20-Minute Cake Mix Cookies

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Cake mix cookies are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie collection. This recipe has just five ingredients and will take only 20 minutes of your time to bake.

As a bonus, they come with a soft, gooey, and minty surprise in the center!

A stack of chocolate cookies with sprinkles on top.

Make this recipe in just 20 minutes. See more easy chocolate recipes here!

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About these

If you’re afraid of making homemade cookies this recipe is for you. Knowing how to make cookies with a cake mix takes the guess work out of everything!

Soft and chewy with a yummy treat inside, this recipe will make 14 cookies. You’ll want to make a double batch of these for sure!

Some chocolate cookies in a holiday gift bag.

If you’re looking for an edible gift, try this fast and easy recipe!


  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Baking powder
  • Eggs
  • Canola oil
  • York Peppermint Pattie Minis
  • Sprinkles

How to make these

Gather the short list of ingredients and then preheat your oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and put your baking hat on!

  1. Start by combining the egg and the oil in a mixing bowl. Stir them up well using whisk. In a separate mixing bowl, add the cake mix and baking soda. Be sure and stir them together as well.
  2. Now, add the wet ingredients to the dry ones.
  3. Mix the two together to form a nice batter.

Pro baking hints

Whenever you bake a recipe that uses eggs, make sure they are at room temperarute. Your finished recipe will bake more evenly throughout. This link shows you how to bring eggs to room temperature quickly.

Always use a rubber spatula to scrape the edge of the bowl when mixing batter. You’ll want to be sure an stir in any small lumps of dry mix into the batter for every ounce of goodness.

4. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, and place them on the prepared cookie sheet leaving a couple of inches between them. Flatten each portion and place in min-Peppermint Patti in the center of each one.

5. Next, fold the dough over to completely cover the Peppermint Patti. For a holiday flair, you can add some optional sprinkles like we do here.

Bake these for about 10 minutes at 350°.


If you’re not a fan of Peppermint Patties, you can substitute any number of other treats inside.

  • Dove  Chocolates
  • M & Ms
  • Caramels
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Peanut Butter

Common recipe questions

How can I make cookies without eggs?

Mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and replace this mixture with the egg.

How can I make cake mix cookies taste homemade?

Add a couple of tablespoons of mayonnaise to this recipe for added moisture and a homemade taste. This is one of the secrets for how to make fast and easy homemade cookies with a cake mix!

Some chocolate cookies with Christmas ornaments and a bottle of milk.
The warm and minty flavor of these chocolate cookies makes them perfect for the holidays.

We have many more Christmas and Holiday Cookies that you will love. Some of our favorites include:

Follow this link for more York Peppermint Pattie Recipes

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20 Minute Cake Mix Cookies

5 from 2 votes
These chocolate cookies from Platter Talk feature the convenience of a cake mix and are filled with a sweet, minty surprise that everyone will love!  Recipe source: Delish.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 14


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 14 York Peppermint Patties, minis
  • sprinkles, for decorarting


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl and set aside. Next, using a separate mixing bowl, combine eggs and oil and whisk thoroughly.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Take some dough and form a small ball, about 1 inch in diameter. Place on prepared cookie sheet, flatten it out and set a peppermint pattie in the center. Fold the dough over to completely cover the mint and top each cookie with a pinch of colored sprinkles.
  • Place in pre-heated oven for 8-10 minutes. Allow each chocolate cookie to cool slightly before transferring to wire rack. Then, allow to cool completely.


To Make These Ahead of Time
  • These cookies can be stored at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to 10 days.
  • Freeze these cookies for up to two months.


Calories: 252kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 270mg, Potassium: 25mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 15IU, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 1.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Christmas
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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