If you love Texas Sheet Cake, you're going to love this shortcut Texas Sheet Cake Cookies recipe. These chocolate Sheet Cake Cookies are a bite size version of the popular chocolate cake made with a cake mix and a tub of store-bought frosting!
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This quick and easy version of chocolate sheet cake cookies are made with a box of Devil's Food chocolate cake mix, but any chocolate cake mix will work. The soft and fudgy cookie center is covered with a layer of chocolate icing made by melting the ready-to-spread frosting in the microwave and stirring in chopped pecans.
The trick with these chocolate sheet cake cookies is not to over-bake them. You want the center of the cookie to be soft and chewy.
Since they can be prepared and baked in less than 20 minutes, I'd call these super easy sheet cake cookies. They are also fun cookies for baking with kids!
Why butter vs. oil? When I was researching and testing this recipe, every single one of them used 1/3 cup vegetable oil and I found the taste was bland. I made it with a stick of melted butter and the change in taste and texture was tremendously better!
- For ease and the most intense chocolate flavor, I use a box of Devil's Food cake mix.
- A great time-saving option when is comes to icing the cookies, is to melt a tub of ready made chocolate frosting which you will be able to get in most stores.
- Save the parchment paper the cookies are baked on to place under the wire cooling racks so the melted icing will drip onto the paper. Saves paper. Saves cleanup time.
What you will need to make Texas Sheet Cake Cookies.
Scroll down to printable recipe for exact ingredient quantities.
- Eggs - I use 2 large eggs in this cookie dough.
- Cake Mix - I used a box of Duncan Hines Devil's Food cake mix for these photos, which has a great intense chocolate flavor, but any brand and any flavor version of chocolate like milk chocolate will work.
- Butter - If using unsalted butter add a pinch of salt - or not.
- Chocolate Frosting - A 16 ounce tub of ready-to-spread chocolate frosting melts beautifully in the microwave! Any store-bought frosting such as Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker or Aldi brand will work. It doesn't have to be dark chocolate frosting, either.
- Pecans - Use toasted pecan pieces or chopped pecans, or try making your own coarsely chopped roasted pecans. Of course, I love to use Alabama products so I'm using Whaley's Pecan Company pecans from Troy, Alabama.
How to make these cookies with a cake mix
Scroll down to the bottom for the printable recipe with detailed instructions.
- Preheat the oven.
- Melt the butter in the microwave at HIGH for 40 seconds. Stir until butter is completely melted. You don't want to get the butter too hot because eggs are added next.
- Beat in the two eggs for 30 seconds before adding the cake mix. This will add a little air in the batter and lighten it up a bit.
- Beat cake mix, melted butter and eggs with an electric hand mixer to form a thick batter for 1 minute.
- Drop spoonfuls of cookie batter onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheets. This recipe will yield 24 cookies. I like to use a small cookie scoop or tiny ice cream scoop to easily measure out exactly the same amount of batter for each cookie.
- Bake the cookies for 8 minutes, they will firm up when cooled.
- Meanwhile, melt the frosting in the microwave. See printable recipe below for times. Stir in the pecans.
- Cool the cookies on the baking sheet 4 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Pour or spoon icing over cookies, allowing the icing to drip onto the same parchment paper the cookies were baked on.
Note: If you don’t have a microwave, the tub frosting can spooned into a saucepan and heated on low heat on the stovetop.
Tip: If the icing is too thin, wait a few minutes and it will thicken back up. If it’s too thick, microwave a few more seconds.
Substitutions & Variations
Trade "this" for "that" in this sheet cake cookie recipe.
- Milk chocolate cake mix and milk chocolate tub frosting can be used with same ingredients and procedure for a less intense chocolate flavor and lighter color.
- If using unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt. It's also fine without extra salt because the cake mix has salt in it.
- Stirring in 2 teaspoons vanilla extract to the cookie batter will enhance the chocolate flavor and take away any artificial flavor of a box cake mix.
- Substitute 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil for the melted butter.
- Love spice? Add a touch of ground cinnamon to the cookie batter for a Mexican hot chocolate variation.
- Make your cookies extra chocolaty and add some chocolate chips to the cookie batter - milk or dark chocolate chips will work.
- If baking with the kids, add some sprinkles or edible glitter for an extra pop of color.
For a fancy Christmas cookie, leave out the chopped pecans in the melted frosting and top the iced chocolate cookies with one large pecan halve on each cookie.
TIP: You can also put the racks of cookies (back on the cooled baking sheets) in the refrigerator to speed up the process of firming up the frosting for 10 minutes.
Homemade Texas Sheet Cake Frosting
For these cookies, I've used store-bought frosting to make the chocolate icing, but it's really easy to make your own homemade icing for sheet cake cookies:
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 3 tablespoons milk (any kind)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups powdered confectioners sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup pecan pieces or chopped pecans
Melt butter in a medium saucepan; stir in milk and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and cocoa, stirring until mixture is blended and smooth. Stir in pecans.
I recommend a Devil's Food cake mix as it has an intense chocolate flavor. However, you can use milk chocolate and any brand of chocolate cake mix in this recipe.
With this easy recipe there's no need to chill the dough first.
- To Store. Place the cookies between sheets of wax paper or parchment to keep them from sticking together in an air tight container. Store at room temperature or fridge.
- To Freeze. I do not recommend freezing the cookies. The store-bought icing does not hold the same texture after thawing.
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Texas Sheet Cake Cookies
- 2 large eggs
- 1 (15.25 ounce) box Devil's Food cake mix (or other chocolate cake mix flavors)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 (16 ounce) container or tub ready-to-spread chocolate frosting Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker or Aldi
- 3/4 cup toasted pecan pieces or chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Melt the butter in the microwave at HIGH for 40 seconds. Stir until butter is completely melted. You don't want to get the butter too hot because eggs are added next.
- Beat in the two eggs for 30 seconds before adding the cake mix. This will add a little air in the batter and lighten it up a bit. Beat cake mix, melted butter and eggs with an electric hand mixer to form a thick batter for 1 minute.
- Drop spoonfuls of cookie batter onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
- Bake for 8 minutes or until tops of cookies barely indent when touched. Do not over-bake. The cookies will firm up when cooled.
- Let cool on pan 4 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Take the same parchment paper the cookies were baked on and place it under the wire cooling rack to catch drips of frosting.
- To melt frosting to pour over cookies, spoon out the frosting into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for about 25 seconds. Stir the frosting to see if it is a pourable consistency. If the icing is too thin, wait a few minutes and it will thicken back up. If it’s too thick, microwave a few more seconds.Stir the pecans into the icing.
- Pour the icing over the cookies or use a spoon to spread the icing over each cookie, allowing the icing to drip over the sides. The parchment paper will catch any drips that run off the cookies. Let the cookies completely cool to firm up the icing.
Homemade Chocolate Icing recipe in NOTES
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