Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies for the win. Thick, soft chewy cookies that are incredibly easy to make. These cookies comes together in no time, only need one bowl and are packed with peanut butter flavor. Topped with a sprinkle of sugar, you are going to love this recipe.
Peanut Butter Cookies from Cake Mix
Cake mix cookies are the best. They’re easy to make, and always turn out delicious. These peanut butter cookies are no exception – they’re soft, chewy, and full of flavor. Plus, they only require a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies
For this recipe the cookies are 3 ingredients and then the peanut butter, so it is actually a few more ingredients ingredients. Many people call them 3 ingredient cake mix cookies because that is the base of the cookies. You are using that recipe, and adding peanut butter. Believe me, these are the easiest peanut butter cookies you will ever make.
Are Peanut Butter Cake Cookies Like Regular Peanut Butter Cookies
Yes. These cake mix peanut butter cookies are exactly like the cookies you get following a traditional peanut butter cookie recipe. The only difference is that you don’t need all of the ingredients. You only need 4 ingredients total. That means you have incredible peanut butter cookies sooner.
Can you use natural peanut butter to make Peanut Butter Cookies with Cake Mix
No, you shouldn’t use natural peanut butter in place of regular peanut butter in this cookies recipe. Natural peanut butter tends to be drier than traditional peanut butter and that will affect the cookies. It has tends to have a different texture. When swapping one to one, the cookies will be more crumbly than they should be. Since each natural peanut butter is different , there isn’t a ration for swapping. It would trial and error with each brand and some brands might not work at all.
Why do you add fork marks to peanut butter cookies made with cake mix?
That is something people wonder all the time. Why are there fork marks on peanut butter cookies. When I was little I use to think it was to be able to tell one type of cookie from other. It made sense. However, later I found out, even though that might have been part of it at one time, the main reason to add the fork marks is to thin out the cookie slightly. This makes the cookies more even to bake, which helps to prevent burning.
How do you tell if peanut butter cookies are done?
You never want to over bake cookies. If cookies have turned brown they are over done. The best way to tell when cookies are done is to start looking a minute or 2 before the time. This helps with the fact that most people’s ovens are slightly off the real temperature and this will prevent burning. When making cake mix peanut butter cookies, you want to look for cookies that are set, but the centers seem a little gooey. The cookies continue to bake for a minute or two once they come out of the oven and the centers will finish baking and setting.
How to shape peanut butter cookies made with yellow cake mix
When you are making these cookies, you can scoop the cookies using a spoon and drop about 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie dough balls on the cookie sheet or you can use a cookie or ice cream scoop to make uniformed size cookies. I personally prefer the cookie scoop method because it gives evenly sized cookies and that means all of the cookies bake evenly.
Can I make 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies with applesauce
You can make these cookies with applesauce. The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of oil and you can replace the oil with 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce. This brings down the calories and fat of the cookies. Peanut butter tends to have a lot of fat and calories so if your are trying to lower that, switching out the oil is a great choice. If you are trying to make WW Peanut Butter Cookies, this is a better option.
What Flavor Cake Mix is Best for Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies
I typically make white cake mix peanut butter cookies or peanut butter cookies using yellow cake mix. But you can also make chocolate cake mix peanut butter cookies. The white and yellow give the same flavor to the peanut butter cookies. You can see a slight difference in the color of the cookies, but that is about the difference. I love chocolate and peanut butter together so making chocolate cake mix peanut butter cookies is one of my favorites.
How to store this peanut butter cake recipe
You should store this in an airtight container at room temperature. The peanut butter cake cookies will last for up to 2 weeks. I like to add a layer of parchment paper between the cookies to prevent them from sticking together.
How long do peanut butter cookies last
You can store these cookies for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
Can I make peanut butter cookies using a cake mix ahead
You can make the batter for the cookies ahead. If you want to make the batter and make it the next day, you can cover the mixing bowl with plastic or move the cookie dough to an airtight container. Place it in the refrigerator overnight.
Can I make this cake mix peanut butter cookie recipe in the Air Fryer
It is easy to make Air Fryer Cake Mix cookies. Make the cookie batter the same, and then scoop a few of hte cookies onto your Air Fryer tray. You might be able to get about 4 or 5 on the tray, which means they will be made in batches. Set the Air Fryer to 370 degrees and bake the cookies for 4 minutes. Turn the air fryer off. Then leave the cookies sit for 4 more minutes. Take the cookies out and let them cool.
If your air fryer doesn’t have a 370, set it as close as possible, going lower rather than higher and then watch the time.
What Size Cake Mix for Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies?
The cake mix box size is something that I never really thought about before. Mostly because when I go to the grocery store, all the cake mixes are together and I assumed the same size, so I never really looked. But I have found that the cake mix went from being 18 ounces, then the cake mix went to 16 and now it is 15.25 ounces. So you want a cake mix box that is in this range, in case you have different sizes around you.
Does the different sizes affect the Cookies
When you are using the smaller cake boxes, you will notice that you get one less cupcake or the cakes are not as thick. With the cookies, you might not get as many cookies. I find that the smaller boxes tend to give one less cookie.
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Adjusting for a Smaller Cake Mix
If you need to adjust for the smaller cake boxes, you can add 4 or 5 tablespoons of yellow cake mix to the cake mix you are using. It doesn’t matter what flavor cake mix you are using, the yellow cake mix can be added, even into cakes like chocolate or strawberry.
Freezing Cookie Dough
I love to freeze cookie dough almost as I love to freeze fresh baked cookies. When I freeze the dough, then all I have to do is bring out the cookie dough balls when I am ready to bake.
I scoop the cake mix peanut butter cookies into the balls. Then I place place them on a cookie sheet or plate to freeze. Once frozen, I move the cookie dough balls to a freezer bag. Freeze the balls first helps them to keep their shape as well as not freeze together. It also lets me remove a few cookies at a time. The frozen peanut butter cookies dough balls will last for about 3 months.
Freezing Peanut Butter Cookies from a Cake Mix
If you want to freeze the cookies, you will want to let the cookies cool completely and then you want to use the same method of freezing the cookies first before placing them in the freezer bag. This is because it helps the cookies from sticking together and you can remove a few cookies at a time and not the whole batch. These cookies will last for 3 months in the freezer as long as they are wrapped well. Thaw these cookies on the counter overnight.
Variations to Cake Mix Cookies
- Like salty and sweet together? Add a hint of salt to these cookies by sprinkling salt over the top before adding it to the oven.
- Make cookie sandwiches. Take a cookie and add a little but, around one tablespoons of frosting, whether it is chocolate frosting, vanilla frosting or cream cheese frosting. Any of these will be so good inside the cookie sandwich. Ice cream is another delicious option.
A fun way to do the criss cross marks on the cookie it is to take a cookie stamp or meat tenderizer. It will create a different design on top of the cookies. Make sure to dip it in sugar each time so that it doesn’t stick when you flatten the cookies.
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Get the full list of ingredients in the printable recipe card below
- yellow or white cake mix
- peanut butter
- – optional, white sugar to sprinkle on top
How to Make 4 Ingredient Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies
Combine the ingredients together in the bowl.
Scoop onto the baking sheet
Press the cookies and add some sugar.
Bake to perfection and enjoy.
Press a fork onto the cookies to make a crosshatch pattern.
Sprinkle with sugar over the top.
Bake the cookies for 7 to 10 minutes.
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Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 box yellow or white cake mix
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup oil
- white sugar to sprinkle on top – optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, add the cake mix, peanut butter, oil and eggs together. Mix until well combined.
- Use the cookie scoop and scoop out your cookies onto the baking sheet.
- Press a fork onto the cookies to make a crosshatch pattern.
- Sprinkle with sugar over the top.
- Bake the cookies for 7 to 10 minutes.