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Holiday Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies Recipe with M&Ms


These delicious and super easy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies recipe with M&Ms are the holiday dessert recipe everyone needs to have in their recipe box. 

Full of rich chocolate flavor and crunchy holiday-themed M&Ms candies, these 4-ingredient cake mix cookies are just as good for gifting as they are for eating! 

chocolate cake mix cookies with red and green m&ms on a plate
Let’s make these delicious chocolate cake mix cookies.

Why you’ll love this cake mix cookies recipe

With just 4 ingredients and one of my favorite candies, these cookies made with chocolate cake mix and M&Ms are going to be a new family favorite dessert! 

My youngest son has a birthday just after Christmas. He’s not a cake guy. Instead, he asks for these chocolate cake mix cookies. They are ridiculously easy to make and have a rich chocolate flavor that is SO so good.

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The M&Ms add a crunchy texture, and while I use red and green because his birthday is just after Christmas, you can really use any color you want.

Cake mix cookies are one of my favorite easy desserts to make and this version with chocolate cake mix are something you’ll crave all year long.


Ingredients to make cookies with chocolate cake mix.
What you need to make cookies from chocolate cake mix.

These Devil’s Food Cake Mix Cookies couldn’t be easier. They’re insanely delish, and I love that they’re ready to go in under 15 minutes.

The olive oil makes these chocolate cookies extra moist. You could also sub in vegetable oil, instead. I used Cut 1886 olive oil. I use it to dress my salads and I love the flavor.

What is awesome is that although I used holiday color M&Ms, you can use any M&Ms to make this perfect no matter what time of year.

How to Make Cookies with Chocolate Cake Mix

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

A mixing bowl with cake mix next to eggs and olive oil on a counter.

Step 1

Grab a batter bowl and add the dry cake mix.

Close up of cookie ingredients in a mixing bowl with chocolate cake mix and M&Ms.

Step 2

Add eggs, oil, and 1/4 cup of candy.

Step 3

Use a spoon to mix until smooth (except, of course, for the M&ms).

My batter was very dry. So I added about 1 TBSP of water. I don’t recall the batter being that dry on previous bakings so it absolutely could have been user error.

But in case your dough comes out dry, you can save it with a bit of water. Add a little at a time and mix well before adding more if needed.

Chocolate M&M cookie batter on a baking sheet.

Step 4

Roll dough into 1-inch balls, and place on a baking sheet; 2 inches apart.

Step 5

Top each dough ball with 2-3 M&M’s.

Step 6

Bake 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool for 2 minutes.

Transfer to cooling rack, and finish cooling completely before enjoying.

Baked chocolate cookies with holiday M&Ms on a baking sheet.

Adding the extra M&Ms on top really adds the perfect finishing touch.

The first batch I made of these M&Ms Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies, I mixed in my candies and formed balls of cookie dough.

They tasted SO good but didn’t have that wow factor for the presentation.

holiday cake mix cookies


  • You can use 1/3 cup melted butter in place of olive oil if you prefer.
  • These cookies don’t spread much. They are dense. You can remove some of the dry cake mix from the recipe or add a smidge of water to thin out the batter if you want them to spread a bit more.
  • Try a different flavor of M&M to give the cookies even more flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between Devil’s Food and regular Chocolate Cake Mix?

Devil’s Food Cake Mix is typically a little bit less sweet than the traditional chocolate cake mix. It also uses darker chocolate giving it a rich chocolate flavor, and a touch more of a dry consistency. You can use regular chocolate cake mix but the flavor might be a little bit different.

Can I use chocolate chips instead of M&Ms?

Yes! You can use chocolate chips instead of M&Ms. You can use mini or regular-sized chips or even chocolate chunks.

cookies with m&ms on a plate

These chocolate cake mix cookies are perfect for a cookie exchange, office potluck, a quick holiday treat for your kiddo’s class, or just because you really like chocolate. And M&M’s. And cookies.

These Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies with M&Ms are an easy holiday cookie idea that your whole family will love! 

This post was a guest post by Nichole at Casa de Crews. Her site is gorgeous and full of delicious recipes!

Hello friends! I’m so excited to guest post today for Sharon. On my own blog, Casa de Crews, you’ll generally find savory everyday meals, or party food for the masses (I come from a big family, and I love any excuse to make a new party bite!). But I knew for friends of Cupcakes and Cutlery, I’d just have to share a sweet treat. I’m not much of a baker, so when I do bake, I need uncomplicated, but festive desserts (like Sharon’s Wine Cake! – O.M.G. every time I see the photos, I want to make that cake!)


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Easy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Just 4 ingredients, these rich Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies are ready in about 15 minutes! Starting with boxed cake mix keeps things easy and the flavor is outrageous!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Calories: 120kcal
Servings: 24 cookies


  • 1 box devil’s food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup holiday M&M’s plus more to garnish on top


  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • To a bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, and oil, 1/4 cup candy, until smooth.
  • Use a spoon to mix well.
  • Roll dough into 1-inch balls, and place on baking sheet; 2 inches apart.
  • Top each dough ball with 2-3 M&M’s.
  • Bake 6-8 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, and let cool for 2 minutes.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack, and finish cooling completely before enjoying.


If you don’t want to use olive oil (which helps to make the cookies super moist) you can use vegetable oil or even melted butter.
If the dough seems too dry, add a TBSP of water and mix well.
Also, any hard-shelled chocolate candy should work!


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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