Show Dad how much you love him with these ooey-gooey chocolate cake cookies, chocked full of white and semi-chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts. These cookies are so quick and easy, thanks to a box of chocolate cake mix. Boxed cake mix makes baking cookies easy if you don’t have a stocked pantry because you don’t do much baking or when at a vacation rental property. Cake mix cookies are the ideal opportunity for involving the little ones. Kids love to help in the kitchen, and these cookies are a fun baking project. They will be thrilled to have the opportunity to make something homemade for Father’s Day. They can learn to crack an egg, measure the chips and nuts, combine the ingredients in the bowl, scoop the dough and move the cookies from the pan to the rack. Depending on age, a “grown-up” may want to handle the electric mixer.
Along with a box of chocolate cake mix (any kind works), you’ll also need a package of cream cheese, a stick of butter (or margarine), one egg, and 2 cups of chocolate chips. I highly recommend using two different types of chips. I used semi-sweet and white chocolate, but dark chocolate, peanut butter, or butterscotch are just as yummy. I like including chopped walnuts, but they are strictly optional. Pecans or almonds would also be good.
This recipe also calls for vanilla extract, BUT if you don’t have it, it’s not the end of the world – the cookies will still be delicious. Vanilla extract doesn’t change the structure of the cookies (like the butter). It’s used as a flavor enhancement, but these cookies have so many other flavors between the chocolate cake mix and the chips that it won’t be missed if you don’t add it. So no worries!
Before getting started, if you haven’t already done this, set out your butter and cream cheese on the counter to soften before using; yes, it makes a difference! It takes about 20-30 minutes at room temp from the fridge. You can speed the process up by cutting the butter and/or cream cheese into cubes. The butter is ready when you make an indentation with your finger when applying a little pressure (almost sinking into the butter). The cream cheese should slightly give way when the package is pressed with a back of a spoon.
When both are softened, use an electric mixer to blend the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Teach the kids to break the egg in a separate bowl and then add it to the big bowl to prevent any mishaps with eggshells!
Add cake mix; beat on low speed until blended. The mixture is going to be a lot for a handheld mixer to handle. No worries, if that happens, use a spatula and clean the beaters and resume with the mixer until it’s all blended. Add the chips and nuts, and combine by hand with a spoon or spatula.
Using a cookie scoop or rounded tablespoonful, drop the cookies about 2 inches apart onto lined baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool 3 minutes before removing to wire racks to finish cooking.
These cookies are bites of pure ooey-gooey chocolate bliss – especially if eaten while still warm. If the kids are making these for Dad or Grandpa, you might want to consider making a double batch as they may not make it to the cookie plate! Enjoy!
Chocolate Cake CookiesCourse: Dessert, SnackCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Soft, sweet, chewy with a bit of crunch! White and semi-sweet chocolate chips are nestled in a soft and chewy chocolate cloud with chopped walnuts adding a surprise crunch. A boxed chocolate cake mix makes these easy cookies are perfect for young bakers, new bakers, and non-bakers!
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
Optional: 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Prep: Preheat oven to 375°. Set out butter and cream cheese to soften. Line a baking sheet/pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat
- Measure out chocolate chips. If necessary, chop nuts.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add cake mix; beat on low speed until blended. Stir in the chips.
- Using a cookie scoop or rounded tablespoonful drop the cookies about 2 inches apart onto lined baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool 3-5 minutes before removing to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
- Chocolate Chips: Use any 2 cup combination of semisweet, dark chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter
- Walnuts: Substitute pecans or almonds
- Butter and Cream Cheese require 20-30 minutes out of the refrigerator to soften.