Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies are an easy cookie recipe that you can mix and match cake flavors and add-ins! Mix in chocolate chips, M&Ms, sprinkles, peanut butter chips and more to your favorite cake mix flavor and get creative!

Cake Mic Cookies are an easy adaptable cookie base

Making Cookies With Cake Mix Couldn’t Be Easier!

You know I love an easy cookie recipe and baking using cake mix as a short cut ingredient is a trick I am fully on board with! Cake Mix is such a great time saver, and while I don’t use it all the time, I feel like it definitely has a time and place when I’m in a pinch! One of my favorites is my Cake Mix Brownies! I even have a whole section on my site here for Cake Mix Recipes!

Here are some of my favorite using Cake Mix:

Cake Mix Cookies are an easy cookie recipe

How To Make Cookies Using Cake Mix

There are days when I really crave something home-baked, but don’t feel like breaking out the measuring cups, and this easy cookie recipe is just the answer! You only need 3 ingredients, plus any add-ins you desire!

What You’ll Need:

  • Cake Mix. I like vanilla cake mix the best!
  • Eggs. Use large eggs for this recipe.
  • Oil. I use vegetable oil in this recipe, however, any light colored oil will work such as Canola Oil or Corn Oil.

What Can I Add Into Cake Mix Cookies?

This is one place you can get creative when making these cookies or you can keep it simple and leave them plain!

  • Chocolate Chips
  • M&M’s
  • White Chips
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Chopped Candy Bars
  • Sprinkles
  • Peanut Butter Chips

What Kind Of Cake Mix Can You Use?

Here’s another place you can use your imagination! There are so many flavor combos that could be great!

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Spice Cake
  • Carrot Cake
  • Red Velvet
  • Lemon
  • Funfetti

The Recipe Calls for 18-ounce Cake Mix, What If You Can Only Find 15- ounces?

I have found that they seem to be phasing out the old 18- ounce cake mixes and only sell 15- ounces. So to work around this I add 1/4 cup extra all purpose flour to the mix.

I will be honest and say that you can absolutely just use the 15 ounce in place of the 18 without any variation, the cookies will be only *slightly thinner. Cake mix is very forgiving!

M&Ms Cake Mix Cookies

Here Are Some Flavor Combo Ideas!

There are so many possibilities here, but I’ll give you a few fun ideas:

  • Red Velvet + White Chips
  • Chocolate Cake + Peanut Butter Chips
  • Spice Cake + Cinnamon Chips
  • Carrot Cake + White Chips
  • White Cake + Fruity Pebbles
  • Lemon Cake + White Chips
  • Strawberry Cake + Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Chocolate Cake + Rolo Candies

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Cake Mix Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert


Easy Cake Mix Cookies are a fun way to mix and match cake flavors to add-ins! My kids LOVE to make these!


  • 1 (18.25 – ounce) box cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup add-ins like chocolate chips or M&M’s (if adding in sprinkles use 1/2 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix together cake mix, eggs, and oil until smooth. Alternately you can do this step in the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mixing ingredients on low until combined.
  3. Mix in desired add-ins until evenly incorporated.
  4. Using a medium (2- tablespoon) cookie scoop portion the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet 2- inches apart. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until lightly golden at the edges.
  5. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


Store in an airtight container for up 3 days.

Use any flavor cake mix you would like and mix and match add-ins!

If you can’t find the 18- ounce size of cake mix and can only fid the 15 ounce, just add in 1/4 cup extra all purpose flour.

*Nutritional information does not include add-ins

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Does anybody know if you can make the dough thick enough for piping? I’m currently on a pretty cookie kick lol

Karen T
Karen T

I just made this recipe using the Pillsbury Sugar Free Yellow cake mix! I added chocolate chips, a splash of vanilla and a pinch of sea salt. They are wonderful! This box mix was exactly 16 oz and I did not add any flour. I left them in the oven for about 16 minutes and could have gone another 1 or 2 as they were not browned. But oh so goood!!

Ashli Cryderman
Ashli Cryderman

Great recipe! Do you know if I could sub applesauce or butter for the oil? Thanks!


Great ideas here! I was playing with some of the add ins, so I thought I’d share an epic fail so nobody makes that mistake. Marshmallows. The idea is good, but it just doesn’t work. I used dark chocolate cake mix and mini marshmallows. Smells great! Let’s not judge the cookie by its cover ok? The marshmallows completely disintegrated. Still gonna eat them though!


I needed a quick snack for a group of my son’s friends. But all I had in my pantry was a couple of boxes of cake mixes. So I decided to give this recipe a try. I used a vanilla cake mix and those colorful tiny round nonpareil baking sprinkles. I was slightly concerned about the texture of the cookies since the recipe calls for an 18oz cake mix, but all I can find anymore in the stores is 15.25oz cake mixes. So I made the recipe anyway without any adjustments (didn’t add flour or anything to compensate for the… Read more »


The box mix I have calls for eggs and water no oil. Can I still use your recipe?


I’m so excited to try this recipe but I’m only finding 15oz cake mixes. What brand do you use??

Valerie Exar
Valerie Exar

I know this sounds like a silly question, but I only have one egg at the moment, so can I just use half of the cake mix? I’ll measure it on my kitchen scale to make sure I jabber exactly half.

Valerie Exar
Valerie Exar

Omg, jabber??? Darn autocorrect! I think I meant “just use”??? ????????


I have made this recipe with funfetti, devils food, triple chocolate, and red velvet cake mixes and I’ve loved all of them! My family and friends have too. It’s fun to be able to have freedom to choose which cake mix and what you want in the dough. I’ve tried M&Ms, chocolate chips, vanilla chocolate chips, and sprinkles! Every single one has tasted delicious and I can’t wait to try more combinations!


I love the ease of cake mix cookies! I use spice cake mix, 15oz pumpkin purée and a bag of chocolate chips. It calls for 1C but I use the whole bag. Bake 8-10 min in a 350 degree oven after mixing it all together and rolling into small balls on a cookie sheet. I’m excited to try the red velvet variety mentioned above! So easy for the annual cookie swap.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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