Cake Mix Cookies

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Cake Mix Cookies are easy, buttery, and have a wonderful cake batter flavor! How to make cookies from a cake mix slightly doctored with flour, sugar, real butter, chips, and sprinkles.

How to make cookies from a cake mix slightly doctored with real butter, chocolate chips, and sprinkles

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake batter is one of my favorite dessert flavors, second only to chocolate.  I have a treasure trove of cake batter infused recipes on my website, and even a well-loved funfetti cake recipe that’s made from scratch, but is specifically designed to imitate that classic cake mix flavor.

However, I hadn’t ever used cake mix as an ingredient in one of my own cookie recipes before.  I’d played with the standard, few-ingredient cake mix cookie recipes in the past and had always been happy with the results, but this time I decided I wanted to doctor the recipe a little more and really learn how to make cookies from cake mix that would be absolutely delicious.

The result: an almost gourmet-style, sprinkle-speckled, chocolate chip flecked cookie infused with vanilla cake batter flavor in every bite. These cake mix cookies are truly delicious.

Cake mix cookies that are easy, buttery, and have a wonderful cake batter flavor!

How to Make Cookies from Cake Mix

For these cake mix cookies, all you will need is the dry yellow cake mix (not prepared according to the instructions on the back).

  • You won’t need the full box of mix, so seal the leftovers in an airtight container so that you have them available for the next time you want to make a batch of cake mix cookies (which will be as soon as you finish off the first batch).
  • Many cake mix cookie recipes use oil, but these use real butter, which gives them a deep flavor and helps keep their texture nice and soft, and (most importantly) cookie-like rather than cake-like.
  • These cake batter cookies are also made with a blend of both flour and cake mix (rather than just the mix) so the cake batter taste is present without being overpowering.

cake batter cookies, or cake mix cookies, with sprinkles and mini chips

Cake Batter Cookies are Chewy, not Cake-Like

Unlike a lot of cake mix cookies that I’ve tried in the past, these flatten out quite nicely as they bake.  First, the cake mix cookies actually puff up in the oven, but as they cool they’ll slowly settle down to a chewy (not at all cakey!), nicely textured cookie.


Print Recipe
5 from 2 votes
Servings: 30 cookies
Cake Mix Cookies
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Author: Sam

Sweet, simple cake mix cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • ½ cup Brown sugar tightly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips optional
  • 1/4 cup colored sprinkles/jimmies
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer), cream butter until smooth.

  2. Add sugar and brown sugar, beat until well-combined.

  3. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.

  4. In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, cake mix, baking soda, and salt.  

  5. Gradually stir flour mixture into butter mixture until completely combined.

  6. Fold in sprinkles and mini chocolate chips.

  7. Cover with plastic wrap and chill cookie dough for at least 30 minutes.

  8. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare cookie sheets by lining with parchment paper.  

  9. Once cookie dough has chilled, drop by rounded 1 1/2 Tablespoon-sized scoops onto prepared cookie sheets, spacing at least 2" apart.

  10. Bake on 350F for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool completely on cookie sheet before enjoying.  Cookies will puff in the oven and then settle as they cool.  

Nutrition Information

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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These cake mix cookies are made from a doctored cake mix! They’re easy, buttery, and have a wonderful cake batter flavor!
These cake mix cookies are made from a doctored cake mix! They’re easy, buttery, and have a wonderful cake batter flavor!


Samantha is the creator behind the dessert blog “Sugar Spun Run”, a website she began as an excuse to appease her insatiable sweet tooth. Here she shares original, from-scratch desserts, usually of the chocolate variety. If she’s not in her kitchen (more likely than not coated in a fine dusting of powdered sugar), you’ll probably find her hanging out with her husband and their two dogs, Penny and (Princess) Leia.

12 comments on “Cake Mix Cookies”

  1. Can I use m&m’s instead of chocolate chips?

  2. Can you use salted butter?

  3. Love all those sprinkles! And it’s hard to beat that cake batter flavor. YUM!

  4. Made the red velvet. Very good!

  5. These look so cute and delicious! I am going to try these and put them our for my next party spread. Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to try these!

  6. Anything with sprinkles on wins me over right away! I’ve read about them all over the place, but I’ve never actually tried making cookies with a cake mix. I’ve got to give this a go!

  7. Omg these are so fun, I can just imagine how delicious they are can’t wait to try!

  8. Oh boy these look so fun!
    Jane x

  9. I love your pictures here so bright and colourful, a perfect compliment to the recipe.

  10. These look so good and I am dying to try these! These would be perfect for a party or any spread really. Thank you for sharing!

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