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Chewy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate cake mix cookies that taste like they were made from scratch! You only need four ingredients, one bowl, and 30 minutes to make a batch. The cookies are soft and chewy and keep well for several days. No one will guess that they aren’t homemade.

photo of a pile of chocolate cookies

Usually, I like to make cookies from scratch.  They taste a lot better than store-bought bakery cookies, or frozen cookie dough cookies.

However, I recently tried making cookies based on a recipe I found off of a box of cake mix and they taste great! Just like from scratch, but without all the work because all of the dry ingredients are in the mix.  The total time to make these cake mix cookies, including prep and baking time, is less than 30 minutes!

If I hadn’t made them myself, I wouldn’t guess they were made with cake mix. They are chewy and have a great chocolate flavor.

I’ve made red velvet cookies with a mix, too, and I’m always so happy with the way they turn out. Will I stop making homemade cookies? No, but I always have cake mix on hand now if I need a quick batch of cookies.

I originally found a recipe on the back of a cake mix box, but I’ve made quite a few tweaks. I love how easy they are and they always bake up with a nice chewy and soft texture.

Easy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

  • For the chocolate cake mix, I recommend buying a brand that has pudding mix included. Both Pillsbury and Betty Crocker make this type.
  • Vegetable or canola oil
  • Eggs
  • Chocolate chips

photo of a mixing bowl with batter

Just mix all of the ingredients in a bowl – that’s all you have to do to make the cookie dough.

Drop one-inch balls onto a cookie sheet.  I like to smooth out the balls by rolling them in between my palms before plopping them down. This way you get a more evenly baked, round cookie.

.photo of the dough balls on a baking sheet

Bake at 350°F for 6 to 8 minutes.  Cool the cookies for a few minutes before serving. They will initially come out a bit puffy but will sink down once cooled for a few minutes.

How to Store Them

I stopped storing cookies in ziplock bags because they always seem to dry out. I’ve been using Snapware containers* and they work great. The cookies stay soft and chewy for days.

overhead photo of baked chocolate cookies

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Chewy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Servings: 12 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These chewy chocolate cookies are so easy to make thanks to store-bought cake mix!
5 from 2 votes


  • 1 box dark chocolate or milk chocolate cake mix (see note)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • measure the oil so that it's halfway between 1/3 and 1/2 cup
  • 2 eggs


  • Mix together in a large bowl the cake mix, eggs and oil, using large mixing spoon. The oil should be halfway in between the 1/3 and 1/2 mark. I've found that any more is too oily and any less makes the cookies dry.
  • After finishing mixing the ingredients, pour in 1 cup chocolate chips and mix again.
  • Drop one inch balls onto cookie sheet. Try to smooth out the balls by rolling them in between your palms before plopping them down for a more evenly baked, round cookie.
  • Bake at 350°F, for 6-8 minutes. Cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Cookies initially will come out a bit puffy, but will sink down once cooled for a few minutes.


  • For the cake mix, I recommend using one of the brands that have the one cup of pudding mix already added to the mix. I know Betty Crocker and Pillsbury both do this.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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22 comments on “Chewy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies”

  1. What a fantastic recipe. Quick, easy and a fun baking experience with our rising teenage cook! Can’t wait to check out more of your tips

  2. These cookies are so good I used the Betty Crocker cake mix chocolate with chocolate chips already in it and they taste so delicious!

  3. also, if you roll them in sugar before baking then they end up being a smoother finish 🙂 just got done baking these but i swapped pb chips for the choc chips and they were awesome 🙂

  4. you can also place slices of bread in the container to help keep any cookies moist. i do it all the time, even once cookies start to get a little dry, it helps revive them 🙂

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  6. I’ve made these twice and everyone loves them! I’m making them again this weekend…thanks for the awesome recipe!

  7. I’m glad you liked them! You know I haven’t made these in a while. Your comment reminded me. I’ll have to make some this weekend.

  8. I made these just this past Friday….so good! I still have some left and they haven’t gone hard. Still really soft and yummy! Thanks!

  9. What a nice variation! I’m glad you liked it. I’ll have to try it with the reese’s sometime. I was also of thinking of trying rolos in the middle.

  10. I made these tonight with a miniature reese’s cup hidden inside each cookie-they were so decadent and delicious!!

  11. I hope you enjoy the cookies!

  12. I am trying this recipe right now 🙂

  13. Hi joanh! No problem. I love your blog. It makes me miss Taiwan so much! I only wish I had found it before my last trip.

  14. Cool! So easy! Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking to my blog!

  15. Hi Niki- I agree. Easy and chocolate. Yum!

  16. Wow! I love this idea. Easy and chocolate. What more can you ask for??? 🙂

  17. Hi Taylor! Thanks for visiting my blog. I really enjoy these cookies and love how simple the recipe is. I hope you enjoy them as well!

  18. Hi. Those cookies look amazing!! I will definitely have to make those sometime soon, I can’t wait! 😀

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