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!

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 Mic Cookies are an easy adaptable cookie base

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


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 119
  • Sugar: 7.9 g
  • Sodium: 126.3 mg
  • Fat: 6.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.6 g
  • Protein: 1.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.5 mg

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237 comments on “Cake Mix Cookies”

  1. Mine came out very cakey rather than chewy (unsurprising!) but didn’t seem to flatten or spread much as the photos here might suggest; which is fine, but just something to be aware of–mine ‘puffed up’ a bit. My oven and baking pans are on the smaller side and I was in a hurry so my dough ball deposits were probably larger/taller than would make 24; I got 18 out of my batch. (And my cake mix expired two years ago but that doesn’t seem to have had an impact so this could be a great way to quickly make space in the back of the cupboard if you’ve got a box or two just hanging around.)

    I did French Vanilla mix with butterscotch chips, which I enjoy, but I will say they came out VERY sweet for my tastes, (I’ve eaten half of one and I’m pacing myself hahaha,) so I’d take care to serve these with something like strong coffee to balance them out, or maybe do half nuts and half chips next time.

  2. I made this recipe years ago, but it is just like a lot of old recipes. Cake mixes no longer come in 18 oz. box. They are now 14 ounces. Will that matter? I do not want to open another cake mix for 4 ounces.

  3. Made the cookies with white cake mix and 1 cup sweetened coconut. They were delightful! It was a nice light coconut taste with the perfect amount of sweetness and a good chewy texture. Next time I may lightly toast the coconut first to help bring out the flavor even more.

  4. I just made white cake mix w mini M&Ms.. kids loved them!! I’m gonna freeze the unused dough.. should be ok???

    1. I’ve made several of these but different variations & I roll rhe dough into balls & freeze on a tray. Then when I want cookies I just pull out how many I want. Favorite is red velvet with white chips but I am gonna try zucchini with spice today… because I love making zucchini cake with the spice cake.

  5. Beautifully concise and broadly applicable instructions, thank you! Had all the info I needed and none I didn’t. Very nice results, but I do think the extra 1/4 c of flour was unnecessary for a 15 oz box. The cookies are about as round as a teacake! I used a butter pecan cake mix and put 50/50 crushed pecans and toffee crumbles in them, very nice combo if anyone else is interested.

  6. I made these using butter pecan cake mix and some chopped pecans. I used two extra large eggs and only about 1/3 cup of oil. Amazing!!

  7. Super disappointed that I wasted special M&Ms – I should have read the reviews… straight up tasted like oil.

  8. A 1/2 cup oil made the batter and cookies taste like straight up oil. I know I measured correctly cause I used my small measuring cup that only goes up to a 1/2 cup. Not sure if it would be better with less oil. I’m sad cause I was very excited for this recipe

  9. I’ve made this recipe using commercial cake mix for years and always love the results. I wonder if I can use your homemade cake mix to make these type of cookies.

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