The only thing that could make my strawberry chocolate chip cookies recipe better is if it was easy to make — hey, it is! These cake mix cookies are a hit no matter how you spin it.
I love making these cookies for Valentine’s Day, Easter, spring treats, girls birthdays, summertime or anytime you want a simple, super easy, thoroughly delicious, cheery cookie! These soft, chewy drop cookies are great all year round.
Why? This is crazy simple to make! You only need 6 ingredients and 25 minutes to get chocolate chip cookies with a colorful twist and a flavor surprise.
Let’s get baking!
I am loving this trend of taking boxed cake mixes and turning them into cookies! The flavor possibilities are endless, and the resulting cookies are that perfect balance of chewy and soft.
My cookies takes all the best parts of the cake mix cookie and marries them to a tried and true favorite: chocolate chips!
- Chewy, soft texture
- Vibrant pink color
- Instant WOW factor!
- Easy to make, easy to clean up!
The first bite of my strawberry cookies will instantly pull to mind another favorite: strawberry chocolate chip muffins! These have the same fluffy, chewy texture and the same swoon-worthy chunks of chocolate. But how do they differ? I’m here to answer your questions!
With 6 simple ingredients, what could go wrong? Let me outline some of the best tips to make sure you get excellent cookies!
Cake Mix: It’s important to pick the best type of cake mix for your cookies since so much of the umph comes from the mix. Be sure not to get one with pudding in the mix as your cookies will turn out too mushy. My favorite brand is good ol’ Duncan Hines.
Oil: Don’t have vegetable oil? You can always swap your oil for melted butter — or even applesauce! Vegetable oil to applesauce goes for a 2:1 ratio. It’ll add a deeper level of sweetness to your treats!
Chocolate: The best part of this cookie recipe is the chocolate! Which chips are best? I prefer using the Ghirardelli brand, but I’m also a sucker for those big hearty chunks instead of chips. Follow your heart!
The most heartbreaking part of baking is when your lovingly made treats go bad! Let’s stop that from happening — read on for the best storage tips!
Can You Freeze This?
Yes! My cookies will freeze for up to 6-12 months. Just make sure you store them in an airtight container and also make sure you thoroughly cool them first.
If the chocolate is still soft when you freeze them, your cookies might stick together and tear when you break them apart to eat later.
Make Ahead Tips
The easiest way to make these cookies ahead is to pre-make the dough. You can store raw cookie dough (sealed! I prefer wrapping my in plastic wrap) in the fridge for up to two days or the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to use it, thaw if it was frozen, and finish out the recipe!
How Long Can You Keep This?
These cookies are great for pantry storage! It’ll last up to two days at room temperature. But be sure to put them in a bag or container to prevent staleness!
These cookies will do even better in the fridge. You’ll get up to full week with them stored in a sealed container!
I can never get enough cookie recipes! Let’s explore some variations.
Can I Add Almonds?
Yes! Almond cookies are some of the most divines. I especially love my Almond Joy cookies recipe — it tastes just like the candy favorite, in cookie form! Similarly, Almond Joy bars are an easier one-sheet treat that’s great for a crowd.
Can I Add Peanut Butter To This Recipe?
Peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies are always a great combination! My peanut butter chocolate chip cookies recipe will have you gobbling the whole batch while my peanut butter banana cookies take the sandwich favorite and give it the cookie treatment.
And let’s not forget peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies — they’re so protein-packed that I eat them for breakfast!
Can I Add Oats?
Yes! One cookie winner is monster cookies that seem to contain every good thing, such as oats. Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are rich and perfectly chewy! A unique twist to the cookie scene is banana oatmeal cookies. It’s like breakfast for dessert!
Can I Add Lemon Flavor?
The lemon flavor is another delicious fruity burst in desserts! Lemon cake mix cookies are so simple and utterly scrumptious. Lemon crinkle cookies are as yummy as they are pretty! And lemon ricotta cookies are a classic in my home.
Would These Make For Good Christmas Treats?
Yes! I love adding a little burst of fruity brightness to my Christmas cookie tray. But if you want more traditional chocolatey punch, my chocolate chip shortbread cookies can’t be beat. Double chocolate snowballs pack in twice the chocolate! And Crockpot candy is so easy to make and will have your guests begging you for the recipe.
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 (18.25 -ounce) box Duncan Hines Strawberry Cake Mix
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder. Set aside. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla by hand. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to form a dough. Using a hand-held electric mixer, mix just until combined and all of the pockets of dry cake mix are gone. Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Drop rounded balls of dough, about 2.5 Tablespoons each, onto the prepared baking sheet. Don't flatten balls. Stick a few more chocolate chips on top of the cookie dough balls if you want them for looks if desired. Make sure the balls of dough are taller than they are wide.
- Bake for 10 minutes – do not let the cookies get brown. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes; they will be very soft at first. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Fruit in cookies is as perfect as peanut butter and jelly! Here are some of my favorite recipes that bring fruit into every chewy, crumbly bite:
- Coconut Cookie Sandwiches – Tropical getaway in your mouth!
- Pumpkin Pie Bars – Perfect for fall desserts!
- Orange Creamsicle Cookies – What says summer like creamsicles?
- Pineapple Cookies – Goes great with the coconut cookies!
- Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies – Amp up that chocolate with coconut.
Whether you make my strawberry chocolate chip cookies recipe for Valentine’s Day or just because you need a pop of strawberry and pink in your life, you’re sure to bring smiles to your household. Who could see these gorgeous cookies and not be happy?
What’s your favorite fruit to put in cookies? Let me know in the comments!