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Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

This easy chocolate cupcake recipe uses a basic box mix, but doctors it up with buttermilk. You’ll love how easy this chocolate cupcake is to make, and how delicious the flavor is!

easy-chocolate-cupcake-recipeIt’s not uncommon for me to get comments and questions from readers, which indicate that they are new to baking, or want a recipe that will be, for lack of a more interesting word, easy.

Easy. Easy. Easy.

And let me testify to the fact that you don’t have to be new to baking to want that.  I want it All. The. Time.

You know what else I want all the time?  Chocolate. Which obviously makes this one of the best recipes ever. I could eat chocolate every day. It never gets old. There’s no time of year that’s not chocolate time of year.

Who’s with me?


I don’t make cupcakes very often, and let me tell you why.  It’s partly because I would way rather have a cookie or brownie than a cupcake, but it’s mostly because of the frosting.

There are lots of bloggers out there creating these gorgeous cupcakes with perfectly swirled mounds of frosting on them, and I’m not going to lie, I’m a little jealous of their skills.  I can’t frost a cupcake to save my soul. (My friend Diane makes these beautiful frosting roses, if you’re interested.)

It’s the reason I prefer frosting like this, the kind you just smear on with a knife and doesn’t require a piping bag or any skills at all. EASY.


You might be wondering what makes this cake so easy, and I will confess that I used a cake mix. But regular old cake mix cake is just sort of boring and not that fantastic, so I doctored it up with buttermilk and sour cream. It gives the cupcakes an awesome flavor, and makes them super simple to throw together.

My easy recipe friends, this one is totally for you.

(If you are looking for a recipe that is from scratch, check this awesome Devil’s Food Cake from Chocolate Moosey, and this Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from Barefeet in the Kitchen.)


Want more? Try these fun cupcakes!

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Easy Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
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A simple chocolate cupcake recipe using cake mix and buttermilk.
Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 18
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg + 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  1. For cake, place all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and mix until combined.
  2. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners, and fill each cup about half full. Bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. Let cupcakes cool completely.
  4. For frosting, combine all ingredients in a small bowl, until smooth. Lightly frost cooled cupcakes.


Mint Crinkles

Mint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies - a fun and easy way to customize your cake mix cookies!

The Lizard (our oldest son) recently broke his face.

Yep. You heard me right.

In a brave but disastrous backflip-into-a-foam-pit attempt, he took a very hard knee to the face resulting in an orbital fracture around one eye, with accompanying black eye and swollen cheek.  It was adorable.  And extremely painful.

I didn’t get medical attention for him right away, because, what are they going to do?  Put a cast on his face?  But after a few days, I thought better of it and took him to the doctor.  The doctor, naturally, ordered a scan, and upon seeing the results of the scan, freaked out and sent us directly to the emergency room.

Where we were told that there is nothing they can do.

And then charged me hundreds of dollars for this.  *sigh*

(See related post:  Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles)

Mint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies - a fun and easy way to customize your cake mix cookies!

Add this to your Cookie Recipes board on Pinterest!

As irritated as I was about the whole situation, by the time we returned home, I just needed something to be easy and reliable.

This is when I decided that making cake mix cookies was a brilliant idea.  They are always easy and reliable, they are easy to customize, and they are just plain tasty.

I customized this batch by adding peppermint extract and green food coloring, and rolling them in powdered sugar.  In stark contrast to my decision to go to the emergency room, the decision to make these cake mix cookies made me feel quite happy.

Mint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies - a fun and easy way to customize your cake mix cookies!Mint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies - a fun and easy way to customize your cake mix cookies!

In case you haven’t guessed it already, this cookie is the Cookie of the Month for March!


Check out what my cookie-loving friends made this month!

Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies from Bake or Break
White Chocolate Grasshopper Cookies from Crumb: A Food Blog
Peppermint Patty Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from Tastes of Lizzy T
Melt in Your Mouth Mint Meringues from Kelli’s Kitchen
Mint Milano Cookies from Posed Perfection
Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from 365 Day of Baking and More
Mint Crinkles from Jen’s Favorite Cookies


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Mint Crinkles

A simple, mint-flavored cake mix cookie.

Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • green food coloring *see notes


  1. Combine butter, eggs and cake mix, mixing until well combined.

    Add ¼ cup powdered sugar, peppermint extract, and food coloring. Mix well.

  2. Place remaining ¼ cup powdered sugar in a shallow dish. Roll dough into tablespoon-sized balls, roll in the powdered sugar to coat, and place on baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.

    Let cool before serving.

Recipe Notes

I use gel food coloring, which is very difficult to measure. You can use as much as you want to get the color you desire. If you use the liquid drops, you can expect a bit lighter cookie color.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

An easy chocolate peanut butter recipe!  These chocolate cookies are stuffed with peanut butter filling.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookiesMy son and my nephew, Tank, are both the same age, and both attend the same local high school.  My kids normally take their lunches to school, but Tank  has to choose.  Sometimes he packs his own lunch, and sometimes he takes money for food.

He normally chose to spend his money on a slice of pizza.  Only, he didn’t enjoy the pizza.  At. All.  One day, he took his pizza, sat next to The Fruitarian, and said, “Another day, another terrible pizza!”  We still can’t figure out why he kept buying it, if he hated it so much!

Later in the year, The Fruitarian purchased a slice of that pizza himself, and reported back to us.  “That pizza really is terrible!”  He had to force himself to eat half of it, so he wouldn’t be too hungry the rest of the school day.


Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies

I’ll be holding Tank’s birthday cookies to a higher standard.  When I asked him what he wanted, Tank had the flavor combination all worked out.

He has seen his siblings get their own cookies for their birthdays, {remember these?  These?  And these?}  so I suspect he had been giving it some thought before he talked to me.

I was only too happy to give him exactly what he asked for.  And, truth be told, I was kind of excited to sample one myself!  Because chocolate and peanut butter are amazing.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies

I chose to use a cake mix for the cookies, just to keep it simple.  When cookies involve extra steps, like frosting, cutting, or stuffing, it’s nice to make at least some of those steps easy.

If you prefer not to use a cake mix, a regular chocolate cookie recipe like this one would work just as well.  This is also an easy recipe to adapt for gluten free baking, using a gluten free cake mix, and gluten free powdered sugar to mix with the peanut butter.

My real goal with this cookie is to get Tank to say, “Another day, another terrific cookie!”  Think I’ll succeed?


Want more?  Here are more chocolate and peanut butter treats!

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
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A chocolate cake mix cookie stuffed with peanut butter filling.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (any chocolate cake is fine, I used Devil's Food.)
  • ½ cup shortening or butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  1. Combine chocolate cake mix with shortening and eggs. Mix well.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine peanut butter with powdered sugar. It should form a crumbly mixture.
  3. Scoop a spoonful of cookie dough into your hand, and flatten the middle. Drop a small amount of peanut butter mixture in the center, and wrap the chocolate dough around it, using more dough if needed, to seal up the peanut butter mixture completely. Repeat for each cookie.
  4. Place cookies on baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes. Let cool 1-2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.


Red Velvet Waffle Iron Cookies

These waffle iron cookies are quick and simple to make, with a red velvet cake mix.  Waffle iron cookies are best eaten warm!

Red Velvet Waffle Iron Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - SO fast and easy to make, with a red velvet cake mix!Some days I like baking complicated desserts that require long amounts of time to prepare.  I like the love that goes into a good dessert like that.

And other days, I just don’t want to mess with it.  You know?

These are the days I love cake mix cookies.  Simple, delicious, very customizeable… cake mix cookies save the day.

And, as long as we are talking about baking heroes, I may as well bring up the waffle iron.  The waffle iron has been gaining ground in recent months, as a tool that is great for more than just waffles.  Did you know you can bake cinnamon rolls in that thing?

Upsides to using a waffle iron: you don’t have to heat up the oven and consequently the whole kitchen, and stuff cooks in half the time.  Downsides:  You can only cook a few at a time.

Even heroes have their flaws.

Red Velvet Waffle Iron Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - SO fast and easy to make, with a red velvet cake mix!

I always think waffle iron cookies are best eaten warm.  I like to let the icing melt onto the cookie.  That combination of warm cookie + cool icing is heavenly. Mmmmmm.

These cookies required some extra flour to make them stiff enough to bake in the waffle iron, but that same combination makes them turn rock solid within a day or so.  Trust me, you’re going to want to eat them warm.

Red Velvet Waffle Iron Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com - SO fast and easy to make, with a red velvet cake mix!

There are lots of great waffle cookie recipes out there.  I love this one for Molasses Waffle Iron Cookies with Chocolate Frosting.  They are a delicious winter-flavor option.

But basically, waffle iron cookies are fabulous any time of year!

More red velvet treats you’ll love!

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Sugar Cookies

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Red Velvet Waffle Iron Cookies
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A heavy cake mix cookie that can be baked in a waffle iron.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 24
  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Combine cake mix with butter and eggs, mix well.
  2. Add flour and mix until combined.
  3. Roll dough into balls, about 1.5 inches in diameter. Place balls in a heated waffle iron, and cook according to waffle iron instructions. (Usually about 3-4 minutes.)
  4. To prepare icing, combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth.
  5. Spread a small amount of icing onto warm cookies. Serve immediately. (These cookies don't keep well, they are best eaten right away.)


Rocky Road Bars

Rocky Road is a classic flavor combination.  This easy recipe for Rocky Road Bars uses a chocolate, peanut, and marshmallow flavor combination.
chocolate peanutRecently, I held a little cookie-making demonstration for the ladies at church.  They obviously all know that I am a rich and famous food blogger *ahem* so several people came and baked and asked questions.

It was a fun morning.

I had these great plans.  We made Oreos from cake mix, and talked about various cake mix + frosting flavor options.  (White cake + grapefruit frosting… Spice Cake + Maple Frosting… Chocolate cake + peanut butter frosting… the possibilities are practically endless.)  Then, I took that same cake mix cookie, and mixed some stuff in to make a Rocky Road Cookie.

It was a brilliant idea, but an utter disaster.  The cookies are still glued to my favorite baking sheet.  Talk about embarrassing.

(Actually, they’re not still glued to the baking sheet.  They were stuck fast for a day or so, and then Robb rescued me and cleaned the whole mess up, as he frequently does.  You see why I keep him around.)

rocky road

At any rate, this embarrassing failure bothered me, and I reworked the recipe a couple different ways until I found a combination that I was happy with.  I’ll warn you now… they don’t look pretty, but they taste great.

The key decision-making ingredient is the marshmallows.  It’s the marshmallows that made the cookies stick to the pan, and it’s the marshmallows that make the bars kind of ugly-looking, and it’s the marshmallows that make the whole thing taste so amazing.

And since we are obviously not leaving the marshmallows out of the cookie bars, we are just going to have to learn to deal with them.  The lion tamer has a chair and a whip, and we have a 9×13 pan and some parchment paper.

Parchment paper is the key to your sanity on this particular recipe.

rocky road

And sidebar, the stupid grocery store got me again.  I’m quite certain I purchased regular old parchment paper, but when I got home, the grocery store had secretly switched it for parchment-lined foil.  Wha-whaaat?  I don’t know why the grocery store would do that to me, but it works just as well as parchment, so that’s what I used.

One last tip: you might want to put the marshmallows just on top, rather than mixing them in.  This way there is no danger of sticking, and the marshmallows get all lovely-toasty-brown and delicious.

If you want to mix them in, go right ahead, but you should at least let the person doing the dishes get the biggest vote. Continue reading “Rocky Road Bars” »

Spice Cake Scotchies

cake mix cookiesOne of my best buds is doing a 9-day cleanse.  I kind of think she’s nuts for spending that amount of money on diet food you drink, but on the other hand, she’ll probably lose 5 pounds this week, and I won’t.

I considered messing with her by sending her a plate of cookies on day 3.

But I didn’t.  Because who else can I have a conversation like this with?
Her: Remind me why I’m doing this 9-day cleanse?
Me: I’m so tired of not being on Food Gawker.
Her: Oh yeah, so I’ll quit gaining weight.
Me: Nevermind, they just accepted my pic.

I didn’t really need her to say anything, just to be there. And she was.

spice cake mix

Cake mix cookies are all the rage these days, and with good reason.  I’ve used them to make homemade Oreos, which are, in a word, AH-mazing.  And, although I am partial to chocolate, I thought it best to try something non-chocolatey this time.  I searched the pantry and found this spice cake mix, which I am obviously never going to actually make into a cake.

I am, however, going to use it as an excellent delivery system for butterscotch chips. Continue reading “Spice Cake Scotchies” »

Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cherry cookiesI’m not a big fan of bribing my children, as a general rule.  I much prefer beating them.  (Calm down, I don’t actually beat my children.)  I think kids should behave just because I ask them to, and not because I begged and bribed them.  It gives the kids the impression that they’re the ones in charge.

And we can’t have that, now, can we?

But, let’s just say it’s a Friday, and the kids are supposed to be doing their Friday chores.  And, let’s just say there were fresh hot cookies coming out of the oven, and the whole house smelled like cookies.  And, as long as we’re at it, let’s say it’s lunch time, and no one has eaten lunch yet.  Then I can use one of my favorite parenting stand-by moves:

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Orange Creamsicle Whoopie Pies

A recipe for a whoopie pie made with orange soda and vanilla cream.

Source: Bakaholic Mama‘s version had only three ingredients.  My version has just six.

Yield: about 20 whoopie pies

The great thing about making different cookies every week is that you never know what the process will bring.  Sometimes the cookies are fussy and complicated, using a lot of ingredients and a lot of time and dirtying a lot of dishes.  Sometimes they are so simple you almost forget you even made them.  Today’s cookie falls into that second category.  It’s basically so easy, you could do it in your sleep.  A trained monkey could make these cookies.  Heck, and un-trained monkey could make them!  You get the picture.

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Cream Cheese Cookies

A quick and simple recipe for a soft and creamy cookie.

Source:  This is another recipe from my mother-in-law’s very old Betty Crocker cooky book.

Yield: about 3-4 dozen cookies

This cookie sounded so good in the recipe book.  I mean, I love cream cheese, and I frankly think that it’s hard to go wrong with cream cheese and basically any other food.  Cream cheese and onions?  YES!  Cream cheese and marinara sauce? YES! Cream cheese and crab?  This is actually the only way I’ll eat crab.  So cream cheese and a cake mix was a no-brainer.

This recipe is deceptively similar to the Oreo Cookies I posted some time ago.  They both use a box cake mix, which makes them both easy and versatile.  This recipe called for a yellow cake mix or a devils food cake mix.  I was really in the mood for chocolate (as usual), but when I checked my pantry I found about 4 yellow cake mixes and only one chocolate.  Bummer.

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