Chocolate Turtle Cake Mix Cookies

Have these easy cookies ready in under 30 minutes! Chocolate Turtle Cake Mix Cookies are perfect for the holidays or any time.

Have 6 ingredients and 30 minutes available? This recipe is for you! If you are craving chocolate and happen to have a box cake mix on hand, give this easy cookie recipe a try.

Chocolate Turtle Cake Mix Cookies are dressed up with a Rolo candy and pecan. Add other chocolate drizzles for Christmas, Valentine’s Day or any holiday you’d like!

chocolate turtle cookies on a wire rack

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • starts with a cake mix
  • only 6 ingredients
  • ready in 30 minutes
  • topped with a rolo and pecan…
  • …or use your favorite candy!
ingredients for cake mix cookies on a table

How to Make Cookies from Cake Mix

We’ve shared how to make cake mix cookies from any box mix, but in this recipe we’re making them a little special with candy and nuts.

You’ll notice that for this recipe we add ¼ cup flour to this recipe and used a 15.25 ounce cake mix. If you find a cake mix that is 18 ounces instead, leave the extra flour out.

  • In a medium bowl stir the cake mix and the flour to combine.
  • Add eggs and vegetable oil. Blend well using an electric mixer. Dough will be quite thick and stiff; therefore, hand mixing is not recommended.
  • Using a small scooper (or one measured tablespoon in volume) form 24 equal sized dough balls. I like to roll them smooth with my hands for prettier results.
  • Bake for 8 min and remove from oven. Don’t over bake or the cookies may be dry.
  • Press a chocolate covered candy into the center of each cookie.
  • Return pan of cookies to the oven for 60 seconds.
  • Remove pan from oven and place each pecan half on top of the warmed chocolate and press to flatten.

Allow the cookies to cool for 1 minute before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely. If you move them too soon they will break apart.

chocolate turtle cake mix cookies

How to Decorate These Cookies for a Holiday

To “dress them up” simply melt candy melts in your desired color and drizzle on the cookie with either a fork or spoon. Then sprinkle with nonpareils. You could even just dip one side in candy melts for a pretty look.

chocolate cookies with pecans an christmas sprinkles

Can you freeze cake mix cookies?

Yes! These cookies freeze well for up to one month in an airtight container.

stack of chocolate caramel cookies with a bite out of one
stack of chocolate caramel cookies with a bite out of one

Chocolate Turtle Cake Mix Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Servings 24
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 box Devil's Food Cake mix* (15 ounce box)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 24 chocolate covered caramel candies (We used Rolos)
  • 24 pecan halves

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium bowl stir the cake mix and the flour to combine.
  • Add eggs and vegetable oil. Blend well using an electric mixer. Dough will be quite thick and stiff; therefore, hand mixing is not recommended.
  • Using a small scooper (or one measured tablespoon in volume) form 24 equal sized dough balls. I like to roll them smooth with my hands for prettier results.
  • Bake for 8 min and remove from oven. Don't overbake!
  • Press a chocolate covered candy into the center of each cookie.
  • Return pan of cookies to the oven for 60 seconds.
  • Remove pan from oven and place each pecan half on top of the warmed chocolate and press to flatten.
  • Allow cookies to cool on pan for approximately 1 minute and then remove to cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

*If you have an 18 ounce cake mix, you do not need to add the all purpose flour
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 24 cookies, with 1 serving being 1 cookie. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 165
Keyword box cake mix recipe, christmas dessert, cookies

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Can these cookies be made with a gluten free cake mix? If so, same instructions or changes?