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10 Cake Mix Cookie Recipes for a Quick and Easy Dessert

A plate of fudgy mint cookies, a stack of cherry chocolate chip cookies, and butter cake cookies on parchment paper.
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Want a baking hack that will change your life? How about cake mix cookies? All you need is a cake mix, and sprinkles or a little extra something on top, and you’ve got a delicious cookie dough. It’s one of the easiest, most customizable ways to make cookies.

Cake mix creates soft, fluffy cookies that feel more homemade than you’d think a box mix could create. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites, and we’ll start with some basics, like chocolate chip and peanut butter.

If you want something a bit more unique, try the fudgy mint or chocolate chip cherry. Feel free to experiment! Just keep in mind that different cake mixes may yield different consistencies in the dough.

Chocolate Chip

Chocolate chip cake cookies on a baking sheet.
Betty Crocker

All you need to create this classic is a yellow cake mix, milk, eggs, and butter. Stir in some vanilla, chocolate chips, and chopped nuts, if you prefer, and you’ve chocolate chip cookies in half the time!

There’s also no need for a stand mixer—you can use a hand mixer or a wooden spoon and get the same results. Swap out the yellow cake mix for chocolate if you want some rich, double-chocolate chip deliciousness.

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German Chocolate

Chocolate cookies with coconut frosting on a baking tray.
Like Mother Like Daughter

This recipe is a little more complicated, as it calls for frosting and a chocolate drizzle. Still, the cake mix cuts down your prep time a ton! You make this cookie dough by mixing softened butter and eggs with a chocolate cake mix before baking until the tops begin to crack a little.

Topped with coconut and pecan frosting, these taste just like a slice of German chocolate cake. Yum!

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Fudgy Mint

Two plates of fudgy mint cookies.
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These minty, chocolatey treats take less than 15 minutes to whip up. They also go perfectly with a side of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

You roll this dough in confectioners sugar to give them a beautiful crackle pattern as they spread out while baking. Top each cookie with a chocolate-covered mint candy for the ultimate minty perfection.

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A plate of strawberry cookies and a stack of seven strawberry cookies.
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Strawberry cookies? Why not? This unique flavor is difficult to get in a regular cookie recipe. Enter, the boxed cake mix for the win! They’re also a beautiful shade of pink, making them perfect for baby showers, Valentine’s Day, birthday parties, and more!

This recipe calls for white chocolate chips to add more creaminess. If you prefer, though, you can omit them and dip each cookie in milk chocolate for a chocolate-covered strawberry flavor.

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Red Velvet

A plate of red velvet cookies next to three red velvet cookies.

To make these beauties, you combine red velvet cake mix with white chocolate chips for a delicious spin on the popular flavor. If you miss the cream cheese frosting, you can make your own by combining cream cheese, confectioners sugar, and vanilla extract.

Let the cookies completely cool if you decide to frost them, though, so you don’t create a melted mess. You might also want to omit the white chocolate chips if you’re adding frosting, but it’s up to you.

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Carrot Cake

Carrot cake cookies with cream cheese frosting
Home Cooking Memories

If you’re a carrot cake lover but don’t have an excuse to bake the traditional version, throw together a batch of these cookies. This recipe adds a few more ingredients to make the dough extra tasty and tops each cookie with cream cheese frosting.

They’re a perfect snack for chilly fall evenings or any time. Follow the recipe’s advice and top your cookie with chopped walnuts for a delicious crunch.

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Peanut Butter

Peanut butter cookies on a tray.
Betty Crocker

Of course, we couldn’t forget all the peanut butter fans out there! Make soft, fluffy cookies by combining yellow cake mix, brown sugar, and peanut butter. Stir in some oil and eggs, and your cookies are ready to shape without the need to refrigerate the dough.

These cookies are a little less crisp than the traditional version, so bake them a couple of minutes longer if you prefer them crunchier. Just be careful not to burn them!

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Birthday Cake

Raw birthday cake cookies on a baking sheet and a finished cookie.

Combining a birthday cake mix with white chocolate chunks for fun cookies that are reminiscent of birthday cake flavored ice cream. If you can’t find a birthday mix, use a white cake mix, then throw in a handful of multicolored sprinkles. These are also perfect for ice cream sandwiches at a party.

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Chocolate Chip Cherry

Two stacks of chocolate chip cherry cookies.
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This fun flavor combo makes the perfect cookie. The recipe calls for a white cake mix combined with cream cheese and maraschino cherries for a rich, sweet flavor. Add a dollop of chocolate ganache on top to complete the ensemble.

This flavor combination is popular around the holidays, but, of course, can also be enjoyed year-round.

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Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

Chocolate gooey cake cookies on a baking sheet and a stack of them tied with string.
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Gooey butter cake is rich and dense and traditionally served in Missouri. This cookie recipe combines the flavors of gooey butter cake and chocolate brownies for an ultra-rich cookie that’s crispy on the outside and soft in the center.

Drizzle them with melted chocolate if you want an even more decadent chocolate flavor. Trust us, these will quickly become a family favorite.

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