Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

I have been wanting to blog about these cookies for a couple weeks but didn’t want to post pink food too far in advance of Valentine’s Day.

But it’s almost here.

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting - Super soft and tender cookies that just melt in your mouth!! Goofproof cookies everyone loves! Perfect for Valentine's Day!!

In a month.

However, it’s never to start thinking about pink food.  Plus, spring is right around the corner.


Right after that four feet of snow, for many of you, melts.

I made these cookies on Skylar’s first day of school at her new school.

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting - Super soft and tender cookies that just melt in your mouth!! Goofproof cookies everyone loves! Perfect for Valentine's Day!!

I was such a wreck that day and didn’t know what to do with myself so I started baking and pink food.

If strawberry cookies with a thick layer of vanilla cream cheese frosting and red sanding sugar sprinkles don’t put a smile on your face, I’m convinced that nothing will.

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting - Super soft and tender cookies that just melt in your mouth!! Goofproof cookies everyone loves! Perfect for Valentine's Day!!

These cookies and baking project helped to take my mind off the fact that my “baby” was at big girl school.

She asked me on the car ride home, “Mommy, what did you do today?”

When I told her I made pink cookies with sprinkles her eyes got as big as saucers and the smile on her face was enormous.

For my little princess, who’s favorite color is pink, these were a huge hit with her and a perfect treat after her first day at the new school.

The little cookies are moist and light and have the best strawberry flavor, which is balanced with the heavier, richer, and tangier cream cheese frosting.

And they are so soft, and so very, very moist.

Practically falling apart moist which is the only way I like baked goods.

I hope you try the strawberries cookies, which are so easy, and only use four ingredients.

I am all about taking a shortcut here or there and using a boxed mix if it’s going to give me great results.

Pillsbury already has the strawberry cake mix thing all figured out and I don’t need to reinvent the wheel.

I’d rather spend my time eating one of these.

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting - Soft, easy cookies bursting with sweet strawberry flavor & a tangy cream cheese frosting! Perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or Easter!

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting - Super soft and tender cookies that just melt in your mouth!! Goofproof cookies everyone loves! Perfect for Valentine's Day!, Mother's Day, or Easter!!

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Soft, light, fluffy cookies that have rich strawberry flavor and are a cinch to make. Cake mix cookies always turn out so well, and they’re always very soft and supple. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, bridal or baby showers, or any time you have a craving for strawberries. The tangy cream cheese frosting pairs perfectly with the sweet cookies.



1/4 cup unsalted butter (half of one stick), softened

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup + 1/8 cup strawberry cake mix (this is about 9 ounces, or half of an 18.25 ounce box of Pillsbury Strawberry Cake Mix)

Frosting – Makes about 1 cup of frosting (if you have extra, store it in the refrigerator for week(s) and/or freeze it for month(s) for future baking needs)

1/4 cup unsalted butter (half of one stick), softened

1/4 cup cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar


Cookies –  Preheat oven to 350F.  In a mixing bowl combine the softened butter, egg, vanilla and stir by hand or with a mixer until combined.  Add  the cake mix and stir until smooth.  If the dough seems too wet to be cookie dough, add a bit more cake mix, one tablespoon at a time, until it’s less wet.  Conversely, if the dough seems dry and it’s not combining, add a tablespoon or two of water.

If time permits, I recommend chilling the dough by placing the mixing bowl in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.  Chilled dough spreads less during the baking process.

Form 1 inch balls on a Silpat-lined, parchment paper-lined, or cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Allow for adequate spacing because they do spread; which is why I recommend chilling the dough and do not exceed 1 rounded tablespoon-sized or 1 inch sized balls (I only placed 9 cookies on one cookie sheet and do not recommend trying to fit the batch on one cookie sheet).  Bake at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are barely browned.  They make look a bit loose and jiggly after only 8 to 10 minutes but they will continue to cook on the sheets after you remove the from the oven and will firm up as they cool.  Do not overbake.  Allow the cookies to cool well (on the cookie sheets is fine) before attempting to move them.

While the cookies are baking, make the frosting.

Frosting –  In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer or whisk by hand.  Add the vanilla extract and add two cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.  If you like thick(er) frosting, add more powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.  I used nearly 4 cups of powdered sugar in mine because I like very thick frosting (shown in the photos).

After the cookies have cooled, frost them (I applied a thick layer). Finish with sprinkles, sanding sugar, or other garnishes such as coconut flakes or chocolate shavings, as desired.  Optionally, make sandwich cookies.

Because these cookies are frosted with cream cheese frosting, you may want store them in the refrigerator if they’re going to be out more than a day or so; use common sense.

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Stuffed cookies score bonus points:

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And for Valentine’s Day, Dark Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies Stuffed with Chocolate Covered Strawberries with the red surprise center would be fun.


159 comments on “Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. I love these! I have to make them for Valentines Day!

  2. Those absolutely scream V-day OR perfect pink princess party! They look gorgeous. I actually like a spice cake mix – just mix in a can of pumpkin and bake for easy cupcakes for a party.

  3. Favorite flavor lately is anything caramel, these pink cookies are beautiful! You always make the ordinary look really special, thanks for sharing with us!

  4. These look so good. I thinks it’s close enough to valentines day. Pink food is ok anytime in my book.

  5. That is so sweet that you made cookies in her favourite colour for her first day at a new school :-) You are creating so many memories for Skylar that she will cherish forever. I distinctly remember getting off my school bus when I was very little walking up the front steps of my house and smelling the sweet smell of cookies baking – just in time for my after school snack! This was a regular occurrence when I was growing up, and my brother and I would always try to guess what our mom had made by the aroma outside of the house, coming through the open window.

    I haven’t made cookies with cake mix, but I use boxed cake mix for my cake pops, and they are fabulous!

    • You’d love cake mix cookies like this even though I know you don’t have a huge sweet tooth :)

      That is so sweet to tell me that story of you remembering the smell of cookies your mom made. I hope Skylar remembers this but it’s a cumulative history; there’s always the next year and next batch of cookies :)

  6. I love cake mix cookies! I did cherry chip cake mix cookies once and they were incredible. Delicious recipe and gorgeous pictures Averie!

  7. Ahhh, it’s about time some pink and sprinkles showed up! I’ve been waiting for others to join in the fun :) These cookies look great, and love that you used a box mix, and aren’t afraid to say so! Sometimes it’s necessary (and in my book, these cookies are totally necessary). Not only for your little girl, but the mommy who’s letting her grow up. Sniff sniff.

    • You’ve already been on the pink food and sprinkles train this year which is awesome…glad Im on board now, too.

      And yes, boxed mixes…I mean for certain things like strawberry cake I just dont have the time or DESIRE to be pureeing down strawberries and then somehow playing with flour ratios, baking powder, etc. That’s why the cake mix companies have been in biz a century and make billions: they figured this all out for us already :)

  8. I haven’t used cake mix much in general.. I have yet to find one in a story around me that’s vegan friendly. :(

    I figure although it’s less convenient, it’s generally cheaper to just go from scratch.

    • the pillsbury mix was 1.79 and I used half of it…so for 90 cents there is no possible way I could ever have duplicated this! Not to mention,pureeing down strawberries and then somehow playing with flour ratios, baking powder, etc…my time is far more valuable and for 90 cents, you can’t beat it. That said, I do think brownies from scratch or certain cakes from scratch can be better and cheaper, but it’s a case-by-case basis, for sure. Hope you find a mix you like!

      • Yeah, for a flavored mix if you don’t want the time consuming aspect, I can see why iit could be well worth it

  9. How cuuuuuute!! I love pink. And how convenient that I have some red sanding sugar in my cupboards right now :)

  10. Gawd, V-Day is only a month away already? Sheesh!
    These cookies make me want to put on something frilly and hold a tea party. :P

  11. Hi there, I have just come across your lovely blog and just wanted to add that these look delicious and perfect for v-day, a high tea or a little girl’s birthday party…so pretty!

  12. Love me some pink! My engagement ring is pink :)


  13. I LOVE strawberry cake and these look amazing!! We definitely share an insatiable sweet tooth!

  14. I had no idea you could make cookies from a cake mix! I generally stay away from cake mixes these days but those are some pretty cookies! :-)

  15. AHHH NO WAY!! I have these on my calendar to post for Valentine’s day!! We’re totally on the same wavelength. I just bought the strawberry cake mix last week! I can’t wait to make them :) yours turned out amazing!

  16. I always love how cake mix cookies turn out but have never used a strawberry mix! I bet they’re as delicious as they look, especially with the frosting.

  17. My kiddo was just asking for strawberry cupcakes, from the box mom! I don’t know, been there done that, but strawberry cake mix cookies on the other hand are something I might be able to sink my teeth into. I think the photos convinced me…I know what we’ll be baking tomorrow! YUM!

  18. That angel food cake picture took me by surprise, it’s positively gorgeous! and people don’t really put frosting on cookies very often anymore, it’s so good!

  19. you know i have yet to use a cake mix for cookies.
    i can only imagine how many they must make.
    i did make a muffin once using the vanilla or butter cake mix? can’t remember but it was good.

  20. Yum! These look great! I never bought Strawberry cake mix, but next time I’m at the store I’ll have to check it out. This weekend was actually the first weekend I made cookies with cake mix. I’m actually having them on my blog tomorrow. There so good! Cake box cookies are going to be my newest thing. Easy, low calorie and tasty!! I can’t wait to play around with other flavors. I’m totally loving your strawberry ones, they are so perfect for V-day!! Yah, I’m going to copy you and make strawberry cookies!!

  21. I love cake mix cookies! The icing on these looks amazing! Definitely have to try these!

  22. my favorite trick with boxed brownie mix:
    cook down 1/2 pint berries into a syrup and strain.
    prepare mix according to directions and pour into pan. drizzle 1/2 the berry syrup over the batter and fold/swirl in and then bake according to directions on box. you can also add chocolate chips if you’re in the mood, I recommend it.
    melt 3 oz chocolate and combine with remaining berry syrup.
    while brownies are cooling, but not cool all the way, carefully pour the berry chocolate mixture evenly over the top and smooth with a spatula/dull butter knife.
    gooey, insane, i also recommend going forkfirst into the pan and foregoing all decorum for these.

  23. I love the texture of cake mix cookies. I love the pink, bring on Valentine’s day!

  24. My heart melted when you revealed Skylar’s sweet reaction. You are such a loving Mom! I love baking things for my precious boys and even though they are almost 14 and 16, I still bake things for them at least 2 times per week…and they ALWAYS appreciate it so much. I showed my youngest this recipe and asked how he felt about bringing a batch to school on Valentines Day and how would his friends who are girls would like pretty pink cookies…and a slow smile spread over his face and he said “YES Mom!” :-)

    • Awww, thanks for actually reading the post and her reaction. It takes another mom to really know how special those moments are…like honestly, I LIVE to just make her happy. If I can get a “this is good babe” out of Scott or a “thanks Mommy” out of her…it makes my week :)

  25. I was just thinking yesterday about making my pink cookies with chocolate frosting – I made them last year with beet puree. But I got lazy. Too bad they don’t have a GF strawberry cake. I bet I could add strawberry jam to the yellow cake mix or something. I have a ton still from this summer.

    Do you have any of those chocolate covered dried berries left? Those would be great in these cookies, if you are looking for how to use the rest of the box. ;)

    • Yes I still do have some of those choc covered strawberries left…I should try that! I have quite a few vday tricks up my sleeve yet…

      And yes, beet juice to white cake mix would give you the look but not the taste and dealing with strawberry puree to get the flavor is more than I personally would bite off but hey, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Just depends how project-ey you’re feeling in all your spare time :)

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