This Cake Mix Cookies recipe is one of my all-time favorite recipes ever. It’s so simple to follow and the results are deliciously soft and moist cake mix cookies. Mmm!
I used to avoid baking, as I’m not too fond about how precise every measurement should be. I’m more the throw-it-in-the-pan-and-mix-it-up kind of cook. But last December, I wanted to try baking cookies. There were some failed attempts, but after several tries and various adaptations of other people’s recipes, I finally got the perfect Cake Mix Cookies recipe for our family. Now I feel like embracing baking more. Here’s my Cake Mix Cookies recipe!
The first step: preheat your oven. The temperature and length of time for the perfect cake mix cookies can vary from oven to oven. It depends on how powerful the heat in your oven is. I followed recipes that said it should be at 350 F for 12 minutes, 375 for 9 minutes, etc. After several cookie tries, what worked for us was baking the cookies at 200 F. So that’s what I set our oven to when pre-heating.
It’s critical to find the right brand of cake mix. I tried a different brand at first (which will not be named!) and then Betty Crocker. This brand was awesome — a classic and reliable. Betty Crocker has a variety of cake mix flavors. I went for Betty Crocker’s Milk Chocolate cake mix.
I empty out the whole box into a mixing bowl. Then I crack two eggs into the powder. There’ve been recipes that called for just one egg, but I tried two eggs and it was perfect for us.
When baking cookies, you put in a little oil or butter. I’ve tried both. The right kind of fat and amount for us was 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
Keep mixing the dough with a spatula until you get a smooth consistency. During the first few times I did this, I was quite impatient. JUST DOUGH UP PLEASE. Then over time, I began enjoying this part of the baking process. The repetitive moments of mixing and stirring were quite relaxing, even with all the effort exerted.
Voila! When you have yourself a dough with a smooth consistency, you can begin rolling them into balls with your hands. You can also use an ice cream scoop to drop dough into the cookie sheets. I preferred this because the cookies end up relatively the same size.
Then just put each ball onto ungreased cookie sheets. Give them enough space as the cookies will expand.
When done, roll each ball in powdered sugar. I fill a small bowl halfway with powdered sugar and do the rolling there. Also, I use my right hand. And I use a plastic glove. It’s less messy that way.
This is also another relaxing moment for me — coating the cookie dough in powdered sugar. They look so pretty, like they were dusted with snow.
By the way, I tried this with regular sugar in previous attempts. Huh. It did not work out. The sugar crystallized (is that the term?) and well, gave the cookies a burnt taste and a tough texture.
After you’ve dusted each one with powdered sugar, press each gently with the back of the spoon. You’ll see why this is an important step in a bit.
Now they’re ready to be placed in the oven! For how long will the cookies bake? Length of time may vary from oven to oven, as it depends on how powerful the heat in your oven is. I tried 10 minutes, 12 minutes, 8 minutes… the perfect length of time and oven temperature for us was baking the cake mix cookies for 9 minutes at 225 F.
That pic up there with the oven control? Halfway between 3 and 4 was the sweet spot for us.
I just use my cellphone’s timer when at the kitchen. My phone is also my companion because I’ve got Spotify on when baking! This is the playlist I love to listen to when baking:
When your nine minutes are up, take the cookies out. Let them cool for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
Now, see the cookies above? Those were the cookies I had gently flattened with the back of the spoon. Cracks have never looked so pretty, don’t you think?
For the second batch of cookies, I forgot to flatten them with a spoon. Here’s how they turned out.
See the difference?!?! But don’t worry, they taste the same. They’re both still moist and deliciously satisfying. Mmmmm.
I baked these cake mix cookies last January 3, the Sunday before the first day back at work. I brought them to work the next day. Chocolate cookies to usher in the first workday of the year is a must!
I’m excited to try other cake mix flavors using this recipe. We’ve spotted that Betty Crocker also has a Lemon Cake Mix. There’s also a Spice Cake Mix. I think that’d taste good with a cup of tea. I’m excited to try both flavors out!!!
Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
- 1 box cake mix (I recommend Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate Cake Mix)
- 2 eggs
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Powdered sugar
- Pre-heat your oven. Try 350F as this was the commonly suggested oven temperature across recipes I’ve seen. (NOTE though that temperature may vary from oven to oven! What worked for us was 225F.) Pour cake mix into a bowl. Mix in eggs, vegetable oil. Mix until a dough with smooth consistency forms.
- Roll into balls with your hands, or use an ice cream scoop. On ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough about an inch and a half apart. You can opt to roll each ball in powdered sugar.
- Bake cookies for 9-12 minutes OR until edges are set. (Our magic number was 9 minutes!) Cool cookies for 1 minute. Remove from cookie tray to cooling rack.
These cake mix cookies, just like any other cookies, are best enjoyed freshly baked! Have them with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk. So good! I hope you enjoy this cake mix cookies recipe!
Do you have a cake mix cookies recipe you’d like to share? Any cake mix cookies recipe tips? What flavor of cake mix have you tried? Please do share your recipe suggestions and stories! I’d love to hear from you!
Anna TrogoJanuary 8, 2016 at 8:35 am (7 years ago)
Hi Tony! Thank you for your kind words. I’m dropping by to check this out because I love baking! Once I get the oven installed at the condo I will try this. Bookmarking!
ToniJanuary 17, 2016 at 1:57 am (7 years ago)
Awesome! I hope you enjoy the recipe!
PiaJanuary 8, 2016 at 8:58 am (7 years ago)
Yummy! I’ve always wanted to try baking but I’m scared because it seems so precise! This one looks less daunting though. Thanks for the recipe!
ToniJanuary 17, 2016 at 1:56 am (7 years ago)
You are very welcome!
NadiaJanuary 8, 2016 at 11:55 am (7 years ago)
Hi Toni! My oven will turn one this month and I haven’t baked a single cookie! I’ll make this simple cookie recipe this month. Thanks and happy new year!
ToniJanuary 17, 2016 at 1:56 am (7 years ago)
Do try it! *hugs* Happy new year!