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!

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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. I am making these cookies for a fun fair at school. I measured according to the directions and the dough (batter) is very loose. I notice in your pictures the cookies are flat, which I had hoped to be more cake like and have risen. I guess my disappointment is not in the taste, I tasted the dough but in how wet they are. Maybe I should not have used room temperature eggs or maybe one egg instead of two, or less oil or butter in place of oil. Your recipes drew me in so I want to love these. Just bewildered at why this dough is so loose. Something is off adding so much liquid to the cake mix. Any suggestions. And I did follow your tip to refridgerate but the dough is still very loose.

  2. 5 stars
    I have made these with lemon cake mix, double chocolate, spice( my husbands favorite) and red velvet. ALL were delicious. I did add lemon extract into the lemon ones, because I love a super tart lemon cookie. Such a time saver and SO delicious. Thank you!!

  3. I have to tell you I have made these cookies probably a million times since seeing your recipe. Everyone always loves them! My favorite is lemon cake mix. After they have cooled I mix fresh squeezed lemon juice and powdered sugar and drizzle over the top. Also do spice cake mix with drizzled icing made up of powdered sugar and maple syrup.

    1. I have made several dozen cookies with cake mixes never had any problems they are easy and very good. Best chocolate chip ever!!!

  4. 1 star
    Made with yellow cake mix. Followed the directions, these cookis were so tasteless. Trashed. Really wanted to like these but nobody would eat them.

  5. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe at 1:00 am and normally anything I try doesn’t turn out right, well Glad to report I made 2 batches and LOVE IT!!!! Easy to make and easy to clean up!! Thanks!!!!!