In the mood for cookies but don’t have all the necessary ingredients on hand? You can still whip up a batch of cookies using a packaged cake mix and just three other ingredients. Making cookie dough with a cake mix is the perfect baking project for children or anyone who enjoys a good cookie without a lot of effort. Cake mix cookies can also save the day when you have drop-in guests or have been asked to contribute to a bake sale on short notice. By following a few short steps, you’ll have cookie dough in no time and be well on your way to creating tasty cookies that no one will ever guess came from a cake mix.

Things You'll Need

Grease a cookie sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. You can also use vegetable oil spray or parchment sheets instead of grease, if desired.

Mix together 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mixing the wet ingredients together first helps prevent dry pockets of mix from occurring in your dough.

Add the cake mix to the wet ingredients and stir until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps. You can use any flavor of cake mix that you prefer. Flavored cake mixes, such as lemon and strawberry, work just as well as the traditional chocolate, white and yellow cake mixes.

Include any optional ingredients at this point. You can add chocolate chips, chopped nuts, raisins, oatmeal, shredded coconut or anything else to make your cookies taste as though they have been made from scratch. Mix well after adding optional ingredients.

Roll the cookie dough into small balls and place them on the greased cookie sheet. You can use a teaspoon to help you make the cookies a uniform size, or may want to use a cookie scoop. Place the cookies at least 1 inch apart to allow for spreading as the cookies bake.

Bake for approximately 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven when they are slightly browned on the bottom and place them on a cooling rack. Allow the cookies to cool for at least 15 minutes before eating.


  • Add 1 cup of peanut butter to a yellow cake mix to make peanut butter cookies. After you place the dough balls on the cookie sheet, flatten the cookies slightly with a fork.

    You can make cookie sandwiches by taking two cookies and adding a layer of frosting in between.