A quick and easy way to make cookies is to start with boxed cake mix. This page contains cake mix cookie recipes.
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I love quick recipes! These have only 4 ingredients (one of which is water) and are super fluffy. They are also lower in fat than most cookies, as there is only 4 tablespoons of shortening in the entire batch. I made mine with devil's food cake mix, but will soon be trying angel food among others.
Approximate Time: 15-20 minutes
Yield: 24 cookies
Source: I modified a recipe from "Money Saving Recipes".
By melissa 
One day about 4 years ago, our local market had a special on cake mix. If you bought 24 boxes (a case), you could have them for 59 cents each. So, I bought 24 assorted flavors and put them in my freezer. After preparing several cakes, my family said "Enough!". So the rest sat in my freezer for about a year.
I was wondering what to do with all those extra boxes when I remembered I had heard of making cookies from cake mix. I opened a box of chocolate mix and poured it into a bowl. I thought I would experiment, as I had no recipe to use. My first try was the right one! Just 3 tablespoons each of oil and water made the perfect dough for rolled or sliced cookies. Baked in a moderate oven for about 10 minutes and out came perfect, crunchy chocolate cookies. I dusted them with powdered sugar and they were a huge hit.
And the BEST part? One box made 6 dozen 1 1/2 inch cookies. For about 63 cents! That's less than 10 cents a dozen! Chocolate, lemon, and gingerbread mixes were the best, I added a bit of ginger to the gingerbread because we like them VERY ginger-y. You may come up with more variations, but you can't beat the price! Now I buy cake mix every time it is on super sale, even at a dollar a box it is still a bargain!
Mix the cake mix with the water and oil. I knead it with my hands to get the right consistency for cutout or sliced cookies.
Roll out a portion of the dough to desired thickness, I like about 1/8 inch.
Cut into shapes with cutters or just cut into squares or diamonds with a knife. Keep them about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter.
Bake on a lightly greased and floured sheet or parchment at 350 degrees F for about 8-10 minutes. Check them at 6 minutes as some cook faster than others.
When slightly tanned, remove from oven, cool, and frost or sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes about 6 dozen.
By plumcottage from NJ
This afternoon, I spent less than 40 minutes making 3 batches of cookies, all using cake mix. I used all white cake mix, but you can use yellow or chocolate if you like depending on the type of cookies you want to make.
The first batch was just plain raisin cookies. Add 2 eggs (beaten) and 1/2 cup olive oil (not virgin, just plain cooking olive oil. Beat those two ingredients together in a large enough bowl. I do not use a mixer, just a big fork. Add half the box of cake mix. Stir well, then add the other half box of cake mix. Add as many raisins as you think you'd like. About 1/2 or more cups is fine. Place dough in a covered container or plastic bag and pop into the refrigerator.
You can bake them a couple of hours later, or the next day. Form into balls about the size of a small walnut, and place on parchment paper or lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake about 8-12 minutes at 375 degrees F depending on how brown you want the cookies to be. I like using parchment paper as I just remove all the cookies at once onto a wire rack, (parchment and all) and immediately add an already "loaded" new sheet of parchment onto the cookie sheet and into the oven they go. Making cookies never happens so fast.
I put together a batch of chocolate chip cookies following the same procedure, and they'll be baked the same way. The third batch was chock full of finely chopped pecans also following the same procedure and they'll also be baked tomorrow morning in the same manner.
If you don't have time to bake them tomorrow, place them in an airtight container and freeze. Thaw out when you're ready to bake and you can have nice freshly baked cookies anytime.
This is easy enough for even the least experienced cook to make a lot of different kinds of cookies in a very short time. The cookies can be frosted if you like, but they don't need anything else to make them delicious. All the best.
By pookarina from Boca Raton, FL
So quick and easy.
Mix the three ingredients and drop about 1 tablespoon into powdered sugar. Bake 10 minutes and check for doneness. Bake at 325 degrees F. Do not over bake.
By latrtatr from Loup City, NE
Source: I have had this recipe for a long time, not sure where it came from
By Cathy from Hewitt, NJ
Lemon cookies made out of cake mix.
By Robyn 
Make the most of your cookie making time by using simple ingredients to make 3 different kinds of killer good cookies.
To make all type cookies: Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets. Each recipe makes 4 dozen cookies.
Pour dry cake mix in a bowl. Add egg, butter and water. Stir with a wooden spoon (batter will be stiff).
For Mallowmar Type Cookies:
Shape 1 tsp dough into a ball and place on greased sheet 2" apart. Bake for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and place half of a large marshmallow (Cut or pulled apart width wise) gently in center of cookie, pressing down lightly. Place back in oven and bake 2 minutes more until marshmallow just starts to turn golden. Remove from oven and place on cookie rack. In a pan bring milk (or half and half) just to a boil. Stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Top each marshmallow with about 1/2 tsp of chocolate mixture (you can double if you want more :)
For Fudgy Mint Cookies:
Prepare batter as above, then roll balls of dough in 10X sugar and place on cookie sheet. Bake 7 minutes and remove from oven. Gently place one junior mint in the center of each cookie.
For Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies:
Roll dough in 10x as in Fudgy Mint cookies and place on sheet. Bake for 7 minutes. Gently place one half of maraschino cherry on top and press lightly. Make chocolate topping as above and spoon a small amount on top of cherry.
You can be really creative with these. Try topping with Rolo candies, Mini Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey Kisses etc. Drizzle melted white chocolate over Mint cookies and dust with crushed peppermint candies - you get the idea!
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7 Minutes Cooking Time
By Robin from Washington, IA
I have used the cake mix recipe for making cookies for a couple of years now. I am always looking to make old recipes healthier. Here is what I have come up with to add fiber and to cut the fat and calories.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in water and egg, then stir in cake mix. Finally, mix in nuts and chocolate chips. Spread mixture into pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
I also have made this with 1 cup of candy bars crushed instead of chips or nuts. I have used butter finger candy bars and peanuts. I use yellow cake mix. Try different stuff, easy recipe. Yummy.
By Tamsy from Texas
I would like recipes that uses dry cake mixes to make cookies, cakes, etc. I especially would like the ones using angle food cake mixes with the additions of one or two other ingredients. I would appreciate other uses for cranberry whole berry sauce used in making cookies, etc. as I was blessed with about a dozen cans of this. Are there sugar free cake mixes on the market? Thanks for any suggestions on these subjects.
Marifay from Brodhead, WI
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I have seen many cake mix cookie recipes. Does anyone have a TNT, never-fail version? I would like to try a really good one. Thanks!
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By Rachel 08/23/2011
These are the best I've ever had.
1 pkg. Duncan Hines white cake mix
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. semi sweet or white chocolate chips, or half & half, or half & 1/2 c. Heath or Reese's Bits
1/2 c. nuts (I use pecans)
3/4 c. oil (I use Canola)
Roll 1-1 1/2 teaspoonfuls into balls. Bake at 375 F for 10-12 min.
I'm looking for recipes for cake mix cookies or bars.
By Bonnie Ducharme02/18/2011
I have made these cookie's many times and very easy..
1 box spice cake
1 large can pumpkin
1 BAG semi sweet chocolate chips
mix cake mix and pumpkin until well blended then pour in chips, mix well, drop by table spoon full onto parchment paper or ungreased cookie sheet into a 350 oven for 18 min.
Very good and easy!
Can anyone please tell me how to turn an applesauce cake recipe into a cookie recipe?
Thank you in advance.
By Danialle from Polson, MT
By Patty Harris 11/11/2010
I found a great little cookbook at my aunts house called 101 things to do with a cake mix.
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My family raves over the different cookies I make now. Catch the name brand cake mixes on the loss leader sales at 68 cents or less. Put any flavor mix into the bowl and mix in 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. I like to throw in 6 oz of chocolate chips, and sometimes a couple of tbsp of brown sugar. Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or so.
Every single cookie I have whipped up, they eat them up like candy. Much better than store bought ones, and a hundred times easier than totally by scratch ones, and cheaper. Today I used the BC butter pecan mix and added the chocolate chips. They raved over them, tasted a lot like a fantastic slightly different version of a chocolate chip cookie. I am disabled so this makes me happy because I can get in and out of the kitchen and makes the family happy too!
By Lori from Marion, AR
By gramma Elly
When making cookies with cake mixes, do you follow the cake mix directions before you add the butter and egg? I never bake so I just don't know. I was not able to drop the cookies. I just added the butter and egg, but they are a little too hard. Thank you.
Mix all ingredients well until smooth, thick batter forms. Stir in nuts, chocolate chips, etc. if wanted. Drop by spoonfuls on greased/Pam sprayed cookie sheets. Bake at 350F degrees for 12 - 15 minutes. Yields about 4 dozen cookies. Bake until barely brown for soft cookies.
Some combinations I have tried are white cake/almonds or walnuts or white chocolate chips, chocolate cake/chocolate chips, yellow cake/toffee or butterscotch chips, yellow cake/1/2 cup oatmeal and 1/2 cup raisins. I just used a funfetti cake mix with no additions, and it made nice sugar cookies with the colored sprinkles throughout them. (05/14/2009)
Mix all ingredients together. Roll into balls. Place on cookie sheet and bake about 8 minutes. Any flavor cake mix can be used and you can add nuts, chips, or anything else you'd like. (05/16/2009)