Sunday, February 14, 2021

Crispy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate cake mix cookies are perfectly sweet with an extra crunch from rice cereal. Make this recipe today with 5 simple ingredients!

Crispy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies on a tray
These cake batter cookies give you all the flavor of the cake, but without the extra measuring and mixing.

Just combine your favorite boxed mix with a few pantry staples and add a quick icing drizzle to the tops!

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Ingredients for Crispy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

How To Make Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

This cake mix cookie recipe comes together quickly and easily, making it a great choice for cookie swaps!

Just combine the ingredients in a bowl, scoop onto cookie sheets, and roll into evenly sized balls.

Use a fork to press down on the dough, making a criss-cross pattern like you would with peanut butter cookies.

Once they are baked and cooled, add some drizzle or dip half of the cookie for a fancy touch!

Crispy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies ingredients in a bowl

Helpful Tips and Tricks
  • Save some time. Cookie scoops let you divide out your treats in a flash and guarantee a uniform size. Plus, no messy fingers or struggling to get the batter off of a spoon!
  • Use wax paper. After drizzling or dipping your cake batter cookies, lay them on sheets of wax paper. Once they are set, you’ll be able to peel them right off.
  • Need a large batch? You can easily double the recipe, but if you need more I would suggest making one full set before starting another separately. Too much dough in your mixer means ingredients won’t be fully incorporated and the cookies won’t bake properly.
  • Tip for easy drizzling: Transfer the melted almond bark to a piping bag to avoid a mess. Or, make your own by snipping off the corner of a zippered bag once it’s filled.

folding in rice krispies

Kitchen Tools Needed For Cake Batter Cookies
  • Stand mixer or large mixing bowl with hand mixer for mixing the dough.
  • Baking Sheets - Use nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper for easy cleanup!
  • Cookie Scoops - Great for meatballs, cookies, ice cream, and portioning out leftovers. I’ve had this set for years and use them all the time.
  • Microwave-Safe Bowl - Not only does it make melting chocolate easier, but you can use it to quickly steam vegetables too!

finished dough for Cake Mix Cookies

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Storage and freezing

Keep your cookies in a sealed container so they stay soft and moist. Use within a week for best results, if they even last that long!

You should be able to freeze them in storage bags, just keep in mind that the rice cereal may become soft once thawed. Use wax paper between each layer so they don’t stick together.

What is almond bark? Can I use something else?

It’s a flavored candy coating that melts easily and sets up firm. Despite the name, it doesn’t contain any nuts so it’s allergy-friendly too.

Find it with the baking supplies near the chocolate chips. It comes shaped like a bar that’s divided into individual rectangle pieces.

Or if you can’t find it, you can use vanilla candy melts or white chocolate chips instead.

rolled cake batter cookies on a baking tray

Can I make this cake mix cookie recipe gluten free?

Unfortunately, no. All German chocolate boxed mixes contain wheat, and there isn’t an easy substitute for the batter since the chocolate flavor is much milder.

You can certainly try the recipe with your favorite gluten free cake mix, but it won’t taste quite the same.

drizzling cake batter cookies


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cookies on a plate

Yield: 2 dozen
Author: Donna Elick
Crispy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Crispy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate cake mix cookies are perfectly sweet with an extra crunch from rice cereal. Make this recipe today with 5 simple ingredients!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 20 Min


  • 1 box (15.25 ounces) German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 6 ounces vanilla almond bark


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
  2. In a large bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, mix together the cake mix, egg, and butter. Fold in the rice cereal with a spatula until blended.
  3. Using a large cookie scoop, shape dough into 1 1/2 - 2 inch balls. If you don't have a cookie scoop a tablespoon is comparable in size. Place onto lightly greased cookie sheet.
  4. Using a fork, flatten the cookies in a criss-cross pattern. 
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes; until the top no longer looks wet. 
  6. Cool on cooling rack.
  7. Prepare the drizzle.
  8. In a microwaveable bowl, cook the vanilla almond bark for 30 seconds. Stir and continue cooking for 15-second intervals; stirring between each time and until the bark is melted. Be careful to not overcook the bark as it will start to seize on you.
  9. Once the bark is melted prepare the cookies for drizzle by laying them out on a sheet of wax paper. Using a fork, drizzle the bark all over your cookies. If you don't want to drizzle, dipping the cookies into the bark will work as well. Place the cookies back onto the wax paper and allow the bark to harden.
  10. Store in an airtight container.

Crispy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies on a tray

Originally published February 2021

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  1. these are wonderful cookies i did not have rice crispies so used post cereal with almonds works great and we all love them too .

  2. can i use oats cereal if i dont have rice cereal to use


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