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12 Awesome Yellow Cake Mix Cookies

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12 Awesome Yellow Cake Mix Cookies

12 Awesome Yellow Cake Mix Cookies

A box of yellow cake mix is a wondrous thing, and it's one of the staples in my pantry. That box has saved me more than once when I needed a last-minute treat for something.

I've used a box at midnight to make a cake when my husband forgot to tell me that he needed a dessert for work the next day. I've used a box when my car was in the shop; there was nothing in the house to eat, and my daughter informed me that all the neighborhood kids were coming over for the afternoon.

I usually like to make cookies from scratch with fresh ingredients. But sometimes I just don't have the time, so I've found that cookies made from cake mix are the answer. I'm always amazed at the many different variations that can be made with it. They are incredibly easy and fast, and I can whip up two dozen cookies in about 10 minutes (not including baking time). Here are my favorite 12.

I'd love to know what you think about these recipes!

Basic Yellow Cake Mix Cookie Dough Recipe

Basic ingredients for the cookie dough.

Basic ingredients for the cookie dough.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

20 min

Approximately 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all basic ingredients in a large bowl and mix by hand until all ingredients are incorporated. It takes a little bit and the texture is a little different than cookies from scratch. The dough is a bit elastic feeling.
  3. Stir in your favorite mix-ins.
  4. Place tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking trays, spaced about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Allow to cool on trays for about 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

Let the Fun Begin

Once you've prepared the basic recipe, it's time to have some fun and use your imagination. Here are 12 of my favorites.

Powdered Sugar Cake Mix Cookies

Powdered Sugar Cake Mix Cookies

Powdered Sugar

Ingredients:

  • Basic cookie dough prepared
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions:

Form tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in powdered sugar. The dough is a little sticky and soft when you start, but once you start rolling in the sugar it gets easier. Place on prepared baking sheets and bake as directed.

Butter Pecan Cake Mix Cookies

Butter Pecan Cake Mix Cookies

Butter Pecan

Ingredients:

  • Basic cookie dough prepared
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Instructions:

Mix together all ingredients and spoon by tablespoon onto prepared baking trays. Bake as directed.

Caramel Pretzel Cake Mix Cookies

Caramel Pretzel Cake Mix Cookies

Caramel Pretzel

Ingredients:

  • Basic cookie dough prepared
  • 1 cup chopped chocolate covered caramel candies
  • 1 cup crushed pretzels.

Instructions:

Mix together all ingredients and spoon by tablespoon onto prepared baking trays. Bake as directed.

Cranberry Orange Cake Mix Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cake Mix Cookies

Cranberry Orange

Ingredients:

  • Basic cookie dough prepared
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind

Instructions:

Mix together all ingredients and spoon by tablespoon onto prepared baking trays. Bake as directed.

Peanut Butter Cup Cake Mix Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cake Mix Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup With Chocolate Drizzle

Ingredients:

  • Basic cookie dough prepared
  • 1 cup chopped mini peanut butter cups candy
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

Mix together all ingredients except chocolate chips and spoon by tablespoon onto prepared baking trays. Bake as directed and cool.

Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Spoon into a small sandwich bag and snip off a tiny corner. Drizzle the cookies and cool until chocolate drizzle is set.

Peppermint Delight Cake Mix Cookies

Peppermint Delight Cake Mix Cookies

Peppermint Delights Dipped in White Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • Basic cookie dough prepared
  • 1 cup crushed peppermint candies
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions:

Setting aside 2 tablespoons of the crushed peppermints, mix together all ingredients except the chocolate and spoon by tablespoon on prepared baking trays. Bake as directed.

Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and dip the cooled cookies into it. Place on wax paper and sprinkle remaining crushed peppermint candies on the chocolate. Cool.

Pumpkin Spice Cake Mix Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Cake Mix Cookies

Pumpkin Spice

Ingredients:

  • Basic cookie dough prepared
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, divided

Instructions:

Mix 1 half of of the pumpkin pie spice into the cookie dough. Mix the other half into the sugar and set aside. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in sugar and spice mixture. The dough is a little sticky but gets easier once you start rolling. Bake as directed.

Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate Sandwich Cake With White Chocolate Drizzle

Ingredients:

  • Basic cookie dough prepared
  • 1 cup crushed chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions:

Mix together all ingredients except chocolate chips and spoon by tablespoon on prepared baking trays. Bake as directed and cool.

Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Spoon melted chocolate into a small sandwich bag and snip off a tiny corner. Drizzle onto the cookies and cool until chocolate is set.

S'Mores Cake Mix Cookies

S'Mores Cake Mix Cookies

S'Mores

Ingredients:

  • Basic cookie dough prepared
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs, set aside
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Instructions:

Mix chocolate chips and marshmallows into the cookie dough. Form tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in graham cracker crumbs. The dough is a little sticky, but once you start rolling it's easier to handle. Bake as directed.

Sprinkles Cake Mix Cookies

Sprinkles Cake Mix Cookies

Sprinkles

Ingredients:

  • Basic cookie dough prepared
  • 1 cup sprinkles

Instructions:

Mix together all ingredients and spoon by tablespoon onto prepared baking trays. Bake as directed.

Toffee Cake Mix Cookies

Toffee Cake Mix Cookies

Toffee Dipped in Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • Basic cookie dough prepared
  • 1 cup chopped toffee candy
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

Mix together all ingredients except the chocolate chips and spoon by tablespoon on prepared baking trays. Bake as directed and set aside to cool.

Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and dip the cooled cookies into it. Place on wax paper and cool.

Lemon Delight Cake Mix Cookies

Lemon Delight Cake Mix Cookies

Lemon Delights

Ingredients:

  • Basic cookie dough prepared
  • 1/2 cup yellow sanding sugar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Instructions:

Mix chocolate chips and lemon peel into the cookie dough. Form tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in colored sugar. The dough is a little sticky, but once you start rolling it's easier to handle. Bake as directed.

Which One Is Your Favorite?

I did a small sampling of these cookies for this article and had family and friends do an informal taste test. Everyone liked them all, but one of the standouts was the S'mores version. For me it was a toss up between the lemon delights and the peppermint delights although the peanut butter cup was a very close third.

Honestly they are all delicious. Enjoy!

12 Awesome Yellow Cake Mix Cookies

12 Awesome Yellow Cake Mix Cookies

© 2017 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 02, 2020:

I don't know, but you can give it a try. They might come out extra buttery, but that may not be bad.

S Mitchell Daigle on June 02, 2020:

Can Butter Golden cake mix be used? I ordered what I thought was 2

butter golden cake mixes from Walmart and received 12 mixes. I need to read the description better. I decorate cakes and use the butter golden mixes, but no birthdays coming up so these recipes would really held use the mixes.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 16, 2020:

Glad you liked the recipes.

Lori Allen on April 12, 2020:

This works well with all flavors of cake mixes. So good with chocolate cake mixes, and spice cake mix is delicious too. Just love this!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 29, 2019:

It really depends on the size they are made. I've gotten between 2 and 3 dozen, but I tend to make larger cookies.

Deborah on November 28, 2019:

Approx how many cookies do you usually get?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 23, 2019:

I've frozen a couple of them and they did well. Although not any with marshmallows. The marshmallow did not hold up in the freezer.

Brenda on November 18, 2019:

I’m wondering storage? Do any freeze well? They all sound delicious!

Liza from USA on October 26, 2019:

I never thought you can make these yummy cookies from the yellow cake mix! This is awesome, Claudia. Thanks for the sharing the recipes and tips.

Janice Poynor on May 13, 2019:

Do any of these cookies freeze well

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 20, 2019:

To make the cookies rise nicely you need the baking powder. You can try them without, but I'm not sure how much they would rise.

on February 19, 2019:

Does it have to have baking powder

Me on February 19, 2019:

The s’mores one looks super good!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 12, 2019:

Thanks for letting me know. I', glad you enjoyed these cookies. If you like peppermint, that one is really yummy too!

Dana K PRATT on January 10, 2019:

The cranberry pretzels and cranberry orange were just outstanding. Can’t wait to try the others! Thank you for tases recipes.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 15, 2018:

That's good to know that the cookies can be made gluten-free. Thanks for reading.

Janet Hughes on November 12, 2018:

They are great I am gluten free I can even make them gluten free

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 27, 2018:

Thanks. I'm curious to know how the gluten free mixes work out with these cookies. Enjoy!

RTalloni on May 25, 2018:

These are twelve fab cookies. Could just stop there, but thanks for posting them. I plan to use GF cake mix to make cookies for guests and this offers some great choices. Now. I'm. Hungry. For. Cookies! :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 25, 2018:

Oh that's wonderful! Thank you so much and I'm glad you like the cookies and I'm glad they are part of your elective for school! Thanks for commenting and have fun baking more cookies!

Megan LeVan on May 24, 2018:

Hi Ms. Mitchell, the comment listed below as "megan" is actually from my 10yo son. As I type this, he's working on his third batch from this page (powdered sugar this time - we also did sprinkles!) He's decided to make baking his elective for homeschooling lately, and this is his favorite set of recipes. :-) By using the cake mix, he can do it 100% independently, without making TOO much mess or taking TOO much time. And the cookies are yummy! ;-D Thank you!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 02, 2018:

So glad to hear and thanks for letting me know. Those are good cookies.

megan on May 01, 2018:

best cookies ever!!! I made the pumpkin spice one.it's Delicious!!!!!!

Tom Lohr from Magdalena, NM on December 09, 2017:

I am all over that toffee cookie recipe. The only thing better than toffee is a new corvette. But you can't eat a corvette so perhaps the toffee cookie is a better option.

The rest look pretty delish as well. My tailor thanks you in advance for the future business.

Nancy Owens from USA on November 08, 2017:

I'm going to add a few of these variations to my Christmas baking list. Thank you for sharing these delicious ideas!

Dianna Mendez on October 02, 2017:

You have my interest with the caramel pretzel and the chocolate sandwich cookie. Seems too simple but I will give it a try. Thanks for these awesome ideas!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 29, 2017:

Thank you everyone for commenting and letting me know which ones you like. It's fun to see what everyone's preferences are. I hope you all get to try one of these out and enjoy them.

Leah Kennedy-Jangraw from Massachusetts on September 26, 2017:

I love box cake cookie recipes. I, too, always have yellow cake mix on hand and like you said you can make yummy cookies so quick with it. I once made nutella ones which was just your basic recipe here and if I remember correct almost an entire jar of nutella. So good.

I think I will try your lemon delights, or maybe the s'mores first. Also the toffee and peppermint look great as well.

Thanks for sharing!

Kierstin Gunsberg from Traverse City, Michigan on September 26, 2017:

Oh my gosh, these are way too fun! Pinning this and making sure I have it to look back on because my girls would love to try these recipes. I can usually find a box of cake mix at WalMart for like $1!

Peggy Woods on September 26, 2017:

I have never used a boxed cake mix and usually make homemade cookies but it was amazing to see how one yellow boxed cake mix can turn into so many different tasting cookies. The pumpkin spice got my attention!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 26, 2017:

Sign me up for a dozen of those toffees dipped in chocolate, please. :)

Welcome back my friend!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 26, 2017:

I love the look of all these cookies. The Caramel Pretzel looks delicious!

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on September 26, 2017:

Oh my goodness, those cookies look amazing. I usually bake from scratch but you have me convinced that if time were an issue this is a good alternative. I often use a bread mix but have never tried cookies.

Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on September 25, 2017:

Snores and toffee look to be my favorite! Wow I want cookies now! :( lol