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 Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Cookies
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine 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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Margo ochs
October 16, 2021 4:28 pm

Me and granddaughter just made these using butterscotch chocolate chips for a church picnic they came out great.

Judy Cast
October 4, 2021 11:32 am

Delicious and easy!

Jane Aliff
October 1, 2021 12:19 pm

This recipe is a family favorite; I add dried cranberries (Craisins) and chopped pecans. A full recipe seldom lasts more than a day at my house.

Glenda Hester
August 27, 2021 6:22 pm

What if I only have 15.25 oz mix.

August 27, 2021 12:55 pm

I added cannabis oil instead and made the cookies with just 1 tablespoon of batter. perfect serving size for a medical edible.

Beckie Seitz
August 2, 2021 12:02 am

Really great recipe! My daughter was craving Crumbl on a Sunday and they were closed. Thought this recipe might be a good copy and it was! White cake mix with cream cheese frosting and a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon! DELICIOUS!

July 18, 2021 2:06 pm

Thanks for the great recipe Shelly! I’ve made these two times now with a Lemon Cake Mix and added lemon zest and juice, drop of vanilla extract, stick of butter and 2 lg. eggs. It’s a 16.5 oz package and I didn’t add any flour…comes out a bit thin but I let it sit in the fridge for a few minutes. In the oven for 20 – 25 minutes. Long time….sprinkled some decorating sugar a few minutes before taking them out. I like them crispy… Thank you again! I think it’s great that you can do something you love doing… Read more »

Geneva West Conder
September 1, 2021 12:25 pm
Reply to  TimE

I made lemon cookies using a box of lemon cake mix & my husband loved them. I was out of eggs, so I substituted with unsweetened apple sauce, one 1/4 cup =1 egg.
Lemon Cookies
I used 1 box of lemon cake mix.
I substituted for two eggs.
2×1/4 cups unsweetened apple sauce.
One 1/4 cup Oil.
1/2 tps Vanilla extract.
1/2 tps of Lime juice.
Mix well. Drop using a big spoon.
Bake 350 degrees for about 10 min or longer.
I sprinkle with powder sugar.
My husband loved them!
He couldn’t believe I used unsweetened apples sauce.

Geneva West Conder
September 1, 2021 12:27 pm
Reply to  TimE

Thank you for the recipe. I did mine a little different..

Michelle Jones
July 14, 2021 7:53 am

Delicious. I followed receipe and added sprinkles. They came out great.19 cookies. Next time I will use small ice cream scooper.

Michelle Jones
July 14, 2021 7:51 am


Mauri Dickey
July 8, 2021 7:31 pm

Can you exchange the oil with butter? And if so, how much butter would use?

Thomas Leone
August 30, 2021 4:54 am
Reply to  Mauri Dickey

1-1 usually always. Yet to see the rules exception. Figure the presence or lack of salt in butter and therefore the entire recipe.

July 1, 2021 6:36 pm

Can you substitute applesauce for the oil or eggs? If yes what is the conversion?

July 4, 2021 5:35 pm
Reply to  MCF

If replacing the egg is 1/4 of a cup per egg

Pamela Byerley
July 4, 2021 11:05 pm
Reply to  MCF

I was wondering the same. Did you make it with applesauce? 🙂

June 16, 2021 11:48 am

I used an orange cake mix and added white chocolate chip…SOOO GOOD!! They tasted like a Dreamsicle!! I love using this recipe and experimenting with different flavors! Thank you for this great recipe!!

June 14, 2021 10:18 pm

This is such a fun way to add variety to cookie baking! I am making them for a community meal and think the diners will enjoy a change from the typical sugar, chocolate chip, or peanut butter cookie. I, too, appreciate this site and the FREE recipes you are sharing. Disappointed to read some quite rude comments left on this site especially when it is free to view and use. Thank you, Shelly.

May 31, 2021 10:53 pm

I had a smaller cookie scoop so I ended up with 31 cookies! I also swapped the oil for 6 tablespoons of fat free greek yogurt and I used 2 egg whites instead of the 2 whole eggs for a lower calorie cookie. I added splashes of sparkling water until I reached a good consistency. Instead of mix ins I mixed up 4 tablespoons of chocolate pb2 with a tablespoon of agave and some water and drizzled that over the finished cookies! I used devil’s food cake with a 1/4 cup of flour added. After all that you get 66… Read more »

Bradley Hall
May 28, 2021 1:39 pm

Maybe it’s because I mixed by hand but I found the mixture was a little dry. A little tip if you have this feeling too: add a little splash of water or milk (I eye balled it but it was probably 2 or three table spoons) and it came together really well. (The batter I had was thick). I kinda added the kitchen sink in terms of add-ins lol I added a 1/4 cup each of MINI chocolate chips, sea salt caramel chips, Hershey’s skor triangles/bits, and two palm fills of butter scotch chips. Then, to ensure it wouldn’t be… Read more »

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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