Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Easy chocolate cake mix cookies recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Full of chocolate and sprinkles.

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. They make a fast an easy snack or dessert, just like these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (With Cake Mix) and Rolo Chocolate Cookies.

How to Make Chocolate Cookies Recipe with Cake Mix

  1. Mix together- All ingredients, except sprinkles and chocolate chips.
  2. Chill mixture- In the refrigerator.
  3. Scoop out– Dough and form little balls.
  4. Place them– On a cookie tray.
  5. Bake– Until the edges are firm, then let cool.
  6. Dip Half- Of each cookie in melted chocolate.
  7. Toss sprinkles- On top and enjoy!

Variations for Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Top 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.

Use peanut butter- Add 3/4 cup  peanut butter chips in the batter.

Candy Add ins:

  • Reese’s Pieces- Add 3/4 cup Reese’s Pieces into the batter before baking.
  • M&Ms- Toss in some mini or regular M&Ms instead of chocolate chips.
  • 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.
  • Andes Mints– Chop mints and add them in the batter
  • Candy Canes- Bake the cookies as per my instructions. When they cool down, dip each cookie in melted white chocolate and sprinkle crushed candy canes on top.

Substitute chocolate chips- With butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, mint chips, or another favorite.

Add 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.

Filled cookies- Bake the cookies as per my instructions. When, they cool down, fill them with my best cream cheese frosting.

Pumpkin chocolate cookies- Mix together the cake mix powder with 1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz) and omit everything else from my recipe below.

Peppermint cookies- Omit the vanilla extract and replace that with 1 tsp peppermint extract.

Add oatmeal- Into the batter and mix. I like to use about 1/3 cup quick oats.

Substitute Oil– With melted unsalted butter, omit baking powder, and add instant chocolate pudding mix powder (3.4 oz. box).

Tips and Techniques for Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Chill dough- For 20-30 minutes in the fridge, because this makes it easier to handle and prevents the cookies from spreading while baking. Don’t skip this step!

Don’t replace- Baking powder with baking soda, because the results will be different and not quite as tasty.

Don’t replace oil with butter– Because butter will make a very dense cookie and you want these lighter. Leftover cookies can be stored in a sealed container or cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Don’t omit eggs- Because they are a key ingredient to this recipe and cannot be left out.

Line tray- With parchment paper so that you have an easy clean up and cookies don’t stick to the tray.

Allow cookies to cool completely- Because they will hold together better for dipping and the chocolate will stick.


Room Temperature-Cookies will stay fresh on the counter in a box or cookie jar as well as inside a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Fridge- Put in a sealed container for up to 3 months.

Freezer- Place dough in a sealed freezer bag for up to 1 month. Thaw in the fridge, then bake according to instructions.

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Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Chill time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
This easy chocolate cake mix cookies recipe require simple ingredients. These soft cookies are great as a snack, dessert or cookie exchange too.
Yield: 25 Cookies


  • 1 box Chocolate cake mix, I used Pillsbury devil’s food cake mix
  • 2 Eggs, Large
  • 1/3 cup Olive oil, Light
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cups Sprinkles
  • 1 cup Chocolate chips, Semisweet, Melted


  • 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. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Store cookies in a sealed container or cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Calories: 110kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 176mg, Potassium: 92mg, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 25IU, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Calories: 110
Author: CakeWhiz

7 comments on “Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies”

  1. Yikes! Did you chill the dough? I know that when I don’t do that, these cookies end up spreading…

  2. What the heck would we do without boxed cake mixes? These cookies look SO stinking good, and knowing me, they’ll fit right into the time I have allotted for Valentine’s Day baking 😉 Love!!

  3. I’ve been making these cookies for years but I use Butter Flavor Crisco or margarine, different flavors of cake mix, and add different kinds of chips. My recipe doesn’t call for baking power (it it’s a flatter cookie – I may have to try the BP!). One that my friends like best is Butter Pecan cake mix with mini choc. chips. When pumpkin flavored chips are available, they are good in white, yellow, and carrot cake. I’m glad to see this recipe coming back!5 stars

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