Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

These bright and colorful Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies are so fun, cute and delicious. This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day, and just about any other special occasion!

Pink Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

Every so often, I have a super adult-ish kind of day. You know the ones: making dentist appointments, signing school permission slips, running errands, etc. Thrilling, it isn’t. But necessary.

My way of keeping myself young at heart? I occasionally make cookies for breakfast. And not just any cookies. Without fail, my go-to for a quick and easy cookie fix is Cake Mix Cookies!

This time, it’s these indulgently sweet and colorful strawberry cake mix cookies. Delicious, easy, perfectly soft and chewy. They have just enough bright pink coloring and sugary flavor to reboot my inner child, while bringing all kinds of joy to my actual children. Of course, making them for breakfast is optional!

Why Use Cake Mix for Cookies?

Cake mix cookies are not only quick and easy, they’re also crazy versatile! I love these cookies because I can use just about any cake mix variety and add-ins my heart desires. Talk about endless flavor combos! Cake mix cookies also happen to be great to make with kids, since they’re super simple.

A box of strawberry cake mix.

What You’ll Need

  • Cream Cheese: Take the cream cheese out of the fridge about a half hour before you start, to let it come to room temperature. This makes it easier to combine with the other ingredients.
  • Butter: Also brought to room temperature.
  • Strawberry Cake Mix: Your favorite brand of boxed cake mix. You need the dry cake mix only, and not all the extra ingredients on the box. 
  • Powdered Sugar: For coating the cookie dough before baking.
  • Egg
Strawberry cake mix cookie batter on a stand mixer paddle.

How to Make Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

Make the Dough: Cream together the cream cheese and butter, then beat in the egg. Slowly add in the dry cake mix until a thick dough forms.

Chill: Pop the dough into the fridge to chill for about an hour, just enough to make it less sticky to handle. 

Roll the Dough: While the oven preheats, roll the cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in powdered sugar and then place them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving some space to account for spreading.

Bake: Bake the cookies until the centers are just set. Leave the cookies to cool on a wire rack.

Rows of baked strawberry cake mix cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Tips for Success

  • Results May Vary: Depending on the box cake mix you use, your cookies may bake up differently! Some may spread more while others turn out thicker. Not in a bad way, but it’s just something to keep in mind.
  • What If I Don’t Have a Mixer?: These cookies are so easy to make, with or without a mixer. The key is to soften ingredients like cream cheese and butter beforehand, and you shouldn’t have any problems mixing these up with a spoon or spatula.
  • Can I Use Another Kind of Cake Mix?: Absolutely! If strawberry isn’t your thing, you can certainly try out this recipe with any cake mix varieties of your choosing! Other possible options are red velvet, chocolate, lemon, or confetti cake mix – the sky’s the limit! I’ve included more fun cake mix cookie recipes at the end of this post.

How to Store

Your strawberry cake mix cookies will stay soft for up to 4-5 days when stored airtight at room temperature.

Can I Freeze These?

Yes! Store the cookies in an airtight, freezer-safe container or bag and keep them frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw the cookies on the counter at room temperature.

More Fun Cake Mix Recipes

A stack of three pink strawberry cake mix cookies.

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield Yield: About 24 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American


These bright and colorful Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies are so fun, cute and delicious. This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day, and just about any other special occasion!



  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 box (18.25 oz) Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. In your mixer cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add egg and beat until combined.
  2. Turn mixer to low and slowly add in your cake mix. The dough will be thick.
  3. Refrigerate dough for about a hour or so, just enough so it’s not quite as sticky. Also, the colder the dough is the puffier your cookies will be.
  4. When dough is chilled preheat oven to 350°.
  5. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Place. powdered sugar in a small bowl
  7. Roll dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter, then roll in powdered sugar.
  8. Place about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet and bake for approx 10 minutes until centers are just set.
  9. Cool on wire rack


Keywords: strawberry cookies, valentines cookies, valentines day dessert

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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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Matthew Stern
May 16, 2022 6:23 pm

Hi Shelly, have you ever tried your strawberry cookies with real strawberries and white chocolate chips?

Matthew Stern
May 16, 2022 4:41 pm

Has anyone ever tried the strawberry cake mix cookies with fresh strawberries

Apr 3, 2022 12:40 pm

I LOVE those cookies!!!! Has anyone ever tried to make a KETO version? I wonder if the KETO boxed cake mix would work well?

Jan 20, 2021 6:34 pm

I really loved these! So delicious, so pretty, and so easy — I think these would be a fun thing to bake with kids just because they’re so simple. I ended up using a lot more than 1/4 cup of powdered sugar just because the more sugar you use, the more of a pretty crinkly effect that you get, and I mixed some pretty sprinkles in with the sugar as decorations. I also tossed in some white chips for a strawberries and cream effect! The only thing I would say is that these are SUPER sweet, which some people might… Read more »

Jun 8, 2020 6:20 pm

Could this be adapted for a box mix that is 15.25oz rather than 18.25oz? That is all I currently have. Thanks!

Jan 18, 2020 11:42 am

Do these cookies need to be stored in the refrigerator because of the cream cheese. How long can you store the cookies.

Dec 8, 2019 1:06 am

Hi Shelly! I love all of your recipes and they never fail me! This was no different. I doubled the recipe and mixed in chocolate chips to the second half. Both version plain & chocolate chip were a hit! Thank you definitely will add to my regular rotation of recipes.

Aug 30, 2019 5:26 am

Ahahaha.. I spend a lot of my internet time on food blogs, and I usually skip over all the anecdotes and nonsense to get right to the recipe. But I just love your writing and your self deprecation, I don’t even care about the recipes. I mean, I do andtherecipesbetterbegood 🙂 But you’re awesome, and thank you for making me feel better about not being a more adulty adult.

Feb 26, 2015 5:03 am

Can these be kept on the counter after baking or should I store the leftover cookies in the fridge? Made the funfetti cookies the other night and going to make these tomorrow!

Feb 5, 2015 5:40 pm

i feel better knowing i’m not the only person who hides from the doorbell! i even stand still as though they can hear me if i move….

Jul 29, 2014 2:25 am

Made these strawberry cookies last night and they were absolute heaven, I did make a couplfe of additions after they were baked, i added a cream cheese frosting and fresh sliced strawberries on top. OMG were they delightful!!!Made the funfetti cookies last night too, number 1 son loves funfetti cake!! Easy recipe, soft tasty cookies, everyone loved them.

Apr 17, 2014 10:05 am

I’m making a test batch to – ummmmm – make sure they are as yummy as I think they will be. I’m making cookies for a fundraiser for a horse rescue. We are having an Easter Benefit. If the Strawberry ones turn out like I think they will, I’m making chocolate and lemon. I can’t wait to try the lemon ones, because I was raised on a light fluffy cheesecake made with Milnot, lemon jello, sugar, and cream cheese.. It took me years, as an adult, to get used to the thicker, richer type cheese cake that is the norm.

Feb 17, 2014 11:05 pm

I’m making ups couple of batches of the strawberry gooey cookies now for a principals’ meeting at my school tomorrow. I get so many compliments on these cookies! I had. A teacher tell me that she dreams about these cookies, a student screamed across the library that she loved me and my cookies were the best in the world, the dean asked for my recipe and brought cookies to two parties as a hostess gift. I am known as the Queen of Cookies in part to baking the famous Strawberry Gooey cookies!

Jan 12, 2014 4:14 am

I love your spirit! The older I get (and I think I am old enough to be all of your followers’ mother…) the more I try to avoid “adultism.” I don’t mind making appointments so much, but I HATE opening the mail…even packages. I would rather be in the kitchen, baking your yummy strawberry cookies!!! THANK YOU for the recipe. 🙂

Dec 2, 2013 5:49 pm

does this recipe call for oil or is the butter used in place of it?

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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