I love these Cake Mix Cookies, because they just take 3 ingredients and 15 minutes! The easiest cookie recipe you will ever make. So Easy AND delicious …who knew how amazing this cake mix hack could be!

cookies on a wire rack
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Refrigerated cookie dough that you buy at the grocery store might be easier, but I found the second easiest “homemade cookies!” These are so much better than the store bought dough!

Did you know that you could make cookies from a box of cake mix? Because of how easy and delicious these are, Cake Mix Cookies are my new go-to quick cookie fix!

They are beyond simple to make, because all you need is three ingredients and 15 minutes!

cookie on a spatula

Does this scenario sound familiar? It is 9 o’clock on a Thursday night and your child is heading up to bed, then casually mentions that, by the way, they need something for the school bake sale tomorrow!! Well, you could run out to the store, buy some store made cookies and throw them on a paper plate (I may have done this before, but I don’t recommend it).

Or… you can hack your way to some quick and easy homemade cookies!

There are so many great things to make with this easy cake mix cookie recipe! One of our all-time favorites is our Halloween Spider Cookies. If you are looking for other great Cake Mix Hacks, then look no further – we’ve got so many!

What do you need to make cake mix cookies?

ingredients for Cake Mix Cookies

All you need are 3 ingredients! Also, they are so common you probably have them in your pantry. However, if you don’t keep cake mix on hand, you should really start. I always keep a box of yellow, or white cake mix just in case of a cake or cookie emergency.

  • Cake mix – You will need 1 box and can use any flavor and brand that you like
  • Oil – We used 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Eggs – 2 large eggs

Options and Add-ins

  • Cake mix options – we typically use a regular white cake mix or yellow cake mix. But feel free to shake it up. Red velvet is super fun, chocolate cake mix is delicious too! Get creative here – they will all work!
  • Food coloring – you can also get creative by using food gel or coloring. Split the batter in half and make some one color and some the other (or try tie-dye too!!
  • Add-Ins- Sprinkles or M&M’s …. cause why not!! You can really add in any type of candy or topping! Have fun with them!

Wanna change them up – try our Cake Mix Peppermint Patty Cookies! You guessed it, they are stuffed with a York Peppermint Patty!

How to Make Cake Mix Cookies

  1. MIX all ingredients together.glass bowls with cake mix cookie ingredients
  2. SCOOP balls of cookie dough on cookie sheet. (PRO-TIP: if the dough is too sticky, just put it in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes)dough balls for cookies on a cookie sheet
  3. BAKE on 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.baked cookies on a tray

Top off the cookies with this homemade royal icing recipe! It is our favorite!

Freeze Extras

I know – what extras, right!! If by chance you have extra cookies, these cookies freeze amazing. Just be sure to let them cool down first

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Want to take your cake mix cookies to the next level? Try our Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, also made using cake mix!

stack of 5 cookies
4.69 from 45 votes
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Cake Mix Cookies

Serves — 18
3 ingredients and 15 minutes! The easiest cookie recipe you will ever make. Easy AND delicious …who knew how amazing this cake mix hack could be!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 15 ounce box Cake mix
  • ½ cup Vegetable oil
  • 2 Eggs


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix all of the ingredients together
  • Place balls of dough on a cookie sheet
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies start to get golden brown


Nutrition Info

Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 20mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 0.7mg

Originally published September 29, 2015

3 Ingredients Cake Mix Cookies - 15 minutes start to finish

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  1. Hi thanx for sharing d recipe.can u please suggest what I can replace with egg..I want to bake it for vegiterian friends

  2. Just made these – Betty Crocker yellow cake mix 2 eggs 1/2 cup veg oil. Came out perfect!! (Making the Halloween spider cookies – yeah a bit late but I’m doing it!!). Funny how some recipes work for some and not others! I usually am in the ‘doesn’t work for me’ category but thankfully today is a good day!! Anyway great easy and fast cookie recipe.

  3. i had same issue. I mixed one box Duncan Hines Yellow cax mix, 1/2 c vegetable oil and 2 eggs. It’s very loose – not at all doughy. I put the bowl in the refrigerator in hopes that it will harden up enough to make dough balls.

  4. I made these with:
    Lemon Cake Mix
    Softened Butter (instead of the oil)
    Crushed Lemonhead Candy
    Crushed Pistachios(Shelled)
    They were delicious!

  5. Do you think I could do my normal apple sauce substitute instead of oil for these? That’s what I usually do when I bake a cake using cake mix.

      1. I just use any cake mix with just about any liquid and make my cookies so soft and delish

  6. When you say “place balls of dough” do you mean that you form balls with your hands? I just mixed up the dough per your instructions, and there is no way I could form this “dough” into balls – it’s just slightly less soupy than the cake mix. Also, how many cookies is this supposed to make?

    1. So it shouldn’t be soupy at all. The last batch was stickier than some of my others, part of that depends on what mix you are using.

      I made big cookies so I made about a dozen.

  7. Jenn,

    I love this cake mix cookies. They are truly save you for having to spend lots of time in the kitchen when you simply do not have time. They are also extremely delicious.
    By the way, you were great this morning!!!!


  8. butterscotch chips added to butter pecan cake mix or raisins added to spice cake mix are the best combo