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Cream Cheese Cake Mix Soft Cookies

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Rating: 5/5
8 reviews

ready in: 1-2 hrs
serves/makes:   24

recipe id: 116431

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1/4 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons milk (whole or 2%, not skim)
1 package (18.5 ounce size) cake mix, any flavor


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream butter and cream cheese. Blend in egg and vanilla. Add cake mix, 1/3 at a time. Hint: put mixer on low for this phase so the cake mix doesn't blow all over. Mix well after each addition. Add milk slowly to avoid splattering.

Cover and chill 30 to 60 minutes. This is a key step. Drop by teaspoons (or tablespoons if you want larger cookies) onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until cookie bounces back when touched.

Cool 3 to 5 minutes before removing cookies to a cooling rack. Ice with your favorite frosting.

cook's notes

I love this recipe. It is no-fail and makes the best soft cookies. Quick and easy.

Soften butter and cream cheese at room temperature for an hour prior to mixing up this recipe.

Use any flavor of cake mix that you want. Be creative adding nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, and other goodies! Try yellow cake with cream cheese frosting or add chocolate chips to chocolate cake mix.

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118 calories, 7 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein per serving.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Just made cookies with yellow cake mix and butterscotch chips. Soft and yummy!

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
My kids love these cookies. SO SOFT!

Registered Member at
Member since:
Mar 6, 2001

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Made this with a red velvet cake mix and it was incredible! One note, cake mix sizes have changed but I still got this to work ok by adding a little extra flour.

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Good soft cookies.

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
My favorite cookie recipe! Regarding the different cake sizes now, I bought two boxes of mix and just weighed to get the amount needed. There are lots of things you can use the leftover mix for (or save it to make more cookies next time!)

Registered Member at
Member since:
Jan 6, 2001

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
So easy and really good cookies. I'm wondering if you can chill this for longer though? Like overnight?

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Try changing up the flavorings depending on what cake mix you use. This recipe has so much flexibility. The cream cheese is key in making the soft cookies but you can vary the flavorings and cake mix and add ins. And yeah, it's totally fool proof (even this baking fool can't screw them up)

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Made this with chocolate cake mix and chocolate chips. Incredible! Going to try other flavors next.

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