Fall Inspired Cake Mix Cookies

by Meghan on October 14, 2012

A few years ago, I posted a recipe for Cake Mix Cookies. They are insanely easy to make (with ingredients you probably already have on hand!), quick to bake and delicious. They come out of the oven soft and chewy, and since you use cake mix as your base ingredient with whatever mix-ins your little heart desires, the flavor possibilities are endless. It is one of my most popular posts. Thanks Pinterest!

With chilly temperatures nipping at our heels and pumpkins popping up on every doorstep, I thought it would be fun to create a few cake mix cookies that reflect all that this time of year has to offer. Also, it was a great excuse to eat cookies! As if we need an excuse!

A few notes before we begin -

  • For all of these variations, I used the standard Cake Mix Cookie recipe  before adding the mix-ins. (click for walk through or: 1 box cake mix of any flavor, 1 egg, 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup water. Mix & bake at 350° for 15 minutes)
  • Once you’ve thoroughly combined the cake mix, oil, water and eggs, add your extras
  • This recipe is much easier to mix if you have a mixer. Either stand or hand held will work. Both of mine are packed away in the garage, so I mixed by hand. It worked, but there were cake mix clumps in some of the cookies. It didn’t change the flavor of the cookies, but you can see them in the finished product, which bugged (only) me.
  • I didn’t measure the mix-ins, but made an educated guess about my amounts. That’s the fun part. If you’re a chocolate fanatic, feel free to go overboard with the M&M’s. If you love candy corn, use as many as you want! Hate marshmallows? Skip ‘em! Add ingredients based on what amount looks good to you! It’s hard to go wrong.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

S’mores Cake Mix Cookie:

I started off with a Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix. My mix-ins were crushed up graham crackers and Jet Puffed Vanilla Mallow Bits. For 1 box of cake mix, I used 4 standard sized graham crackers and 1 to 1 1/2 Cups of marshmallow bits.

Admittedly, I’ve never used the Mallow Bits before. They come in a little plastic container and they’re smaller and…harder…than regular mini marshmallows. They worked well, but I think I might try the real deal next time. I think they would me gooier, giving the cookie a more authentic s’mores taste.

Also, my first batch baked nicely, but I felt like it was lacking in marshmallows (see photo), so I added more before I put the next round in the oven to bake.

They were delicious.

Chocolate Cookie w/Halloween Sprinkles

My son and husband are fans of chocolate, so I made a few “plain” dark chocolate fudge cookies. To make them a bit more festive, I mixed in some Halloween sprinkles.

They will definitely satisfy your chocolate craving.

Pumpkin & Candy Corn Cookie:

For this cookie, I used a Classic Yellow Cake Mix and added about 1/2 a cup of canned pumpkin, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of nutmeg and then placed candy corns on top of the cookie.

At first I made the mistake of adding the candy corns before putting them in the oven, and they ended up  melting. So then I switched things up and added them with 2 minutes left on the timer. It softened them up a bit and “attached” them to the cookie.

The addition of the pumpkin changed the consistency of the cookie, so instead of a somewhat dense, chewy cookie this one turned out with a fluffy, cake-like texture. It was delicious.

*Instead of adding a candy topping to the cookie, it would also be delicious frosted (see below)

Pumpkin & White Chocolate Chip Cookie:

For this cookie, I used the cake mix & mix-ins listed above. Then I added about 2ish cups of white chocolate chips. Just for fun, I also tossed some halloween inspired sprinkles before baking them.

Again, this cookie has a soft, fluffy texture but the white chocolate chips add a nice crunch and flavor.

Spice Cookie with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

For this cookie I used a Spice Cake Mix using the standard recipe. For the frosting, I took the easy route and used a canned cream cheese frosting. I added about a 1/4  cup of canned pumpkin to it, along with cinnamon and nutmeg to taste.

Because I added pumpkin to already soft frosting, the final product was really, really soft. It tasted delicious, but it was the consistency of room temperature butter. It held its own, but was very soft. Incredibly delicious, though. If you’re so inclined, I’d recommend using a good homemade recipe (like this one) for the frosting. But this will do in a pinch. It is especially good eaten off of a spoon. Ahem.

Classic Yellow Cake Mix Cookie with M&M’s

When it comes down to it, sometimes there’s nothing better than a classic yellow cake mix cookie. To spruce up the standard recipe, and to make it a bit more “festive,” I added Fall M&M’s to my batter.

It’s hard to go wrong with this one, they’re almost always the first cookie that disappears!

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what cake mix cookie creations you’ve come up with, and stay tuned, I’m working on some great Winter inspired cookies!


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Nanette October 14, 2012 at 10:28 am

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alimartell October 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

oh my good god.
I WANT the pumpkin and white chocolate chip ones. Now.
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Sarah @ Family. Food. Fiesta. October 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Delicious! Can I just say smore’s cookies, please! The candy corns also sell the other cookies. They actually have Pumpkin Spice cake mix at Trader Joe’s right now…I think I’ll try that cake mix and make a cookie with the pre-made cream cheese frosting. Great ideas! Thanks!g


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