How to Make Cookies from Cake Mix

It turns out you can have your cake mix and eat cookies, too.

Food Network Kitchen’s Loaded Cake Mix Cookies

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Are you living a sad, cookie-less life? Maybe it's because you're a rookie in the kitchen, or you just don't feel like baking. Or maybe you're absolutely dying for a cookie but you kind of want a slice of cake too. In any case, you don't want a mess to clean up, and you don't want to spend time measuring ingredients — there's also the chance that you won't have them all, and there's no way you're running out to the store. Sigh. Apparently this means you're left to shuffle back to the couch dejected, head down and hands in your pockets.

Or does it? What would you say if we told you you could have your cake and cookies and eat them too, in one convenient package? It's true, and it's called cake mix cookies, or, rather, Loaded Cake Mix Cookies.

Cake mix cookie revolution

OK, maybe it's not truly a revolution — cake mix cookie recipes have been around for a couple of decades. But they're still awesome! This is a way to get fresh-baked cookies with that made-from-scratch taste, no stress about ingredient measuring and hardly any effort. Even the most-baking-challenged among us can't screw up this no-fuss treat.

All of the dry ingredients are already in the cake mix; your only chore is to add a couple of additional goodies. Three or four ingredients, 5 minutes of prep time, and 10 minutes in the oven. How easy is that? Before you know it, you'll be eating warm, delicious cookies with a big smile on your face.

Making cake mix cookies is a snap, and the fun part is putting your own spin on them. Just grab your favorite cake mix flavor (Pina Colada, anyone?) and go crazy with anything and everything you can think of to add to it, from candy pieces to chocolate chips to unique sweeteners (maple syrup!).

Tools for the job

While it certainly doesn't take many kitchen tools to make cake mix cookies, you will need some basics. Check your inventory and be sure these items are on hand for your cookie-baking extravaganza:

  • Cookie sheet
  • Mixing spoon (or electric mixer)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Cooling rack

It's cookie time!

So let's get to it. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Grab a bowl and a mixing spoon. Easy so far, right? Your fave cake mix is standing by; pour it in the bowl. Mix in 2 large, beaten eggs and a half-cup of vegetable oil. If you're sticking with the original cake mix flavor, that's all there is to it. Livening it up with more fun stuff? Add a cup and a half of your favorite mix-ins and stir up the whole works.

The mix magically turns into what for all intents and purposes is cookie dough! Scoop the dough onto a baking sheet the same as you would with "normal" cookie dough and slide the pan into your preheated oven. Set a timer for 10 minutes. (Check the cookies at 8 minutes to see how they're doing.)

When they're done, remove from the oven and let 'em cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack. Enjoy warm or chill for later. The cookies usually finish with a delectable soft and chewy center with a hint of hard edges.

There you go! In about 20 minutes you're diving into a batch of fresh-baked goodness and there's no mess to clean up. All is right with the world.

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