Carrot Cake Mix Cookies
Carrot cake mix cookies only require three simple ingredients to make easy cake batter cookies. It’s a delicious treat any day of the week and a perfect addition to your Easter dessert menu!
Carrot cake is one of my favorite things and this recipe gives you a great way to enjoy the spicy taste of carrot cake without having to bake a full cake.
These delicious cookies have a soft, chewy texture and remind me of the cookie part of an oatmeal cream pie. They are perfect to bring to your Easter get together or serve as a quick dessert any night of the week.
You’ll find these cake mix cookies are fluffy and melt in your mouth. One bite and you will be instantly hooked on them!
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Ingredients You’ll Need
Here’s all you need to make these carrot cake mix cookies:
- Carrot Cake Mix – We used Duncan Hines carrot cake mix. You can pick your favorite brand.
- Eggs – You can use either white or brown eggs.
- Vegetable oil – Another light tasting oil can work well too.
Add Your Favorite Mix-ins
One of the best things about this carrot cake mix cookie recipe is its versatility. You can easily add your favorite mix-ins to create unique flavor combinations. Here are some popular mix-ins that you can add to your cookie dough:
- Chocolate chips: Semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and dark chocolate chips are all great options to add to your cookie dough. You can also try adding white chocolate chips for a different flavor profile.
- Nuts: Pecans, walnuts, and almonds are all great choices for adding a crunchy texture to your cookies.
- Reese’s Pieces: For a peanut butter and chocolate flavor combination, add some Reese’s Pieces to your cookie dough.
- Butterscotch chips: If you love butterscotch, add some butterscotch chips to your cookie dough.
- Toffee bits: For a sweet and crunchy addition, add some toffee bits to your cookie dough.
Here’s what you need to do.
Step 1 – Mix and chill the batter. In a large bowl, mix the cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil. Stir until the dough comes together and then chill the dough in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes.
Step 2 – Form balls. When the dough is about ready to come out of the fridge, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Use a tablespoon to scoop up about two tablespoons of dough (1.5 ounces) and roll them into balls.
Step 3 – Bake. Place each ball on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet two inches apart. Finally, bake them in the oven for 9 to 11 minutes.
Allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then remove the cookies and place them on a cooling rack to let them cool completely before serving.
How Do You Make Cookies Out of Cake Mix?
One of the best things about this recipe is that it uses 3 simple ingredients. It’s stir and bake!
Cookies and cake use similar ingredients: flour, sugar, eggs, and oil. The main difference is that cake batter is usually thin and pourable, while cookie dough is firmer.
For this recipe, we use cake mix with less liquid and a little more oil than would be used for cake batter. This creates a firmer dough that can be baked into soft, fluffy cookies that melt in your mouth.
Tips and Tricks
- Change up the flavor – To add more flavor to your cookies, try using a different flavor of cake mix. Lemon cake mix cookies, vanilla cake mix cookies, strawberry cake mix cookies, and even red velvet cake mix cookies are all delicious variations!
- Toppings or Mix-ins. If you want to add some color and fun to your cookies, try adding some sprinkles to your cookie dough before baking. If you want to make your cookies more textured, add some mix-ins to the dough. Chopped nuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, toffee pieces, or even Reese’s Pieces can all be delicious mix-ins.
- Frosting – To make these cookies even more indulgent, add some frosting to the top of each cookie or sandwich it between two cookies. Cream cheese frosting is a popular choice for carrot cake mix cookies, chocolate or vanilla frosting can be used for other flavors.
- Scoop – When measuring out your dough, use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon to ensure that each cookie is the same size and bakes evenly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use any flavor of cake mix to make cake mix cookies. Some popular flavors include chocolate, strawberry, lemon, white, and red velvet.
To get soft and chewy cake mix cookies, make sure to not overbake them. Take them out of the oven when they are just set and still slightly underbaked, then let them cool on a wire rack.
Yes, you can make cake mix cookies without eggs by using a substitute like applesauce, mashed bananas, or yogurt. Just be aware that the texture may be slightly different than cookies made with eggs.
It’s recommended to chill your cake mix cookie dough for at least 30 minutes before baking to help the cookies keep their shape and prevent spreading. However, if you’re short on time, you can skip the chilling step and still get delicious cookies, they just might be a bit flatter.
How to Store Them
Store your cake mix cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months.
Carrot Cake Mix Cookies
- 1 box Carrot Cake Mix
- 2 large Eggs
- ½ cup Vegetable oil
- In a large bowl combine the cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil. Stir until the dough comes together.
- Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Measure dough into two tablespoon portions (1.5 ounces) rolling it into balls.
- Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet two inches apart.
- Bake in oven for 9-11 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then remove the cookies and let cool completely.