Only 3-Ingredients For Quick Cake-Mix Cookies!

 by Texas Homesteader ~

Did you know you can make cookies using a cake mix? It’s a huge shortcut when you want to bake a batch of cookies. And cake mix cookies only have 3 ingredients – a box of cake mix, an egg and a softened stick of butter.

Since cake mix cookies are so simple I don’t even need to look up a recipe. I just mix & bake. Check it out, y’all

If you find yourself needing cookies in a flash try cake mix cookies. Only 3 ingredients: 1 Box of Cake Mix, 1 Stick of Butter, 1 Egg! #TexasHomesteader

Simple Cookies From A Cake Mix

Did you ever want to make up a  batch of cookies in a flash, but really didn’t want to go through the whole ordeal? You know, pull out your cook book, look up recipe, pull out all the ingredients, etc?

Well boy do I have exciting news for you: Cake Mix Cookies! Only 3 ingredients, y’all. Mix ’em up, bake ’em up, DONE.

Recently we were invited to a dinner at a family member’s house and I asked what we could bring. The hostess requested RancherMan’s famous Green Bean Casserole so of course we made that to contribute to the meal.

But I thought it would be a nice touch to bring something sweet that we could graze on as we visited. Maybe finger food that wouldn’t dirty up any additional dishes for our hosts.

Since they’re so simple, I decided to make & bring cake mix cookies.

I *ALWAYS* Opt For Chocolate!

It’s well-known fact that I’m a choco-holic. So of course my cookie choice is usually going to be chocolate! I used a box of chocolate devil’s food cake mix.

I’ve made these cake mix cookies with lemon cake mix or strawberry and even spice cake mixes and they’ve all been delicious too. But if no other flavor is requested, it’s always gonna be chocolate for me!

Easy-To-Remember Recipe

The recipe is easy to remember:  1 box cake mix, 1 stick of butter, 1 large egg.

The recipe calls for a large egg, but when my hens are laying small eggs  I use 2 small eggs instead. Now let’s make some cookies, shall we??

I pulled out a box of devil’s food cake mix that I keep on hand for just such occasion. Then I pulled out a stick of butter (margarine just doesn’t produce the same results in my opinion) and the eggs.

If you find yourself needing cookies in a flash try cake mix cookies. Only 3 ingredients: 1 Box of Cake Mix, 1 Stick of Butter, 1 Egg! #TexasHomesteader

After the butter softened I dumped all the ingredients into a bowl. Then with clean hands I started mixing everything together.

Here’s my public service announcement: Don’t forget to remove your rings. Cookie dough gummed in your rings are not fun to clean.  #SharingForAFriend.  LOL

Mixing the dough with my hands is so much easier than trying to use a utensil. But I suppose the KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook attachment would be a good option as well.

Baking The Cookies

While I was mixing the ingredients I preheated my oven to 350 degrees. Then I used my medium 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to measure the dough onto my cookie sheet.

After the cookie sheet was loaded with cookie-dough balls I decided to press a few chocolate chips into the top of each one. 

Personally I think that placing chocolate chips on top as opposed to mixing them into the dough is preferable. That way that chocolate pop hits the tongue first. Yep. Chocoholic!  LOL

Then I gave each cookie-dough ball a gentle press to flatten them slightly and press the chocolate chips into the surface. Into the oven they go for for 10-12 minutes.

When I brought the baked cookies out of the oven I allowed them to remain on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes. Otherwise they would be so soft they would scrunch when I tried to scoop them up. Finally I placed them on a baker’s rack to cool completely.

Recipe Yields 22 Cookies

Using my medium scoop yielded 22 cookies. You could use a smaller scoop for more cookies, just shorten the baking time if you do that. Maybe bake them for 8-10 minutes instead.

Anyway, this is one of my favorite stand-by cookie recipes when I need cookies FAST!  Give ’em a try, I’m sure you’ll love them too!

If you find yourself needing cookies in a flash try cake mix cookies. Only 3 ingredients: 1 Box of Cake Mix, 1 Stick of Butter, 1 Egg! #TexasHomesteader

Simple 3-ingredient cake mix cookie recipe. #TexasHomesteader
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3-Ingredient Cake Mix Cookies

Need cookies in a flash?  Check out these delicious cake-mix cookies.  Only 3 ingredients.  Medium cookie scoop makes about 22 cookies.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix, chocolate, cookies, dessert, snack
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 22 cookies
Author Texas Homesteader


  • 1 15.25 oz box Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 1 Large Egg (or 2 small eggs)
  • 1 Stick Softened Butter - I prefer not to use margarine
  • optional Add a Handful of Chocolate Chips If Desired


  1. Dump all ingredients into a bowl.  Mix together with clean hands until fully incorporated.

  2. Use medium scoop to scoop cookies onto cookie sheet.  Add 3-4 chocolate chips to the top of each cookie dough ball if desired.

  3. Press cookie dough balls gently to flatten slightly.

  4. Bake 350 degrees 10-12 minutes

  5. cool for about 3 minutes on cookie sheet.  Then move to cooling rack to cool completely.

  6. Note:  You can use a smaller scoop to make more cookies, bake them 8 - 10 minutes.

If you find yourself needing cookies in a flash try cake mix cookies. Only 3 ingredients: 1 Box of Cake Mix, 1 Stick of Butter, 1 Egg! #TexasHomesteader


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6 thoughts on “Only 3-Ingredients For Quick Cake-Mix Cookies!

  1. Katy SkipTheBag

    My roommate in college made a similar recipe one day and it was DELICIOUS. Thanks for the memory and the remind that I should make some of these again.

  2. ColleenB.

    OMG. Was raining here yesterday all morning long so guess what I ended up making? You guessed it………Chocolate cake mix cookies only I added peanut butter milk chocolate chips in mine. Normally I add the mini chocolate chips but wanted something different plus I like peanut butter and chocolate as they go so well together.
    Right now I just finished making a batch of microwave Bread and Butter Pickles. (no canning involved.)Very easy recipe.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I do love me some chocolate cake mix cookies, Colleen. First, well, CHOCOLATE, and second – it’s such an adaptable recipe. The three ingredients along make a delightful cookie but add nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows – heck the sky’s the limit. I love these! ~TxH~

  3. Laurinda

    5 stars
    These sound delicious! I had a similar version that called for oil instead of butter, that produced a very crisp cookie (I burned out 2 hand mixers on this recipe) There’s another version that’s a even less ingredients than yours, which is one box of cake mix, & one tub of Cool Whip. Soft & tasty, but a LOT of unhealthy additives

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      LOL Laurinda, I hear ya. But ya know, I figure it’s a rare thing that cookies are actually healthy but I guess some are more healthy than others. In my typical daily diet I make sure to eat lots of healthy stuff, and the less healthy stuff only as a treat. I think most of us think along the same lines, so when I enjoy cookies, I like them to be decadent. YUM! ~TxH~

  4. Ruth

    Thank you for this. I use to make these, it seems like a life time ago, and had forgotten the recipe. I think I’ll write it down and put it in my cook book.


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