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I am in Spring cleaning mode. I know it’s the middle of the summer, but I have the cleaning bug. The majority of this is wanting to clean things out and get rid of everything we don’t use. We have too much stuff!!

The biggest part of this has been wanting to clean out the fridge, freezer, and pantry. One of these days, I would love to have a huge, extra freezer in the garage where we can freeze all of our leftovers. But for now, all I have is the freezer that is with my fridge, and it’s a fairly small freezer!! When we bought our house about a year and a half ago, we remodeled everything. I love my kitchen (even though it’s still not finished), but if there is one thing I wish we would have done, it would have been to make the spot for the fridge bigger. Our house built in the 50’s, so the spot where the fridge goes is not as big as the refrigerators they make these days. So although my fridge is new, it is the smallest model that is made. So we’ve been eating frozen enchiladas, going through the frozen meats, and trying to clear out everything that has been in there for ages.

I decided to tackle the pantry as well. It is filled with many items that I use a lot, and that I am always replenishing, but I have a lot of items that have been on those shelves for ages. Some things that I bought, intending to use them for a recipe that never got made, and many things that I think I bought just because they were on sale. So when I saw these cookies on Becke’s blog, I thought it would be a perfect way to use some cake mixes that were coming up on their expiration dates. I have made cake mix cookies before, although it’s been ages. I adapted them just a bit from Becke’s recipe. I first made strawberry. I used the recipe I typed below, but the dough seemed very oily, so I decided that I would cut the oil a bit for my chocolate batch. While they both tasted very good, I liked the texture of the strawberry cookies better. The chocolate cookies did not spread like the strawberry cookies – instead they stayed in a little puffy ball. My husband did not have any the night I made them, but I put a couple of them in his lunch the next day. I got a text message half way through the day claiming that he thought the strawberry cookies were in his top 5 favorites! I probably wouldn’t go that far, (they do taste like artificial strawberry), but I still enjoyed them. And I took a bunch to work and they all got eaten, even though half of the people in my office are doing a weight loss contest. (I’m the devil, aren’t I!!??) So, if you need some cookies in a hurry, this is a good recipe to turn to.


Cake Mix Cookies
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These super easy cookies start with a cake mix. Change up flavors and add ins to your favorite flavors.
  • 1 strawberry cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup coconut
  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Mix eggs and vegetable oil until well combined. Stir in cake mix and add ins; drop by teaspoons onto greased cookie sheet. Cook for 8-10 minutes at 350 F.
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  3. adapted from Columbus Foodie

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75 Responses to Cake Mix Cookies

  1. Poonam says:

    Hi Deborah, I am here for the first time! I never thought of making cookies from a cake mix. I have a cake mix left unopened for a long time now…i will try your recipe on that mix…thanks for sharing!..Loved reading your posts..

  2. Tart Reform says:

    Hey, just wanted to let you know that I was recently asked to list my 5 fave female bloggers, and I put you down. I just love reading about your latest successes and attempts. Thanks!

  3. KJ says:

    Hi Deborah. I have never heard of cake mix cookies. What an interesting idea. I quite like the sound of strawberry biscuits.

  4. Patricia Scarpin says:

    I have never tried making cookies with cake mixes, Deb – this is totally new to me!

    I love the pink cookies. πŸ™‚

  5. Chris says:

    Yum!I love these! I have never made cookies with cake mix – just brownies. And then, I have made cookies with brownie mix. I will have to try these! Thanks!

  6. Kristen says:

    I love those pink cookies…my three year old would be all over those. I’m going to have to make these soon!
    Oh – and what a cute dessert would this be to bring for someone who just had a baby girl? Love it!

  7. Claire says:

    I have a recipe very similar to this but for some reason it adds a 1/4 cup sugar. I leave that out. My aunt used to make these chocolate chip cookies that I thought were divine…turns out they were just butter cake mix cookies with CC in them! I think this is best with lemon or strawberry mix.

  8. Michelle says:

    Deb – Like I told you – These cookies looked so good I went to the store that and bought a strawberry cake mix and coconut. We went to our friends beach house for the weekend and the cookies were a hit! Damon also absolutely loved them!

  9. Bonnye says:

    I made the strawberry cakemix cookies but substitute applesauce for the oil. I always do with any recipe. Yummy and no fat.

  10. Leah says:

    Does anyone know how many cups are in a box of cake mix? I have some leftover cake mix from making cake batter rice krispee treats and I was thinking I could cut this recipe in half to use up my leftovers. But I’m not sure how many cups equals half a box of cake mix…

  11. Emily says:

    I definitely need to try this! About how many cookies does this make?

  12. Katie says:

    is the coconut coconut oil, shredded coconut, coconut milk etc??

  13. shelly says:

    Can I make the strawberry ones without the coconut? Is there something I can substitute for it. I want to make these for Christmas, but I have a few guests that do not like coconut. I was going to make both the choc and the strawberry.

  14. Kasey says:

    I make a similar cookie, but instead of oil, I use one cube of butter, softened in the microwave to almost melting… yummy!

    When I make the chocolate ones I add chocolate chips. Sometimes I don’t then I will make a thick cream cheese frosting and put 2 cookies together.

    My kids love it when I do Funfetti cake cookies.

  15. Mary Lou says:

    Try this one! White cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 cup chopped Candied cherries, 1 cup of chopped pecans and 1 1/2 cups of White chocolate morsels. Mix well, using a tablespoon drop on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I usually roll them in the palm of my hands. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes. My husband loves them. The guys that I work with really love them, too.

  16. Lori says:

    I make something similiar as well. The recipe calls for Cool Whip and an egg added to the mix – then rolled in powered sugar! Yummy.

    I have used a Cherry Chip mix and a Lemon Mix – we call them Snowflake cookies but love them anytime of the year!

  17. Erin says:

    My family loves the Yellow cake mix with toffee pieces added. The cookies are so chewy and delicious!

  18. chris says:

    Lori…I got the same receipe from a friend of mine that owned his own bakery. 1 cake mix, 1 egg, 2 cups of Cool Whip rolled into powdered sugar. I take different flavors and add things, like peppermint candies crushed into chocolate cake mix. The lemon ones are the ones my friends love…I add lemon zest and juice of the lemon for that extra punch!

  19. Leslie says:

    So easy and delicious! I swapped the coconut for mini white chocolate chips and it added a different flavor. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  20. Makyla Molina says:

    I’m wanting to make these for a babyshower in a couple weeks but thought about making them now and freezing them….can I do that?? Would it be better to freeze them made already or in the dough form??

    • Deborah says:

      @Makyla Molina, I haven’t tried freezing these before, but they really only take 5 minutes to mix the ingredients together. It probably won’t save much time to freeze just the dough. If you do try freezing the cookies, let me know how it turns out!

  21. Erika says:

    Just tied these cookies and they are very tasty. Added coconut like you said, but next time I think I’ll add some pecans too. Thanks for the great recipe.

  22. Kim says:

    I have been making these for years! Try: white cake mix, 1/2 box chopped pitted dates, pecans

  23. Mitzie says:

    Just made these cookies in the strawberry flavor and the are DELICIOUS! Also tasted good with red velvet cake mix and white chocolate chips!!! Thanks for the great recipe perfect for a baby shower or luncheon!

  24. Kina says:

    I bet these pink ones would be adorable with mini chocolate chips, they would look like watermelons. I think I’m going to make them into ice cream sanwiches and roll the sides in something green…Thanks for the idea!

  25. Shannon says:

    I have to use both Strawberry and chocolate cake mix? Will they still come out pink or which ever I choose?

    • Deborah says:

      @Shannon, if you want the strawberry cookies, just use the strawberry ingredients. If you want the chocolate cookies, just use the chocolate ingredients. The recipe is for 2 different flavors.

  26. on the strawberry cookies, could i cancel the coconut cuz i am alleric to coconut

    • Deborah says:

      @rava stortzum, you can add in any add-in that you would like, or just leave them plain. I know a lot of people who have tried them with white chocolate chips or regular chocolate chips and who have loved them that way.

  27. Laura says:

    These are fabulous! Thanks for the great recipe- I had to bake them for 18 minutes as opposed to 8-10, but they came out fantastic! Can’t wait to try the chocolate in the future πŸ™‚

  28. sarabeth says:

    another great twist on these cookies is: 1 box of cake mix and one full tub of cool whip. mix all together then drop one spoonful at a time in powdered sugar then lightly pat onto a lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-15 mins depending on how hot your oven gets. super chewy and delish! I have done strawberry, red velvet and butter pecan(butter cake mix with chopped pecans added) everyone loves them and super easy to make:)

  29. Jodi says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I just made them today. I am going to put these delightful little strawberry cookies in a pink ribbon cellophane bag as thank you gifts for donations made to my 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk.

  30. julie says:

    I make cake mix cookies often and they are always so moist and delicious! I love them

  31. LeighAnn M. says:

    Just made Funfetti cake mix cookies and they were so good! Thanks!

  32. bobbie says:

    making these now as old man been asking for them

  33. Gaby G. says:

    HELLO PEOPLES!!! Its so great these cookies turned out soo inredible. So i have another cookie recipe for you,your friends and family (that is if they get to try them πŸ˜‰ ) to enjoy! (remember i’m posting this for the cookbooks giveaway.)

    Here is a cookie recipe for the working woman to enjoy-


  34. rebecca says:

    Hello! I made the strawberry with coconut tonight. I also had to bake them about 18 minutes rather than 10. Although I love the flavor and texture I achieved, I thought they were way too sweet. Any ideas on what I can add to this recipe to cut down the sweetness? I bought 8 boxes of strawberry cake mix and planned to make tons of these!

    • Deborah says:

      @rebecca, these are sweet cookies. As far as cutting down on the sweetness, the only thing I can think of is using unsweetened coconut instead of sweetened coconut.

  35. Cristina says:

    I want to make the Strawberry ones with chocolate chips! Thanks for the inspiration!

  36. Emily says:

    Perfect Valentine’s Day cookies!

  37. anne sheeler says:

    Just made an orange version this weekend. Used orange cake mix and added white chocolate chips. The cookies tasted like a creamsicle!! Everyone loved them!

  38. Julie says:

    I tried these with an orange cake mix and scissor cut chunks of orange slices candy. Awesome.

  39. Alanna says:

    These look amazing! I have an odd question though, I’m making a valentines day basket for someone with chrons disease and can only have sweets here and there. Can you give me the recipe for the strawberry ones that will only make two or three cookies? πŸ™‚

    • Deborah says:

      @Alanna, I’m afraid this wouldn’t be easy to cut down to 2 or 3 cookies. I would suggest making the whole batch and giving the rest to someone else. πŸ™‚

  40. Andrea @ pencils and pancakes says:

    How many will one box yield? I want to make them for my students so I will need about 80 lol

  41. Joanne says:

    My grandson gave me a cake mix cookie recipe and he used a cup of M&Ms in the batter. Yummy!!!

  42. Julianna says:

    Hey guys! I’m julianna (Julie-Anna) and I’m 11! I made cake batter cookies a while ago with my cousin.

    Immediately, I was hooked!

    I’ve been searching for the right cake mix to make the best cookies. I finally found that Betty Crocker Devils Chocolate is a GREAT mix. I used this recipe and I’m left with a DELICIOUS batch of cookies!

    Thanks @Deborah for posting this AMAZING recipe!!

  43. Lisa E. says:

    Here’s another one to try:
    German Chocolate Cake Mix
    1/3 cup oil
    2 eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla
    Chocolate Chips
    Mix 1/2 the cake mix with the oil, eggs, and vanilla till smooth. Add the remaining cake mix. Dough will be EXTREMELY stiff! Add chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
    These are DIVINE as long as you don’t bake them too long and they’re still chewey! Give them a try!

    • Pat says:

      With German chocolate, I think I’d try also adding a little shredded coconut and minced pecans similar to a German Chocolate cake frosting.

  44. Maggie says:

    What brand of cake mix did you use for the strawberry cookies?

    • Deborah says:

      @Maggie, it was quite awhile ago, but I’m pretty sure I used Betty Crocker. I’ve done cake mix cookies with Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and Duncan Hines before and they’ve all worked out.

  45. anne says:

    I like puffy soft cookies, the picture of these looked thin so I added 1/3 cup of flour and 1 tsp baking powder and baked at 350 degrees for 11 minutes. I also added white chocolate chips instead of coconut. delish! great idea using a cake mix for cookies, never would have thought, now I am gonna try tons of flavors!! thanks!

  46. Lisa E. says:

    I have used both strawberry and orange cake mixes, both with white chocolate chips instead of coconut, and they are gone in minutes! Just an added note – I too have to bake them at least 18 minutes with my oven, but they come out perfect every time. Just wished they made more flavors of cake mixes! Thanks for the recipe!

  47. Casey says:

    I made cake mix cookies this weekend….but I used 5T melted butter and 5T melted shortening instead. I thought the shortening would help hold its shape but the cookies spread out SUPER thin. I see you used oil. Is there something about the oil that helps them hold? Should I try SOFTENED fat instead??

    • Deborah says:

      I know that some people do use softened butter for cake mix cookies, so I’m guessing it would work with softened butter. I’m not sure why the melted fat didn’t work.

  48. Harriet says:

    I’ve made these thru the years.The 1st time I saw the recipe was in my late Mother’s old 1970’s church cookbook she had gotten from a friend in SC.I’ve made the lemon,choc and orange ones and last week I made ones from a Spice cake mix.I added pecans to that one,it came out well.I’d like to make the strawberry or cherry ones for potluck sometime.

  49. sue says:

    I got pink lemonaid cakemix and icing. Gonna try tonight

  50. sharon white says:

    My great granddaughter and l made the strawberry cookies . She is 3 and I am still under 80.
    What a great afternoon we had ! We served cookies and milk to her great grandfather and father on the patio. Such a easy beginning to baking and fun for all.
    Thank you.

  51. linda says:

    you be surprised what you can put in cake mix cookies
    my favoret is a plain white cake and add your favoret like almond or orange extract
    so good

  52. Trishfields says:

    Has anyone done the Funfetti banana split cookies? They are great!! Can I freeze them after baking? Trying to get Christmas baking done in advance

  53. Linda & Kendall says:

    My grand-daughter Kendall and I like to make this version; Cherry Chip cake mix with dark chocolate chips. Everyone in the family loves these! I don’t see this particular version listed by anyone else. Definitely worth trying.. Yummy

  54. Pat says:

    As someone else said, this idea of cake mix cookies has been around a very long time, I know I used it as a “new bride” back in the early 1960s. I think it’s wonderful that you’ve introduced it to a whole new generation of cooks. I have yet to find a flavor of cake mix that does NOT lend itself to yummy cookies, the fun/challenge is to decide what “add in” to pair with what cake mix. My personal favorite “go to” pairing is a yellow cake with semi-sweet chocolate chips and pecans …. but I guess that’s because it was my first and I’m a “traditionalist”. Different holidays call for a different add in too, e.g., crushed peppermint sticks at Christmas, diced candied cherries for Valentine’s day, green candied cherries and a little green food coloring for St. Patrick’s day., etc.

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