This easy chocolate cake mix cookies recipe requires simple ingredients. These soft cookies are great as a snack or dessert. Many variations included!
Making chocolate cake mix cookies has been on my mind for a few weeks now.
I tried them once ages ago and and they tasted so ODD that I never tried again.
However, I decided to give them a shot AGAIN after sampling some at my kiddo’s school party and actually liking them.
I TWEAKED cake mix recipes all of last week and this simple chocolate cookie recipe is a definite WINNER!
I honestly did not expect them to taste as GOOD as they did.
These devil’s food cake mix cookies taste as if they are made from scratch.
They are FIRM and CRISPY on the outside but slightly SOFT on the inside.
Here are some TIPS for making perfect chocolate cake mix cookies:
- Many people have asked if they can make chocolate cake mix cookies without eggs. Honestly, I haven’t had much success with that. So, please do not omit the eggs. That is one of the key ingredients in this recipe.
- There are many brands of cake mixes in the market like Pillsbury, Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker. I prefer Pillsbury cake mix cookies.
- Chilling the cookie dough for 20-30 minutes makes it easier to handle and prevents the cookies from spreading while baking. Don’t skip this step!
- Don’t replace the baking powder with baking soda since the results will be different.
- Don’t replace oil with butter. I am usually avery big fan of butter in baking but in this recipe, chocolate cake mix cookies with butter will yield a very dense cookie.
- Leftover cookies can be stored in a sealed container or cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days.
How to make chocolate cake mix cookies?
The process is very SIMPLE. Start off by mixing together the cake mix powder, eggs, oil, baking powder and vanilla extract. Then, chill the dough for 20-30 minutes so that it becomes easier to handle. Scoop out small portions of the dough and make little round balls. Place them on a cookie tray, lined with parchment paper and bake until they are firm along the edges but slightly soft in the center.
Here are some VARIATIONS for this chocolate cake mix cookies recipe:
- To make easy triple chocolate cake mix cookies, add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips in the batter and also dip the baked cookies in melted chocolate. This way, you get 3 doses of chocolate.
- To make easy chocolate orange cookies, omit vanilla extract and replace that with 1 tsp orange emulsion oil and 1 tbsp orange zest.
- To make chocolate cake mix cookies with powdered sugar, roll the cookie dough balls in powdered sugar prior to baking and you will end up with easy chocolate cake mix crinkle cookies.
- To make easy chocolate cake mix cookies with peanut butter, add 3/4 cup peanut butter chips in the batter. You can also make chocolate cake mix cookies with Reese’s pieces by adding 3/4 cup Reese candies into the batter.
- To make chocolate cake mix cookies with marshmallows, push a few marshmallows into each cookie as soon as you take them out of the oven and before they have a chance to cool down.
- To make chocolate cake mix cookies with m&m’s, follow my recipe for cake mix chocolate m&m cookies.
- To make chocolate cake mix cookies with Rolos, scoop out a small portion of the cookie dough and place a Rolo in the center and wrap the dough around the candy into a ball shape. Then, bake as usual. You can make chocolate cake mix cookies with andes mints or thin mints in the same way too.
- To make chocolate cake mix cookies with butterscotch chips, add 3/4 cup butterscotch chips into the batter.
- To make chocolate cake mix cookies with cream cheese filling, bake the cookies as per my instructions. When, they cool down, fill them with my best cream cheese frosting.
- To make chocolate cake mix cookies with pumpkin, just mix together the cake mix powder with 1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz) and omit everything else from my recipe below. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cookies are firm along the edges and slightly soft in the center.
- To make chocolate cake mix cookies with candy canes, bake the cookies as per my instructions. When they cool down, dip each cookie in melted white chocolate and toss crushed candy canes.
- To make chocolate cake mix cookies with peppermint, omit the vanilla extract and replace that 1 tsp peppermint extract.
- To make chocolate cake mix cookies with oatmeal, add 1/3 cup quick cooking oats into the batter.
- To make chocolate cake mix cookies with pudding, omit the oil and replace that with 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted). Also, omit the baking powder and add instant chocolate pudding mix powder (3.4 oz. box). The rest of the ingredients and steps are the same.
If you liked this post, you may like some of these other cookie recipes too:
- 1 box chocolate cake mix (I used Pillsbury devil’s food cake mix)
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup light olive oil
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- ⅓ cups sprinkles (for decorating)
- ½ cup melted chocolate
- In a mixing bowl, mix together the cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla extract and baking powder until thoroughly combined.
- Chill this mixture in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Scoop out small portions of the dough and form little balls.
- Place them on a cookie tray, lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are firm but center is slightly soft.
- When the cookies cool down completely, dip half of each cookie in a bowl of melted chocolate and place them on a tray, lined with wax paper. Toss some sprinkles before the chocolate has a chance to harden.
- Store cookies in a sealed container or cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Well, that’s all for today.
Until next time, tata my lovelies!