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Deliciously Easy Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies

Indulge your sweet tooth cravings with these deliciously easy cake mix peanut butter cookies. Made with just a few simple ingredients, these cookies are quick to whip up and are guaranteed to satisfy your peanut butter obsession. With the convenience of a cake mix, these cookies are a time-saving treat that doesn’t compromise on taste.

Whether you’re a baking enthusiast or a newbie in the kitchen, these cookies are perfect for everyone. The rich peanut butter flavor combined with the soft and chewy texture will have you reaching for seconds (and maybe even thirds). If you love peanut butter like I do then this is a must try recipe.

Using a cake mix as the base for these cookies adds an extra layer of flavor and ensures they turn out perfectly every time. No more worrying about measuring out ingredients or fussing over complicated recipes. With this easy and foolproof recipe, you’ll be enjoying these scrumptious cookies in no time.

So go ahead, indulge in the irresistible combination of peanut butter and cake mix with these mouthwatering cookies. Your taste buds will thank you.

Cake mix peanut butter cookies are the perfect dessert recipe when you are short on time.  Using a  yellow cake mix and peanut butter this is the perfect Betty Crocker cake mix cookie

Why choose cake mix for peanut butter cookies

Nothing motivates me to become creative in the kitchen like running out of ingredients. That is what happened when I decided to create this recipe. I was out of flour and forgot to get some at the store, but what I did have was a box of yellow cake mix. My desire for peanut butter cookies took over and mixed with a bit of creativity this recipe was born. And I am not so sure that I will go back to the traditional recipe.

Cake mix is an amazing shortcut when it comes to baking, and using it as the base for peanut butter cookies has several advantages. First and foremost, it saves you time and effort. Instead of measuring out multiple ingredients like flour, sugar, and leavening agents, all you need is a box of cake mix.

Another benefit of using cake mix is the added flavor it brings to the cookies. Cake mix typically includes ingredients like vanilla extract or other flavorings, which enhances the taste of the cookies. It adds a subtle sweetness and depth to the peanut butter flavor, making each bite even more satisfying.

Not only does cake mix simplify the baking process, but it also ensures consistent results. The proportions of ingredients in cake mix have been carefully calibrated, so you can be confident that your cookies will turn out soft, chewy, and delicious every time. No more worrying about flat or crumbly cookies – the cake mix takes care of that for you.

The ingredients needed for cake mix peanut butter cookies

To make these delectable yellow cake mix peanut butter cookies, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 Box of Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix (any yellow cake mix such as Duncan Hines, will work but I prefer the Betty Crocker Brand)
  • 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

These ingredients are readily available in most kitchens or can easily be found at your local grocery store. The combination of cake mix, peanut butter, brown sugar, and oil gives these cookies their irresistible taste and texture. The eggs and vanilla extract help bind the ingredients together and add a hint of sweetness.

If you’re feeling adventurous, feel free to experiment with different cake mix flavors. Chocolate or devil’s food cake mix can add a rich and decadent twist to the peanut butter cookies. You can also try using different nut butters, such as almond or cashew, for a unique flavor profile.

These Betty Crocker peanut butter cookies are made from peanut butter and cake mix.  Try making these peanut butter cookies made from cake mix for your next dessert.

Step-by-step instructions for making cake mix peanut butter cookies

Now that you have all the ingredients ready, let’s dive into the step-by-step process of making these melt in your mouth cake mix peanut butter cookies:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. If these items are not available then use a non-stick cooking spray like Pam to keep the cookies from sticking to the baking sheet.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the eggs, oil, peanut butter and pure vanilla extract. Blend the items together with a hand-held mixer until the are well blended and creamy, this takes about a minute.
  3. Add the 1/4 cup of firmly packed light brown sugar and blend with the other ingredients until completely incorporated.
  4. Add to the mixing bowl the yellow cake mix, and blend well with the hand-held mixer until all the ingredients are incorporated and a soft dough forms.
  5. If desired, fold in the optional chocolate chips or chopped nuts for added texture and flavor. Gently combine them into the dough, being careful not to overmix.
  6. Using a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop rounded balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. If you prefer flatter cookies, gently press down on each dough ball with the back of a fork.
  7. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centers are set. Keep a close eye on the cookies during the last few minutes of baking to prevent them from overbaking.
  8. Once baked, remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely before enjoying.

These cake mix peanut butter cookies are incredibly easy to make, and the aroma that fills your kitchen while they bake is simply irresistible. The combination of peanut butter and cake mix creates a heavenly flavor that will have everyone asking for the recipe.

Tips for perfecting your cake mix peanut butter cookies

While these peanut butter cookies are straightforward to make, there are a few tips and tricks that can help ensure they turn out perfect every time:

  1. Room temperature eggs: Make sure the eggs have been brought to room temperature before mixing with the other ingredients. Room temperature eggs incorporate more easily into the dough, resulting in a better texture for the cookies.
  2. Use creamy peanut butter: Creamy peanut butter works best for this recipe as it blends smoothly into the dough. Avoid using chunky peanut butter, as it may impact the texture of the cookies.
  3. Don’t overmix the dough: Overmixing the dough can lead to dense cookies. Mix the ingredients until they are just combined to achieve a tender, chewy texture.
  4. Adjust baking time: Oven temperatures may vary, so keep a close eye on the cookies during the last few minutes of baking. Remove them from the oven when the edges are golden brown and the centers are set. Remember, they will continue to firm up as they cool.
  5. Customize with add-ins: Feel free to get creative with add-ins like chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or even dried fruits. These additions not only add flavor but also provide extra texture to the cookies.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to baking perfect cake mix peanut butter cookies that will impress everyone who takes a bite.

Try these peanut butter cookies made from cake mix.  Using a Betty Crocker cake mix and peanut butter results in a quick and easy peanut butter cookie.

Variations and add-ins for cake mix peanut butter cookies

While the classic yellow cake mix peanut butter cookies are undeniably delicious on their own, you can easily switch things up by incorporating different variations and add-ins. One of my favorite add ins is crushed pretzels. The mixture of the salty and sweet of the peanut butter and pretzels makes for a delicious cookie.

Here are a few cookie mix-in ideas to get you started:

  1. Chocolate lovers rejoice: Swap the yellow cake mix for chocolate or devil’s food cake mix to create chocolate peanut butter cookies. The combination of rich chocolate and creamy peanut butter is a match made in heaven.
  2. Nutty delights: Experiment with different nut butters to add a unique twist to the cookies. Almond butter, cashew butter, or even a combination of nut butters can bring exciting flavors to your cookies.
  3. Crunchy texture: Fold in your favorite mix-ins like chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or crushed pretzels to add a satisfying crunch to the cookies. The additional textures will take these cookies to the next level.
  4. Sweet and salty combo: Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top of each cookie just before baking. The hint of saltiness enhances the sweetness of the peanut butter and adds a delightful contrast of flavors.

Feel free to get creative and tailor the cookies to your personal preferences. The beauty of these cake mix peanut butter cookies is their versatility, allowing you to experiment and create a variety of mouthwatering treats.

Serving suggestions and pairing ideas for cake mix peanut butter cookies

These cake mix peanut butter cookies are scrumptious on their own, but they can also be served in various ways to elevate the experience. Here are a few serving suggestions and pairing ideas to consider:

  1. Classic milk pairing: Serve these peanut butter cookies with a cold glass of milk for a classic and comforting combination. The creamy, slightly salty taste of the cookies pairs perfectly with the refreshing taste of milk.
  2. Ice cream sandwich: Sandwich a scoop of your favorite ice cream between two cookies to create a delightful ice cream sandwich. The soft and chewy cookies paired with the cold and creamy ice cream make for a heavenly dessert.
  3. Peanut butter lovers’ dream: Spread a dollop of peanut butter on top of a cookie, and then sandwich it with another cookie. This indulgent treat is the ultimate delight for peanut butter enthusiasts.
  4. Cookie crumbles: Crumble the cookies and use them as a topping for ice cream sundaes, yogurt parfaits, or even as a garnish for cakes. The sweet and crumbly texture adds a delightful contrast to creamy desserts.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different serving ideas. These cake mix peanut butter cookies are versatile enough to be enjoyed in various ways, so let your imagination run wild.

Want to learn how to make cookies using yellow cake mix?  This cake mix recipe for cookies uses a box of Betty Crocker yellow cake mix and peanut butter.

Storing and freezing cake mix peanut butter cookies

One of my favorite things to do is make extras when I am baking. Knowing that there is a batch of cookies easily stored in the freezer brings peace of mind when I know I am short on time. If you find yourself with leftovers or want to prepare a batch of cookies in advance, here’s how you can store and freeze them:

  1. Storing: Once the cookies have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They will stay fresh for up to 5-7 days. To maintain their softness, you can place a slice of bread in the container with the cookies – the bread will absorb any excess moisture.
  2. Freezing: To freeze the cookies, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about an hour to allow the cookies to harden. Once firm, transfer the cookies to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, simply thaw the cookies at room temperature or warm them in the oven for a few minutes.

If you want to make extra cookie dough and freeze it without cooking it then simply make the dough and lay it out onto a cookie sheet. Place them into the freezer until they are frozen, about 24 hours. Store the frozen peanut butter cookie dough in a ziploc bag or freezer safe container. Make sure that you label the container with the name of the item and the date it was made. Store them for up to 3 months.

Having a stash of these delicious cookies using yellow cake mix in the freezer means you can satisfy your sweet tooth cravings anytime, without the need to bake from scratch.

Looking for a cake mix recipe for cookies?  This peanut butter cookie recipe uses a box of yellow Betty Crocker cake mix and peanut butter to create the perfect cookie.

Frequently asked questions about cake mix peanut butter cookies

  1. Can I use chunky peanut butter instead of creamy?
  • It’s best to stick with creamy peanut butter for this recipe, as chunky peanut butter can impact the texture of the cookies. But feel free to add chopped peanuts to the cookie dough if you want that added peanut texture and flavor.
  1. Can I use a different cake mix flavor?
  • Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different cake mix flavors to create unique variations of the cookies. Chocolate or devil’s food cake mix can be particularly delicious.
  1. Can I substitute oil for butter?
  • While butter can be used as a substitute for oil, it may affect the taste and texture of the cookies. Oil is recommended for the best results.
  1. How do I know when the cookies are done baking?
  • The edges of the cookies should be golden brown, and the centers should be set. Keep a close eye on them during the last few minutes of baking to prevent overbaking. My oven has a tendency to run hot and these were done in 10 minutes. Other people may need 12 minutes.
  1. Can I freeze the cookie dough instead of the baked cookies?
  • Yes! If you want to freeze the dough, shape it into individual balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze the dough balls for about an hour, then transfer them to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. When ready to bake, let the dough thaw slightly and bake as directed.
  1. Can I double the recipe?
  • Absolutely! If you want to make a larger batch of cookies, simply double the ingredients. Just make sure you have a large enough mixing bowl to accommodate the doubled recipe.
cake mix peanut butter cookies

Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies

Indulge your sweet tooth cravings with these deliciously easy cake mix peanut butter cookies. Made with just a few simple ingredients, these cookies are quick to whip up and are guaranteed to satisfy your peanut butter obsession. With the convenience of a cake mix, these cookies are a time-saving treat that doesn't compromise on taste.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24

Equipment

  • 2 Baking Sheets
  • 2 Parchment Paper Sheets
  • 1 Hand Held Mixer
  • 1 Medium Cookie Scoop

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. If these items are not available then use a non-stick cooking spray like Pam to keep the cookies from sticking to the baking sheet.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the eggs, oil, peanut butter and pure vanilla extract. Blend the items together with a hand-held mixer until the are well blended and creamy, this takes about a minute.
  • Add the 1/4 cup of firmly packed light brown sugar and blend with the other ingredients until completely incorporated.
  • Add to the mixing bowl the yellow cake mix, and blend well with the hand-held mixer until all the ingredients are incorporated and a soft dough forms.
  • If desired, fold in the optional chocolate chips or chopped nuts for added texture and flavor. Gently combine them into the dough, being careful not to overmix.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop rounded balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. If you prefer flatter cookies, gently press down on each dough ball with the back of a fork.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centers are set. Keep a close eye on the cookies during the last few minutes of baking to prevent them from overbaking.
  • Once baked, remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely before enjoying.
Keyword Banana Bread With Cake Mix, Cookie, Dessert, Peanut Butter, peanut butter cookies, snack

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