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Easy Chocolate Caramel Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

Make your sweet tooth happy with these mouth-watering chocolate caramel cake mix cookies. You only need a few simple ingredients and a very little bit of time. In fact, these cookies are quick and easy to whip up into some of the tastiest cookie you’ve ever had.

plate of chocolate caramel cookies

This easy recipe delivers a chewy chocolate cookie that has been a family favorite at our house. Using a cake mix is a great way to get a head start since so many of the typical cookie ingredients are already in the mix. 

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

If you’re like me, you often find yourself pinched for time. But you want to make some delicious sweet treats for the family. In fact, it’s the best way to have semi-homemade cookies made with ingredients I’ve picked up on sale.

chocolate caramel cookies on parchment paper

The moment I discovered that I could start out with a cake mix to make cookies, I was ecstatic. This makes the process so much easier than I could have imagined.

When my children were younger, I made cookies for their after-school snack quite often. I started out making them completely from scratch, which was fine.

Then I found out about cake mix cookies, and that brought a whole new world of possibilities. I experimented with a lot of different flavors and found the ones that my girls liked the most.

Another family favorite is this butterscotch pecan cookie recipe. It’s just as easy, and it’s perfect when you need something sweet.

butterscotch pecan cookies on a plate

Did I ever purchase slice-and-bake cookies? You bet I did. But those were for the times when I was in a more serious time crunch. The cake mix cookies provide more options, so that became my preference.

Ingredients

When I say you only need a few ingredients, I’m not kidding. And you can find everything at any grocery store.

chocolate cake mix

Here are the things you’ll need:

  • Box of chocolate cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Melted butter
  • Caramel bits
  • Semisweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
chocolate caramel cookie ingredients

You can add chopped nuts if you want, but it’s not necessary. In my opinion, they’re actually better without them.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

How to Make Chocolate Caramel Cake Mix Cookies

Before you begin baking, heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

chocolate cake mix, butter, and eggs in a bowl

Next, combine cake mix, eggs, and melted butter in a large mixing bowl. Stir all of the ingredients until everything is mixed. You can use an electric mixer, but the dough is very stiff.

chocolate cookie dough

Now add the caramel bits and chocolate chips. Fold them into the mix until they are evenly distributed.

chocolate chunks and caramel bits folded into chocolate cookie dough

Scoop tablespoons (*see note below) of the cookie dough onto the baking sheet, making sure they’re about 2 inches apart. You don’t want them to spread into each other. 

cookie dough on silicone mat

Using the back of a spoon, gently press the center of each cookie down a little bit to make a slight indention. This enables the cookies to bake evenly.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Check to make sure they’re done. If not, you can return them to the oven to bake for another 2-3 minutes.

Remove the cookies from the oven and place them on a wire rack. 

cookies cooling on wire rack

Allow them to cool for at least 5 minutes before you remove them from the cookie sheet.

After they reach room temperature, transfer the cookies to a serving platter and enjoy! Oh and don’t forget to share.

*Note: You can use a medium cookie scoop if you have one. 

Variations

You can swap out any of the chips for other flavors. In fact, I usually make this recipe with semi-sweet morsels. However, I only had some leftover chocolate chunks, so I used those. Or you can use milk chocolate chips.

baked chocolate caramel cookies on parchment paper

If you prefer butterscotch or white chocolate chips rather than caramel, you can use those. Remember that this is your recipe now and the best thing about this is that you can make these easy cookies however you like.

I like to make these with devil’s food cake mix. However, it’s hard to find the gluten-free version, which is what I have to buy for myself.

I’ve also made these cookies with a yellow cake mix and white cake mix. Just try a different flavor of cake mix with each batch to discover your favorite.

Although I prefer melted butter, you can use vegetable oil instead. Just make sure you use one that doesn’t have a strong flavor. My choice would be avocado oil.

Try a variety of flavor combinations to find the ones you like the most. And don’t forget to write them down for the next time you crave these amazing cookies.

Cake Mix Desserts

I always recommend stocking up on several flavors of cake mix when they go on sale because there are so many desserts you can make with it.

A favorite dessert among my friends and family is this cherry chocolate dump cake. The main part of it only has 2 ingredients, but I like to dress it up a bit.

cherry chocolate cake with chocolate frosting

Do you prefer cookie bars over traditional cookies? Then spread the cookie dough out over a pan and bake it in one big sheet. Cut them into rectangles after they’ve had time to cool. These are super easy bars that you can cut into as many servings as you need.

How to Store Chocolate Caramel Cake Mix Cookies

There’s a good chance you won’t have many, if any, leftover cookies. However, if you do, they’re easy to store.

You can either leave them on the platter and cover them with plastic wrap or put them in a sealed airtight container. I would leave them out on the counter for anyone who has a sweet tooth and the urge to munch some delicious cookies.

chocolate caramel cookies on a plate and on baking paper

Cake Mix Cookies You’ll Love

The sky’s the limit for cake mix cookie options. Here are more that are super good:

Pecan Brownie Cookies – This one involves brownie mix and a few more ingredients. They’re much easier to eat then brownies!

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies – Fruit lovers will go crazy over these. And don’t limit yourself to raspberry. There are so many other options you can try!

Raspberry thumbprint cookies on a plate beside a napkin

Butterscotch Toffee Cookies – Impress everyone with these delicious butterscotch toffee cookies from Out of the Box Baking.

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies – Perfect for holidays and other special occasions, chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies add a breath of fresh air to the dessert table!

plate of cake mix chocolate caramel cookies

Chocolate Caramel Cake Mix Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

When you want an easy sweet treat, make these delicious chocolate caramel cake mix cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup caramel bits
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Cover cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine full box of cake mis, eggs, and melted butter. Stir until all of the ingredients are well mixed.
  3. Add chocolate chips and caramel bits and fold them into the mix.
  4. Scoop tablespoons of the mixture onto the cookie sheet. Place them about 2 inches apart to keep them from spreading into each other. Press them down just a little bit with the back of a spoon.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes on the center rack in the oven. If the cookies are still too gooey, you can cook them an additional 2 to 3 minutes
  6. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool for about 5 minutes before removing them from the cookie sheet.
Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 110Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 26mgSodium 93mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 0gSugar 12gProtein 1g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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