Cake Mix Chocolate Spice Meatball Cookies

Friday, December 10, 2021
Grandma always made Italian Chocolate Spice Ball Cookies aka Chocolate Meatballs Cookies around the holidays, and we have adapted her recipe by using a cake mix that is super easy and absolutely delicious.

As kids, we called them chocolate meatballs cookies because they're round like a meatball.

The cookies looked so pretty frosted with white or chocolate icing with some colorful sprinkles to match the holiday theme.

These cake mix cookies stay nice and moist, are very light in texture, and have a wonderful aroma of cinnamon spice, festive flavors.

If you prefer to make this cookie recipe all from scratch try our old-fashioned chocolate spice cookies grandma used to make which is the original recipe from the 1960s.

Our cake mix cookies are a great addition to your recipe collection when you need a large amount and are in a hurry, using all simple pantry ingredients.

For a festive Christmas cookie just frost and decorate them with colorful holiday-themed sprinkles.

The cookies are great to bake for that last-minute party your invited to and perfect for bringing to a cookie exchange.

If you love easy doctored cake mix recipes try our Turtle Cake Mix Brownies, Sour Cream Coffee Cake Mix Cupcakes, and our Half Moon Cake Mix Cookies we make often.

Scroll down to the recipe card and don't forget to read my tips and suggestions that have some creative ideas for other flavored cake mixes.

chocolate spice meatballs cookies with white icing





chocolate spice Italian cookies with chocolate and white icing


Doctored Cake Mix Cookies



We just love adapting tried and true recipes to make life easier using a cake mix and these will not disappoint.

I think you will be as amazed as we were when you make this easy version of those meatballs cookies.

You can also try using another flavored cake mix with our additional ingredients added to make any flavored cookies balls you want.

There are some tips for mix-ins you can also try when adapting the ingredients for your cookies below you won't want to miss reading.

Frosted or unfrosted these Chocolate Spiced Meatball cookies are delicious and not overly sweet.


chocolate meatball cookies cooling on a wire rack


Other Mix In Suggestions:

  1. peanut butter chips
  2. mint chocolate chips
  3. toffee chips
  4. substitute chopped pretzels for nuts
  5.  dd dried fruits like cranberries
  6. for Christmas, colors add chopped maraschino cherries and white chocolate chips
  7. white, milk, and dark chocolate chunks
  8. chopped peanut butter cups or another chopped candy you prefer
  9. mint filled chocolate candies chopped
  10. chopped unwrapped caramels, pistachios, pecans, macadamia nuts, coconut
  11. pumpkin seeds for nut allergies
  12. cookies cant be left plain, rolled in cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, or frosted
  13. add coconut and chocolate chips


these are rolled chocolate balls that are called meatball cookies on a silipat mat


Ingredients You Will Need (scroll down for exact measurements)

  • chocolate cake mix
  • eggs
  • butter
  • flour
  • vanilla or almond extract 
  • canned frosting in chocolate and or vanilla
  • Optional:
  • regular, mini, or assorted flavored chocolate chips, 
  • coconut, any kinds of nuts, colorful sprinkles to match the holiday theme


this is the batter for cake mix cookies


Tips

  • roll the cookies into balls by hand with very little flour
  • store these in airtight containers
  • cool completely before frosting
  • cookies should be fragrant with spice you can add more
  • use a lined cookie sheet or Silpat mat
  • cookies can be rolled in granulated sugar before baking instead of frosted or after baking rolled in powdered sugar
  • add some cinnamon in the frosting for more spice flavor
  • when using another flavored cake mix you can add raisins, nuts, chopped candy bars, craisins, coconut, funfetti sprinkles to the batter and get creative
  • these cookies freeze in an airtight container unfrosted for up to 3 months thaw and frost


mixed cake mix cookie batter


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Cake Mix Flavor Suggestions


Of course, you can use a spice cake mix, yellow, red velvet the list goes on, and then just add the additional ingredients listed in the recipe card.


The only ingredients you will need to adapt are the mix-ins for nuts, chocolate chips and whatever you like to balance out the flavors of the cake mix you decided to use instead of chocolate.


These cookies are terrific soft and light not dense and so simple to make however if you would like to make the original recipe do try Grandma's Italian Chocolate Spice Cookie Recipe!.


Cake Mix Chocolate Spice Meatball Cookies

Cake Mix Chocolate Spice Meatball Cookies

Yield: 36
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 12 MinTotal time: 17 Min
Chocolate meatballs cookies made with a cake mix the perfect spice cookie for the holiday cookie tray!

Ingredients

  • 1 package of Devils Food Cake Mix (15.25-ounce box)
  • 1 -3/4 cups of flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 stick of butter or margarine melted (1/2 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet)
  • Optional 2/3 cup chopped walnuts or another kind you prefer
  • (for nut allergies use pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds)
  • white and chocolate frosting canned or homemade

Instructions

  1. Place the cake mix in a bowl.
  2. Add the eggs, melted butter, flour, vanilla, spices and mix them all together just until blended.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts if using.
  4. Roll into balls with flour hands.
  5. Place on a lined cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat mat.
  6. Bake for around 10 to 12 minutes or until the middle is dry and bottoms begin to brown.
  7. Remove from the baking sheet to a wire rack and cool completely.
  8. Frost with canned frosting either vanilla, chocolate or both.
  9. Sprinkle with coordinating colorful candies to match the holiday theme.
  10. Let dry on wax paper.
  11. Store in a tight container.

Notes:

Other Mix In Suggestions:

  1. peanut butter chips
  2. mint chocolate chips
  3. toffee chips
  4. substitute chopped pretzels for nuts
  5. add dried fruits like cranberries
  6. for Christmas, colors add chopped maraschino cherries and white chocolate chips
  7. white, milk, and dark chocolate chunks
  8. chopped peanut butter cups or another chopped candy you prefer
  9. mint filled chocolate candies chopped
  10. chopped unwrapped caramels, pistachios, pecans, macadamia nuts, coconut
  11. pumpkin seeds for nut allergies
  12. cookies cant be left plain, rolled in cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar or frosted
  13. add coconut and chocolate chips instead of the nuts


Tips

  • roll the cookies into balls by hand with very little flour
  • store these in airtight containers
  • cool completely before frosting
  • cookies should be fragrant with spice you can add more
  • use a lined cookie sheet or Silpat mat
  • cookies can be rolled in granulated sugar before baking instead of frosted or after baking rolled in powdered sugar
  • add some cinnamon in the frosting for more spice flavor
  • when using another flavored cake mix you can add raisins, nuts, chopped candy bars, craisins, coconut, funfetti sprinkles to the batter and get creative
  1. these cookies freeze in an airtight container unfrosted for up to 3 months thaw and frost


Nutrition Facts

Calories

98.68

Fat (grams)

3.62

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.03

Carbs (grams)

14.85

Fiber (grams)

0.35

Net carbs

14.49

Sugar (grams)

6.35

Protein (grams)

1.64

Sodium (milligrams)

134.15

Cholesterol (grams)

27.42
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6 comments

  1. They are so festive with those X'mas sprinkles!

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  2. What a great cookie for the holiday treat tray. Love that they are easy to make too. Happy Holidays.

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  3. These are really amazing treats!! So fun to make!

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  4. Lovely Christmas cookies. They look festive and delicious.

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  5. I loved these kind of cookies as a child. It's genius to offer an easy version with cake mix! They look beautiful!

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  6. How cute are these. My kids will love helping me to make them at the weekend.

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