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!

stack of chocolate cake mix cookies with sprinkles on a white plate

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.

chocolate cake mix cookie dough balls rolled in sprinkles on a silpat baking mat

chocolate cake mix cookies with sprinkles on a white plate

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.

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.


stack of chocolate cake mix cookies with sprinkles on a white plate

chocolate cake mix cookies with sprinkles on a silpat baking mat

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stack of chocolate cake mix cookies with sprinkles on a white plate

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 30 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


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!


  • 1 15.25 ounce box chocolate cake mix (I used Pillsbury devil’s food)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, canola oil, or melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional: sprinkles for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  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!

Keywords: chocolate cake mix cookies


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  1. can you use corn oil?can you use corn oil?

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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?!!

    1. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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…?

  6. 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!

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

  7. 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. 

  8. 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?? 

  9. Felicitaciones says:

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

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

  11. Does recipe change with high elevation.

  12. Holly Garrison says:

    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!

  13. 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 🙂

  14. What size box of cake mix is used?

  15. Making these for a cookie exchange! Wondering how long they keep and what size box of cake mix to use ?

  16. Can the dough be chilled overnight?

  17. I’ve tried many chocolate cake mix cookie recipes and this one was by far the best one! The dough was the right consistency and we didn’t have to refrigerate it. The baking powder helped them to be pillowy and rise so they looked beautiful! Superb!

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