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3-Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies with Cake Mix

These pumpkin cookies with cake mix are made with only 3 ingredients in just 20 minutes! They are so soft and fluffy. They are the perfect easy dessert to make this fall.

Pumpkin cake mix cookie with chocolate chips.
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If you know me, you know I love to doctor up a box of cake mix. These 3-ingredient pumpkin cake mix cookies are a favorite, as well as my dump cake recipe, spice cake mix cookies, chocolate-dipped strawberry cookies and cake mix cookies made 4 different ways.

These pumpkin chocolate cake mix cookies are seriously one of the easiest cookie recipes out there! What makes them so simple?? They’re made with just two ingredients: cake mix and canned pumpkin. That’s it! They do have a more cakey texture than a classic chocolate chip pumpkin cookie, but are still super delicious.

The chocolate chips add the perfect touch of chocolate. I love using semi-sweet, or a mix of chocolate chips and chunks on top.

Only 3 ingredients!

Pumpkin cake mix cookie ingredients on countertop.

Scroll down for the full printable recipe.

The beauty of these cookies is that they only require 3 ingredients! The chocolate chips are optional, so you could even make them with 2 ingredients if preferred.

  • Cake Mix: You can use a box of spice cake mix or yellow cake mix. If you use yellow cake mix, add in 1 Tablespoon of pumpkin spice.
  • Pumpkin: You’ll only use 1 Can of Pumpkin (no eggs or oil). Trust the process!
  • Chocolate Chips: I prefer semi-sweet chocolate chips. I also like to add a few chunks on top.

If you’re looking for an easy and fast pumpkin recipe to bake up this fall, these cookies are a great option. They are perfect for beginner bakers.

How to Make Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies

Step by step collage making pumpkin cake mix cookies.

Step 1: Make the dough

In a large bowl, stir together the dry cake mix and canned pumpkin until smooth.

Step 2: Scoop onto baking sheet 

Using a medium cookie scoop or spoon, scoop dough onto a lined baking sheet.

Step 3: Bake the cookies 

Bake the cookies in the oven at 350°F for 13 minutes, or until they are set. Remove from oven and let cool on pan for a couple minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack.

Pumpkin cake mix cookies with chocolate chips on a cooling rack.

Baking Tips

  • Be careful not over mix the batter. It will be a thicker and stickier batter than most doughs, but they will bake up nice and fluffy.
  • Use a large cookie dough scoop (or measure out 2 Tablespoons) to make sure they are all the same size and cook evenly.
  • Test the cookies with a toothpick to make sure the center is cooked through. They may look done on the onside, but the center may still be doughy.
  • Top the cookies with chocolate chunks and flake sea salt for optimal flavors. You could also omit the chocolate and frost them with a maple cream cheese frosting or maple glaze.
Stacked pumpkin cake mix cookies with chocolate.

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Pumpkin Cookies with Cake Mix

4.80 from 5 votes
These pumpkin cookies with cake mix are made with only 3 ingredients in just 20 minutes! They are so soft and fluffy. They are the perfect easy dessert to make this fall.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 18

Ingredients 

  • 15.25 ounce spice cake mix , or yellow cake mix (see notes)
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix and pumpkin. If using a yellow cake mix add 1 Tablespoon pumpkin spice before adding pumpkin. Stir with a spoon until dough is smooth. Then mix in chocolate chips.
  • Using a large cookie scoop (or 2 Tablespoons), scoop dough onto the pan. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until cookies are set. Test with a toothpick to make sure centers are cooked through.
  • Remove from oven and let cool on the pan for a couple minutes. Then transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

Notes

Cake Mix: If you’re using a yellow cake mix, add in 1 Tablespoon of pumpkin spice with the dry mix. Do not add any other ingredients on the box listed.
I’ve tested both ways and I will say the yellow cake mix cookie makes a prettier orange color (like the photo above) and are more mild in taste. My kids preferred the yellow cake mix, however if you love pumpkin spice flavor (like me), use the spice mix. You could even use chocolate for chocolate lovers but you will not taste the pumpkin as much. 
Storage: Store leftovers in a covered container for 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 3700IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg

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

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

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