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Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies with peanut butter chips only require a few minutes of prep time and 5 ingredients! This easy cookie recipe starts with a chocolate cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla extract, and peanut butter chips. Learn how to make easy cake mix cookies with my easy instructions and all my tips and variation ideas.

For more cake mix cookies try my Cake Mix Monster Cookies, Toffee Cake Mix Cookies, and Cake Mix Sugar Cookies

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Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

Cake Mix Cookies are one of my favorite things to make with my kids. In fact, this recipe for peanut butter chocolate cake mix cookies is so easy that kids can make it themselves! Only 5 ingredients needed, a few minutes of prep time, and you’ll have warm chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips ready to devour. 

Learn how to make these cookies with all my helpful tips below and a detailed recipe card with all the instructions. Plus, there are so many variation ideas when it comes to cake mix cookies, and I share some of our favorites. 

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Ingredients Needed

Here are the ingredients that you need to make peanut butter chocolate cookies with a cake mix. 

  • Chocolate Cake Mix – Use any variety of a chocolate cake mix that you like. I use a milk chocolate cake mix when I make this recipe. Dark chocolate, chocolate fudge, or devils food are all great options. 
  • Large Eggs
  • Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips – Found in the baking aisle alongside the milk chocolate chips. 

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How to Make Easy Cake Mix Cookies (Chocolate Cake Mix + Peanut Butter Chips)

Making these cookies couldn’t be easier. Be sure and scroll to the bottom of this post for the full recipe card with all the ingredients, detailed instructions, and helpful tips. 

  • Cookie Dough : Add all the ingredients (not the peanut butter chips) into a large mixing bowl. You can either use a wooden spoon and mix by hand, or use a hand mixer (my preferred method) and beat until it’s well combined together. Stir in the peanut butter chips, reserving about 1/2 cup for the tops of the dough balls. 
  • Chill Time : Cover the bowl and let it chill in the fridge for 20 minutes before baking. Preheat your oven during this time. 
  • Cookies : Scoop balls of cookie dough and place 12 per cookie sheet. Gently press down a few peanut butter chips onto the top of each dough ball. This will help slightly flatten the tops of the cookies before baking, which is what you want to help the cookie spread into that cookie shape we all love. 
  • Cool : Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for at least 30 minutes before moving them to a plate or a cooling rack. They are very delicate right out of the oven, so they need time to set up while cooling on the warm cookie sheet. 

Step by step instructions, with pictures, for how to make cake mix cookies with chocolate and peanut butter chips.

Step by step instructions, with pictures, for how to make cake mix cookies with chocolate and peanut butter chips.

Tips For Success

Here are a few of my helpful tips so that you can have success with this recipe in your own kitchen.

  • Cookie Tip : Cake mix cookies are very delicate when they first come out of the oven. It’s important to let them cool on the tray for at least 30 minutes or longer before trying to move them. As the cookies cool, they will continue to cook slightly more and firm up. 
  • Cake Mix Sizing : It drives me crazy but cake mixes these days come in two different sizes, 15.25 oz and 16.25 oz. I have used both in this recipe and they work fine. With only a 1 oz difference, it won’t really matter. So use your favorite cake mix!
  • Chocolate Cake Mix : There are lots of different chocolate cake mix varieties. Use one that you love. I normally use milk chocolate when I make these cookies, but chocolate fudge or devils food are both great options.
  • Use a Cookie Scoop : This is always my #1 tip for making cookies. Use a cookie scoop to easily scoop out even portions of cookie dough. It also helps to make a prettier looking cookie too.
  • Fridge Time : The recipe calls for 20 minutes of fridge time. This helps the cookies to not spread so flat while baking. If you don’t have time for the chill/fridge time, then just skip it and bake the cookies. They turn out slightly flatter, but still taste the same. The only thing that the fridge time changes or affects, is how the cookies look once baked. 

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A plate of chocolate cake mix cookies with peanut butter chips stacked on a plate together.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies FAQ’s

  • How To Store Leftover Cake Mix Cookies
    • Leftover cookies can be stored at room temperature, in an air-tight container or Ziploc bag, for up to 4-5 days. 
  • Can I Freeze Cake Mix Cookies?
    • Yes you can freeze these cookies. Bake cookies according to the recipe instructions and let them cool completely.
    • Freeze single cookies or freeze a few per bag.
    • I like to wrap each cookie in plastic wrap and then wrap it in tin foil, and then put 2-3 (or more depending on size of bag) into a freezer-safe Ziploc bag. This just gives any frozen food extra protection. 
    • Freeze for up to 3 months.
    • When ready to eat, let it sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes before eating. You can also warm it up in the microwave if you need it quicker! 
  • Variation Ideas
    • My favorite thing about cake mix cookies are the endless variations and flavor combos! Here are a few of our favorites and new ideas to try. You can basically use any cake mix plus any type of ‘chips’. Like milk chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, Funfetti White Chocolate Chips, etc. 
      • Chocolate Cake Mix + Milk Chocolate Chips
      • Chocolate Cake Mix + Dark Chocolate Chips 
      • Chocolate Cake Mix + Reese’s Pieces
      • Chocolate Cake Mix + M&M’s
      • Vanilla or Chocolate Cake Mix + Chopped Oreo Cookies
      • Vanilla Cake Mix + Chocolate Chips
      • Strawberry Cake Mix + Chocolate Chips
      • Strawberry Cake Mix + White Chocolate Chips
      • Lemon Cake Mix + White Chocolate Chips

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies


Author Jessica - Together as Family
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Chill Time 20 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 24
Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies with peanut butter chips only require a few minutes of prep time and 5 ingredients! This easy cookie recipe starts with a chocolate cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla extract, and peanut butter chips. Learn how to make easy cake mix cookies with my easy instructions and all my tips and variation ideas.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box (15.25 oz) chocolate cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bag (10 oz) Peanut Butter Chips

Instructions

  • Prepare two cookie sheets (12' x 18') by spraying with cooking spray or lining with parchment paper. Set aside.
    * My favorite tip for cookies is to use parchment paper when baking. It makes such a difference! They cook more evenly.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the chocolate cake mix, eggs, oil, and vanilla extract. Use a wooden spoon to mix or a hand mixer on medium speed until combined well and no dry cake mix streaks remain.
  • Stir in the peanut butter chips (reserve about 1/2 cup for later) until combined.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and let refrigerate for 20 minutes before baking. During this time, preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • Scoop dough into balls (about 1.5 tablespoons of dough) and place 12 per cookie sheet. Take a few of the reserved peanut butter chips and gently press them into the top of each cookie dough ball.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
    * Don't overbake these cookies. They will cook slightly more while cooling on the warm cookie sheet.
  • The cookies are very delicate when they first come out of the oven. Let the cookies cool on the warm cookie sheet for at least 20-30 minutes, before moving them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes

Tip : Reserve some peanut butter chips for right before baking, that way you can gently press them onto the tops of each dough ball, which will help the cookie get that pretty round cookie shape while baking. 
Chocolate Cake Mix : Any variety of a chocolate cake mix will work. I use milk chocolate. Also, some cake mixes are 15.25 oz and some are 16.25 oz and either one will work in this recipe. 
Chill Time : This can be annoying, I know, but it helps the cookies not spread out as much while baking. With that said, I have skipped the chill time and the cookies turn out fine. The only thing that is affected with the chill time is the shape of the cookie and how they bake. The taste is fine and delicious with or without it. But I do recommend chilling the dough. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 173mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

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