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13 Cake Mix Cookies recipes- so easy and so many possibilities! Perfect for a last minute treat!
Now I know I don’t normally post recipes using cake mixes all that often and prefer making everything from scratch. So why cake mix cookies then this week? I’ve been trying to be good and not spend any month this month after reading this book,31 Days of Living Well and Spending Zero: Freeze Your Spending. Change Your Life. It inspired me to try it myself. I usually spend way too much at the grocery store on baking items. Like, I’m the girl that has 4 blocks of cream cheese, 3 boxes of butter, and every kind of chocolate chip in her basket. I don’t know how many times the cashier has said to me “Ooh going to do some baking today I see!” Oh if she only knew. Not just today honey. Every. Dang. Day.
Last month, I allowed myself to bake on a budget allowing myself only $10 a week. After reading this book, I thought what if I spend NO money?! Could I still whip up a month of desserts just based on what I had on hand? I seriously had like a mini little panic attack in my head as soon as I made this declaration. No money? I immediately looked at my flour supply? Will I have enough? What about butter? Is there any stashed in the freezer? Oh god, could I do it? So that’s how I decided to whip up some cake mix cookies. I had this box of chocolate cake mix staring at me for awhile now, leftover from a cake decorating club I taught at school. I figured well no better time than the present to use a box of chocolate cake mix! And it’s chocolate season right? Figured these would fit right in.
After making these, I decided to google cake mix cookies. Sheesh. There are a lot of fun cake mix recipes out there. So after making my own batch, I thought it would be fun with this post to also share some of my favorite cake mix recipes I found out there.
12 to be exact. Plus mine. Hence, the baker’s dozen of cake mix recipe post was born.
Of course just plain chocolate cookies wasn’t going to cut it. So I figured why not throw in some M&M candies? To keep to my no spending rule, I used a CVS reward coupon and bought some M&M candies for these cookies. It was so hard to walk away from all the other fun Valentine candy bags calling my name. But I did it! It was tough. Not gonna lie to you.
Now let’s talk about these cookies. These are so simple and require only 5 ingredients to make (which I had on hand, thank goodness!). You only need to chill these for 15 minutes so they are in the oven before you know it. I love baking from scratch and root for it all the time, but sometimes a mix wins. And I do love the one bowl and done thing too. Because let’s face it dishes by the end of the week..not a fan.
Cake mix cookies are also a fun way to get the kids in the kitchen. I’ve made cake mix cookies before when I’ve taught a baking club for kids and it’s the best recipe to start out with when kids are involved. It’s an easy way to introduce some of the fundamental baking techniques like measuring and mixing.
Now I made chocolate cake mix cookies and threw in some M&M’s, but if you’re not in the mood for chocolate (which is weird to me if you’re not, but I won’t judge) you could always switch up the cake mix flavor, or throw in some other candies, or coconut, or some nuts. Get crazy.
If you need some more inspiration here are some other great cake mix cookie ideas from other bloggers…
Easy Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies (Mom on Timeout)
Red Velvet Gooey butter cookies (Buns in my Oven)
Double chocolate cake mix cookies (Pinch of Yum)
Cake Mix Snickerdoodles (Your Cup of Cake)
Lemon Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies (Crazy for Crust)
Cake Mix Cookies (My Baking Addiction)
White chocolate peppermint cake mix cookies (Life a little Brighter)
Reese’s Cake Mix Cookies (The Frugal Girls)
2 ingredient pumpkin cookies (Cookies and Cups)
Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies (Sally’s Baking Addiction)
Pink Lemonade Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies (Make. Bake. Celebrate.)
Key Lime Cake Mix Cookies (Lovin’ From The Oven)
So there you go! A baker’s dozen of cake mix cookie recipes! So many flavors and fun combinations! Which ones will you bake up?
Cake Mix Cookies
- 1 box chocolate cake mix I used Duncan Hines devil's food
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup M&M candies optional
- 1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). In large bowl, mix cake mix, oil, vanilla and eggs with spoon until dough forms.
- 2 Refrigerate dough 15 to 30 minutes or as needed for easier handling. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. On ungreased cookie sheets, place balls about 2 inches apart.
- 3 Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Store tightly covered.