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Cookies From Cake Mix - Here's the Recipe

Updated on August 31, 2016
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Red Velvet Cookies from Cake Mix
Red Velvet Cookies from Cake Mix | Source

How do you make cookies from cake mix? We have the easy recipe (including red velvet cookies)!

Making cookies from cake mix is one of the quickest and easiest ways to fill the cookie jar for holidays, for summer (they're quick to bake), or any time of year. The easy recipe requires only three ingredients, a cookie sheet, and an oven. Stir-ins and frosting are optional. In no time you'll have tasty, delicious cookies with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

There are multiple variations of cookies made with cake mix using add-ins such as chocolate chips, and we'll tell you about a few of our favorites below then give you the opportunity to tell us about yours.

The picture you see here is cookies made using red velvet cake mix, baked then topped with a dollop of canned frosting. The frosting is optional, but what a pretty Christmas or Valentine's Day cookie these make! (Tip: Try the new Pink Lemonade cake mix and frosting for some pretty pink cookies for Easter or for a baby shower!)

Is your mind working yet, coming up with ideas for flavor combinations your family would enjoy? You don't need a special occasion to make cookies from cake mix. All you need is a sweet tooth and some imagination. Start preheating the oven and let's get busy!

Christmas Cookies from Cake Mix - Easy, fast, and fun!

Pretty Christmas Cookies from Cake Mix - Easy and Fun to Make!
Pretty Christmas Cookies from Cake Mix - Easy and Fun to Make!

I made the batch of cake mix cookies in the picture above using a Pillsbury vanilla cake mix, creamy vanilla frosting, and colorful Christmas "sequins." They looked beautiful and tasted great. I'll definitely be making more this year.

Here's the recipe:

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 8 min
  • Ready in: 18 min
  • Yields: Makes about 30 cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 box cake mix (flavor of your choice)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • stir-ins and/or frosting (optional - see notes below)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour the dry cake mix into a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and cooking oil. Add the stir-ins if using. Stir well to make cookie dough.
  2. Use a teaspoon to scoop out dough. Using your hands, roll dough into a ball about 3/4 to 1-inch in diameter. Place balls of dough on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are done. Note that the cookies will rise and tops will crack, then will fall as they cool. Cool completely on cookie sheet. Frost tops or decorate as desired. (Scroll down the page for more pictures and suggestions.)

Recipe Notes

  1. Suggested stir-ins include one cup chocolate chips with devil's food cake, peanut butter chips with chocolate fudge cake mix, coconut, nuts, or raisins with spice, carrot, or banana cake mix, nuts, oatmeal, raisins, dried fruit pieces, etc.
  2. Use canned or homemade frosting if desired. Try cream cheese frosting with red velvet cake mix, vanilla with lemon cake mix, chocolate fudge with devil's food cake mix, etc.
  3. Baking time varies with the type of cookie sheet you use and the true temperature of your oven. Cookies should be soft when you remove them from the oven. I suggest letting the first batch cool then checking the consistency of the finished product. Adjust baking time, adding more time if they're too soft. If in doubt, go ahead and take them out.

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101 Things to Do With a Cake Mix

Bake SnickerDoodles, and more, from a cake mix. This outstanding recipe book contains at least 100 more ideas and recipes using cake mixes, from brownies and bars to cookies, muffins and breads, and even (yep) cakes! Husband approved and recommended!

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101 Things to Do with a Cake Mix
101 Things to Do with a Cake Mix

I just finished making a batch of easy snickerdoodles from cake mix using a recipe in this book. They're so good, my husband wants more! RECOMMENDED!

 
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

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White on White Cookies from Cake Mix - Pretty for winter or maybe even a wedding shower.

White on White Cookies from Cake Mix (vanilla cake mix with vanilla frosting)
White on White Cookies from Cake Mix (vanilla cake mix with vanilla frosting)

A nice, simple recipe variation. I used vanilla cake mix with vanilla frosting for this batch. Ah, the simplicity of winter white!

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies Crinkled and Cracked on Top - Perfect and Pretty! - Soft and chewy inside. Yum!

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

Wouldn't these pretty red cookies be perfect for Christmas, Valentine's Day, or even a special shower?

"Where can I buy Red Velvet Cake Mix?"

Red velvet cookies are so very popular, but sometimes it can be hard to find the cake mix. No problem! If you can't find it in your local store, order it online using the link below.

I have to say that red velvet cookies from cake mix topped with a dollop of cream cheese frosting is my favorite combination. And they're the perfect easy dessert to make for a Christmas party or to serve on Valentine's Day.

Duncan Hines Signature Red Velvet Cake Mix, 16.5-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)
Duncan Hines Signature Red Velvet Cake Mix, 16.5-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)

Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Red Velvet cake mix, pack of six.

 

Cake Mix Cookies Variation: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Verdict? Yum!

Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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      Susan Deppner 18 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Sounds good to me, Flourish! :)

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      FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

      Anything red velvet is a winner with me!

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      Susan Deppner 18 months ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm sure they'll look beautiful! Have a blessed Merry Christmas, ladyguitarpicker!

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      stella vadakin 18 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I have never made cookies from cake mix, but I am for our Christmas party at church. I hope mine look as nice as yours.

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      Susan Deppner 19 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Your angel food 7Up cookies sound good and remind me of another recipe I have, which I'll have to go look at again. The red velvet cookies are so pretty and festive. Hope you enjoy them! Always good to hear from you. :)

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      Susie Lehto 19 months ago from Minnesota

      I will be trying some of these mixes, especially the Red Velvet for Christmas. I use to make an Angle Food Cake 7Up cookies that is very good, haven't made that for years. Its time to start baking again.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: Great points about the cost of making these cookies. I also buy cake mixes when they're on sale, though 59 cents is pretty hard to come by around here. You're a smart cookie yourself, 3QuartersToday! Thanks!

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      Dawn Romine 2 years ago from Nebraska

      These were my go to cookies last Christmas, they were so easy and fast to make and so many different combinations. I stock up on cake mix when it's on sale for only 59 cents. SOOOO cheap that way, plus if you can find a coupon it almost makes them free.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Brite-Ideas: My husband isn't a sweets person either, but he loves these cookies. Hope you give them a try!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      these look amazing - I'm not a sweets person, but I could easily eat several of these!

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      Ruthi 2 years ago

      I have not yet made cookies with a cake mix -- keyword "yet!" Those Red Velvet cookies look delicious!

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Richard1988: Let me know what flavors you use and how you like them!

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      Richard 2 years ago from Hampshire - England

      What a good idea! I've never made cookies from cake mix but I definitely will do now :)

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @JimHofman: The red velvet certainly seems to be a favorite, especially around Christmas and Valentine's Day. I just made a batch the other day (not red velvet but a summer white with sprinkles and white chocolate chips) and I'm sorry to say they're gone already. They're hard to put down. Hope you give them a try!

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      JimHofman 2 years ago

      I've had these, but never made them. Thanks for the recipe and tips! Boy am I hungry now...red velvet with cream cheese frosting...yum!

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Heidi Vincent: Agree!

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      Heidi Vincent 2 years ago from GRENADA

      Great idea!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @Coffeebreaker: So quick and easy, too! Thanks, CoffeeBreaker!

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      Coffeebreaker 3 years ago

      I have made these for years in a pinch for time or other ingredients. They are always liked!

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