If you are looking for a good cookie to go to in a pinch look no more. Chances are you found me from Cosmopolitan’s 16 Unexpected Things You Can Do With A Cake Mix. I always have cake mixes on hand. Lots of them in fact. You just never know when you will need one. Using the cake batter as the cookie mix takes all the hard work out of making cookies. You can use any flavor you like (I used yellow, but contemplated between french vanilla and white as well). You can also add in any other mixins that you want. The options are endless :)
Even though this photo brought you here, I wanted to update the photos. Enjoy the same recipe, only with updated photos as of June 2015!
Cake Batter Cookies
Is there an easier way to make cookies than with a cake mix? I think not! These Cake Batter Cookies are so easy and extremely versatile. Not only that, they are delicious. One bite and you will be hooked!
- 1 18.25 oz. box vanilla cake mix (or flavor of choice)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c. vegetable oil
- 1 c semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix and baking powder. Add eggs and oil, then mix until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Adapted from Stephanie Cooks
Now that box cake mixes are smaller, (15.25 oz. vs. 18.25 oz.) will the cookies come out the same? Or will I have to buy two cake mixes and weigh it out to make the recipe come out the same as yours?
Hi Mary Ann, that’s a really good question! Buying two cake mixes and weighing them out to reach 18.25 oz. is one option. Another option is to use the 15.25 oz. box of cake mix, plus 2 oz. of flour and 1 oz. of sugar, plus a pinch of baking soda. Hope that helps!
This recipe (minus the baking powder) was on the Duncan Hines cake mix boxes prior to them coming out with a cookie mix. I’ve been making them since the 70’s. My kids said they could trade them for any other goodie!
I made these with gluten free mix from Hodgson Mill. They were fair. I think perhaps the gluten free mix from Betty Crocker may turn out better. There was another recipe for these using chocolate with a “Rollo”in the middle somewhere else. I also used Hodgson Mill gf mix for those which turned out dry and barely sweet. I still like the recipe enough to have another go with a different brand of gluten free since that’s what I and another family member need. It must be much better with regular mix, though. Thank you again for sharing!
Oh man! Hopefully you can find a GF mix that will give you the results you’re looking for! They are fantastic with regular cake mix.. thanks for giving them a try!
Whenever I want to use a GF mix, I like to use Pamela’s. A bit pricier but worth it in my opinion. Their cake mix is good and their brownie mix is amazing. I personally don’t need GF, but some of my family does but these brownies are some of the best I’ve had from a mix and I usually end up hogging them all. :D I haven’t used the cake mix in other recipes but I have used the brownie mix and it always turned out really well (my favorite was using it as a thin base w/ pecans and toffee bits and layering on a mocha cheesecake topping… sooooo good).
Thank you, SL. I haven’t seen Pamela’s at my grocery stores, but I will keep an eye out for that brand in brownie and see how it goes. Thanks again.
I second Pamela’s brand gluten-free products. They are super tasty, especially the bread mix. And, yes, it is a bit pricier, but it’s totally worth it! :)
Just made these! Used yellow cake mix and 1/2 cup M&M and 1/2 cup butterscotch chips. DELICIOUS! Sure to be a hit and leave Santa happy too ;) …..Not to mention how wonderful the house smells! Thanks a bunch!
Awesome! Those sound delicious!
Thank you for sharing. I think I will try these at our family’s Christmas.
Awesome, you’ll love them – enjoy!
Do you use same amount of other ingredients. When using brownie mix
I’ve never tried making it with brownie mix, but I would imagine it would probably be the same.. but can’t guarantee that :)
Just used a brownie mix, they were delish – soft inside and crispy outside, I am looking forward to trying more combos!
Ooh a brownie mix?? That sounds great!! I bet they were so delicious!
I am amazed and excited about your recipes!
I am old enough to remember when everything was done the same way as Grandma used to cook!
Thank you for sharing your love for cooking! I will enjoy your website and recipes!
Thank you so much! I’m excited you found me and happy to have you! I’ll continue to share my love, so come back and stick around!!!
Today I used a yellow cake mix and a can pf pumpkin and made muffins with it. They came out great. Even my Son liked them and he is not a pumpkin person. We ate them plain or with some butter on them. I also make a Angel Food cake mix with crushed pineapple in a 13×9 pan. Eat with fresh fruit or with icing on it. Ir’s great for anyone who don’t want to eat alot of sugar.
Do you use cake mixes that require the eggs, butter, etc or those that already have those ingredients in them?
You can use any kind of cake mix – doesn’t matter what’s required in the mix. Super simple! Super tasty!
These chocolate chip cookies look delicious! And the crackled tops: perfection
Thanks so much! I thought they were pretty too!
greased or not greased cookie sheet?
Whenever making cookies, I always suggest ungreased – only because, there is usually some sort of butter or oil in the batter that will already act as a ‘non-stick’ agent. By adding extra grease you better your chances of super flat cookies. You can however use parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet if you like! Or, I’ve also just done the dough directly on the un-greased sheet!
I always use parchment paper when baking cookies.
I used parchment paper lined trays n cookie scoop to dip out the cookies onto tray @ 325 for 10 mins….came out perfect.
Wonderful! So glad you liked them!
What does the addition of the baking powder do? Are the cookies flatter or fluffier when baking powder is added?
You know, I’m not entirely sure! Great question!
Baking SODA makes things tender.
Baking POWDER makes things rise.
baking soda gives it a slight crispness
Tried these today with vanilla cake batter and they were delicious!
So awesome – glad you enjoyed them – thanks for stopping by to let me know! Stick around for lots more great recipes!
I tried these today..doubled it but I used 1 1/2 boxes choc n 1/ 2 box white Pillsbury cake mix .mixed together
And added white chips ..milk choc chips ..and health bar bits to equal 2 cups and the other ingredients ..came out delicious !!!
Well that just sounds sinfully wonderful!!!
My Mother shared a “cake batter” cookie recipe with me many years ago so my daughters could make cookies them selves. It didn’t call for baking powder either. We always put M&M’s in them though. This is a very simple recipe for young children to make and the end result puts a huge smile on their faces.
My most favorite combination of cake mix cookies is chocolate cake mix with white chocolate chips…. taste like my favorite cookies from subway!! I’ve never put baking powder in mine though, I’ll have to try that next time!!!