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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Olivia Rios
Olivia Rios
July 31, 2020 8:24 pm

Hi! My cookies are coming out doughy, do you know why?

July 26, 2020 5:01 am

Hey Shelly,
Today, I made it and my son very like it. He ate 3 cakes. I’m so happy about that. Thanks you!

Kendall Solway
Kendall Solway
July 20, 2020 7:33 pm

Can I use olive oil instead??

July 5, 2020 12:46 am

I’m trying to figure out what to do with a leftover cake mix I have. Are these better than normal cake?

June 23, 2020 11:23 pm

I used a chocolate fudge cake mix and it’s only 15 oz. I didn’t add extra flour because I didn’t think it needed it and they came out perfect!

June 21, 2020 1:18 pm

So moist and good. Great idea will be making these again!!

June 18, 2020 7:01 pm

I wanted to know if I have to follow this recipe or the recipe on the cake box.

June 18, 2020 7:44 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Ok, thank you for replying so quickly.

June 17, 2020 9:23 am

Just a question from an inexperienced baker… Would it be possible to use butter (soft or melted) instead of the oil? I’d like to try it but I’m not sure if the end product would come out too different… or negate the cookie effect entirely.

June 8, 2020 4:09 pm

I used to make these years ago with the addition of rolling in powdered sugar prior to baking. The kids and I tried different flavors but to my surprise, the hands-down winner was the strawberry cake mix! Even their dad who is not a strawberry guy loved them! Making these again for the first time in15 years and I can’t wait to surprise the fam! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

June 4, 2020 2:40 pm

I love these cookies! Has anyone every tried fruit? I’m thinking of doing a lemon cake cookie with frozen blueberries. I’m wondering if I should cut back on the oil a bit? Thoughts?

May Loo
May Loo
June 1, 2020 12:39 pm

Can you freeze the mixture, and turn these into icebox cookies? My plan is to make chocolate fudge cookies with walnuts.

May 30, 2020 10:42 pm

Triple chocolate cake mix with walnuts, miniature tini tiny Reese’s cup (smaller than miniature) and Reese’s crunch mix….. OMG! Heaven! Going to try Butter Pecan with extra pecans and crushed Heath bars.

Jamie Dritschilo
Jamie Dritschilo
May 30, 2020 11:38 am

Chose this recipe because my granddaughter wanted to make a chocolate cookie and I happened to have a chocolate cake mix. Turned out that she wanted to make a chocolate version of what my Mom called “Kitchen Sink Cookies”, which are oatmeal cookies with all sorts of add ins. I didn’t realize that’s what she meant until she dumped oatmeal into the chocolate mix along with her other add ins (cinnamon and chocolate chips, cocoanut, walnuts and dried cherries). So, we added a little water to deal with the oatmeal and baked. They came out very tasty, but more like… Read more »

May 29, 2020 8:52 am

I noticed on recipe it said store in air tight container for 3 days. So these cookies are only good for three days
after you make them?

May 28, 2020 10:51 pm

Omg we love this recipe! We used cherry chip cake mix, 1 egg and 1/2 cup of butter and added flour and 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 cup of maraschino cherries. My kids love it. Soft and chewy! Make sure to chill 30 mins before baking. We can’t wait to try other flavors.

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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