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. This is such a PRETTY cookie! So Valentines-y.
    And I totally don’t mind cake-mix cookies once in a while. Actually, while we are traveling and when we get lucky to have an oven for a while I prefer box mixes. Much simpler than stocking up on all scratch ingredients 🙂

    1. Hi Regina! Thank you so much… you can’t go wrong with pretty pink cookies. I love how bright they are on camera and in real life. How can you not smile eating one of these? 🙂

  2. I’ve seen pictures of this recipe ALL over Pinterest, and never once thought it was a cake mix. Glad to see that they’re this easy to make! I’d love to make these cookies for Valentines Day, although I wouldn’t be opposed to year ’round!

    1. Avery, they are SO easy to make. Only about 20 minutes start to finish. I think I need to make these year round as well, especially for my friend’s daughter. How can you not love a pink cookie? Thanks Avery!

    2. made these for Valentines day and my 13 th anniversary I am so NOT a baker but they came out great everyone loved them Ilove your blog the birthday cake fudge was also a hit at Christmas your recipes are fun , new and pretty easy to duplicate even for me Congrats on your engagement But please don’t make your own cake, sit back and have others make everything for you Be queen for the day!

      1. Hey Chemin! What a sweet comment. Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies and the cake batter fudge. 🙂 Thank you for the congrats, too! Don’t worry, I won’t be baking my own wedding cake. 🙂

  3. So perfect for Valentine’s Day!! I love it!! My Step-daughter is a strawberry freak and loves the cake mix. I have to make her the cookies!!!

  4. I made strawberry cake mix cookies about this time last year b/c there were no from-scratch recipes that I deemed worth the effort, expenses, time consuming, etc when a box of cake mix would do quite nicely. And it did that for you, too!

    They’re so perfect, Sally! And I like that you made them a litttle bigger. I always roll my balls taller rather than wider but it’s so dry here, many times I have to squish them down or they just stay tall. Like a big puffball.

    The cake mix I used wasn’t Duncan Hines, it was Pillsbury and normally I used to buy D.H. but went with Pillsbury’s strawberry mix and it gave GREAT strawberry flavor in case you ever play around more

    They’re beautiful!

    1. Thank you Averie! I’ve only used Pillsbury mixes to bake cakes or cupcakes – back when I was in college and poor/lazy, but never for cookies. I’ll give that brand a try if I make cake mix cookies again! I’ve had requests at work to make my Confetti/Funfetti version for Vday so I should try the Funfetti Pillsbury brand next! 🙂

      1. I had great strawberry flavor with these when I made them over a year ago – wow, time flies! They were super soft and moist and without being doctored up in any real way, the strawberry flavor was very nice!

        http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2012/01/strawberry-cake-mix-cookies-with-vanilla-cream-cheese-frosting.html

  5. Hey Sally

    I haven’t been able to find many boxed cake mixes here in Spain, do you reckon it would work with *ahem* strawberry nesquick powder and homemade cake batter? I’m tempted to give it a go.
    Awesome photos, I can imagine how much they didn’t want to cooperate!!
    Ibbs x x

    1. I do not recommend Nesquick here – the two are completely different formulas and two completely different products. I would suggest making regular cookies and adding Strawberry nesquick into the mix, but NOT using nesquick as the base of the recipe.

  6. You certainly can’t go wrong with strawberry and chocolate! And I’m totally not above using cake mix for convenience 🙂

  7. I do love cake mix cookies, too. And I love how festive these are! Bright pink… how can you not smile eating one? 🙂 Thanks Colleen! I need to go check out your wedding Wednesdays post today!

  8. Ahh what a perfect idea for Valentine’s Day. If these are the same kind of recipe as your funfetti cake mix cookies, I’m sure everyone will love them!

  9. there isn’t a thing wrong with using cake mix
    or my favorite color pink! now gimme one of those
    fabulous cookies! 🙂

  10. These are absolutely gorgeous! Strawberry cake is one of my favorites (in theory…I’m not crazy about cake in general), but strawberry cake cookies sound just fabulous. Well, even if the photoshoot was really difficult, you did a great job, as always. The cookies don’t look like strawberry-chocolate goo…althought I think I’d happily eat strawberry chocolate goo. 😉

    1. Hey Caley! My favorite Caley! I am the same as you! I am NOT a fan of strawberry cake either, but I love it in cookies. And I’m up for strawberry chocolate goo anytime…!

  11. These are so pretty in pink!! I’m totally on the fence about baking mixes too. I know they are tools and can be transformed into something even more fabulous, but I kind of miss the comfort of measuring every component myself. That being said, however, I would definitely make an exception for these! I adore strawberry. And pink. And fluffy, puffy cookies. Sold!

  12. Cute, festive, delicious AND pink! What more could I ask for??? 🙂 Maybe some sprinkles! Nah, these are perfect on their own. Kudos to you (once again) for thinking of a delicious recipe!

  13. Sally, I grew up on chocolate cake cookies! Our recipe was a devil’s food mix, 2 eggs, and half a cup of oil. When the cookies came out hot, we put one section of a Hershey bar on each, let them melt a little, spread them around, and then sprinkled! So yummy and easy. It was always my mom’s most-requested recipe, and she was embarrassed at how easy it is!

    These pink strawberry cookies are SO pretty! I wonder how they would taste with the Hershey bar “frosting” and sprinkles instead of chocolate chips. I’ll let you know if I try it! I’m thinking about making these and a red velvet/white chocolate version for Valentine’s Day!

    1. Lizzie, that cookie sounds incredible. Especially with all that melty chocolate on top. I am craving one of those with my morning coffee right now. Is that bad? 🙂 I might have to try these strawberry cookies with that “frosting” next time! Let me know how they go if you do it Lizzie!

  14. Oh these are so cutttee! And I’ve actually been craving strawberries lately. And Pink things. Though the craving for pink things is pretty much an all around occurrence for me ;). And they absolutely do NOT look like pink goo so great job on the photos!

  15. I adore using cake mixes for cookies…but you know that already! I am so glad you put the chocolate chips in the cookies instead of sprinkles. They look absolutely delicious! So fat and puffy…just how I like them!!!

  16. We must be twins or something, Sally! I totally made strawberry cake mix cookies this weekend with white and semi-sweet chips inside to mimic the classic Neapolitan flavor I love so much! Yours are beyond gorgeous and I love your baking powder addition–wow, does it puff these guys up real nice! I’m going to have to try that trick next time I break out a cake mix cookie recipe, which you know me–is practically on a daily basis haha 🙂

    1. That is TOO funny Hayley!! We always think alike. I can’t wait to see your version!!!!! Will you post them on the blog?

  17. confession. I buy strawberry cake mix all the time just to bake cakes and then eat it. Is that bad? I love these cookies Sally!

    1. no bad at ALL claire! I wish I liked strawberry cake. Not sure what it is about it… but I love strawberry cake mix as cookies. Weird!

  18. So cute! I’m totally diggin’ the strawberry cake mix right now too 🙂 These look and sound delish!

  19. First thought that came to mind when I saw pink cookies was, “My 6 year old daughter would love these for Valentine’s Day!” Super cute.

    Plus, strawberries + chocolate = winning!

      1. I’ve got a batch of these in the oven as I’m typing this. I substituted 2 kinds of Valentine’s sprinkles for the chocolate chips and applesauce for the oil (I had neither at home?? How does that happen?) Anywho, I found the dough to be very sticky and I could not roll the dough but dropped them by the 1/8 cup full onto the baking sheet instead. These are some LARGE cookies!

  20. Pink cookies!! These are way too adorable, I have to make them for Valentine’s Day! I haven’t tried any cake mix cookies yet, but I’ve been wanting to for awhile now. This looks like a great one to start with 🙂

  21. If that isn’t the cutest cookie in the world, I don’t know what is! Perfect for vday!

  22. While I am not a huge fan of cake mix, I don’t think I can’t resist making these cookies at least once! I’m pretty much a sucker for anything pink.

    1. Hi Morgan! I can’t resist the pink either. 🙂 You could probably make my Cake Batter Sugar Cookies (no cake mix) with a drop of red food dye, but they wouldn’t be strawberry flavored. Regardless, I love pink!

      1. Hey Meredith! I mentioned that each ball of cookie dough should be 2.5 tablespoons each. I don’t have any weight for you in ounces, but if you measure 2 Tablespoons then 1/2 Tbsp, that is how much dough I used for each cookie. Thank you!

  23. These are so pretty! I’m sending this recipe to my sister-in-law who is throwing a princess party for her daughter. What better than pink cookies at a Princess birthday party?!

    1. I agree! How can you not love pink cookies? Especially when chocolate is involved! I know she will love these for the princess party. 🙂

  24. What a gorgeous cookie! I definitely love the strawberry-chocolate combo, especially around Valentine’s Day. These would be a perfect cookie to gift!

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