Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy, quick, and fool proof strawberry cookies loaded with chocolate chips.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com Easy, no-fuss and quick!

Oops I did it again. One more cake mix cookie for you. Devil’s Food? check! Vanilla? check! Now it’s time for pink to take over. A whole lotta pink.

I know many of you aren’t fond of using boxed mixes in recipes. I’m on the fence about it. I love it for its convenience and the cake batter taste it gives desserts, but nothing can truly beat a brownie made from scratch. I’ve made some fantastic cake batter flavored treats without using cake mix at all, too. It IS possible. Hello, Cake Batter Sugar Cookies and Cupcake Puppy Chow (both = no cake mix!).

Regardless, I haven’t been able to pin down a fantastic strawberry-dough based cookie recipe without using it, so I picked up a box of Duncan Hines strawberry cake mix the other day and things got even more pink around these parts. I know you’ll love these. 🙂

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com Easy, no-fuss and quick!

The real reason I made these? Valentine’s Day is coming up! Not that I needed an excuse for a pink cookie, but it conveniently fits the part.

I took my Confetti Cake Batter Cookie recipe, subbed strawberry cake mix for vanilla and chocolate chips for the sprinkles. It’s truly the easiest cookie recipe you’ll ever find, especially for how soft, puffy, thick, and perfect they come out.

You’ll literally ask yourself HOW on earth a cookie this good can start from a box. Well, it does.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com Easy, no-fuss and quick!

The dough combines 6 simple ingredients: strawberry cake mix, eggs, oil, baking powder, vanilla, and chocolate chips. Everything may come together by hand. The dough is quite dense and thick, so you’ll definitely need a bit of elbow grease to mix everything together. It’s also very oily. But do NOT worry, the cookies will still bake up thick and puffy. With strawberry chocolate chips cookies as the finished product, you definitely didn’t hear me complaining about using my arm muscles to get there. 😉

** Note: if you’d like to sift your dry cake mix to get out all of the lumps before combining with the rest of the ingredients, be my guest. But everthing came together nicely for me without taking that extra step. **

There is also no dough-chilling required. I chill my dough for nearly every single cookie I bake – the most recent exception is my recipe for  Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies – no need to wait around for the dough to get cold and moldable. The same goes for today’s cookies. Bypass all of that and stick these cake mix cookies right into the oven.

Only 20 minutes start to finish!

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com Easy, no-fuss and quick!

I rolled the dough balls a bit larger than my previous cake mix cookies, about 2 Tablespoons of dough go into each dough ball. Feel free to make these any size you want – adjust the baking time accordingly and watch that they do not brown. A few of mine got a bit brown on top because I left them in 1 extra minute by mistake. That’s what I get for trying to vacuum as I bake. Cleaning < baking.

Be sure to roll your balls of dough to be “taller” rather than wide. I talked about the “tall” trick here. If thick cookies are your goal, make sure you don’t miss that!

{sidenote: do you know how hard it is to shoot pink cookies without them looking like the pink goo from Ghostbusters? This was quite a challenging photo shoot!}

Ok, back to these glorious gems. Texture wise, these cookies and very soft and light. They retain that soft-baked consistency that I know you love (and so do I!). While they come from cake mix, they are not cakey in the slightest. They are soft in the center, but very chewy around the edges. Moist, melting in your mouth – no dry crumbs in sight. And I LOVE how puffy and thick they turned out. You have the baking powder to thank for all that lift.

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com

What about their taste?  The strawberry taste isn’t overpowering at all. In fact, I don’t even like strawberry cake but when baked into pink cookie form? I’m all about it. My friend Erin told me they taste like vanilla strawberry shortcake! Kevin couldn’t stop eating them, despite their fabulous girly color. 😉

And all those chocolate chips? I was actually going to add Valentine’s Day sprinkles to these cookies, but the combination of chocolate and strawberries is just one of my favorites. And with a bag of Nestle Morsels staring me in the face, I knew semi-sweet chocolate chips were the strawberry dough’s destiny. You could even go for white chocolate instead!

Easy, quick, and fool proof strawberry cookies loaded with chocolate chips.

Cookies are pretty in pink. 🙂

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Mixed with a little oil, chocolate chips, eggs, baking powder and vanilla, strawberry cake mix is the base of what may be the prettiest and softest cookie you’ll ever bake. And they’re pink, too!


Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.25 oz) strawberry cake mix, like Duncan Hines
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable/canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder. Set aside. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla by hand. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to form a dough- stir vigorously until all of the pockets of dry cake mix are gone. Gently mix in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop rounded balls of dough, about 2 Tablespoons each, onto prepared baking sheet. Stick a few more chocolate chips on top of the cookie dough balls if you want them for looks, if desired. Make sure the balls of dough are taller than they are wide. See here for more details.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes – do not let the cookies get brown. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes; they will be very soft at first. As they cool, the tops may settle down; press them down gently with your fingers if they are not sinking much. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

Keywords: strawberry chocolate chip cookies

PS: If you’re not a fan of using cake mix, you may enjoy my Cake Batter Sugar Cookies instead. Use 1 drop of red food dye to make them pink and add strawberry extract (if you can find some) instead of the butter extract called for.

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  1. Thanks for the recipe – I altered it and used Funfetti cake mix and Milk Chocolate Chips…SO DELICIOUS!!! Bringing them to a party tonight….Everyone is going to FREAK!! 🙂

  2. So delicious!! Thank you for the recipe. I’ll be for sure making these again!

  3. I just made these except I used white chocolate chips instead of the semi-sweet. They are yummy, one of the most perfect things I’ve ever baked 🙂

  4. Just made a batch of these. They are delicious! What a great spin on chocolate chip cookies 🙂

  5. Just made these for my pre-school kiddos! So cool! So pretty! So EASY! Also made a batch using a white cake mix with cherry chips!!! Thank you!

  6. I love these cookies. I make a lot of cookies using cake mixes. So easy and they taste great. Thanks for the strawberry idea!

  7. I replaced chocolate chips with white chocolate chips…amazing!

    1. I’ve tried that before too! It is amazing, you’re right!

  8. I made these for my daughter’s Valentine’s party today. However, I needed more, but didn’t have a strawberry cake mix, so I used cherry chip cake mix. We all liked them even more than the strawberry!!! And with the white cake w/red cherry chips, it was still festive. So, there is another alternative for you:)

    1. I’ve never seen cherry chip cake mix before! I’m intrigued. It sounds amazing. So glad you could make all the cookies you needed. Cake mix cookies are so convenient.

  9. These were delicious. The girls and I made them for our Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen time. So simple (though I didn’t expect them to be so oily as we were rolling them out). We had them for dessert for dinner last night (Valentine’s Day dinner). I shared the link to this post in my Valentine’s Day post on my blog Tots and Me and I will also be adding the link when I post my Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen post.
    Thank you for this great recipe.

  10. I made these for Valentine’s day using white chocolate chips and added some Valentine themed sprinkles on top of each cookie before baking. This was my first time making a cake mix cookie and wow! So good! And so pretty – all pink and white and red. I used my large Wilton cookie scoop, which is 3 Tbsp. I had reservations about making such a large cookie, but the mid-size seemed too small. They turned out so big and fat and soft and puffy, oh my! Yum! I did find that flattening them a bit with the bottom of a measuring cup before baking worked best. And they seem impossibly raw and soft when they first start showing signs of browning, but you really do need to take them out and let them cool completely and they will be perfect. Thanks so much for this recipe!

    1. Hi Gwen! I love your version of them. Sounds just fabulous. I am always up for adding sprinkles to cookies 🙂 The cookies do look quite soft and undone but they firm up as they cool, like you experienced. Thank you so much for the report back! I always love hearing about it.

  11. This looks so good. Just wondering if anyone has tried it with the new cake mix size (15 oz)?

    1. I’ve made them with betty crocker’s 15 oz box – not problem at all, truly. The dough will be a little oily, but they will still bake up normally. Thanks!

    2. I was only able to find a Pillsbury strawberry cake mix, which was 14.75 oz I think, and it worked just fine. These cookies are sooooooo good. Bake them! You won’t regret it.

  12. I made these again with a spice cake mix and cinnamon chips. Yummy in a completely different way. Thanks for introducing me to cake mix cookies! So easy and so many possibilities. My babysitter came when I had these strawberry ones and wanted the recipe so I sent her here. Next time I saw her mom she said her daughter had already made them three times!

    1. Ok, I have to try that next – it sounds wonderful Gwen! So glad my recipe has been so popular with you and the babysitter 🙂

  13. Just made a batch of Strawberry Choc Chip Cookies – delicious!

  14. These are amazing! I made them for my community group tonight and they were a huge hit. Do you have any ideas for lemon cake mix? Could I substitute the chocolate chips for sprinkles like you did with vanilla cake mix? Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hey Colleen! You certainly may use lemon cake mix. How about adding white chocolate chips to it? And yes, sprinkles would be wonderful too!

  15. Do you think these will be ok if I freeze them?

    1. They may be frozen up to 3 months.

  16. I absolutely love this recipe! I made it once with chocolate chips with my friend, and then I used marshmallows and sprinkles instead with a little girl I baby-sat, and that worked perfectly fine too~. And I used the Pillsbury strawberry cake mix for the latter. It was a bit sweeter than the Duncan Hines, but it still worked awesomely. Thank you so much for this recipe! I honestly love strawberries and cookies and both together is just AUGHHH, HEAVEN.

  17. Made these on Friday evening and took them to my family reunion, they devoured them! I wish I had made more… I made a special batch for my mom, dipping a few halfway in melted dark chocolate. She was upset because someone found her stash and finished them for her! lol… Only thing I was disappointed about was the color when I took my pictures. No matter how many adjustments I made to my camera, it still would not show the pretty pink color of the cookie; they all looked like regular delicious chocolate chip cookies. Oh well… at least the taste was there! Thanks for a great recipe… 😀

    1. I love the idea of dipping them into chocolate! If the strawberry cake mix is pink, I’m not sure how your cookies weren’t pink though.

  18. Just made these & they are so delicious and perfect. This will definitely be my go-to cookie recipe for years to come. Thanks so much!

  19. OMG! I just made these, and I think I have a new favorite cookie! The only thing I did differently was use mini chocolate chips because that is what I had on hand. I’m thinking about using them to make ice cream sandwiches with coconut fudge ice cream. Thank you so much for the recipe! Yummy!!

  20. I just made a double batch of these with white chocolate chips and they are delish! I was skeptical that they would actually bake up that pretty, but they did indeed. I’m packaging them in cellophane bags tied with pink ribbon for a breast cancer fundraiser luncheon. I’m certain they will be a hit! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    1. Very glad you were pleased with these cookies! They are perfect for your cause, no doubt about it. Thanks for reporting back, Terri!

  21. Hi, if I use Betty crocker’s cake mix, can I use the exact same ingredient as you used? Thank you. 🙂

    1. You will need 18.25 oz of cake mix. You may use any brand you wish as long as you have 18.25 oz.

  22. These cookies are SO amazing!!! Quick, easy, inexpensive and, of course, delicious!!!!

    I made a batch with the semi-sweet chocolate chips and they were sooo yummy. Then I tried a batch with white chocolate chips and I thought they were even better, which I didn’t think could be possible!! I’ve had multiple people tell me this is the best cookie they’ve ever eaten! Doesn’t get much better than that!

  23. This is my first time making cake mix cookies! I’m so excited because they are so easy to make. Who knew cake mix could be used for cookies! The only problem I have is that I’m making red velvet cake mix cookies and many recipes call for 1/2 cup of oil and I noticed you use 1/3 cup instead. I used only 1/4 cup from a recipe I saw on the box of a yellow cake mix. Which is right??? I’m confused! I have to make these cookies for a cookie exchange and I want to make sure they taste good! I have the dough made and was refrigerated overnight, however should I add more oil to the dough? Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Jocelyn – all cookie recipes are different. I do not suggest adding more oil to already made cookie dough. 1/3 cup of oil is the perfect amount for my cookies. I find them to be too oily with 1/2 cup.

  24. I made these with white chocolate chips for a baby shower (white just seemed more baby-ish!) and they were so delicious I had to make a second batch – my husband and kiddos ate half the first batch before I could serve them!

    1. Perfect baby shower treat! That’s funny you had to make more. That seems to happen with this recipe a lot. 😉

  25. Sally, I made these for ME this evening as I craved something sweet, and (forgive me) girlie. Used white chips. Most are gone now, my boys “discovered” them and it’s all over now. They are not only beautiful but soooo good. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! So now the boys are going to make their own…THATS how easy it was!

  26. Hi Sally,
    Thank you for sharing this great recipe. I just finished baking them for a church fund raiser. So fast & easy to prepare. They turned out perfect. Of course I had to try them! Love all the chocolate w/the strawberry flavor. As you said they make a great Valentine cookie. I’ll be trying some of your other recipes. Happy Valentine’s Day to you …..

    1. Thanks Caroline. Glad they were a hit. Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well!

  27. Sally,

    I just made a batch of these. I LOVE them, so does my husband. I used mostly semi-sweet chips with some white chocolate chips mixed in. I’ll make another batch to share on Valentine’s Day. I’m picky about cookies & desserts. I make most things from scratch, but there is no need when these are so good. I can’t wait to try other mixes & variations and bring them to parties. Thanks for sharing this delicious pink cookie!

  28. LOVE these!! I tried them the other night using an off brand cake mix and they were not nearly as pretty and also weirdly salty, went back to the store today and got the correct brand and it made a world of difference! Thanks for the new favorite cookie!

  29. Made these for Valentine’s Day. So good! Thank you

  30. Made these for Valentines Day for my 3yr olds school staff! They were oooooing and awwwwing all over the place about them! Needless to say here I am 3 days after Valentines Day making more!! Thanks for sharing! They are scrumptious and easy peasy to make!!

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