This recipe for Yellow Cake Mix Cookies requires just 3 ingredients and a few minutes to mix together. You can add chocolate chips, sprinkles, nuts, or the add-ins of your choice. They're so easy to make and always delicious!
Are you all about simplifying your life in the new year? I love making cookies from scratch, but sometimes I need a really quick fix to my cookie craving. And that's why I always have a box of cake mix on hand.
I've made Funfetti cake mix cookies before and now I'm excited to be sharing my recipe for yellow cake mix cookies.
They're so easy to make and can easily be turned into Funfetti cookies or chocolate chip cookies or any cookie you desire! They're like a blank canvas for all of your cookie dreams to come true.
🎂 Can I make cookies with yellow cake mix?
Yes, you can easily make very easy cookies with a box of yellow cake mix! In fact, all you need is the mix and two other ingredients.
To make cake with a box of dry cake mix, you typically add water, eggs, and vegetable oil. But to make cookies, you just need butter and eggs.
Honestly, yellow cake mix cookies couldn't be any simpler.
Of course you can add any additional ingredients in that you want.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
You'll love this recipe because it's the easiest cookie recipe ever! If you like the flavor of yellow cake, now you can have it in cookie form with just a few minutes of your time.
Anyone can make these soft and chewy cookies with just three ingredients and they can easily be customized to be the perfect cookies for you.
Like I mentioned, this is a three-ingredient cookie recipe! Here's everything you need (be sure to view the recipe card at the bottom of this post for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions):
- 15.25 oz box yellow cake mix
- Unsalted butter
- Large Eggs
- Optional add-ins of your choice, including chocolate chips, sprinkles, chopped nuts, etc.
🍰 What brand cake mix to use
I haven't tested this recipe out with every brand, but you should be able to make these cookies with most brands of boxed yellow cake mix, so long as they are 15.25 oz large.
I've made the cookies most often with Duncan Hines Classic Yellow mix.
I also initially tested this recipe with Betty Crocker's Super Moist yellow cake mix and when the cookies came out super flat, I couldn't immediately figure out why. Then I realized that brand's cake mix box is only 13.25 oz. large.
No worries! If you have a 13.25 oz. box of cake mix, too, I have a recommendation for you in the recipe card (you just need to use less butter!).
Shhh you should also know that you can actually make these easy cake mix cookies with any flavor of cake mix. You can use white cake mix, chocolate cake mix, strawberry cake mix, red velvet, or all kinds of different flavors of cake mixes.
🍪 How to make yellow cake mix cookies
These cookies couldn't be easier! Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lining two baking sheets with parchment paper.
I use my electric mixer to make them, but you can use a large bowl and hand mixer or even just a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Just make sure your butter is soft!
No matter what you use to do it, cream the butter until it's light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
Mix whole egg and egg white into the butter until combined
Don't worry if your mixture looks a little runny/clumpy. It will be fine once you add the cake mix.
Now, add the yellow cake mix to the butter mixture and mix until just combined, taking care not to over-mix.
Fold in any add-ins you want. I made some of the cookies with chocolate chips and I topped some of the dough with pretty sprinkles.
You can also leave them plain if you want.
Scoop about 2 Tbsp of cookie dough (I use a #40 cookie scoop) onto the prepared baking sheets.
Add sprinkles to the cookie dough balls if you want!
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are just turning golden around the edges, but are still soft. Let cookies cool in the pan for a couple minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
And then you're ready to enjoy the easiest cookies in the world!
I love that these taste just like a slice of delicious moist yellow cake, but with a crisp exterior and soft center.
Your friends and family are going to go wild for these cookies and you'll likely get a lot of requests for the recipe... I'll leave it up to you if you want to tell them you made the cookies with a box of yellow cake mix!
⏲️ How to store
Once yellow cake mix cookies are cooled completely, store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
When stored properly, the cookies should keep fresh for about a week.
You can store them in the fridge to keep them fresh for longer, but the cold of the fridge will definitely change the texture a bit and I prefer them room temperature!
🎉 Flavor variations
I love that these cookies taste just like a delicious yellow cake, but with an even better texture. I also love that they're a blank canvas for the cookies of your dreams!
Here are some ideas for what you can add to the cookies to make them even tastier!
- Add chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips
- Top cookie dough with sprinkles before baking
- Add chopped nuts or the mix-ins of your choice
- Add candy, like M&Ms, Reese's Pieces, chopped Reese's cups or Snickers, or heath bar pieces
- Add peanut butter or Nutella to the batter
- Add lemon zest and lemon juice for some citrus flavor
- Add vanilla extract to give these even more fun flavor
- Use two different kinds of cake mix and swirl the flavors together
- Top the cookies with a chocolate ganache or make a buttercream frosting or cream cheese frosting to spread on them
- Use the cookies to make sandwich cookies and fill them with buttercream frosting, Nutella, or even ice cream
- Instead of cookies, make cake mix cookie bars (bake the dough in a pan instead of as individual cookies)
- For Christmas, add crushed candy canes and peppermint extract
- Use a smaller cookie scoop or amount of dough to make these bite-sized cookies
No matter how you make these yellow cake mix cookies, you really can't go wrong.
Serve them to friends or make them simply because you have a cookie craving and need your fix FAST!
👩🍳 More box mix recipes
I love sharing recipes for easy desserts and breakfasts that you can make with boxed mixes, like pancake mix, cake mix, muffin mix, and brownie mix.
Here are some of my favorite easy box mix recipes:
This Cake Mix Butter Cake also looks delicious!
I hope this becomes one of your favorite go-to recipes for when you want delicious cookies that will be ready in a matter of minutes!
What flavor cake mix would you use to make cookies? And what are your favorite mix-ins?
Yellow Cake Mix Cookies
- 1 15.25 oz box yellow cake mix
- 12 Tbsp (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 large egg + 1 large egg white
- Chocolate chips, sprinkles, chopped nuts, or the add-ins of your choice (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes (if you don't have a mixer, you can use a bowl and wooden spoon/spatula).
- Mix whole egg and egg white into the butter until combined (don't worry if your mixture looks a little runny/clumpy).
- Add the yellow cake mix to the butter mixture and mix until just combined, taking care not to over-mix.
- Scoop about 2 Tbsp of cookie dough (I use a #40 cookie scoop) onto the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are just turning golden around the edges, but are still soft. Let cookies cool in the pan for a couple minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.