This Texas Sheet Cake Cookies recipe is THE most requested recipe on my site, these soft and moist cookies are made with cake mix and then covered in a decadent but simple cooked chocolate frosting.  You will get all of the traditional Texas Sheet Cake flavors in a fabulous cookie.  You don’t want to miss this Texas Sheet Cake Cookies recipe!

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If you have never been fortunate enough to have a piece of Texas Sheet Cake, than I am truly sorry.  I ate my first piece as an adult and I am serious when I tell you this…I feel like my childhood was incomplete without it!  The first time grandma Pearl made it for a family gathering, I was hooked but who wouldn’t be?  Texas Sheet Cake CookiesPlay Video

It is a thin but super moist chocolate cake that is covered with a homemade and totally decadent chocolate frosting.  It is no wonder it has became a Texas staple.

Why is it called Texas Sheet Cake?

There isn’t any evidence to confirm that this cake actually originated in Texas but we will go with tradition {although Oregon Sheet Cake Cookies has a good ring to it}.  There are a few ideas however. 

Some say that it is because the cake itself is the size of Texas or that the cake is so rich that it could feed the state of Texas.  We do know that a version of the recipe was printed in the Dallas newspaper in 1957.

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Today I have taken this cake and turned it into my favorite food group…COOKIES!!  I have also made life simple and used a cake mix for the cookie base.  Using a cake mix to make cookies is such a great time saving tip because they take minimal ingredients {see my 7 tips here} and the cookies {when baked correctly} are phenomenal.

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Cake Mix Cookie Baking Tips

  • When you are mixing the cake mix with the eggs and oil, remember that the dough will be thick. 
  • Be sure to whisk the eggs before adding them to the other ingredients because it helps everything incorporate faster. 
  • Sift or whisk the dry cake mix to remove any lumps before adding the wet ingredients.
  • I always suggest using a cookie scoop when making cookies because when they are all the same size they bake evenly {see my other cookie baking tips here}.
  • Do not over bake.  It is so important to remove the cookies {even if they don’t look completely done} and let them cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes.  
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Baking Texas Sheet Cake Cookies

Like I said above, the key to having a fabulous cookie {especially when using a cake mix base} is to NOT over bake them.  Remove them from the oven after 7-8 minutes of cook time.  Let them cool on the cookie sheet for another few minutes before moving to a cooling rack.  Baking the cookies too long will result in a rock hard cookie that isn’t tasty or appealing.

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Texas Sheet Cake Cooked Frosting

The frosting is made on the stove top but only takes a couple of minutes to pull together.  Basically, in the amount of time you can melt the butter…you have frosting.  It will be thick and easy to pour but you may have to go back and use a spoon to make sure you cover every cookie completely.

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The end result is a soft, indulgent cookie that is covered in an easy and delicious frosting.  My nephews friend declared that they were the best cookie he had ever had.  I hope you and your family feel the same way!

Do Texas Sheet Cake Cookies Need Refrigerated?

You can store the cookies in the refrigerator or at room temperature.  Place them in an air tight container and they will keep for 3-4 days.  If you would like to freeze them, I suggest freezing the cookie {for up to 3 months} and frosting them after they are defrosted.

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Texas Sheet Cake Cookies

Moist chocolate cookies {make with a cake mix} and covered in a cooked chocolate frosting.Course Dessert Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 35 minutes Servings 16



  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 2 eggs {whisked}
  • 1/3 cup oil


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine cookie ingredients in large bowl and mix until completely incorporated.  NOTE:  Dough will be thick.
  3. Using a medium sized cookie scoop {or heaping tablespoon}, scoop cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 7-8 minutes, remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 4-5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.  Repeat until all of the dough is baked.


  1. Combine the first 3 frosting ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk until the mixture has melted.  Remove from heat, add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth.
  2. Pour frosting over cookies.  Use a knife or spoon to move excess frosting and be sure that each cookie is completely covered.
  3. Let frosting set and serve.  Keep your Texas sheet cake cookies in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

  •  Add chopped pecans to the tops of cookies while the frosting isn’t completely set for added taste and texture.

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