Death by Chocolate Cookies


Now normally, I’m not a chocolate kinda girl.

I easily bypass chocolate like I easily bypass faux fur, sour candy, and Taylor Swift songs on the radio. Nooooothankyou.

I am more of a white chocolate kinda girl, the kind of girl who likes leather and red licorice and anything except Taylor Swift songs. That kinda girl.

But sometimes, there’s a weird glitch in my thinking and I get this sudden craving out of left field where I have to have something chocolatey and have it now. Kind of like the same overwhelming feeling I get when I order anything from the Betsey Johnson website: I want one of each and I want to sink my teeth into them all rightthissecond.

These cookies occurred during one of those temporary mental glitches…as well as eating three baskets worth of fries at Red Robin, buying 4 new chew toys for Mannie and splurging on a dozen or so new pairs of thigh-high socks. Sigh. When it rains, it pours.

If you’re ever feeling that tickle for something rich and chocolatey, this is your cookie. The base of this cookie is a box of Devil’s food cake mix. Before you balk, let me explain why I love using cake mix as bases for cookies. Cake mix cookies aren’t just super simple to bring together (hello, one box = one bowl!), but I love that this Devil’s food cake mix gives these chocolate cookies a little something special. They are chewy and soft and moist–just as I like my cookies–and are far from dry or shy on chocolate flavor.

And theeeeen I went to the crazy side and picked up three kinds of chocolate chips: semi-sweet, milk, and dark. I wanted to use three kinds because my life’s motto is “more is more” and I don’t believe in skimping when it comes to indulgence. If you knew you wanted a nice, designer pair of heels, you wouldn’t go to the thrift store, would you? That’s right–you’d head straight to the source of the prettiest shoes in all the land (Nordstrom) and go to town. That was exactly my thinking for these cookies, except I wanted to make sure I utilized three kinds of chips for the ultimate cookie. If I’m craving chocolate, a stupid chocolate candy bar or a simple, boring wafer cookie isn’t going to squelch my craving.

DSC_0010And so, these Death by Chocolate Cookie were born. Again: if chocolate is your jam, then you best get acquainted with these cookies. They’re your cocoa ticket to heaven, my friends.


5.0 from 2 reviews
Death by Chocolate Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 24
Chocoholics, UNITE! These cookies will satisfy all your deep, dark cravings.
  • 1 box Devil's food cake mix* (I used Betty Crocker brand)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with silicone liners or spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs and oil with a wooden spoon, until blended. Stir in the three kinds of chips by hand to incorporate.
  3. Drop heaping Tablespoonfuls of dough about 2" apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through cook-time to ensure even baking, or until the cookies are just barely set in the middle.
  4. Allow the cookies to set on the cookie sheets about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Store the cookies airtight, at room temperature, about 5 days.


DSC_0012These cookies are SO soft and puffy and last surprisingly long without compromising on that decadent chocolate flavor or their moist, fluffy interior. I love the hidden pockets of gooey chips and the contrast between the slightly bittersweet semi-sweet chips, the classically sweet milk chips, and the bitter, ultra-dark chips. My chocolate-loving brother and dad swooned over these sinful-yet-heavenly cookies and I know you will, too!!
*Note: I have received a couple of comments from readers who have had some trouble with this recipe. A smarty reader named Kelly kindly suggested that maybe it had something to do with the brand of cake mix used. I used Betty Crocker for this particular recipe, so I would recommend Betty Crocker’s cake mix for these cookies for the most desirable results.*


xo, Hayley

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  1. I totally prefer white chocolate, however, I never turn down it’s darker counterparts!! I love this cookie! Using a Devils’ cake mix is a perfect idea!! So rich and chocolatey! This is spot on. Good thing I don’t do weight loss resolutions!

  2. I, unlike you, must eat chocolate every day! So these cookies look scrumptious to me! I have made cookies with Devil’s Food Cake Mix before and I love how thick and fudgey they are!

  3. Yum! Completely excited to try these ASAP! I love chocolate cookies, and these seem out of this world. And it just so happens I have open bags of all 3 varieties of chocolate chips… And a box of chocolate cake… And all the other ingredients!

  4. These are amazing! I get those cravings for chocolate…and I could devour a whole batch of these. You must tell me where to get those socks. I want to wear them with boots. 🙂

  5. Hoooooooo! I loooove chocolate chocolate chocolate! These cookies look fabulous, sinful, and perfect in every way!

    Also-I just bought a Betsey Johnson purse and I love it! (I also modeled for Betsey Johnson @ Macy’s once and all I wanted to do was keep all the clothes I was wearinggg)

  6. YUM! These look to die for, Hayley! I love anything chocolate so these are right up my alley 🙂

  7. OMG! These are so fudgy!! Me.want!!

  8. GOOD FREAKING MERCY! Those look amazeballs. I’m like you, I’m not the biggest chocolate fan. I mean, I like it loads, but I love white chocolate or berry desesrts better. Except when it comest o these. Booyah!

  9. You don’t have to convince me that cake mix cookies rock all kinds of socks!!! I seriously want these in my kitchen like today!!! I am a huge chocoholic and those cookies look crazy good!!!

  10. These look so yummy. Unlike you I am a chocoholic and can never seem to quite down my urge for more chocolate. Looks like these would help and I love that they are from a cake mix! Score 🙂

  11. Omgosh Hayley get out of my head! I just made triple chocolate cookies last night and am posting them later this week. We are definitely on the same page girl!

  12. Unlike you, I am a chocolate lover and these look killer! Thanks for the recipe!

  13. anything that causes me to die via chocolate – i’m all into!! these look crazy soft and delicious! i’d love to die with a few of these. ok, i’ll stop sounding so morbid hahaha, but forreals, i’d love a huge glass of milk to dunk with these babies!

  14. Trying to get caught up on my reader now that I’m home from the holidays. OMG this one jumped out at me!!! YUM.

  15. Death by chocolate is the way to go!

  16. bakerbynature says:

    i want 7849 of these right now!

  17. If I’ve gotta go, death by these chocolate cookies would surely by the way to do it! And I’m a HUGE fan of cake mix cookies! Look how gooey and awesome these are! Drooling here!

  18. I’m with you on the not – a – big – chocolate – girl – but we all know that at times it’s a must! and more is certainly more! Stella thanks you for this recipe:)

  19. Oh my, these cookies look soo decadent!
    Just last year (so weird saying that) I discovered how awesome cake mixes can be for cookies. Love your version with three kinds of chocolate chips!

  20. Disappointed says:

    I went out and specially bought the ingredients for this cookie because my brother loves chocolate. It took me 20 minutes to get the dough to come together doing everything like you said. They came out puffy and fall apart. The chips don’t stay in the dough. The cookies are about two inches tall. Nothing is more annoying then spending my very limited money on something that doesn’t work out. I don’t know what happened to the cookies, but I will just stick to what I already make.

    • Hi Lauri, I’m sorry the recipe didn’t work out for you. I double-checked the recipe and there were no errors on my part; therefore I’m not quite sure what went wrong during the baking process. I apologize!

    • Have to agree with the above poster, Mine were about an inch and a half, puffy, never flattened, and fell apart. We bake here almost on a daily basis so not following directions weren’t an issue. Dough didn’t take long to form on my end but as far as the end product, no where near what the above picture depicts.

      • Sorry you had troubles, Ash! I checked into my recipe to make sure there were no typos on my end, and there isn’t.. so I’m not really sure what happened. I’ll try to remake these this weekend, and again, sorry you had problems!

  21. Nom, nom, nom! Holy cow, these look rich and oh so decadent!

  22. These look AMAZING! I feel like we could be friends because my most recent post was death by chocolate brownies haha So when I saw your post on six sisters stuff I just had to come and look. I am sure glad I did. I love making cookies from cake mix but adding 3 kinds of chocolate chips is a fabulous addition! 🙂

  23. These turned out to be so tasty! Great with a glass of milk. Mine don’t look as nice though. They were lumpy looking instead of nice and round/flat like your pictures. I wonder why…

  24. Ok so I know this post is oldish but I HAD to click on it and see these fabulous cookies! You had me at death by chocolate – Mmmm!

  25. I’m normally a from-scratch kinda girl (designer-shoes-from-the-thrift-shop metaphor applies) but I do occasionally make the infamous Death by Chocolate cake which includes not only cake mix but instant coffee and pudding mix. I wondered what the yield is on this recipe. It may be a better alternative to that cake, which weighs about 10 pounds on the plate and a bit less on the hips.

  26. After I pulled them from the oven I sprinkled them with kosher salt…mmmm whats better than salted chocolate!

  27. okay, so my guess as to why some people are not having success is that they are using different brands of cake mixes. Maybe by stating the specific brand, everyone will be able to replicate the recipe? Just a thought.

  28. kellysgoingtohelly says:

    I have a possible solution to why this recipe didn’t work out for some people! The first time I made them I had the same problems (hard to keep together, dough didn’t flatten). However, I just made them again and they came out just like yours. The only difference was that I used Pillsbury cake mix the first time, and this time I used Betty Crocker. They were completely delicious both times, but if you want something just like this, I’d recommend using Betty Crocker!

    • Kelly, first of all, love your username, haha 🙂 second, I will make a note of that! I also used Betty Crocker, so perhaps it is a matter of using the same product for this particular recipe. Thanks for the tip and comment!

  29. These are amazing!!! I used Duncan Hines and they were a rich and gooey perfect cookie. Then next time I made them I had Pillbury and that was a huge mistake!!! Turned out terrible.

  30. *pillsbury (sorry) but I’m thinking don’t use that brand something about them does not work. But I love this recipe and so does the husband. Thanks!!!!

  31. I tried this recipe and it was fantastic. I was nervous because I only had Pillsbury cake mix in the house (and I read other’s reviews that they had problems) but I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best and it was fantastic. I don’t know why others had problems. Mine didn’t come out as flat as the pics but they were delicious nonetheless. I think I made them too big because I only got 24 cookies. I used my fork to flatten them out a bit before baking. Everyone loved them. I would highly suggest mixing all ingredients together first (except chips) and then folding chips in at the end. It only took a couple of minutes to do this.

  32. I love these cookies, they are my new favorite show off cookies and they are so amazing.

  33. I would also ask the bakers who got unsatisfactory results have checked the temperature of their ovens. It can really make a difference! I am also not a chocolate person, but a really dark chocolate or a white chocolate cookie or dessert can wow me!

  34. Just made these cookies. Wow, wish I had some milk in the house because these are extremely rich and chocolatey cookies. I will definitely make these again 🙂

    🙂 Kelly

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  36. How many cookies does this recipe make? I know it said Sevings 24 but was unsure if that equalled 24 cookies. Thank you

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Rebecca! This recipe usually makes about 24 cookies, though I make mine on the larger side and typically get around 18 🙂

  37. I made them last night . They are soooo good. Family was eating them faster than I could make them!! Great & easy recipe

  38. Amanda Taylor says:

    Oh my goodness!! Saw these cookies, decided to try them and WOW. These are the BEST cookies and the recipe couldn’t be easier. I was worried about how thick the batter seemed to be but they turned out perfect. My 7 year old cousin loved them and said they were the best ever.

  39. Ashleigh says:

    o.m.g. these are delicious!!

    my girlfriend doesn’t like ANYTHING sweet so when I forced her to try these, she was not thrilled. the idea of DOUBLE chocolate anything makes her want to crawl out of her skin.

    BUT THESE?! she ate 2 and 1/2 of 1 of mine! I almost don’t even believe that she ate them!

    I used Betty Crocker devil’s food cake mix and followed the instructions. they came out so moist! and now I can’t eat dinner because I’m stuffed on cookies! ah well- that’s the best!

    I also sprinkled mine (one at a time otherwise it “melts” into the cookie) with powdered sugar right before I ate it. TO DIE FOR.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Ashleigh, this makes me so happy to hear! I love that your girlfriend adored them, too! xoxo!


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