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Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies. Unbelievably simple. Outrageously delicious

Crunchy, chewy, intensely chocolaty. All words that describe these cookies perfectly. They are simple, elegant and perfectly semi-sweet with a consistency somewhat like a brownie and the flavor of Dutch chocolate cake. All that is well and good, but there’s a story in these simple little cookies and it starts with the following words.

They never should have existed.

These perfect little bites were the result of a failed experiment. What originally was supposed to be the outside of a whoopie pie got a bit overcooked on the first round. They ended up far too crisp for their original intent. Fortunately they were perfect for snacking. From a simple assembly of a box of cake mix thrown together with some butter and an egg, something wonderful was born.


This recipe is the perfect example of how a kitchen disaster can turn out to be an epiphany. Even though the end product was completely unsuited for its intended purpose, we discovered a new family favorite. The recipe is simple, quick and painless to make. Cleanup is minimal and the results are great. So really, it wasn’t a failure at all.

The point?  Always sample your failures.  Even if they completely fail, take what you learned on to the next round.  Who knows; maybe, just maybe, your next “failure” will be a raging success.

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies
Yield: 24 cookies

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies. Unbelievably simple and outrageously delicious.


  • 1 (18.5 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on low for 2-3 minutes, or until combined into a thick dough.
  3. Form the dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Place on center rack in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until cracks form in the surface of each cookie.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire cooling racks until completely cooled, about 30 minutes.
  6. Share and enjoy!

What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:

Well… Since these were a complete accident, I suppose I would have cooked them a few minutes less. Considering how well they turned out though, perhaps some chocolate chips next time?

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