Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cool Whip Cookies Recipe

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These Chocolate Cool Whip Cookies are a lazy baker's dream!  They're the easiest cookies with just 4 simple ingredients to make a rich, chocolatey, chewy dessert. Perfect for snacking or sharing you're going to love this cake mix cookie recipe. 
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Chocolate cookies with powdered sugar on a plate.

Chocolate Cool Whip Cookies

If you want to bake crinkle cookies but are feeling lazy, grab a box of chocolate cake mix and you’re good to go. This easy dessert is rich, chewy, and perfectly chocolatey.

It’s made with cool whip, applesauce, powdered sugar and a chocolate fudge cake mix to make a cake-like cookie that is also fudgy and chewy. So simple, so satisfying, so easy.

They are similar to chocolate crinkle cookies but are thrown together in 5 minutes, tops. The best part is you can make them with any cake mix, not just chocolate. White cake mix, funfetti cake mix, red velvet cake mix, strawberry cake mix, and on and on.

Believe me, any flavor will hit the spot. For more deliciously flavorful cookies, try my Oreo Chunk White Chocolate Cookies or Kitchen Sink Cookies.

Cookies on a plate tied with a bow being held by a woman wearing a apron.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • 4 minimal ingredients and ready in 20 minutes start to finish.
  • 99 calories per cookie making them Santa’s favorite treat!
  • Fudgy, chocolatey, chewy cookies. 

Ingredients:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for these Chocolate Cool Whip Cookies. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions:

Ingredients for the cookies laid out including Cool Whip, applesauce, and powdered sugar.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Unsweetened Applesauce: you can replace with egg but to keep these low fat we’re using applesauce.
  • Powdered Sugar: or sugar replacement, such as Swerve.
  • Substitute the cake mix for any flavor for other variations. Red velvet, white cake, funfetti, you name it!
  • Gluten-Free: use a gluten-free cake mix.
  • Dairy-Free: make sure you have a dairy-free cake mix and swap out the Cool Whip for a dairy-free brand.

How to make the best chocolate Cool Whip cookies (a visual step-by-step guide):

Step 1: preheat and prep

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray. 

Step 2: make dough

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, tub of Cool Whip and applesauce with a wooden spoon or spatula and mix until fully combined. You should have a super sticky dough. 

Wet ingredients mixed in a bowl.

Step 3: form cookies and roll in sugar

Pour the powdered sugar in a different bowl, you will roll the dough in the sugar, so I suggest a shallow bowl. Using a 1 Tbsp. cookie scoop, scoop a ball of dough out and drop it into the bowl of sugar – it will be sticky and that is ok!! Roll the balls of dough in the sugar to fully coat and place on the prepared baking sheets. Repeat for all 24 cookies. Leave a couple of inches between each cookie on the cookie sheet as these will spread a bit.

Spoonful of dough being dropped into powdered sugar.

Step 4: bake

Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes until mostly set in the middle of the cookies.

Step 5: remove and cool

Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack to completely cool.

How to store your cookies

Store your leftover cookies in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Chocolate crinkle Cool Whip cookies on a plate.

Recipe Tips

  • If you want the cookies to all be the same shape after baking, take to the top of a mason jar lid, place it over the cookie, and swirl it around in a circular motion for a few seconds. This will result in the perfect circular cookies.

If you like these cookies, be sure to check out some of our other cookie recipes!

If you make this recipe, please leave a rating and/or comment! Tag me on Instagram @ohsnapmacros, I love hearing from you!

Chocolate cookies with powdered sugar on a plate.

Chocolate Cool Whip Cookies

Danielle Lima
These Chocolate Cool Whip Cookies are a lazy baker's dream!  They're the easiest cookies with just 4 simple ingredients to make a rich, chocolatey, chewy dessert. Perfect for snacking or sharing you're going to love this cake mix cookie recipe. 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 99 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 box Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix 13.25 oz.
  • 8 oz. Zero Sugar Cool Whip defrosted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar or sugar substitute

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, cool whip and applesauce and mix until fully combined. This dough will be super sticky.
  • Pour the powdered sugar in a separate bowl, you will roll the dough in the sugar.
  • Using a 1 Tbsp. cookie scoop, scoop a ball of dough out and drop it into the bowl of sugar.
  • Roll the ball in the sugar to fully coat and place on the lined baking sheet.
  • Repeat for all 24 cookies. Leave a couple inches between each cookie on the cookie sheet as these will spread a bit.
  • Bake for 12 minutes until mostly set in the middle of the cookies.
  • Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack to completely cool.

Notes

  • Nutrition facts are an estimate and will vary with substitutions. 
  • These cookies tend to spread so make sure to give enough space on the cookie sheet so they don’t bake into each other. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 158mgPotassium: 46mgSugar: 10g
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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These were SO good! Easy to make, delicious and held up so well. Light and fluffy! Will become a regular Christmas cookie every year.

  2. 5 stars
    I had my doubts! The powdered sugar cooked off in the oven but I think it was because I made my cookies too big. So I drizzled white chocolate and crushed candy cane on top and it was seriously delicious!

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