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These cake batter chocolate chip cookies are a cross between soft-baked chocolate chip cookies and sprinkle filled cake. This is the most popular cookie recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction and after baking a batch, you’ll taste why. If you like chocolate chip cookies and you like sneaking a taste of cake batter, you will love these fun cookies!

cake batter chocolate chip cookies

Today’s recipe for cake batter chocolate chip cookies is the most popular cookie recipe on my website. I’ve made them more times than any other cookie and even have the recipe memorized by now. They’re so well loved that they’re on the cover of my first cookbook, Sally’s Baking Addiction, and were featured on Good Morning America and in People magazine. They’re like chocolate chip cookies and vanilla cake in one!

Why You’ll Love These Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Soft-baked and chewy texture
  • Crispy edges
  • Colorful with lots of sprinkles
  • Loaded with chocolate and white chocolate chips
  • Sweet cake batter flavor
  • Freezer-friendly
  • A party in cookie form!
stack of cake batter chocolate chip cookies

Overview: How to Make Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

The first few times I made this recipe, the cookies kept overspreading. They were thin, delicate, and tasted greasy. I worked to develop an even better, thicker version– and absolutely loved the result. Let’s review the process:

  1. Sift the dry ingredients together.
  2. Cream the wet ingredients together.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Then add the chocolate chips and sprinkles.
  4. Chill the cookie dough. This step is imperative. By skipping it, your cookies will spread into a greasy mess. Chilling the dough for at least 2 hours firms up the butter, allows the flour to absorb the wet ingredients, and helps prevent the cookies from overspreading. If interested, I wrote a post all about how to prevent cookies from spreading. Helpful to read before making ANY batch of cookies.
  5. Roll the cookie dough into balls. Use about 1.5 Tablespoons of cookie dough per cookie. Shape your cookie dough balls to be taller than they are wide– see my tall cookie trick below.
  6. Bake. Bake the cookies until the edges are lightly browned. The centers will still appear very soft, but they’ll continue to set as the cookies cool. While the cookies are still warm, I like to press a few extra chocolate chips into the tops. This is just for looks!
cake batter chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

Add Ins

  • Cake Mix: These cookies are chocolate chip cookies and birthday cake in one. That’s why, for the dry ingredients, we’ll use *some* all-purpose flour and *some* cake mix. I usually reach for vanilla cake mix, but any flavor you love works. It’s important to only use some of the box. Some readers have had trouble with this recipe because they’ve used the entire box of cake mix. You only want to use 1 and 1/4 cup of dry cake mix.
  • Chocolate Chips: The first few times I made this recipe, I used 1 and 1/2 cups of chocolate chips but that weighed down the cookie dough. I recommend using 1 total cup of chocolate chips, which is the perfect amount to keep the cookies thick. I love to use a mix of white chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Semi-sweet chocolate chips make them taste like regular chocolate chip cookies, while white chocolate chips taste like frosting– a true mix of cookies and cake.
  • Sprinkles: Use your favorite sprinkles here! I used rainbow sprinkles today, but love switching them up for different holidays. You can customize these cookies with a mix of specific colors or holiday sprinkles. Have fun with them! 🙂

My Tall Cookie Trick

Before I leave you with the recipe, here’s one final tip. Use my favorite tall cookie trick to reduce excess spreading. Roll your dough balls to be taller rather than wider. This doesn’t necessarily mean using more dough per cookie– we’ll simply shape the cookie dough ball to be nice and tall, with a firm solid bottom to ensure the cookie doesn’t topple over as it bakes. This one trick gives us perfectly thick and chewy cookies every time.

cake batter chocolate chip cookie dough balls
cake batter chocolate chip cookies on a plate

You can even sandwich ice cream between them for a birthday cake-style cookie ice cream sandwich. Enjoy right away or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to eat.

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cake batter chocolate chip cookies

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 2430 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These cake batter chocolate chip cookies are a cross between delicious, soft-baked chocolate chip cookies and sprinkle filled funfetti cake. If you like chocolate chip cookies and you like cake batter, you will love these soft & chewy cookies!


Ingredients

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  • 1 and 1/4 cup (156g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 and 1/4 cup (190g) yellow or vanilla boxed cake mix (not the whole box and you just need the DRY mix)*
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (180g) chocolate chips (I used 1/2 cup of white and 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup (80g) sprinkles

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, sift flour, cake mix, salt, and baking soda together. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. Add the egg and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and beat on high until combined. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix on low-medium speed until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and sprinkles. Mix on low until the add-ins are evenly combined.
  3. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours, or up to 3-4 days. This step is imperative. The dough is fairly sticky, so chilling the dough is required in order to avoid the cookies from spreading too much. If you chill longer than 2 hours, make sure you roll the cookie dough into balls after the 2 hour mark. Place dough balls on a plate, cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. You may also freeze the balls at this point for up to 3 months. (Then bake as directed adding 1 minute to the bake time without thawing.)
  4. Once dough has been chilled, preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats (always recommended for cookies).
  5. Scoop rounded balls of the cold dough onto an ungreased baking sheet, use about 1.5 Tablespoons of cookie dough per cookie. Shape your cookie dough balls to be “taller” than they are wide, as pictured above. Make sure to keep dough chilled when working in batches.
  6. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until edges are lightly browned. The centers will still appear very soft, but the cookies will continue to set as they cool. You can press a few more chips into the tops of the cookies at this point (the chips will stick because the cookies are still warm).
  7. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Allow to come to room temperature and continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well – up to three months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well – up to three months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Read my tips and tricks on how to freeze cookie dough.
  2. Cake Mix: You can use funfetti cake mix and leave out the sprinkles called for in this recipe. I usually use vanilla cake mix. Remember, you only need 1 and 1/4 cups of dry mix. Not the whole box. Gluten free cake mix is not recommended.
  3. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

Keywords: cake batter chocolate chip cookies

PS: Try them with Christmas sprinkles during the holidays!

cake batter christmas chocolate chip cookies

cake batter christmas chocolate chip cookies

Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Seriously the best cookie recipe I have ever tried! This will be my go-to from now on.

    1. I totally goofed and use the whole bag of cake mix! So now it’s super powdery and not so doughy. What can I do to fix this? I have the mixture in the fridge right now, help!

      1. Hi Laura, what you could try is increasing the other ingredients as well, so that they’re the same ratio as if using the entire bag of cake mix. it may take some time to come together if the batter is cold from being in the refrigerator.

    2. This is by far the best cookie recipe out there, no exaggeration. I love making desserts for friends (mini cheesecakes, pies, air-fryer treats, etc.) but for whatever reason, I suck at making cookies haha. But these are the one exception! They ALWAYS come out perfect and are super addicting. I love that you provide measurements in grams, too — everything seems to come out so much better.

      Another favorite recipe: your strawberry cheesecake truffles! So fun and easy. I made some for a crowd of 50+ people just last night and people were obsessed. Anywho, thank you for creating some ah-maaazing go-to recipes!!

      1. Thank you so much for making and trusting our recipes, Kim!

  2. Yep, these are wonderful! The only change I made with these, (and your chocolate chip cookies) is to use half vanilla and half almond flavoring. This is a change my sister made for Toll House cookies years ago, and our families love it. Oh yeah, and I doubled this recipe because they disappeared too fast! Thanks for using weight measurements, the more I measure this way, the more I like it, (and I think I have better results).

  3. I was wondering what the suggestion would be if I wanted to sub the cake mix with other ingredients so I know exactly what’s going in the cookies.

  4. Seems amazing “Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies” will definitely try after trying this one …. super excited to try this one. Thanks for sharing this one.

  5. My husband says that these are the perfect balance between chocolate chip & sugar cookies, they’re a big hit here!

  6. Hi Sally:
    I am not a baker but would like to be! I tried these cookies. I followed the recipe step by step. The dough was very stiff and somewhat crumbly. I baked and cooled them. The flavor is good but crunchy texture. I measure the flour by putting in cup and leveling it.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Mary! Did you use 1 1/4 cups of the cake mix? You don’t use the whole bag of cake mix and this trips bakers up sometimes. Thank you for giving these cookies a try!

  7. Hi Sally! I made these yesterday using Christmas themed sprinkles. Chilled the dough for more than 2 hours and made sure to roll them into balls that were taller than wide. Though they came out pretty good, they seemed to spread a bit more on the edges than expected. Any tips?

    1. Hi Jen, cookies over-spreading is certainly a common problem. If you ever need help, here are my 10 tips to prevent cookies from over-spreading. For this particular recipe, make sure the butter isn’t too warm. You want room temperature butter to be cool to the touch. Additionally, a little extra flour can help too– even 2 extra Tbsp or about 15-20g.

  8. I made the Christmas Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies. Delicious,
    pretty, nothing but compliments! Thankyou for all the helpful Tips on baking them.

  9. Will the cake batter make it soft like corn starch does in your chewy chocolate chip cookies? Is there any harm adding some corn starch?

    1. Hi Claudia, Yes the cake batter keeps these cookies very soft. We hope you love them!

  10. Have been making these for about 7 years now. They always get rave reviews.

  11. I called these Unicorn cookies and made them for my toddler as an incentive to use the potty. So far, no accidents! She gets one with her lunch if she stays dry. I used 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup mini m&m’s along with decorative sprinkles.

  12. This is one of my favorite recipes to make. I customize the sprinkles for holidays! I found that the cookies were really crunchy for some reason, so I add a little powdered sugar, and it makes them much more chewy.

  13. I don’t use box cake mix. How would I substitute with homemade cake ingredients. I like to know what’s in my food for my family.

    1. Hi Tati, Unfortunately homemade cake mix won’t provide the same exact flavor. Try these regular chocolate chip cookies and replace half of the chips/chunks with white chocolate chips add some sprinkles.

  14. Sally, I made these cookies and they are incredible. I had the batter in the fridge overnight and used your trick of shaping them taller. I always use a cookie scoop to portion them so they are all the same size but I usually make my cookies smaller than yours. They are also so pretty and fun looking. Keep up the good work!

  15. Is it okay to double/triple the recipe?

    Thanks for letting me know.r

    1. Hi Nancy! It is OK to multiply cookie recipes usually. Though, a large amount of dough may overwhelm your mixer. Separate batches always works!

  16. Do I really need to sift dry ingredients. I don’t have a sifter.

    1. Hi Stephanie! Sifting keeps lumps from the cake batter out of the cookie dough. You can give the dry ingredients a good whisk if you don’t have a sifter instead. Enjoy!

  17. emergency!! I doubled the recipe for a bake sale tomorrow, and after cooling in the freezer for 2 hours, they’re way too hard to work with. What do I do??

    1. Hi Georgie! Just let the dough sit at room temperature for 20 minutes or so to soften up a bit.

  18. Hi. If chilling the dough overnight, is it necessary to roll into balls after the to hour mark, or will chilling over night unrolled be okay? Thanks!

    1. Hi Amy, it’s best to roll the cookie dough into balls after the two hour mark. Then you can place them on a plate covered overnight.

    2. I love this recipe a lot! I was wondering if it would still work if I use brown butter?

      1. Shouldn’t be a problem, Ellie! Just be sure to let the butter solidify after browning so that you can cream it with the sugars.

  19. These cookies were fabulous! My grandchildren loved them. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes.

  20. This is a GREAT cookie recipe! I have baked it multiple times and it is always met with positive reviews from others. If I wanted to turn this recipe into bar cookies, what would your recommendation be for size of pan and approximate baking time? Thank you.

    1. Hi Kim! For a single batch, we recommend an 11×7 inch baking pan for bars. A 9-inch square pan could work, but the bars will be pretty thick. We haven’t tested a double batch as bars and are unsure of the best bake time, but let us know how you like them!

  21. Can I use cake flour instead of cake mix, or would I have to add other ingredients?

    1. Hi Eric, Unfortunately homemade cake mix won’t provide the same exact flavor. We recommend using boxed mix for best results.

  22. Hi, would it work to replace the sprinkles with chopped nuts?

    1. Hi Leigh, we haven’t tested that but can’t see why not!

  23. I loved these so so much! I made these and by the end of the day my family had already eaten them all up!

  24. I saw in your other recipe that cornstarch helps keep the cookie soft and thick. Is there a set amount of cornstarch i can add to any cookie recipe?

    1. Hi Tiffany, it depends on the cookie dough itself but I usually add 1-2 teaspoons to cookie doughs.

  25. I absolutely love these cookies and my boyfriend is obsessed with eating the dough. Are there any adjustments to make the recipe to turn this into a birthday cookie cake? Can i just spread the dough across a pan? Would love to try this out and hear your tips.

    1. Hi Kelly, this recipe should work baked in a pie dish or 9 inch pan to make a cookie cake. Let us know if you give it a try!

  26. OMG, definitely my new favorite cookie recipe! I’ve made it 3 times in the past 2 weeks (I give them away, not eat them …. at least I give away *most* of them 🙂
    I love strawberry so I also tried it with strawberry cake mix and used chocolate sprinkles and they are also delicious! The strawberry isn’t overwhelming and the strawberry chocolate is a nice complement. Thank you for all of your amazing recipes! (and your great baking tips, you’ve truly made me a better baker!)

  27. Could I substitute M&Ms for the sprinkles? Would I need to adjust the chocolate chips if I do this?

    1. Hi Kate, that should work just fine. You may want to slightly cut back on the chocolate chips — see how the dough is coming together with, say, 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and add more up to 1 cup. You don’t want the dough to become too crumbly with the add ins. Let us know how it goes!

  28. Delicious cookies! Love all the white chocolate and sprinkles.

  29. I’d like to include these cookies in my holiday gift baskets in December. Can you explain to me what you mean by putting the dough into round balls before freezing? Does that mean I should scoop them into their cylinder shape before freezing so they’re ready to bake when I need it? Or? Thanks!

    1. Hi Karen, that’s correct! Make the cylinder dough “balls” before placing them in the freezer.

  30. Your site is a go-to for me when I am looking for a new recipe. I know that some professional bakeries use cake mix in their cookies so I am excited to try this recipe. I do wonder though, do you have any suggestions for the left over cake mix? I would of course prefer to not waste it. Thanks for all your great ideas!