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What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than biting into sugary-sweet and chewy Easy 3-Ingredient Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies? This adorable holiday dessert already sounds delicious, but how easy they are to make with only three ingredients sounds even better!

3-ingredient strawberry cake mix cookies on a valentine plate with a red ribbon on a table.

These soft and sweet strawberry cake cookies are so simple and lots of fun to make. And to top it all off, your home will be filled with the sugary aroma of strawberries, making you feel like you’re living in a cake factory!

And they aren’t only great for Valentine’s Day. These pink chewy cookies are perfect for a wedding shower, a baby shower, a little girl’s birthday party — and so much more!

Don’t worry — I have more Valentine’s Day-inspired cookie recipes to make this year’s holiday extra special. To start, check out my Chocolate and Vanilla Sweetheart Cookies, Homemade Cannoli, and Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies recipes.

Or, for those who choose to spend the holiday of love at home, end the memorable night with a delicious and festive dessert, like my Chocolate Soufflé for Two!

ingredients for 3 ingredient strawberry cake mix cookies on a table.

Key ingredients & substitutions for Easy Cake Mix Cookie Recipe

  • Vegetable oil | Give the cookies some moisture by adding vegetable oil to the dough. If necessary, substitute this ingredient with another high-heat and mild oil, like canola, peanut, or grapeseed oil.
  • Eggs | Eggs help combine the simple ingredients in this recipe. More importantly, the eggs will allow the cookies to rise and give them a chewy texture.
  • Strawberry cake mix | I used one of my favorite boxes of cake mix, the Duncan Hines Strawberry Supreme Cake Mix. It is DELISH and just what this simple recipe needs to give it all the sweet and sugary strawberry flavor!

Equipment needed

How to make 3-Ingredient Strawberry Cookies

Three ingredients and four simple steps—Share the love this Valentine’s Day by making a batch of cookies created from boxed strawberry cake for your friends and family!

STEP 1 | Preheat and prep

Prepare these adorable pink cookies by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Then, line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

whisking together the ingredients in a bowl for 3-ingredient strawberry cake mix cookies.

STEP 2 | Mix the ingredients

Now, grab your large bowl and add the vegetable oil and eggs. Whisk the ingredients until they are thoroughly combined.

Then, add the strawberry cake mix and use a rubber spatula to mix it into the eggs and oil. This cookie batter comes together so easily, you won’t even need a hand mixer!

tips

  • Mix the dough just until the ingredients are well combined. Overmixing can mess up the final texture of the baked cookies.

STEP 3 | Scoop the dough onto the cookie sheets

Next, move the mixing bowl over to the lined baking sheet. Use a small cookie scoop to portion out cookie dough balls, placing them 2 inches apart from one another.

This will give them plenty of room to rise and spread as they bake.

strawberry cake mix cookie dough balls on a baking sheet.

STEP 4 | Bake, cool, and serve!

You’re almost complete with this super easy cookie recipe! Just slip the baking sheets into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.

When the pink cookies are lightly golden around the edges, they’re ready to be removed. Be careful not to overbake them! You want your pink cookies to be a little soft when you remove them from the oven — that way you will have perfect cookies every time!

Take the baking sheet out of the oven and let the cookies cool before transferring them to a wire cooling rack. Allow the cake mix cookies to cool completely, and then it’s time to dig in!

tips

  • Halfway through baking, you can swap the cookie sheets so that the one on the bottom rack is moved to the top and vice versa.
  • For larger cookies, use a bigger cookie scoop and bake for a few extra minutes until the edges are lightly browned.
strawberry cake mix cookies with white chocolate chips on top on a wire rack .

Frequently asked questions

Can you make cookies with any box of cake mix?

Absolutely! Cake mix cookies are SO easy to throw together. Experiment with all kinds of boxed cake mixes, like red velvet cookies topped with cream cheese frosting, funfetti cake mix cookies with sprinkles, or chocolate cake cookies with white chocolate chips.

My mouth is watering just thinking about all the possibilities!

How do you store strawberry cake mix cookies for later?

If you have leftovers, there are a couple of easy storage methods. At room temperature, you can place the cookies in an airtight container, and they will keep for about a week.

Store them in the refrigerator to make them last a little longer.

This recipe also freezes well if you need to store the cookies away for much longer. Just slip them into a freezer bag or freezer-safe container, and they will last up to three whole months!

When ready to enjoy them again, set them on the counter to defrost.

What can you do to make the cake mix cookies extra festive?

If the pink color and strawberry flavor aren’t enough for this special holiday, there are many things you can do to make these easy cookies even more suitable.

First, you can add creamy white chocolate chips by mixing them into the dough or adding them to the tops of the warm cookies.

Another great idea is making them into strawberry crinkle cookies. All you need to do is roll the dough balls in granulated or powdered sugar — that’s it!

Or brighten them with sprinkles by rolling the dough balls into a shallow bowl or plate filled with heart-shaped, red, white, and pink Valentine’s Day sprinkles.

But we aren’t done yet! Here are a couple more ideas to inspire your variation of these delicious cookies. Drizzle them or dip half of the cookie into melted milk chocolate to imitate the iconic Valentine’s Day chocolate-dipped strawberries.

To go above and beyond, make rich chocolate or vanilla frosting and spread a glob of it between two strawberry cookies for festive cookie sandwiches!

3-ingredient strawberry cake mix cookies on a valentine plate on a table.

Serving suggestions

I can’t think of anything better to pair with your pink strawberry cookies than this delicious homemade Strawberry Ice Cream!

My sweet little Valentine’s Day cake mix cookies are also perfect as gifts!

Bring a smile to your kid’s face by sneaking a cookie or two into their lunch. Imagine when they open up their lunchbox and see a couple of pink strawberry cookies on Valentine’s Day—What an adorable idea!

Or how about taking them to your teenager’s favorite class period? You’re never too old to enjoy strawberry-flavored sweets, no matter how much you deny it!

On that note, these delicious strawberry cake mix cookies are a huge hit with adults, too! Box and tie them up with a pink or red ribbon and give that special someone a gift almost literally made with love.

Or treat your sweet-tooth co-workers to something extra special for the holiday of love — this easy dessert recipe is sure to brighten their day!

Why not enjoy an entire spread of strawberry desserts? Especially if you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with family or hosting an exciting Galentine’s Day party, strawberry sweets are perfect for the holiday of love!

Get inspired with my many strawberry dessert recipes, including these crowd-pleasing hits:

strawberry cake mix cookies wrapped in a goodie bag with a pink ribbon.

Behind the recipe: Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

It’s no mystery that strawberries are some of the most adored berries. In fact, they top many people’s lists of their favorite fresh fruits.

Strawberries are juicy and sweet, making them a dessert even when eaten straight off the bush! It didn’t take long for people to add them to desserts, like cheesecake, pie, muffins, bread, ice cream, and so many more.

Here’s something you may not already know about these popular bright red berries — strawberries have had many different meanings throughout historical art and literature.

Sometimes they represent purity, modesty, and humility. And in other cases, strawberries symbolize sensuality, fertility, and abundance.

For example, these little fruits hold significant meaning in Shakespeare’s famous play, Othello. One of the main female characters, Desdemona, carries a handkerchief embroidered with red strawberries. Experts say it is a symbol of her virginity, which plays a big role in the storyline.

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3-ingredient strawberry cake mix cookies on a valentine plate on a table.

3-Ingredient Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

 What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than biting into sugary-sweet and chewy 3-Ingredient Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies? This adorable holiday dessert already sounds delicious— but how easy they are to make with only three ingredients sounds even better!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Sweets
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 5 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15.25 oz. Duncan Hines Strawberry Supreme Cake Mix

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the oil and eggs until combined. Add the dry cake mix and stir with a rubber spatula until completely incorporated.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to portion out cookie dough balls and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  • Bake for 8 to 9 minutes until the cookies are slightly brown on the edges — do not over bake! Remove from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cook completely.

Notes

  • Mix the dough just until the ingredients are well combined. Overmixing can mess up the final texture of the baked cookies.
  • Halfway through baking, you can swap the cookie sheets so that the one on the bottom rack is moved to the top and vice versa.
  • For larger cookies, use a bigger cookie scoop and bake for a few extra minutes until the edges are lightly browned.
  • For Strawberry Crinkle Cookies, roll the cookie dough balls in powdered sugar before baking

Nutrition

Serving: -26gCalories: 5kcalCarbohydrates: 0.1gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 5mgPotassium: 5mgSugar: 0.03gVitamin A: 18IUCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Baby Shower, cake mix, Easter, easy dessert, easy recipe, strawberry, Valentine’s Day
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About Sheila Thigpen

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I had a box of Strawberry cake mix that was soon to expire, found your recipe. LOVE these cookies, so fun, vibrant, now I need to buy another box so I can make some for my co-workers for Valentine’s day!

  2. 5 stars
    These are fantastic! I especially love that my girls and I were easily able to make these together… and we all loved the flavor of these cookies, too.

  3. 5 stars
    I cannot believe how good these are! I used Duncan Hines strawberry cake mix just like you suggested, and it was so easy and yummy.

  4. 5 stars
    These cookies were so much fun to make. I took a batch to the neighbors and they thought they were adorable and delicious.

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