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Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

These rosy-hued Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies are an easy dessert made with a box of cake mix and common pantry ingredients! These strawberry cookies come out irresistibly soft, fluffy, and full of sweet berry flavor.

Why You’ll Love These Strawberry Cookies

Without fail, my go-to recipe for a quick and easy cookie fix has to be Cake Mix Cookies! This time around, I’ve taken a box of my favorite strawberry cake mix and turned it into these indulgently sweet and pink strawberry cake mix cookies.

  • Sweet strawberry flavor. Sure, it might be artificial strawberry, but these soft, chewy strawberry cake mix cookies are extra delicious nonetheless. Cream cheese adds unbelievable moisture and a hint of tanginess, and the cookies are rolled in powdered sugar for extra sweetness. Totally irresistible.
  • Quick and easy. Cake mix cookies aren’t a major time commitment and you can make them with just 5 ingredients. These semi-homemade strawberry cookies are great to make with kids.
  • Customizable. This cookie recipe is super versatile. You can use any type of cake mix you’d like, with endless add-in possibilities. Be sure to scroll for some of my favorite ideas.
A box of strawberry cake mix.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Below is a quick summary of what you’ll need to turn a box of cake mix into delicious and soft strawberry cookies. Remember to scroll to the recipe card for the full amounts and recipe details.

  • Strawberry Cake Mix: Choose your favorite brand of cake mix. You can skip the other ingredients on the box, as we’ll be doctoring it up with ingredients of our own.
  • Cream Cheese: I recommend using the cream cheese that comes in a brick (not a tub). 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, Egg: You’ll need salted or unsalted butter, and one egg to add richness and structure to the cookies. Both should also be at room temperature.
  • Powdered Sugar: I give my strawberry cookie dough a quick roll in powdered sugar for extra sweetness. It also gives these cake mix cookies a lovely crinkle effect after they’re baked.
Strawberry cake mix cookie batter on a stand mixer paddle.

How to Make Strawberry Cookies From Cake Mix

The dough for your strawberry cake mix cookies comes together in minutes. After, all it takes is some chilling in the fridge before they’re ready for the oven. Here’s how to make perfectly fluffy cake mix cookies:

  • Make the cookie dough. First, cream together cream cheese and butter, followed by an egg. Gradually mix in the dry cake mix until a thick dough forms.
  • Chill the dough. Next, you’ll pop the dough into the fridge to chill, just enough to make the dough less sticky to handle. It also helps to control any spreading once the cookies are in the oven.
  • Portion and roll out the cookies. After about an hour, take your cookies out. While the oven preheats to 350ºF, roll the cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Finally, coat the balls in powdered sugar and then place them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, until they’re just set in the centers. Be careful to not overbake them! Afterward, move the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Tips for Success

Anyone can make these strawberry cake mix cookies, and they’re almost guaranteed to come out without a hitch. Keep these final tips in mind:

  • If you don’t have a stand mixer, your cookies will still turn out perfectly. 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.
  • Don’t overbake the cookies. Leaving the cookies slightly underbaked is super important for a soft, chewy texture. It’s easy to overbake them, which dries them out. Once you see the pink edges beginning to brown, take the cookies out of the oven.
  • Results may vary depending on the box cake mix you use. Every brand is different, and your cookies may bake up differently as a result. Some may spread more while others turn out pudgier or fluffier. The cookies will still taste great! It’s just something to keep in mind.
  • More variations. If strawberry isn’t your thing, you can absolutely make this recipe with any cake mix variety or flavor you’d like. See below for variation ideas!

Common Questions

How long should I bake cake mix cookies?

Begin checking your cake mix cookies at the 8-minute mark. They should be ready to come out after 10 minutes. Make sure that you don’t overbake them!

How do you keep these cookies soft and chewy?

Storing your cake mix cookies airtight is the key to keeping them soft and moist. See the section below for helpful storage tips

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

Variations and Decorating Ideas

These bright pink strawberry cookies are a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day or Easter, or any other occasion. They’re incredible all on their own, but don’t let that stop you from getting creative! Try these easy ideas for customizing and decorating your cake mix cookies: 

  • Use another cake mix. Try this recipe with any cake mix you’d like. Other possible options are red velvet, chocolate, lemon, or confetti cake mix. The sky’s the limit!
  • Add chocolate chips. Make chocolate strawberry cake mix cookies and add in semi-sweet chocolate chips or white chocolate chips.
  • Dip them in chocolate. Melt chocolate in the microwave and dip one-half of each cookie for chocolate-dipped strawberry cookies.
  • Add sprinkles. For a special occasion like Valentine’s Day, decorate your cookies with pink and white sprinkles.
  • Frost the cookies. Frost these strawberry cookies with Buttercream Frosting or pair them with Strawberry Buttercream. Frosted cake mix cookies taste just like cupcakes!
A stack of three pink strawberry cake mix cookies.

How to Store Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

  • Counter: Strawberry cake mix cookies will stay soft for up to 4-5 days when stored airtight at room temperature. To help keep these cookies soft and chewy, place a slice of white bread into the container alongside the cookies.
  • Freezer: 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.

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A stack of three pink strawberry cake mix cookies.

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

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

Description

Irresistible Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies are an easy dessert made from a box of cake mix and common pantry ingredients! These rosy strawberry cookies are soft, fluffy, and full of sweet berry flavor.


Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

  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

Notes

Keywords: strawberry cake mix cookies, strawberry cookies from cake mix, strawberry cookies

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76 comments on “Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies”

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

  2. 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 not love. Regardless, will definitely be making these again and experimenting with some other flavors — I think a lemon cake would be great!

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

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

    1. They don’t need to be store in the fridge, they can be stored at room temperature airtight for up to 3 days 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. natalie @ wee eats

    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….

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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