Chocolate Cake Cookies

Now when I think of chocolate cake, the first thing that pops into my mind definitely isn’t Christmas. One of my family members found this recipe on Pinterest and asked if I could make it for Christmas so naturally, I agreed.

Although the name doesn’t sound like Christmas, when you take a bite of one you’ll be saying, “Put some of these on a plate with a glass of milk and Santa will be in heaven!”


  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 lg egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 box (any brand) Moist Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c confectioners’ sugar, possibly more

Note: This dough requires 1-2 hours of chilling!


  1. Using a stand mixer, or handheld mixer and a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter together until creamy.
  2. Add in egg and vanilla and scrape down the sides, if necessary.
  3. Add in cake mix and salt and mix until fully combined.
  4. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare baking sheets.
  6. Roll dough into 1 tbsp sized balls and roll into confectioners sugar. Place balls 2 inches apart on baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  8. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. At this point, you can also dust the cookies with more confectioners sugar.


Just a gooey black hole of delicious chocolate!

Test Kitchen: Opinion and Changes

As mentioned previously, a family member found this recipe on Pinterest and the recipe itself came from The Cookie Rookie. Overall no real changes were made to the recipe. The only thing I did notice though was on the original recipe the cookies look a lot lighter so I believe the cake mix I used was probably a richer chocolate; make sure you are buying Moist Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix.


Happy Baking and Happy Holidays!

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