Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

We are now in the season of eating, so I will probably be posting several recipes over the next few weeks. I thought I’d begin with something easy and delicious.

First, I have to tell you, these are from the Pioneer Woman. I like so many of her recipes. Second, these are so easy, there’s no reason anyone can’t make them. I almost felt guilty using a cake mix, but once I ate these cookies, I was hooked. I even made them twice last year for Christmas, because everyone liked them so much.

I think it’s also important to note that these can be made any time of the year. While they’re highlighted as Christmas cookies, you can use any color sprinkles to make them perfect for any holiday. As you can see below, I made them for the 4th of July this summer.

chocolate cake mix cookies

These cookies are so popular because they have a rich, chocolate flavor. It’s tough to eat just one!!

Here I am after making my second batch last Christmas. Don’t you love my t-shirt? Carly makes me wear it whenever we make cookies together.

chocolate cake mix cookies

So, don’t wait to make these. Get your cake mix now and make them. You could even make them for Thanksgiving, using fall-colored sprinkles. Also, make sure you have plenty; you may need more than 3/4 cup.

chocolate cake mix cookies
5 from 2 votes

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

These cookies are fudgy and soft. You would never guess they were made from a cake mix. And while they were touted as Christmas cookies, they're perfect all year round.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 18 cookies


  • 1 15-16 oz Devil's food cake mix
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 c. vegetable oil
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c. red and green sprinkles Can use any color sprinkles for other times of the year


  1. Preheat the oven to 350.

  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  3. Whisk the cake mix and baking powder in a large bowl to get rid of any lumps.

  4. Add the eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Mix well to combine.

  5. Cover and refrigerate until the dough just begins to firm up, about 30 minutes.

  6. Spread the sprinkles in a shallow bowl.

  7. Scoop and roll the dough into balls (about 2 T. each), then roll the balls in the sprinkles.

  8. Place on the baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.

  9. Bake until the tops of the cookies are slightly puffed and cracked and the edges are set (10-12 minutes).

  10. Let cool 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then remove to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

This is a Pioneer Woman recipe.

20 thoughts on “Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies”

    1. Kaye, I think it would. My dad has celiac disease and I make cookies for him using a cake mix. Instead of the sprinkles, I roll the balls of dough in powdered sugar. Those cookies are delicious!! They don’t even taste gluten free.

  1. 5 stars
    My mom made cake mix cookies as far back as I can remember. I don’t think she ever made any other kind of cookies. She used a maple cake mix and added walnuts. They were really good!

  2. First of all, your hair is so beautiful! I’d love to have those waves.

    Your cookies look so good. I have some bundt cake recipes that call for boxed cake mix. At first, like you, I thought that was “cheating.” But, the results are yummy and, really, who cares?

    1. Thank you Janis. After all these years, I’ve finally come to like my hair. I fought it so much of my life.
      I’ve decided I don’t really care, especially after making these cookies. They are worth cheating for!!

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