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Chocolate Cool Whip Cookies • The Easy Dad or mum

September 17, 2023
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Cool Whip Cookies are delicious, soft, and cake-like cookies made using Cool Whip. They are easy to make and come out with a light and fluffy texture. (These are similar to the crinkle cookies that are popular during the holidays!)

Cool Whip Cookies Recipe

You can use any brand of whipped topping that you prefer. I recommend using Cool Whip to get the texture seen in my photos. But it’s perfectly fine to use a generic or store brand. Just keep in mind that different brands may have slightly different consistencies and that could affect the texture of the cookies.


Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy to make – These cookies have a simple ingredient list and they’re easy to make.
  • Fun to make – This cookie recipe is great for making with the kids! They love rolling them in powdered sugar before baking!
  • Great for cookie exchanges – This recipe makes about 24 cookies so it’s great for when you need to make a large amount of cookies for a Christmas cookie exchange or gifts.

Chocolate cool whip cookies on wooden plate

3 Ingredient Cookie Recipe Ingredients

You only need three basic ingredients to make these cookies. I highly recommend using powdered sugar as well to give them a more classic crinkle cookie look.

Here’s what you need to make this recipe:

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Frozen Whipped Topping (Cool Whip or other brand)
  • Large egg
  • Powdered sugar

Exact measurements can be found in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this page.

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Ingredients for Cool Whip cookies in white mixing bowl

How to Make Cake Mix Cookies

This recipe takes 10 minutes prep time. Bake time is approximately 15 minutes for total time of 25 minutes.

Combine the cake mix, whipped topping, and egg in a large mixing bowl. Fold ingredients together until well mixed.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. You can also use non-stick cooking spray.

Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to scoop the dough into ball and roll each ball in the powdered sugar to coat. Place each cookie dough ball on the cookie sheet.

Bake the coated cookie dough balls for 12 to 15 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Tips for Light & Fluffy Cookies

To make sure your cookies are light and fluffy, check out some of these simple tips.

  • Don’t overmix. When you’re incorporating the Cool Whip into the cookie dough, be careful not to overmix it. If you do, you might end up with dense and tough cookies. Mix the ingredients just until they are combined.
  • Fold ingredients in gently. Instead of stirring the ingredients together in a bowl, gently fold each ingredient in. This will help keep the airiness of the Cool Whip.
  • Preheat the oven. Make sure that your oven is preheated to the correct temperature before placing the cookies inside. You want the oven to be fully heated so the cookies will rise and bake evenly.
  • Avoid overbaking. Keep a close eye on the cookies while they’re in the oven. Overbaking can make them dry and less fluffy. This is especially important when you’re making chocolate cookies. Remove them from the oven when the edges are just set and the centers still appear slightly soft. They will continue to firm up as they cool on the baking sheet.
  • Allow time to cool. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them to the wire rack. This helps them set and keep their shape.

Leftovers & Storage

You can store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Make sure they are completely cooled before putting them away. They will stay fresh for 3-4 days. You can also store them in the refrigerator.

You can freeze these cookies for up to 2 months. Put leftovers in a gallon sized freezer bag and remove air before sealing. 

These cookies freeze well and will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. Simply place them in a gallon sized freezer bag. If you didn’t use a powdered sugar coating, you may want to place parchment paper between layers of cookies to prevent them from sticking together. 


You can easily make different variations on this cookie recipe by swapping out the flavor of cake mix, the Cool Whip flavor or by mixing in extra ingredients.

Here are a few ideas but you can get as creative as you want:

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate – Add peanut butter chips to this chocolate cookie recipe to turn it into peanut butter chocolate. 
  • Mint Chocolate – Add mint chips to this recipe to make this variation. You can also do this with caramel chips.
  • Red velvet – This is an easy one to make using Red Velvet cake mix.
  • Lemon – To make Lemon Cool Whip Cookies you can use lemon cake mix. You can also try adding lemon extract or lemon zest to vanilla cake mix. White chocolate chips are a delicious mix-in for this flavor.
  • Funfetti – Use Funfetti cake mix or add sprinkles to vanilla cake mix to make this fun take on these cookies!
  • Strawberry – Strawberry Cool Whip cookies are made with a simple swap using strawberry cake mix. White chocolate chips are tasty in this one too!

Recipe FAQs

Can I make cool whip cookies without eggs?

The egg is needed in this recipe. They help the cookies hold their shape and help them puff up.

Can I make Cool Whip at home instead of using a store-bought brand?
It’s best to use a store-bought brand for this recipe because of the texture of Cool Whip. It’s hard to duplicate the texture and stability of whipped topping at home. 

Can I substitute Cool Whip with whipped cream?

Whipped cream cannot be substituted for Cool Whip in this recipe. Cool Whip has a different consistency and stabilizers that help maintain the shape of the cookies. Whipped cream may result in a different texture and could affect the outcome of the recipe.

Can I add mix-ins to the Cool Whip Cookies?

Yes, you can add various mix-ins to customize your cookies. I recommend choosing mix-ins that go with the flavor of cookie you’re making. Some ideas include:

  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate chips (milk, dark, or white)
  • Peanut butter chips or mint chips (these pair well with these chocolate cookies)
  • Chopped nuts
  • Dried fruit

Can I refrigerate the dough before baking?

Absolutely! Chilling the dough is not necessary for this recipe. But the dough may be easier to handle if you refrigerate it for 30-60 minutes before baking. 

Can I make the cookies in advance?
Yes, you can make the dough in advance and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before baking. You can also bake the cookies ahead of time and store them in an airtight container until needed.

More Cool Whip Desserts

If you still have tubs of Cool Whip you want to use, there are some delicious dessert ideas!

Chocolate Cool Whip Cookies

Quick and easy chocolate crinkle cookies are the perfect dessert!

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time15 minutes

Servings: 20


  • 1 15.25 ounce box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 8 ounce container frozen whipped topping (thawed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Combine the cake mix, whipped topping, and egg in a large bowl. Stir until well mixed.

  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to scoop the dough into ball and roll each ball in the powdered sugar to coat.

  • Place the coated balls in the oven to bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Chocolate Cool Whip Cookies Recipe

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