Crumbl-Inspired Cookies: The Cake Mix Shortcut

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Craving those decadent, over-the-top cookies from Crumbl, but can’t make it to the store? You’re in luck! This recipe unlocks the secrets to creating copycat Crumbl cookies using a cake mix as a base. It’s surprisingly easy and delivers that signature Crumbl taste and texture you love.

This guide dives deep into the process, from gathering ingredients to achieving the perfect bake. We’ll also explore the nutritional content of these delightful treats (spoiler alert: indulge responsibly!).

Cake Batter Cookies Copycat - Crazy for Crust
Cake Batter Cookies Copycat – Crazy for Crust

So, preheat your oven, grab your mixing bowls, and get ready to bake up some Crumbl magic in your own kitchen!


For the Cookies:

1 box (15.25 oz) cake mix (any flavor, but vanilla or chocolate work best)

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  • For the Optional Frosting/Filling (Choose one or customize your own):

    1 cup powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • (For chocolate frosting, add 3 tablespoons cocoa powder)
  • (For other flavors, experiment with extracts, chopped nuts, or sprinkles)

  • Instructions:

    1. Prep Your Tools: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. This will prevent sticking and make cleanup a breeze.

    2. Creaming the Butter and Sugars: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar using an electric mixer on medium speed. Aim for a light and fluffy consistency, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

    3. Introducing the Egg: Beat in the large egg until fully incorporated. The mixture may appear slightly curdled; that’s okay!

    4. Dry Ingredients Come In: Gradually add the cake mix to the wet ingredients, mixing on low speed until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can lead to tough cookies.

    5. Scooping and Shaping: Now comes the fun part! Portion the cookie dough using a large cookie scoop (about 3 tablespoons per cookie). Roll the dough balls gently between your palms to create a smooth, round shape. Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a few inches of space between them for spreading.

    6. Bake to Perfection: Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centers are slightly soft. Don’t overbake, as they will continue to firm up as they cool.

    7. Cooling Down: Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This allows the centers to set without getting soggy.

    8. Frosting Fun (Optional): While the cookies cool, prepare your frosting (if using). Cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually whisk in the milk or cream, then stir in the vanilla extract and any additional flavorings or mix-ins. The frosting should be pipeable but not too stiff.

    9. Frosting Frenzy: Once the cookies are completely cool, frost them as desired. You can use a piping bag with a decorating tip for a professional touch, or simply spread the frosting on with a knife. Get creative and have fun!

    10. Devour and Enjoy! Now for the best part: savor your homemade Crumbl cookies! They’re guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you wanting more.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Cookie, Without Frosting):

    While these cookies are a delicious treat, it’s important to be mindful of their calorie content. Here’s a rough estimate of the nutritional breakdown per cookie (without frosting):

    Calories: 350-400 (depending on the cake mix used)

  • Fat: 15-20g
  • Saturated Fat: 8-10g
  • Carbohydrates: 40-50g
  • Sugars: 25-30g
  • Protein: 3-5g

  • Remember: This is just an estimate, and the actual nutritional content can vary depending on the specific cake mix and frosting recipe used.