Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies

May 20, 2020
Can you really make chocolate chip cookies with a cake mix?  You sure can.  Grab a box of Classic Yellow or Butter Golden cake mix, and whip up a tasty batch today!  Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies are tender, chewy, and chocolatey deliciousness - that are super easy to make.

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I've been working lately with my 10-year-old daughter to build her kitchen independence.  And with their ease and limited measuring needs, cake mix cookies sure have proven to be a fabulous recipe in working toward that goal!

We started with making Chocolate Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies, a recipe with which she has now gained complete independence in the kitchen.  It was such a joy to see her pride and sense of accomplishment shine when she felt the success of baking something totally on her own.

And now?  Now we've moved on to these super tasty, super easy Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies.  Which has now also been added to our daughter's list of recipes she can successfully make completely on her own.


Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies are tender, chewy, and chocolatey deliciousness - that are super easy to make.

I must admit, at first I was skeptical of the idea of making chocolate chip cookies with a cake mix.  I mean, can you really make chocolate chip cookies with a cake mix ... that actually taste good?  The answer is yes, yes you can.

I was concerned the finished cookies would have a strange texture or too much of a cake-batter flavor, but that was not the case at all.  The cookies actually bake up tender and chewy, and taste of  chocolate chip cookie deliciousness rather than cake.  

Granted, the taste is indeed different than your traditional Toll House chocolate chip cookie, with not so much of a brown sugar-based flavor like Toll House.  But Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies are absolutely a tasty chocolate chip cookie in their own right.  And from a texture standpoint, they retain moisture to stay tender and chewy for days.  

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Since they're so easy to make and require relatively few ingredients, this Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies recipe is a perfect recipe for:
  • Easy convenience baking - Don't feel like doing much measuring, gathering of ingredients, or purchasing of ingredients? This easy recipe's for you.  Grab a box of cake mix, dump it in a mixing bowl with just a handful of other ingredient basics, and you're good to go.
  • Vacation baking - Want to whip up a batch of fresh chocolate chip cookies while you're at the beach or your mountain cabin? Just pack a box of cake mix, a package of chocolate chips, and a teaspoon of vanilla. -- (and you could probably even get away with leaving the vanilla out).  No need to worry about packing flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt ... you get the point. 
  • Kids in the kitchen - Such a great starter recipe to build toward independence in the kitchen for kids of all ages.
  • A smaller batch of cookies - This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies, so is a good one when you want a smaller amount of cookies.

You can use either a Classic Yellow or Butter Golden cake mix in this recipe, with each producing a slightly different flavor result.

You can use either a Classic Yellow or Butter Golden cake mix in this recipe, with each producing a slightly different flavor result.

Classic Yellow cake mix produces a sweeter cookie with a hint of a cake-batter flavor.  Butter Golden cake mix produces a less sweet, more straight-up chocolate chip cookie-tasting cookie.  

I prefer those made with Butter Golden cake mix, while my husband and 10-year-old daughter prefer those made with Classic Yellow.  Give both a try to see which one you like better!

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Along with the box of cake mix, you'll need:
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To whip up a batch,  simply beat together the dry cake mix, softened butter, milk, vanilla extract, and an egg in a large mixing bowl until smooth. 

Then, stir in the chocolate chips.  That's all there is to mixing these up!

Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookie Dough Image

Drop mounds of 2 tablespoonfuls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.  A 2-tablespoon cookie scoop makes it super quick and easy to scoop the cookie dough and keep the cookies roughly the same size.  

This dough spreads a good bit while baking, so leave at least 2 inches between the cookies.  I only drop 8 cookies at a time on each cookie sheet to ensure the cookies have plenty of room to spread as they bake.

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To get that "pretty" look of baked cookies studded with chocolate chips on top, add more chocolate chips on top of each dough ball before baking.  Place 3 or 4 additional chocolate chips on the top of each cookie dough ball, and gently push the chocolate chips into the dough slightly to embed them without covering them in dough.

Then bake the cookies up for about 10 minutes until the edges are set, but the centers still appear soft.

When done, the cookies will look soft in the middle and will be light in color.  If you wait until they're golden brown in color and completely set, they'll be overdone.

Cool the baked cookies on the pan for a minute, and then remove them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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And that's all there is to whipping up a tasty batch of Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies!

So in response to the question, "Can you really make chocolate chip cookies with a cake mix?" -- the answer is an absolute yes.  And yes, they taste good, too.  They're little bites of tender, chewy, chocolatey deliciousness - that also happen to be super easy to make.  

Check out these other tasty chocolate chip cookies:
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Yield: about 24 cookies
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Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies

Can you really make chocolate chip cookies with a cake mix? You sure can. Grab a box of Classic Yellow or Butter Golden cake mix, and whip up a tasty batch today! Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies are tender, chewy, and chocolatey deliciousness -- that are super easy to make.
Prep time: 20 MCook time: 12 MTotal time: 32 M

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together dry cake mix, butter, milk, vanilla extract, and egg until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Drop 2 tablespoonfuls dough onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving at least 2 inches between cookies (this dough spreads a good bit while baking).
  3. Bake at 350℉ for 10-12 minutes until edges are set, but centers still appear soft.
  4. Cool on pan for 1 minute; remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  5. Store tightly covered in an airtight container.
TRACEY'S NOTES:
  1. A 2-tablespoon cookie scoop makes it super quick and easy to scoop the cookie dough and keep the cookies roughly the same size.
  2. These cookies spread a good bit while baking, so leave plenty of room between them.  I only place 8 cookies on a baking sheet at a time.
  3. When done, the cookies will look soft in the center and will be light in color.   They'll be overdone if you wait until they're golden brown in color.
  4. Classic Yellow cake mix produces a sweeter cookie with a bit of a cake-batter flavor.  Butter Golden cake mix produces a less sweet, more straight-up chocolate chip cookie-tasting cookie.  I prefer those made with Butter Golden cake mix, while my husband and 10-year-old daughter prefer those made with Classic Yellow.
  5. To get the "pretty" look of baked cookies studded with chocolate chips on top, scoop cookie dough onto the baking sheet.  Then place 3 or 4 additional chocolate chips on the top of each cookie dough ball, gently pushing them into the dough slightly without covering the chocolate chips in dough.
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3 comments

  1. That's a clever idea for those times when you just need to make things simple. They look amazing! Pinning

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS! Our Adrienne has chosen your cookies to be featured in the next Blogger's Pit Stop.
    Kathleen

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  3. I used to make cake mix cookies YEARS ago; I sorta forgot about them! Hehe. (And I never made them with chocolate chips like this.) I will definitely give this a try! Thanks for sharing at Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week.

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