How to Make Easy Pumpkin Cookies Using Cake Mix

This easy pumpkin cookies recipe is perfect for pumpkin spice season.

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This post is all about how to make delicious pumpkin cookies using box yellow cake mix.

Few things say “autumn” better than the flavor of pumpkin and the smell of homemade cookies. These easy white chocolate pumpkin cookies are sure to become a fall recipe that you reach for time and again.

The pumpkin cookies are made using a box of yellow cake mix and canned pumpkin purée. Pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar add delicious fall flavor to the cookies.

Pumpkin cookies are a great snack to take to work or to pack for a school lunch box. For a real treat, add whipped cream between two cookies to make pumpkin sandwich cookies.

How to Make Pumpkin Cookies Using Boxed Cake Mix

This pumpkin cookie recipe uses a box of yellow cake mix to save time and to make things easier.

By using yellow cake mix, you don’t have to worry about measuring out flour and leavening for the cookies—giving you more time to focus on preparing the other ingredients for the recipe.

Making cake mix cookies is great for those times when you need to make a lot of cookies, but you don’t have a lot of time.

To make pumpkin cookies, you’ll need 1 cup white baking morsels or chips and ¼ cup of finely chopped pecans to flavor the cookies. If you don’t like or can’t eat pecans, these can be left out.

The baking chips and pecans are mixed with a box of yellow cake mix, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar for flavor.

Then the dry cookie mix is blended with pumpkin purée, Greek yogurt, olive oil, vanilla, and eggs to form a pumpkin cookie dough. The cookie dough is then dropped by the scoopful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Each scoop should contain about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough. Leave about 2 inches of space between each white chocolate pumpkin cookie.

Bake the cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 to 11 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cookies comes out clean. Place baked cookies on a cookie rack to cool.

Pumpkin cookies made using cake mix are almost foolproof and they are tasty, making them perfect for lunch boxes, snacks, and a simple dessert to enjoy with coffee, cocoa, or tea.

Pumpkin cookies are a perfect sweater season dessert to enjoy each year, using one of the most loved fall seasonal foods: pumpkin.

How to Store Pumpkin Cookies

Store cake mix pumpkin cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Or place the baked cookies in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw the cookies overnight in the refrigerator before serving. Allow cookies to come to room temperature before serving.

What You Need to Make Cake Mix Pumpkin Cookies

Here are some of the items that you need to make white chocolate pumpkin cookies using cake mix.

Pumpkin Purée.

Pumpkin purée is a must have ingredient for the fall pantry. Be sure to keep plenty of canned pumpkin on hand to make awesome fall recipes like pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, and pumpkin pie.

Yellow Cake Mix.

The best thing about using cake mix to make cookies is that it’s almost foolproof and it gives you a lot of flexibility. Choose your favorite yellow cake mix—whether it’s classic cake mix, gluten free cake mix, or organic cake mix—to customize the cookies.

White Chocolate Baking Chips.

White chocolate baking chips or morsels add delicious flavor to pumpkin cookies. Add 1 cup to the cake mix.

Parchment Paper.

Parchment paper helps to keep foods from sticking to the pan, and it can make clean up a snap. Parchment paper is a must have when you are baking large amounts of cookies.

Mixing Bowls.

A set of mixing bowls is a must have for making dough for cookies and other baked goods.

Cookie Sheet.

A set of cookie sheets makes it easier to bake up large amounts of cookies. You can also use cookie sheets to heat up snacks and appetizers and to roast veggies, so it’s a versatile kitchen tool to have.

Cookie Spatula.

A slotted cookie spatula makes it easy to remove cookies and other baked goods from the pan. These are also great to use for serving brownies and cookie bars.

Cooling Rack.

A cooling rack helps to cool down cookies and other baked goods by allowing air to flow around all sides of the cookie.

Easy Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

These cake mix pumpkin cookies are easy to make and are a delicious autumn dessert.

Easy Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 20 cookies
Author Sweet Bacon & Pecans


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 Tbsp  light brown sugar
  • 1 cup white baking chips or morsels
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin purée
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add cake mix, pumpkin pie spice, and light brown sugar to a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine ingredients.
  • Add white chocolate chips and chopped pecans to the bowl. Toss to coat with cake mix.
  • Next add pumpkin purée, Greek yogurt, olive oil, vanilla, and eggs to the bowl. Stir to combine ingredients.
  • Scoop pumpkin cookie batter onto the cookie sheet, spacing cookies 2 inches apart. Each scoop should contain about 1-½ to 2 tablespoons of cookie dough.
  • Bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cookies comes out clean.
  • Place the pumpkin cooked cookies on a cookie rack to cool. Serve with coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or milk for a delicious snack or dessert.

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