What is it about cake batter? Mmmm! I love the taste of it, but I’m not a huge fan of what many cake mixes have in them, so I set out to revise this delicious recipe for Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies using a natural cake mix…and it’s a WINNER!
CAKE BATTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
I was in search of a fun, festive cookie variation (instead of my go-to Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies) for our swim league finals this past weekend. I’ve been wanting to make these Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies for awhile. They were a huge hit, kids and adults alike gushed about them, so I feel pretty confident that they are a great cookie with all of my “great cookie” factors; they must be…
…soft, chewy and have amazing flavor!
And so they wouldn’t completely melt in the 90+ degree weather, I froze them ahead of time and they still tasted great after thawing!
Using an organic vanilla cake mix along with all natural cane sugar and other natural ingredients; and making a few prep adjustments (which I explain) for the natural ingredients and altitude, I think I’ve landed on ONE DELICIOUS COOKIE!
INGREDIENTS FOR CAKE BATTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Here are my ingredients; I wanted you to see the cake mix I used so you can see the simplicity of the other ingredients. Any vanilla (yellow, golden or white) cake mix will work…don’t feel like you need to use this particular brand or even a natural one for that matter, just because it’s my thing doesn’t mean it has to be yours!
How to Make the Chewiest Cake Batter Cookies
Next, in the bowl of a stand mixer or a hand mixer (nothing wrong with a good hand mixer) cream the softened butter for 2 minutes until lighter in color and fluffy. Scrape down the sides using a sturdy spatula.
The Importance of Creaming Butter and Sugars
Now, add granulated and brown sugar; if using all natural cane sugar, beat for about 4-5 minutes, if using refined white sugar, beat for about 2 minutes until smooth and fluffy. Scrape down the sides before adding your room temp egg.
Crack room temperature egg (see tip) and beat on medium-high for 1 minute, until combined. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl.
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TIP | I never remember to take my eggs out to come to room temperature, so I use this little trick. Immerse the egg in a small glass or bowl of warm water, let it sit for 10 minutes while you prep your other ingredients.
Pour vanilla and beat on medium until combined.
Carefully add your cake flour mixture to the above ingredients with your mixer setting on low, mix until just combined, scraping down sides and bottom to assure all ingredients are incorporated.
Mix in (by hand or on the lowest setting of your mixer) your chocolate chips — I used Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips, use whatever chip and combo you’d like; semi-sweet, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate, even butterscotch.
Finally, the fun part! Mix in those Jimmies, I used Rainbow Jimmies, but feel free to change them up according to your celebration (see details at end of post)! Only mix for a few seconds until combined.
WHY CHILL COOKIE DOUGH
Chilling the dough allows them to hold their shape while baking and not spread too quickly.
Cover your dough and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or may be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. The dough is somewhat sticky (mine wasn’t too sticky, but still benefited from chilling out for a few hours).
Dough balls may be frozen for up to 3 months, but they’ll never last that long!
PRO BAKER TIP
Chilling them longer than 2 hours? Try scooping them into dough balls (the dough will get really hard the longer it hangs out in the fridge) and then return them to the fridge or even freezer. Once your dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 350°F and line 2-3 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
To ensure that your cookies don’t spread too quickly, squeeze the dough slightly in the middle making them a bit taller than they are wide. Like shown below.
Keep extra dough balls, covered tightly in fridge until ready to bake.
BAKING TIMES FOR THE COOKIES
- Larger cookies (using the medium scoop) bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes until the edges are set, golden and the center is still a bit glossy. Mine were done at 8 minutes.
- Smaller cookies (my preference) bake for 6-8 minutes. Mine were done at about 6 minutes. They will set up as they cool.
PROFESSIONAL BAKER TRICK
A trick that the professionals use for “prettier” cookies is to gently press a few chocolate chips into the cookies as soon as they are removed from the oven. The heat of the cookie will soften them and make them a part of the cookie.
Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet, placed on a cooling rack for 4 minutes, then using a small spatula transfer to wire rack to cool fully.
Store cooled Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies in an airtight container on the counter, the cookies stay fresh for about a week.
CAN YOU FREEZE COOKIES IN BULK?
YES! I do it all the time! Especially for summer team events. Simply place cookies in freezer friendly container, freeze overnight. Take out of the freezer in the morning, the warmth of the day will not only thaw them, but make them ooey-gooey one more time. Check out my post on the Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies for tips on packing, freezing and traveling with cookies.
This recipe is adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction and I’m pretty sure I’ve never made ANYTHING that didn’t taste fabulous from her blog! Go and check it out.
A few additional tips for Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies:
- Gluten Free cake mixes are NOT recommended for this recipe.
- Vanilla, Golden, Yellow or White cake mix works just fine, you could probably even try chocolate!
- Freeze the dough balls in a tightly sealed freezer baggie or plastic container for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, place on prepared baking sheet and allow to sit for 10 minutes while oven preheats. Bake as directed, the cookies might not spread as much as normal, but they are still delicious!
Oh and in case you were wondering, our swim team did fantastic at finals, so proud of all of our kids, what a great summer activity for kids, I never would have thought it, but 10 years into swim team and I’m a believer.
HOLIDAY THEMED CAKE BATTER COOKIES
By simply changing up the sprinkles for these cookies you can change up the holiday!
- Halloween, Thanksgiving or Fall
- Valentine’s Day or St Patrick’s Day
- Christmas Cookies use green & red jimmies
- Patriotic Cookies (Memorial Day, July 4th, Canada Day)
- Birthdays, Baby Showers or other celebrations try these all natural sprinkles
- 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (I like Bob's Red Mill)
- 1 1/4 cups vanilla or yellow cake mix (just the dry mix, I used an Organic Natural Cake Mix)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (slightly less if you are using salted butter
- 3/4 cup butter, room temp (1 1/2 sticks)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (I used all natural, unbleached cane sugar)
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 egg, room temperature*
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate, but try Semi-Sweet, Bitter-Sweet, White Chocolate or any combination therein)
- 1/2 cup sprinkles / Jimmies (I used rainbow, but use whatever color works for your cookie)
- In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cake mix, baking soda and salt and set aside. In the bowl of a stand or hand mixer, cream the softened butter for 1-2 minutes until lighter in color and fluffy.
- Add the sugars and beat on medium-high for 4-6 minutes until sugars are combined, if using natural sugars, you will need to beat on the longer side. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Add egg and mix until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl.
- Add vanilla and beat on medium until combined. On low, carefully add in the flour/cake mixture and mix on medium-low until combined, scraping down sides and paddle if necessary. With the mixer on low mix in your chocolate chips until combined. Add sprinkles/jimmies and mix in carefully on low or by hand until combined.
- Dough will be a little to very sticky (mine wasn't very sticky) DO NOT MISS THIS NEXT STEP...chilling helps the cookies to keep from spreading too much. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 3-4 days. If you chill longer than 2 hours, make sure to scoop and roll dough balls at the two hour mark. Return to fridge, covered until ready to bake.
- Once the dough has been chilled, preheat the oven to 350° and line 2-3 large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Depending on your desired cookie size, using a small or medium scoop, scoop dough balls onto prepared sheet pans. Gently squeeze the middle of the dough ball to make it taller than it is wide.
- For small cookies, bake 6-8 minutes (mine were done perfectly at 6) for larger cookies, bake for 8-10 minutes (mine were done at 8)
- The cookies are done, when the edges are a dull color and slightly golden, the centers will appear undercooked and a bit glossy, but they will set up as they cool. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 4 minutes or so, then remove with spatula to a wire cooling rack.
- Once cookies are cooled store in an airtight container for up to a week on the counter. Most cookies freeze beautifully! If not consuming within a week, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. They are perfect to plop into a lunch box.
- Cookie dough may also be frozen in balls, store in freezer baggies or container and when ready to bake, remove from freezer, place on prepared pan and allow to thaw while you preheat your oven. Bake as directed.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 142mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g
The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate.
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