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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Vanity Hernandez
April 11, 2021 4:53 pm

Make this recipe but mine didn’t really spread what may have happened

April 9, 2021 1:25 pm

Can I use butter instead of vegetable oil?

Mary Ann
March 25, 2021 8:31 pm

Made these today with my grandson using a yellow cake mix, pastel m&ms and sprinkles. I added the extra flour as suggested. They turned out so yummy! Grandson was thrilled and so fun and easy to make!

February 27, 2021 12:56 am

I have used this recipe several times, and the cookies turned out great, but tonight the dough was so sticky even after I added 1/4 cup flour that I couldn’t cut it off the spoon I was dropping from but then I used my fingers and the dough stuck to my fingers and wouldn’t stay on the pan. I don’t know if it was the cake mix or the damp weather. I thought I would never get all the cookies dropped. They are crazy shapes but taste OK.

February 21, 2021 5:04 pm

i FIXED THESE LAST NIGHT. I FORGOT TO ADD THE 1/4 CUP OF FLOUR. my mix was the 15 oz. but they turned out so good. they were really thin and crispy. thats how we love our cookies. used white cake and added buttersctotch chips. so yummy. thank you for the recipe

Susanne Malone
February 9, 2021 2:16 pm

Our church uses the cake mix to make many variations of cookies. They have all been wonderful. I want to make a lemon cookie with powdered sugar covering it. The normal add ins bring the additional flavor. Have you tried lemon juice and lemon extract? How much? I want the taste to be there, but not overpowering.

February 16, 2021 6:04 pm
Reply to  Susanne Malone

1 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice from a actual lemon not and 1 Tablespoon of lemon zest.

January 14, 2021 4:37 am

Hi Shelley! I’m so sorry for what might sound like the most ridiculous question, I’m still a beginner when it comes to cookies and a lot of attempts I’ve baked come out as more of a biscuit rather than a cookie…so I’m determined to get it right!
When using the cookie scoop to portion out, would I simply scoop from the mixing bowl and deposit the dough on the tray…I don’t have to move it/mold it/pat it down? Scoop and go?
Thank you for your advice!x

January 14, 2021 10:31 am
Reply to  Shelly

You’re the best! Thank you!

January 10, 2021 5:13 pm

Can I substitute Butter for oil?
Would it be the same amount of butter as oil?I love the cookie recipe…. Thank you

max louse
January 2, 2021 9:42 am

I made these cookies those were perfect. Really liked it and i will make it more offen.

December 28, 2020 2:27 pm

My cookies were very crunchy the next day. I cooked them the full 9 minutes. Stored in airtight container overnight. Almost too hard to eat

Melissa Wilkerson
January 20, 2021 1:23 am
Reply to  Michelle

Add half a slice of bread to your closed container. It will help the cookies stay soft.

February 27, 2021 4:17 pm
Reply to  Michelle

Definitely put a piece of bread in with your cookies each time you make them, it keeps them from going hard. I’ve even put it in with boxes of donuts and cake after it’s been cut.
Works like magic.

December 26, 2020 8:57 pm

Such a helpful template recipe for all kinds of cookies. Tonight, I made m&m and frosted funfetti cookies. Two weeks ago I made choc chip and butter cream frosted heath bar crunch cookies. People love them and they’re so easy! Thanks for this recipe and all of the ideas for what to do with it!

December 23, 2020 10:02 pm

I made these this afternoon. My husband and son really like them.

December 23, 2020 7:16 pm

The recipe is fine, but the amount of ads on the website is mind-numbing. 3 pop ups, videos, endless ads. If your recipes are that good (see Smitten Kitchen, etc), they stand on their own and we don’t need to be assaulted with ads.

December 20, 2020 12:31 pm

I made these with chocolate cake mix and pecans and they are hard as rocks! 🙁
What happened?

December 20, 2020 8:32 am

I used Strawberry cake mix and used mashed bananas in place of the eggs. Yummy!

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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