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Cake Mix Cookies (3 Ingredients)

These cake mix cookies are such an easy and delicious recipe to make with only 3 ingredients! Customize this recipe with your favorite flavor and mix-in’s. 

Cake mix cookies on white parchment paper.
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We’ve shared a few different cookie recipes using cake mix, such as the strawberry cookieschocolate mint cookies and red velvet gooey cookies, but I thought it was about time I shared the original recipe. The options are endless depending on the flavor of cake mix you use!

I first saw this recipe in a church cookbook (along with my easy dump cake) I received many years ago and have made many different variations ever since, even cake mix brownies! These cake cookies are great for when you need to make something quick and don’t have a lot of ingredients on hand. I don’t know about you, but I pretty much always have a box of cake mix, oil and eggs on hand.

These cookies are soft, fluffy and seriously so delicious. I love how many different variations you can easily make. Plus, they are so simple that you literally can’t mess them up. My kids love to help make them too. They are always a huge hit!

3 Simple Ingredients

Cake mix cookie ingredients on counter.

This recipe requires only 3 ingredients (which you probably already have on hand!). This is seriously the easiest dessert to whip up and perfect for the kids to help with.

  • Cake mix: Use 1 box of cake mix (any flavor you’d like). Check out a few of my favorite variations below.
  • Oil: Vegetable oil works best in this recipe. You’ll need 1/2 cup or you can use melted butter.
  • Eggs: Add in 2 large eggs.

Feel free to include any extra mix-in’s like M&M’s, chocolate chips, nuts, sprinkles or candy pieces.

How To Make Cookies From Cake Mix

Showing how to make cake mix cookies in a 4 step collage.

You can find the printable recipe and video tutorial below.

  1. Combine. Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl with a mixer until the dough is smooth. If I have time, I like to refrigerate the dough, so it’s easier to work with.
  2. Scoop. Use a cookie scoop to add place the dough onto a prepared baking sheet. Then add any extra mix-in’s if you’d like.
  3. Bake. Cook in the oven at 350°F for 9 to 11 minutes until the cookies are set!

Baking Tips

  • Refrigerate the dough: The dough tends to be a little stickier than your typical cookie dough because of the oil, so I’d recommend refrigerating the dough for about 30 minutes so it’s easier to work with.
  • Don’t over bake: You definitely don’t want these cookies to brown in the oven. Let them bake for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until they are set. You want them to have a soft texture. To help prevent the bottoms from browning, line your pan with parchment paper.
  • Freeze any extras: These cookies freeze beautifully. If you have any extras, let them cool completely after baking. Then place on a cookie sheet and flash freeze for about 30 minutes. Once they’re hard, place the cookies in a freezer container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, remove from freezer about 2 hours before enjoying.
Cake mix cookies on parchment paper.

You can use pretty much any flavor of cake mix to make these cookie flavor combinations. Feel free to add in your favorite add-ins or dip in chocolate. Below are a few of my favorites. I typically prefer duncan hines.

  • Red velvet white chocolate chip: If you’re a fan of red velvet cake, you’re going to love these red velvet cake mix cookies! The red velvet flavor is rich and delicious and the white chocolate chips add the perfect sweet touch. Plus the contrast of the red and white colors looks so pretty!
  • M&M: You can use yellow or vanilla cake mix for this variation. The M&M’s are fun, colorful and add a delicious hint of chocolate. You could also make these with chocolate cake mix as well. Both versions are delicious. My kids love these!
  • Devil’s food with Rolo’s: If you’re a chocolate lover, these Rolo cookies are perfect for you! The chocolate flavor paired with the gooey caramel inside is a match made in heaven! The Rolo in the middle is such a nice surprise.
  • Chocolate-dipped strawberry: I made a version of these strawberry cookies for Valentine’s Day and they were so festive and delicious! Use a strawberry cake mix. They are super soft, full of strawberry flavor and best of all dipped in chocolate!
  • Butter cookies: An easy variation of a butter cookie, gooey butter cookies are made with vanilla or white cake mixes, butter, powdered sugar, and cream cheese!
  • Frosting: These also taste amazing with buttercream frosting or cream cheese frosting on top.
  • Chocolate chips: Add in semi-sweet, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips or chopped dark chocolate to a yellow or chocolate cake mix.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are cake mix cookies?

They are cookies that come together by modifying the ingredients on the box of a cake mix. You only need 3 simple ingredients.

What else can be made from cake mix?

Aside from endless cookie options, you can also make brownies, cake mix cookie bars and cake mix pumpkin muffins.

How do you doctor up boxed cake mix?

I love to add in different mix-in’s such as chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, m&m’s or chopped oreos.

Can you substitute flour for cake mix in cookies?

Yes, in this cake mix cookie recipe you don’t need any flour or additional baking agents.

Cake mix cookies on a marble countertop.

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Cake mix cookies on parchment paper.

Cake Mix Cookie Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
These cake mix cookies are such an easy and delicious recipe to make with only 3 ingredients! Customize this recipe with your favorite flavor and mix-in's. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24



  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box cake mix
  • ½ scant cup vegetable oil , or 7 TB melted butter
  • 2 large eggs

Optional Mix-in’s: Chocolate chips, M&M’s, Rolo's, etc.


    • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper and set aside.
    • In a large bowl, stir the cake mix, oil, and eggs until combined. If you have time, refrigerate the dough 15 to 20 minutes (it will make it a little easier to work with, since it is sticky).
    • Using a medium scoop or spoon, scoop the dough onto the baking sheet. Top with additional toppings, if desired. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, or until the cookies are set. You don’t want them to brown.
    • Let cool a couple minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack. Store in a covered container up to 3 days.


    To dip in chocolate: Once the cookies have cooled, melt chocolate and dip half the cookie into it. Lay cookies onto wax paper and add sprinkles, if desired.
    Variations: You can use pretty much any flavor of cake mix to make these cookies. Feel free to add in your favorite mix-ins or dip in chocolate. 
    • Red velvet white chocolate chip: If you’re a fan of red velvet cake, you’re going to love this version! Use a red velvet cake mix and mix in 1 cup of white chocolate chips.
    • M&M: You can use white or yellow cake mix for this variation. Mix in 1 cup M&M’s.
    • Devil’s food with Rolo’s: If you’re a chocolate lover, these Rolo cookies are perfect for you! 


    Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.4mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American

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