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

Nutrition Information:

1 cookie
7.9 g
126.3 mg
6.4 g
14.6 g
1.2 g
15.5 mg

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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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charles park
December 30, 2021 6:19 pm

This is a standard quick and ez cookie recipe i use all the time, and it works most of the time. Problem is that not all cake mix is the same, and you sometimes have to tweek it. Remember, you are using cake mix, They will turn out like little cakes using the recipe. All purpose flour is better than cake or self rising flour, bc it has less protein; unless you want bready or puffy cookies. here are some tweeks: less temp = thinner crispier cookie less fat, = a crunchier cookie less sugar =puffier cookie Thinner cookie= use… Read more »

Sharon LaRoche
December 25, 2021 3:34 pm

Can I use butter instead of oil?

December 31, 2021 5:15 pm
Reply to  Sharon LaRoche

I have used soften butter and it works fine

December 25, 2021 11:13 am

How much oil do I use

Heidi Weinert
December 24, 2021 5:55 pm

We add a touch of vanilla but my fav is mint in chocolate or mint chips. Also putting a colorful kiss or chocolate candy on the top instead of mixins.

Ann Entz
December 24, 2021 2:46 pm

I followed the directions exactly. My cookies don’t look like the picture…they are “rounded at the top and sort of fat.” And they are a little more than golden on the bottom. I realize that I’m very picky, but I am disappointed. I used “Funfetti” cake mix – had to add the extra flour. I was planning to take them to a Christmas party tonight, but now I’m not so sure I will. I guess I’ll taste them and decide. But we do “eat with our eyes first.” I really hoped they’d look like the picture. : (

Michelle A
December 24, 2021 1:23 pm

I made these with a 15.3 oz box of chocolate cake mix, a tsp. of cinnamon, 1/2 c. Vegetable oil, and 1 c. of M&Ms. baked for 15 minutes and they are perfectly fluffy. Thanks for the quick and easy recipe!

December 20, 2021 9:32 pm

I made these tonight and added flour didn’t refrigerate at all was they were ok should have put m&m etc

December 20, 2021 4:32 pm

Why only 3 days in an airtight container?
I want to make them now and give them for Christmas presents

Katie L
December 15, 2021 5:28 pm

Am I the only one who had a problem with the dough? It was so unbelievably sticky I couldn’t work with it. Currently putting it in the fridge for 30 min in hopes it hares up enough to make cookies. It stuck to the mixer so badly it took 10 minutes to scrape it into the bowel. I can’t imagine how I would have messed it up? It’s so easy.

Bri Bannick
December 16, 2021 2:54 pm
Reply to  Katie L

Same! Mine was a total fail and for once I actually followed the directions.

December 22, 2021 4:24 pm
Reply to  Bri Bannick

Same happened to me. But, there is one tray in the oven anyway. They are cooking longer than 10 minutes. I did add the extra flour and I think that is the issue. I should have mixed it up first and then added the flour if needed.

Gina Watson
December 22, 2021 10:06 am
Reply to  Katie L

I just used a fork to mix up dough. I just dropped spoonful on baking tray and baked for 9 minutes. Came out perfect. They are a bit oily in bowl and very sticky but baked up nicely I thought.

December 8, 2021 4:56 pm

I’ve made these once already. Found that I love this recipe more than others I’ve found! I do have a question I haven’t seen on the comments yet (I scrolled through quite a few) im planning to make a ton of these tomorrow for a work Christmas party on Sunday and I was wondering if the dough would hold in the fridge overnight? Im making 5 different kinds and Figured it would be easier to pre make the dough tonight and bake them tomorrow . Thanks!

Diane Barker
December 6, 2021 11:47 pm

Can the cookies be frozen.

Brenda House
November 23, 2021 5:57 pm

Can I use cake flour if I need to add flour?

Roxy Smith
November 14, 2021 8:00 pm

Great way for good cookies.

Meghan c
November 9, 2021 2:27 am

Also!!!!! If anyone here likes Andes mints, they sell the snap bars. $1 each & I’ve also chopped those up to decent chunks and topped cookies w them. amAZING. Give it a try, you won’t regret it.

Meghan c
November 9, 2021 2:01 am

Can these be freezed? I’m making them rn and been doing this since 2017, but I finally have leftover dough I won’t need for a while lol. Also, y’all need to try rolling them in powdered sugar! (Lemon is best w ps)

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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