Crispy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies Recipe (5 Ingredients)

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Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies are perfectly sweet with an extra crunch from rice cereal. Make this crispy cookies recipe today with 5 simple ingredients! You’ll love this easy cookie recipe and their chewy texture! 

crispy chocolate cake mix cookies


Call yourself Betty Crocker and make these easy chocolate cake mix cookies!

The recipe card below shows has fast and easy it is to make cookies with a box of cake mix – and I love how these chewy cookies turn out every time! 

It’s amazing that a box of chocolate cake mix makes easy cookies – and actually is a great recipe, at that!

If you’re looking for a quick dessert for Valentine’s Day or just want some new recipes to try, cake mix recipes are a good choice. 


Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

These crispy chocolate 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!

Speaking of sweet treats, do you love those warm Doubletree Cookies when you check into their hotels? 

Well, now you can make them right at home with their official recipe!

For a lighter option, Lemon Almond Crinkle Cookies offer just the right amount of citrusy zing without being overwhelming. 

Plus, you probably already have everything you need to make them!

If you’re looking for fun desserts to make for your child’s birthday party, try my Percy Jackson’s Blue Chocolate Chip Cookies, they’re a hit!

chocolate cake mix cookie ingredients in a bowl

Chocolate Cookies Made From Cake Mix

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

  1. Just combine the ingredients in a bowl, scoop onto cookie sheets, and roll into evenly sized balls.
  2. Use a fork to press down on the dough, making a criss-cross pattern like you would with peanut butter cookies.
  3. Once they are baked and cooled, add some drizzle or dip half of the cookie for a fancy touch!

Don’t Overbake!

Chocolate cookies made from cake mix have the perfect balance of chewy and fluffy textures. The “crispy” part of this recipe comes from the added rice cereal. 

Leaving your chocolate cake mix cookies in the oven longer won’t make them crispy and crunchy — they’ll just be tough and hard to chew! 


Tips for Making Crispy Cookies

  • 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 crispy chocolate 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 this 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.

Storing and Freezing Crispy Chocolate Cookies

Keep your chocolate cake mix 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 chocolate cookies made from cake mix 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.

dough rounds for chocolate cake mix cookies on baking sheet

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookie Recipe FAQ

Can I make this chocolate cake mix cookie recipe gluten free?

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

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

Can I use a different cake mix? 

Sure! Again, the flavor of your chocolate cake mix cookies will be different depending on the mix you use. 

Devil’s Food cake mix is a great choice for dark chocolate lovers, while milk chocolate cake mix may be a better choice for kids.

Red velvet cookies can be made from red velvet cake mix, and vanilla cake mix creates a perfect cookie, too. This is my favorite flavor cake mix! 

Any type of cake mix or any flavor of cake mix can be used to make delicious cookies. (and the easiest cookies as well!) Strawberry cookies with dark chocolate chips sound like a super yummy recipe! 

Don’t forget that you can make lemon cookies or so many different cookies – and use any brand of cake mix that you want. There are so many fun ways to change up this basic recipe to make it the best cookie for your tastebuds. 

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.


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overhead: plate of crispy chocolate cookies drizzled with almond bark

crispy chocolate cookies with icing drizzle

Crispy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies Recipe (5 Ingredients)

Donna Elick
Chocolate cake mix cookies are perfectly sweet with an extra crunch from rice cereal. Make this recipe today with 5 simple ingredients!
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 2 Dozen


  • 15.25 ounce German Chocolate Cake Mix, 1 box
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 6 ounces vanilla almond bark


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Using a fork, flatten the cookies in a criss-cross pattern. 
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes; until the top no longer looks wet. 
  • Cool on cooling rack.
  • Prepare the drizzle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 1885cal | Carbohydrates: 227g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 106g | Saturated Fat: 61g | Cholesterol: 204mg | Sodium: 1846mg | Sugar: 144g | Fiber: 5g | Calcium: 351mg | Iron: 10mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published February 2021, updated and republished February 2024

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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. 5 stars
    these cookies are out-of-this-world delicious! i made them for a gathering and everyone asked for the recipe. donna and chad, you’ve done it again with another winner!

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