Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies – A Cream Cheese and Cake Mix Cookie

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Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies is a recipe that uses chocolate cake mix and cream cheese to make a delicious and easy dessert.

This shortcut recipe is a cross between a classic crinkle cookie and a gooey butter cake. An extra helping of mini chocolate chips makes these a double chocolate delight.

I love chocolate. For real, it’s my favorite food, and I think it should have its very own food group. Maybe, that’s why I love these chocolate crinkle cookies using dry cake mix so much.

Or maybe, it’s because they are actually a double chocolate crinkle cookie.  Yes, that’s right. There are mini chocolate chips stirred right into the batter.  We’ve made these without the chocolate chips, and there’s no comparison.  You have to add chocolate chips.

Cream Cheese and Cake Mix Cookie

My daughter and I created this double chocolate cake mix cookie for her 4-H project in the category “Creating with a Mix.” This project requires you to make a new recipe using a boxed mix.  Specifically for this year, she had to make a drop cookie.

I’ve been making Classic Crinkle Cookies for years, so making a shortcut version with my daughter was really fun.

These chocolate crinkles using cake mix are actually even better than the classic version. The texture is lighter and airier. Plus, there’s extra chocolate which is always better in my humble opinion.

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies with Cake Mix

Have you ever tried a Gooey Butter Cake?  Oh my, if you haven’t then stop and do it right now. It is lifechanging, and they are so good that I’ve created a bunch of different variations including Chocolate, Chocolate Chip and Lemon.

What does Gooey Butter Cake have to do with Chocolate Crinkles with Cake Mix?

Well, these Cake Mix Chocolate Crinkles have a block of cream cheese in the recipe that gives a similar texture as a Gooey Butter Cake.

Chocolate Cake Mix PLUS Gooey Butter Cake PLUS Chocolate Crinkles equals Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkles.

It’s a match made in heaven.

Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies is a recipe that uses chocolate cake mix and cream cheese.  This shortcut recipe is a cross between a classic crinkle cookie and a gooey butter cake.

Ingredient List for Double Chocolate Cake Mix Cookie

Cream Cheese, softened

Margarine, softened

Egg

Vanilla Extract

Chocolate Cake Mix, dry (unprepared)

Mini Chocolate Chips

Powdered Sugar

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Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies is a recipe that uses chocolate cake mix and cream cheese.  This shortcut recipe is a cross between a classic crinkle cookie and a gooey butter cake.

How to Make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies using Cake Mix

  1. Cream softened cream cheese and softened margarine together.
  2. Add egg and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth.
  3. Mix in dry chocolate cake mix. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
  4. Using a small cookie dough scoop, make a dough ball and drop into a bowl of powdered sugar. Roll to coat dough ball.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 14 to 15 minutes.
  6. Cool for a few minute on pan and then remove to cooling rack.

For the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for crinkle cookies with cake mix and cream cheese, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies

  • Be sure cream cheese and margarine are softened before creaming.
  • Substitute butter for margarine, if desired.
  • To lower the fat, use softened Neufchâtel cheese instead of cream cheese.
  • If needed, use regular chocolate chips instead of mini chocolate chips.
  • The dough for these cream cheese cake mix cookies is very sticky.  I recommend using a small cookie scoop, dropping them directly into a bowl of powdered sugar. The powdered sugar will coat the cookies making them less sticky. Then, you can finish rolling into a ball by hand, if desired.
  • Try different flavors of cake mix for new variations. A lemon cake mix with white chocolate chips is one combo that comes to mind!
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Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies - A Cream Cheese and Cake Mix Cookie

Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies is a recipe that uses chocolate cake mix and cream cheese.  This shortcut recipe is a cross between a classic crinkle cookie and a gooey butter cake. Plus, an extra helping of mini chocolate chips makes these a double chocolate delight. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time29 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cake mix crinkle cookies, cream cheese and cake mix cookie, crinkle cookies with cream cheese, recipe using chocolate cake mix and cream cheese
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 15.25 ounces dry chocolate cake mix
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cream softened cream cheese and softened margarine.
  • Add egg and vanilla extract, and mix until creamy.
    Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies is a recipe that uses chocolate cake mix and cream cheese.  This shortcut recipe is a cross between a classic crinkle cookie and a gooey butter cake.
  • Mix in dry chocolate cake mix. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
    Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies is a recipe that uses chocolate cake mix and cream cheese.  This shortcut recipe is a cross between a classic crinkle cookie and a gooey butter cake.
  • Place powdered sugar in a bowl. Scoop cookie dough with a small cookie scoop directly into powdered sugar. Roll to coat.
  • Place on a cookie sheet.
    Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies is a recipe that uses chocolate cake mix and cream cheese.  This shortcut recipe is a cross between a classic crinkle cookie and a gooey butter cake.
  • Bake for 14 to 15 minutes or until puffed up. Let cool on pan for a few minutes.
    Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies is a recipe that uses chocolate cake mix and cream cheese.  This shortcut recipe is a cross between a classic crinkle cookie and a gooey butter cake.
  • Remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
    Chocolate Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies is a recipe that uses chocolate cake mix and cream cheese.  This shortcut recipe is a cross between a classic crinkle cookie and a gooey butter cake.

Notes

  • Be sure cream cheese and margarine are softened before creaming.
  • Substitute butter for margarine, if desired.
  • To lower the fat, use softened Neufchâtel cheese instead of cream cheese.
  • If needed, use regular chocolate chips for mini chocolate chips.
  • The dough for these cream cheese cake mix cookies is very sticky.  I recommend using a small cookie scoop, dropping them directly into a bowl of powdered sugar.  The powdered sugar will coat the cookies making them less sticky.  Then, you can finish rolling into a ball by hand, if desired.
  • Try different flavors of cake mix for new variations. 
  • We also have a recipe for Classic Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. Be sure to check it out. 

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