for about an hour. Or portion the cookies and chill for 30 minutes.

3. Bake. Portion the dough, line a baking sheet with cookies, and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges look done.

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Close Up of Chocolate Cookies with Chocolate Chips- One Has Bite Out of It

Cake Mix Cookie Variations 

The beauty of cake mix cookies is that you can use any cake mix you like.

So, if all you have is vanilla cake mix, go ahead and make vanilla cookies. The same can be said for lemon, strawberry, and even carrot cake mix. 

Just keep in mind that you’ll need to change the mix-ins.

For example, chocolate chips would work well in vanilla cookies. But I doubt they’d be too tasty in carrot cake. 

Here are a few cake mix and add-in combinations you could try:

  • Strawberry cake mix with white chocolate chips
  • Lemon cake mix with blueberries
  • Spiced cake mix with candied ginger
  • Funfetti cake mix with freeze-dried raspberries
  • Chocolate cake mix with Reese’s Pieces
  • Butter pecan cake mix with toffee bits
  • Marble cake mix with butterscotch chips
  • Red velvet cake mix and white chocolate chips

Vegan Options

Need some vegan cookies in a flash? I’ve got you covered!

First, you’ll need to start with a vegan cake mix. From there, you’ll need to swap the butter for a dairy-free alternative, like vegan butter or coconut oil.

That just leaves the eggs. Here are a few easy vegan swaps:

  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce (8 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup of mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup of silken tofu (8 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup of vegan buttermilk (8 tablespoons)

Oh, and don’t forget to check the mix-ins. You’ll need vegan chocolate chips to keep them dairy-free.

A Stack of Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies with a Glass of Milk to the Side

Tips and Tricks

Although these 4-ingredient cookies are one-bowl wonders, there are some things to keep in mind before baking.

  • Use an 18.25 ounce package of cake mix. Though that is the standard, some are bigger. So double-check the weight before you start.
  • Different cakes mixes can have varying results. So you may need to alter the recipe. For example, vanilla cake mix cookie dough is known to be softer. So, I recommend only adding one egg.
  • Substituting oil for butter? Make sure to use neutral-tasting oil like vegetable oil. The last thing you want is for the cookies to have a strange taste.
  • Also, use less oil. For example, this recipe calls for 1/2 cup of butter, so start with around 1/3 cup of oil.
  • Don’t bother getting your stand mixer dirty. All you’ll need for this is a wooden spoon or sturdy spatula.

How to Store Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Whether you’re making these cookies ahead or have leftovers, it’s important to store them right. That way, they’ll taste just as good the next day!

To Store: Let the cookies cool completely. Then, store them in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to a week.

To Freeze: Freeze the cooled cookies on a tray until solid. Then, transfer them to a freezer bag or box and store them for up to 3 months.

Let frozen cookies thaw at room temperature for an hour or two. Just lay a few on a lined baking tray until soft.

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Easy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

Servings

24

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

8

minutes
Calories

166

kcal

These chocolate cake mix cookies give you sweet treats in no time flat! Learn this easy recipe, plus, get tips and tricks for making the best cookies every time.

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) box chocolate cake mix

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, lightly beat the eggs until mostly smooth. Then, add the soft butter and cake mix and stir until almost combined.
  • Add the chocolate chips and finish stirring the dough into a smooth ball. Wrap the bowl and chill for 1 hour.
  • Portion the cookie dough with a cookie scoop, leaving 1-2 inches between each cookie. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges appear firm.
  • Leave the cookies to cool on the tray for 5 minutes, and then move them to cool completely on a wire rack. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Chill the dough for best results
  • Use a different flavor cake mix for different flavor cookies

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7 thoughts on “Easy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies Recipe”

  1. I made cookies with Red Velvet cake mix and used Giradelhi choc. chips and they were awesome. Next day I made lemon cookies with a lemon cake mix and 1 egg and 1 stick butter plus lemonade for the one egg, to give it flavor. For these I made icing from cream cheese + half n half + lemonade + powdered sugar + approx. 2 Tbsp real butter. Excellent.

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    • Absolutely, Lee! I’d just set the frozen cookies out on a baking sheet for about 15 minutes before I wanted to bake them. 🙂

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  2. When dough is portioned on baking sheet, is it left in a ball or flattened out before baking.

    Thanks for your web site and all the recipes.

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    • Hi Ronn!
      If you like thick, chewy cookies, leave them in a ball.
      But if you prefer cookies with more crispy edges, flatten them a little with the bottom of a glass. Just a gentle press to flatten the top.
      Hope you like the cookies!

      Reply

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