For a super easy snack, try these coffee chocolate chip cake mix cookies.
Soft and gooey with a dash of coffee, they are a clever twist on the ever popular chocolate chip cookies and perfect for coffee lovers.
Plus, unlike a coffee cookie recipe made from scratch, these mocha cookies are quicker to prepare and taste just as delicious.
Why use cake mix in a coffee cookies recipe?
I make a batch of cookies every week and love how easy they are to prepare.
Cookies are not only great for beginner bakers. They are the perfect snack for the kids after school and for me when I crave a mid-morning treat.
So why make boxed cake mix cookies?
When I go to make a batch of cookies and I discover I am out of butter or sugar, that means no cookies from scratch. Sad.
With a cake mix in the pantry you can make a batch of cookies even when you don’t have butter and sugar on hand.
Cake mix boxes don’t only save the day when you are short on ingredients.
They also shorten the time to make a batch of cookies even more than homemade cookies from scratch.
You can make this coffee chocolate chip cookies recipe from start to finish in under 25 minutes.
How to turn cake mix into cookies
I always have a couple of boxed cake mixes in the pantry. I usually buy them when they are discounted at the supermarket.
Not only are they are great way to get your kids cooking independently, they are such a quick and easy way to bake when you just don’t have time to prepare from scratch.
And the best thing is, not only can they be used to bake a cake, you can also use them to convert cake mix to cookies!
Many cake mix cookies recipes have just three ingredients most people have in their pantry – a boxed cake mix, eggs and oil.
You simply mix the 3 ingredients together, roll into small balls, place on a tray and, voila, you have dense, cake like cookies in under 20 minutes.
But, we couldn’t resist waving some coffee chocolate magic over this standard recipe to produce these truly yummy mocha chocolate chip cookies.
Mocha chip cake mix cookies ingredients
So, to whip up a batch of these coffee flavored cookies you will need:
- Vanilla cake mix
- Vegetable oil (canola or grapeseed also works well)
- All purpose flour
- Chocolate (chips or chunks)
- Instant coffee and water
What type of vanilla cake mix?
In this mocha cookies recipe I have used Betty CrockerTM super moist french vanilla cake mix.
It adds a lovely vanilla flavor to the coffee cookies, but you could use any vanilla cake mix or even a yellow cake mix.
Note you only need to use the dry ingredients packet – don’t add the frosting.
Best type of chocolate
Choosing the right chocolate for your coffee baking is essential.
Good quality semi sweet or dark chocolate chips are my go to product for chocolate chip cookie recipes as I always have a packet in my pantry.
With a more intense flavor than milk chocolate, they give the cookie a much richer, chocolatey taste.
But if you want super gooey mocha chunk cookies, use chocolate disks or chunks of a dark chocolate bar.
How to make coffee chocolate chip cake mix cookies
Our recipe for coffee cookies couldn’t be simpler and you will have a batch of these baked in less than 30 minutes.
Once you have turned the oven on to 350F (180C) and lined two cookie sheets with parchment paper you can start making your mocha chip cookies.
I use a stand mixer to make cookies, but an electric hand beater or wooden spoon works just as well too.
Step 1 – Blend your coffee granules
In a large bowl add 2 tablespoons of instant coffee and 1 tablespoon of warm water. Stir to dissolve.
If you prefer a more subtle coffee flavor, add just 1 tablespoon of instant coffee.
Step 2 – Mix ingredients
Into the same bowl now add your cake mix, eggs, oil and flour.
Using your stand mixer or electric handheld beaters, mix your cookie ingredients until blended and a thick batter forms.
Add the chocolate chips and using a spoon (or your hands), fold the chocolate into the mixture.
Step 3 – Prepare your cookie trays and bake
Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, divide your mixture into 24 balls and place on the cookie sheets.
Ensure you space the coffee chocolate chip cookies apart at least 2 inches (5 cm) to prevent your cookies becoming one enormous cookie!
Pop in the oven and bake for 6 – 8 minutes. By this time small cracks will likely have formed on top of the slightly browned cookies.
Don’t be fooled into thinking they need more time – the worst mistake to make with cookies is to overcook them.
Remove the coffee and chocolate chip cookies from the oven and leave to cool. The cookies will continue to firm up after they have come out of the oven.
Enjoy with a cup of coffee or glass of milk and store any leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
More coffee recipes to try
If you loved this mocha cookie recipe, here are some more great coffee recipes to try at home.
- Pumpkin coffee muffins
- Mint mocha frappe
- Espresso martini with frangelico
- Cashew coffee creamer
- Best coffee brewing methods
Do you want to make better coffee at home? Read about the best coffee beans here.
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee
- 1 tablespoon warm water
- 1 box vanilla cake mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup of all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (dark)
- Preheat oven to 350F (180 C).
- Line 2 cookie sheets or large baking trays with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl mix the warm water and instant coffee*. Stir until dissolved.
- With electric or stand mixer, add the cake mix**, eggs, oil and flour to the bowl and blend until you have a thick batter.
- Fold chocolate chips into the mix by hand.
- Use a cookie scoop, tablespoon or your hands roll the dough into 24 balls and place on your cookie sheet. Place the cookies at least 2 inches apart to allow space to spread while cooking.
- Bake for 6 - 8 minutes or until the cookies have small cracks on the top. Do not overbake!
- Allow to cool before eating.
* For a more subtle coffee flavor, add just one tablespoon of instant coffee to the mix.
** Only add the dry ingredient packet. Do not add the frosting.
1. To ensure your cookies remain soft, don't overcook. When you remove them from the oven they will be soft but they will firm up while cooling down.
2. I use the Betty Crocker super moist French Vanilla boxed cake mix, but any yellow or vanilla cake mix will work the same.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g
Please note that nutrition information is a computer generated estimate and should not be interpreted as a dietitian's advice. Values can vary greatly among brands, amounts and ingredients used.