Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

These chocolate cake mix cookies are so easy to make. Soft, chewy, and bursting with chocolate flavor. Cover them in sprinkles for a festive treat!

Soft-Baked Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies are so easy to make if you're in a hurry. Full of chocolate flavor and covered in sprinkles!

These are the easiest cookies I’ve ever made!  Just like my peanut butter sweethearts, these cookies require minimal clean up and can be made in just one bowl. Take a box of chocolate cake mix, a couple eggs, oil, a splash of vanilla, and a bit of baking powder – and you can have homemade cookies in just 30 minutes.

Soft-Baked Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies are so easy to make if you're in a hurry. Full of chocolate flavor and covered in sprinkles!

Soft-Baked Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies are so easy to make if you're in a hurry. Full of chocolate flavor and covered in sprinkles!

They are super soft, almost a cross between a fudgy brownie and a chewy cookie. You may leave them plain or roll them in some festive sprinkles, like these tiny hearts for Valentine’s Day.

I also decorated a couple cookies with some red mini M&Ms I had leftover from my rainbow m&m cookies. Feel free to use any sprinkle/candy of choice:

Soft-Baked Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies are so easy to make if you're in a hurry. Full of chocolate flavor and covered in sprinkles!

These are the perfect cookies if you’re in a rush and need a chocolate treat quickly. Because we both know when that chocolate craving hits, you gotta satisfy it ASAP.

Enjoy!

Soft-Baked Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies are so easy to make if you're in a hurry. Full of chocolate flavor and covered in sprinkles, they make a wonderfully festive treat!

Soft-Baked Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies are so easy to make if you're in a hurry. Full of chocolate flavor and covered in sprinkles!

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

These chocolate cake mix cookies are so easy to make. Soft, chewy, and bursting with chocolate flavor. Cover them in sprinkles for a festive treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (I used Pillsbury devil's food)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, canola oil, or melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sprinkles for rolling (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well with a rubber spatula. It will take a bit of elbow grease to get it all combined.  If the cookie dough seems too sticky, chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes so it is easier to handle.
  3. Pour some sprinkles onto a plate or into a bowl.  Form dough into tablespoon-sized balls and roll in the sprinkles.
  4. Bake on a parchment paper or silicone baking mat-lined baking sheet for 10 minutes. Let cool on the sheet for another 10 minutes after removing from the oven.  Enjoy!

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  1. Alejandra Bao on April 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I really like cookies especially chocolate chip cookies I make every day

  2. Jen on July 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I made these for a work party. Super easy to make (I did have to refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes), and my co-workers loved them! We all agreed that they tasted like a brownie/cookie mix. Thanks for sharing!

  3. cecilia on September 1, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Yum! I just made these to give out as treats for Valentine’s Day. They are by far the best cake mix cookies I’ve had.

  4. Dana on September 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I had a box of Devil’s Cake and didn’t know what to do. Best decision I have ever made is to search your site! I used the one box to make three kinds of cookies: I added in butterscotch, white chocolate chips, and wrapped the chilled dough around the mini peanut butter cups. BEST COOKIES EVER!

  5. Courtney on November 17, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I made these on Saturday, I couldn’t believe how easy they were and so addictive. I added a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips, I couldn’t stop my stepdaugher from eating them, I had to hide them on her. Thank you for the recipe and not letting that box of cake mix sit in my cabinet any longer. 🙂

  6. Lindsay on February 13, 2015 at 12:31 am

    hi Sally!
    I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!! Thank you for sharing all these fab recipes 🙂
    Just wondering … I would love to add salt to this recipe. Can you suggest an amount? Or is there any salt in the cake mix already?
    Thanks!!

    • Sally on February 13, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      There is usually a little salt in cake mix– you may add up to 1/4 teaspoon extra if you’d like.

  7. Nicole on February 14, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    can you use corn oil?can you use corn oil?

    • Audra on August 9, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Yes you can but you have to use twice as much as I use my oil

  8. Becky on May 11, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Absolutely love this recipe! I made them again for Mother’s Day this weekend, and put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in between 2 cookies for a home made ice cream sandwich :). Delish!

  9. casey on May 18, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I’m hoping you can help! I make your cake mix cookies all the time, my kids love to help with simple recipes, and we all love to eat them! They always come out fantastic, even with little ones “helping” to measure. I tried it with chocolate cake mix this weekend, and the cookies are completely dry and crumbly! I had just used the same recipe as I always do for the yellow cake mix, so I came here to double check, and it is the same recipe for yellow cake or chocolate cake… So I’m stumped as to why these came out so disappointing?!!

    • Sally on May 19, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Are you using the same brand of cake mix? Are they the same size box? Sometimes I see 18 ounce boxes and then 15 ounce boxes.

  10. Anne H. on July 18, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Curious to see if this would work with Angel Food Cake? I have a half box leftover and been dying to use it up. Maybe by omitting the baking powder? o_o

  11. Josh on August 4, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Hey, Sally. I was kinda curious as to what the omission of the baking powder would have on the cookies…? From what little I’ve been able to grasp since I started baking out of boredom a few weeks ago, the addition of the baking powder makes baked good rise more and the final product would be more cake like, right? So, would leaving the baking powder out make the cookies fudgier…?

  12. Sarah on February 10, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Sally! 

    I made this over the weekend with a friend and i LOVED them, OMG so good!

    I want to make them a little bit chocolate-ier. Do you think I would be able to add choco chips to the recipe? Would they stand up with the dough? Let me know!

    • Sally on February 10, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Yes, they would! I’ve made them before with a little over 1 cup of chocolate chips.

  13. Annette on February 15, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Made these today to share at my mommies group valentines day party. Our little ones loved them and their moms too. They were so easy and cute to make. I’m thinking green sprinkles and green m&m’s for Saint Patrick’s feast day. Thanks for so many great recipes. 

  14. Whitney on March 12, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I just made these as a birthday treat for a friend. They’re really good, and so easy to make! The only thing is that mine totally flattened out. They were beautiful and puffy, like yours are in the picture, when I took them out of the oven; and then they totally deflated. Do you know why this might have happened?? 

  15. Felicitaciones on April 2, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Hey Sally! I am in awe of your passion to bake, huge fan!

  16. Robyn C. on June 16, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    My first time making, also added chocolate chips.
     A big hit in my household. Thank you kindly for sharing.
    All the best.
    robyn 

  17. Charlotte on November 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Does recipe change with high elevation.

  18. Holly Garrison on April 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    I used these premade, very tiny, peppermint candy cane jimmies to roll the dough in, and boy, were they good with these chocolate cookies. I did not however have enough for the whole batch. All I had was powdered sugar, so I went for it. The powdered sugar gives it a wonderful crispy outside and leaves it fudgy on the inside. The tip about putting it in the frig was on point. Definitely made it easier to handle. But I have a tip of my own: make sure you fully mix the baking powder in the cake mix BEFORE you put any of the other “wet” ingredients. Great recipe! Yum!

  19. Evelyn B on November 1, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Hi Sally, which size box of cake mix is this recipe designed for? I mostly see the 15oz boxes now, but I know a lot of the older recipes used the 18oz boxes. Thanks 🙂

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