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Hostess Cupcake Cookies Recipe with a Cake MIx

Everything you love about a Hostess Cupcake wrapped into one delicious cookie! The very best part is that the cookie starts with a cake mix.

Course Dessert
Keyword hostess cupcake cookies
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes



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

Chocolate Glace' Frosting

  • 1 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp corn syrup
  • 6 tbsp milk

Marshmallow Creme Frosting Swirl

  • 1/2 jar {3.5 oz} marshmallow fluff
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar {more if needed to get right consistency}
  • 1/2 cup butter {softened}
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract



  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 9-11 minutes, remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.  Repeat until all of the dough is baked.

Chocolate Glace'Frosting

  1. Combine the Glace' Frosting ingredients and whisk until thick and smooth. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of frosting on top of each cookie and spread out to the edge of each cookie. Let them set up for at least 30 minutes.

Marshmallow Cream Frosting

  1. Beat butter until light and fluffy, add sugar and vanilla and continue beating using a hand held or stand mixer. Add marshmallow fluff and beat at medium-high speed for 1-2 minutes until smooth and fluffy.

  2. Add frosting to a Ziploc bag and cut a small triangle from the corner. Starting at one side of each cookie begin piping the iconic swirl over the top of each cookie. NOTE: The Marshmallow Cream Frosting will give you the iconic taste that you expect from a Hostess Cupcake but it will not set up easily.