WFMW: Cake Mix Cookies

Last week I wanted to make cookies for dessert – but alas! – I am very lazy. I had a package of Betty Crocker cookie mix but let me tell you a little secret: Betty can do better. Those things NEVER come out right for me! The batter is always too thin and the cookies never taste good, and I SWEAR it is not my fault. After all, I made these, I should be able to add water and oil to a cookie mix and have them turn out. But NO.

Anyhoo, when I was frantically spinning my lazy Susan around, I came across a box of chocolate cake mix. “Hmm.” I thought to myself. (I have such intellectual conversations with myself.) “I wonder if I can make cookies out of this?” I then did what any smart, resourceful mom does in this situation. I Googled the heck out of it and discovered several different recipes to make cookies out of a boxed cake mix! I tweaked one recipe and here is what worked for me:


* 18 oz. pkg. cake mix (any flavor)
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1 egg
* 3-4 tbsp water (as needed)
* desired mix-in (I chose chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except water at low speed. Add water as needed until dry ingredients are moistened and dough is thoroughly mixed. Add chocolate chips or other fixin’ and drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2″ apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes. Cool two minutes on cookie sheets, then remove to wire racks to cool.

These cookies were very tasty! They were a big hit with the whole family. The consistency was great, they baked up really well and looked attractive too! Thankfully I had chocolate chips on hand, but with this recipe you can get creative and use nuts, peanut butter chips, M&M’s – whatever you like.

So, cake mix cookies worked for me! For more great tips, check out Works for Me Wednesday at Rocks in My Dryer.

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13 Replies to “WFMW: Cake Mix Cookies”

  1. My family loves these! I did the same thing when my daughter begged me to make cookies with her and all I had in the house was cake mix. You can make cookies out of brownie mix as well.

  2. I think the pouch cookie mixes are horrible too. I still buy them but add in oatmeal until its the right consistency and then bake them. Otherwise they are thin and icky!

  3. Try using a funfetti cake mix – it already has the mix in in it – sprinkles -so no need to add anything. Our kids LOVE them!

    These are great options for bake sales and school activities too – they take so little time to make!

  4. I make lemon cookies this way:
    Lemon cake mix
    1 egg
    1/2 c. applesauce
    1 small can mandarin oranges

    These are delicious, soft, lemony cookies with no added fat!! Delicious and healthy.

  5. Try topping them with frosting when you are done. The cookies need to be a little warm. The cake mix cookies and the slightly melted frosting is an addictive combination. My kids like the funfetti cake and the frosting (it has sprinkles).

  6. Oh my word. I SO needed to know this–I always wind up with lots of cake mixes I have gotten for cheap, and it’s hard to get excited about making a cake all the time. Thanks!

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