Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies Without the Cake Mix (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Have you ever made cookies with a cake mix?  Back in my gluten days, I made and ate a few of them.  Not a crunchy cookie, not cake either but somewhere in between.

chocolate chip cake mix cookies stack

By mistake, I created a cookie that has the texture of a cake mix cookie.  Except I didn’t use a cake mix. I can’t remember the last time I had a cake mix in the house.  I’m not opposed to them, I just like scratch baking best right now.  These were a happy surprise if you like a soft cookie with an almost cake-like crumb to it.

Because these are a soft cookie, they aren’t great for shipping as holiday gifts but are sure fun to share with the neighbors.  Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies Without the Cake Mix (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies Without the Cake Mix (gluten-free, dairy-free)


  • 2 1/2 sticks Earth Balanace non-dairy butter substitute
  • 2 cups coconut sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups Johnna's favorite gluten-free flour blend
  • 10 oz. Enjoy Life chocolate mini chips (a scant 1 1/2 cups)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
  • In bowl of stand mixer fitted with standard blade, cream Earth Balance and coconut sugar together for approximately 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until incorporated.
  • In a smaller bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet in the electric mixer bowl 1/2 cup at a time, allowing each addition to incorporate before adding the next.
  • Add the chocolate chips last, mixing just to distribute evenly in the batter.
  • Scoop batter out in approximately 2 Tablespoon size mounds on baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 11 minutes.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.

chocolate chip not-a-cake-mix cookies


  1. says

    Oh, I love this recipe, Johnna! I rarely made those cookies, but I know the ones you are talking about. I always found them tasty and satisfying, but usually went with my beloved “from scratch” brown sugar chocolate chip cookies instead. Every now and then I’d buy cake mixes on sale at a ridiculously low price and give them a go though. 😉 I think we’re going to have to add yet another chocolate chip cookie recipe to All Gluten-Free Desserts. What a shame! LOL


  2. Becky Bowen says

    These are great! I made them for the second time today, but I had to double the recipe because they were eaten so fast the first time! Both times I made them, I used a different flour mix, though. The recipe seems to be very forgiving, I like a recipe that lets me play with different things. This time, since I was doubling the recipe, I used a bag of white chocolate chips in addition to the regular chocolate chips with beautiful results!

    • says

      You’ve made my day, Becky! I love hearing this. Care to share what flour blend you used? Other readers might find it helpful. Happiest of holidays to you!

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