Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

24 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Cake Mix Cookies made with just 5 ingredients in one bowl are ultra rich, chocolatey, and bakery soft EASY cookies in under 20 minutes!

Just like our original Cake Mix Cookies we made yesterday these Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies are an amazing cookie hack recipe! You should also try our crazy popular Cake Mix Hack for a bakery style cake made from a cake mix.


These Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies take yesterday’s cookies up just two little extra notches. We add ⅓ cup of cocoa powder and ½ cup of mini chocolate chips to the recipe to give them EVEN MORE chocolate flavor. We still have all the extra benefits of cake mix cookies. Just one bowl, just oil instead of butter, same delicious amazing bakery style cookies as a result.

The kids who got to enjoy these cookies declared them the “best super chocolatey cookies they’d ever had.” You can’t argue with that review. In fact you could even get your kids to help make them given how incredibly easy this recipe is!


  • Keep the stirring to a minimum. Mixing too much will cause the gluten to over-activate and make tough cookies.
  • Make sure your oven is at the right temperature, if it is too high they’ll overcook.
  • If your cookie sheet is too thin it may burn the bottoms. I like to use a silicone baking sheet to protect the bottoms of my cookies.


You can substitute mashed bananas or applesauce but as I mentioned in the classic Cake Mix Cookies recipe please know the cookies will not have the same amount of moisture or texture if you choose to make this substitution. When you remove oil you are removing flavor and texture from what you are baking.

Hand holding Chocolate Cake Mix Cookie


  • MORE Chocolate: Make these even more fun by adding in a rainbow of chocolate chips, white, milk, dark.
  • Chopped up candy bars or peppermint candies
  • toffee chips, peanut butter chips or butterscotch chips
  • Nuts: chopped peanuts, pecans, walnuts or almonds




  • You can make these cookies with any cake mix that you have. Try carrot cake mix, strawberry cake mix, red velvet cake mix, or chocolate cake mix to change up the recipe!
  • Try flavored extracts. The cake has plenty of flavor but we experimented by adding ½ teaspoon of root beer extract once and the kids loved it!
  • Lining baking sheets with parchment paper makes sure nothing will stick and can make cleanup much easier!
  • Make your cookies even bigger using a ¼ cup scoop and bake at a lower temperature (325 degrees) until they set in the middle and make ice cream sandwiches out of them.

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies on a Baking Sheet

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Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies made with just 5 ingredients in one bowl are ultra rich, chocolatey, and bakery soft EASY cookies in under 20 minutes!
Yield 24 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • large eggs
  • 15.25 ounce chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2  cup  vegetable oil


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and in a large bowl whisk the cake mix, eggs, cocoa powder, chocolate chips and oil together.
  • Make two tablespoon sized balls of dough and bake them for 8-10 minutes on ungreased cookie sheets.


Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Collage of pictures of cake mix cookies


About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I am NOT a baker but thought I’d give these a try. My husband smirked ?, but then loved these cookies. He is a big chocolate fan!
    You mention that you could use any kind / flavor of cake mix. I’m wondering what you’d replace the cocoa powder with…

  2. Very easy w/ 5 ingredients. Very hard to whisk but carefully used wooden spoon. Didnt look like picture but so delicious. Used white, milk+dark chips. Thanks!

  3. Hi Sabrina, These cookies look delicious, so I saved the recipe and printed it, and pinned it to many of my boards. Thanks Sabrina keep them coming!

  4. Mine did not puddle out like your picture. I double checked the recipe to make sure I used the correct size cake mix and ingredients. They stayed in balls and crumbled when eating them. I guess I’ll crumble them over ice cream. I will not make these again. Sorry.

    1. Oh no! Not sure why that would happen especially if everything was followed. Glad you still enjoyed them over ice cream.

      1. Oh no, that’s disappointing.
        One of the most common reasons why cookies didn’t spread out in the oven is because you added too much flour. Cookies rely on the perfect ratio of butter to flour in order to spread just the right amount when baked. It’s very easy to over measure flour when using cup measurements.

  5. I made the classic cake mix cookies and 2 T scoops resulted in only 12 cookies.
    Will the same thing happen with this recipe.

    I measured the scoop and it was 2 T exactly

    Cookies were great

  6. These look awesome. Will be making soon. Can you say what brand cake mix is used. Can’t wait to make.

  7. These cookies look amazing, and I love that they are so simple! They would be perfect to bake up and bring to a party!

  8. These cookies look fantastic. And they are easy to make. I must give this a try. This will save me a lot of time when making cookies since my boys devour the whole bunch so fast.