Beyond the Box: 35 Doctored Desserts

Feeling sheepish that you "cheated" with a box mix? Well, don't! You'll be proud to claim these 32 amped-up recipes made with cake mix, pudding mix or refrigerated cookie dough as your own.

Sour Cream Yellow Cake

"Better than homemade! This cake didn't taste like a mix at all. It's very moist and flavorful!"


Bisquick Strawberry Shortcakes

"These easy-to-prepare treats have stood the test of time in my family. It started with my mom, who made them with her garden-grown strawberries and real homemade whipping cream. Some thirty years later, my sisters and I are still baking up these sweet treats."

-Feast Your Eyes

Funfetti Cookies

"My fiance's FAVORITE cookie!"


Pineapple Upside-Down Bundt Cake

"I used canned pineapple slices on top, instead of the crushed pineapple as listed, for a more traditional look... but otherwise, such a great recipe!"

-Jonathan Melendez

Jiffy Cinnamon Rolls

"These are the easiest and most delicious cinnamon rolls. I have made these for years, and no one tires of them."

-Retired Greyhound Mom

Extreme Lemon Bundt Cake

"This recipe did NOT taste like it started out its life as a box cake! It was beautiful and tasted great, especially with a small scoop of blueberry ice cream on the side!"


Toffee Brownie Trifle

"Easy peasy! I used sugar-free pudding and about 4 ounces of English toffee bits. The trifle was a big hit with both children and adults!"

-Roxygirl in Colorado

Sugar Cookie Apple Crisp

"Why has nobody thought about using cookie dough like this before?! This was delicious. And the apples were not at all mushed; they were very tender."



"Interesting recipe! I needed something fast and different to take to work tomorrow, this definitely fit the bill! I made it with lemon cake and added white chocolate chips. YUMMY!"


Peach Cobbler Dump Cake

"Love, love, love this recipe as written. I've also used canned raspberries and a coconut cake mix—insane!"

-Brianna Storer

Cookie Bars

"Think of this treat as a mix between cookies, brownies and cake."


Vanilla Pudding

"People raved about this when I took it to a party. It was gone in a matter of minutes."


Cinnamon Roll Cake

"This is an exceptional cake. It is wonderfully sweet and beautiful."


Cake Batter Fudge

"Excellent fudge! You can use any flavor cake mix — I've used yellow, chocolate and strawberry. It's such an awesome and easy recipe!"


Cake Mix Cookies

"This is the easiest cookie recipe in the world! You can be out of flour, sugar and butter and still make a great batch of cookies! I used a yellow cake mix this time — can't wait to try more flavors in the future!"


Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

"Wonderful cinnamon rolls! The texture was perfect — not too cakey or too doughy. I topped the rolls with a powdered sugar icing while they were still warm."

-Kim D.

Taffy Apple Pizza

"Delicious stuff! I added Snickers bars to my pizza, and it went perfectly with the peanut butter, cream cheese, apples and caramel! This was refreshingly easy to make."


Cookie-Crust Lemon Bars

"These lemon bars couldn't be easier! I like how the cookie dough crust isn't as crumbly as a traditional graham cracker one. I used extra lemon zest and extract for lots of lemon flavor!"


No-Fail Easy Cake Mix Brownies

"Similar to a packaged brownie mix, this recipe has a great brownie texture and takes only minutes to make. Just dump everything in a bowl, mix and bake!"


Slow-Cooker Peach Dump Cake

"Simply put, this is the easiest and most satisfying dessert ever. I love the way that the peaches cook down and blend with the other ingredients."


Bayou Brownies

"Boy-oh-boy are these ever good! The bottom layer is almost blondie-like in its chewiness, and the nuts are a wonderful crunchy surprise. Yum!"


Coconut Coffee Cake

"This recipe makes a great snack cake that you can just pick up and eat with your hands. I brought it to work and it got rave reviews — no one believed it had cheese soup in it!"


Butterscotch Pound Cake

"As an experiment, I used a doctored cake mix recipe and added butterscotch pudding to make this pound cake. It turned out yummy!"


Pumpkin Muffins

"So good and simple to make!"


Any-Filling Cobbler

"My husband has declared this the best cherry cobbler he's ever eaten."

-Betsy B

Love'em Bars

"I've made these several times and they are GREAT! The entire family loves them."


Cherry Crumb Bars

"Even a beginning baker can look like a pro by making these bars! After baking, I let them cool down a bit and then add a little whipped topping."

-Chef shapeweaver ©

Easy Mousse Cake Filling

"This worked great! I used cheesecake pudding and put it on deep dark chocolate cake. It was delicious on all counts!"

-Druid Queen

Chocolate Pudding Fluff

"I created this recipe one day for my daycare children. I was just trying to use up things in my pantry, but the kids ended up loving it! Now they ask for it all the time."


Fruit Cocktail Coconut Cake

"My mother made this all the time when we were growing up. It's oh-so-good and easy to prepare! For a sweet warm treat, freeze in precut squares and pop in the microwave."

-Old widow

Surprise Cream-Filled Cupcakes

"If I could leave 10 stars for these cupcakes, I would. Fabulous! I love the filling because it's very light like the store-bought version."


Turtle Cookies

"What an easy cookie to make! And tasty, too! I used a pastry bag with a star tip to frost them."

-DebS #2

Lemon Cookie Cups

If you're craving lemon meringue pie, these little bites are a blast to bake! Packaged cookie dough makes them easier than ever.

Bisquick Coffee Cake

"This is one of my favorite recipes. I've been making it for years and everyone loves it."


Easy Cake Mix Cookies

"I love the fact that you can customize these cookies by adding different toppings and using different cake mixes. The possibilities are endless."

-May I Have That Recipe