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Old 11-14-2004, 08:08 PM   #1
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Cookies from cake mixes! Also: BISCOTTI, BARS, now CUPS & POPS

These cookie recipes are sooo yummy, quick and easy to do. They bake up quickly & seem like you spent much longer making. They are great for holiday time, parties, picnics, bake sales - you name it! With so many personal choices of add-ins, the different cookies are only limited by your imagination of creative variations to combine.



1 pkg dry cake mix (any flavor, any brand!)
2 eggs
1/2 cup of oil (or melted butter or margarine for more buttery flavor)

OPTIONAL: Your choice of add-ins!

Mix these ingredients together (INSTEAD of the usual ingredients listed on the box for making a cake.) You will get a very stiff mix instead of batter. This is right.

Roll into balls, flatten slightly onto greased cookie sheets.
OR: Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 for 7 to 10 minutes.


Yellow cake mix cookies are easy to frost and decorate.
TIP for flatter cookies to decorate: (from Crystal0608,) "I sprayed the pans down really good with Bakers Joy & when they are almost done cooking I took them out of the oven, b/c they poof up, so I smushed them flat with my hand [or a spatula] then cooked some more."

TIP: The moister type cake mixes (the ones with the pouches or pudding) tend to have big "rocks" in them, lol. Two things I have learned along the way...put the cake mix through a sifter, just like flour, (but not absolutely necessary,) and if you are using chips, like chocolate or butterscotch, etc., it is much easier to get an even dispersion of chips through the mix if you put the chips in the bowl first. Same applies for nuts or any other additive. The mix dusts the chips and disperses them better.

TIP: when storing them, or any cookies, even hard store bought ones...put a slice of bread in the air tight container and it will keep the cookies soft, or make the hard cookies soft.



OPTIONAL CREATIVE VARIATIONS: (I got these from others online. More in the posts that follow. ) Just keep the ratio to about 60% cake mix and 40% add-ins.

Double Chocolate cake mix with white chocolate chips (or M&Ms.)

Yellow cake mix cookies with a 1/2 bag of Heath Brickle (toffee) Bites, or Butterfingers, they are SO good!!!
Chocolate chunks with nuts.
For the holidays: Add green & red M&Ms. All blue M&Ms for Hanukkah cookies.

With this simple yellow cake mix, baking with kids, they can get creative adding in their own combinations items, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, nuts, m&ms, crushed candies, sprinkles, raisins, dried fruits, coconut, etc. They don't even have to make a whole batch of the same cookies. Just separate the dough into different bowls & play with tossing in the various add-ins, making a few of each cookie. (Dust the add-ins with the cake mix ahead of time.) This way they have fun with the making of the various combinations.

Red Velvet cake mix with cream cheese frosting

Orange cake mix and chocolate frosting

Lemon cake mix with some chopped walnuts

Spice cake mix with diced apple in it

If you really want to impress someone, use chocolate cake mix, and roll the balls in powdered sugar. When you flatten them, they get a cracked look and when they're done they look like some delicate thing you'd get at the bakery. (Lemon or strawberry cake mix works great too, with the p. sugar.)

Chocolate cake mix and adding some peanut butter to it.

For chocolate chip brownie cookies from a brownie mix, add a tablespoon of cinnamon to cover the artificial chocolate taste and a teasp. of vanilla.

Add 3 Tbl. of unsweetened cocoa to boost the chocolate taste in chocolate mixes, or 1 square of unsweetened chocolate.

Butter pecan cake mix, add some walnuts and coconut and a touch of maple syrup. Add some water (just a touch) as it is very thick. Cook a bit longer because of all the add-ins. Shows how really creative one can be in adding ingredients.


There's a recipe to make sturdy Gingerbread Houses out of cake mix in POST #81

ADDED recipes for cake mixes:
Biscotti recipes: POST #114

Cookie Bar recipes contributed by members are Posts: #17, #54, #67, #91, #98, #126


FUDGE and Quick Dessert Breads: POST #157

Scone recipes: POST #167

Cookie pops & Cake Pops: POST #196

Cookie Cups: POST #197

Make up the cookie dough, above, for the cookie cups.

Click --> The Complete Cookie Storage Guide
This guide has great tips for storing cookies & how to freeze cookie dough.


Enjoy!



Here are also several wonderful DIS archived threads on appetizers & other goodies that people already created. (They are not just for the holidays!) They are excellent DIS resources.

Boxed Cakes w/ a Little Extra!

Quick & Easy Christmas treats - Page 53 - compiled list

Quick and Easy Appetizers & Snacks

Quick and Easy Cakes from mixes

New Year's Eve appetizers

The *Official* Holiday Recipe 2007 Thread

Christmas Cookie thread

Post your favorite cookie recipe (Favorite, more complicated recipes.)

What is your most ridiculously easy dish that draws raves?

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Old 11-14-2004, 08:29 PM   #2
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Yummmmm. Thanks for the wonderful recipes. I have to bake about 9 dozen cookies for various work events soon, and was really running out of new things to try.
Your recipes are lifesavers.
PS--I substitute applesauce for oil in all my cake/cookie/pancake/waffle recipes. My family just can't tolerate the oil and it helps cut down on fat and calories.
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Old 11-14-2004, 09:29 PM   #3
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You might need to add a little water in addition to the applesauce substitute, since the liquid is cut way down to only the eggs. It will still work. I forgot to post another variation where the poster (on another recipe board) added extra water and said it worked:

She used a butter pecan cake mix, added walnuts and coconut and a touch of maple syrup. "I had to add some water (just a touch) as it was very thick. I ended up cooking mine quite a bit longer. The recipe was wonderful! I love it!" :D

Also shows how really creative one can be in adding ingredients.
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Old 11-15-2004, 06:20 AM   #4
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cool, I'll have to try this. thanks. maggie
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Old 11-15-2004, 12:54 PM   #5
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OMG! These are awesome! Thanks for sharing. I had seen a cookie made like this on Food Network but I didn't find any other combinations like you suggested!

I can't wait to try these!

Thanks so much!


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My favorite variation is to use butter recipe yellow cake mix and make dough into balls then roll in cinnamon and sugar before baking. They will flatten as they bake and crackle around the edges. They are pretty and so yummy!
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:11 AM   #7
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My favorite variation is to use butter recipe yellow cake mix and make dough into balls then roll in cinnamon and sugar before baking. They will flatten as they bake and crackle around the edges. They are pretty and so yummy!
Almost sounds like a Snickerdoodle"
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Old 12-17-2007, 01:18 PM   #8
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CRANBERRY CRISPS
These are really really easy and everyone loves them.

1 (15oz) pkg. Pillsbury® Cranberry Quick Bread & Muffin Mix
1/2 Cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
2/3 cup butter or margarine melted
1 egg
1 tablespoon sugar

Heat oven to 350F. In large bowl, combine quick bread mix, walnuts, butter and egg, mix well. Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. With glass dipped in sugar, press each to 1/8 inch thickness.

Bake at 350F for 7 - 10 minutes or until light golden brown around edges. Remove from cookie sheets.
2 1/2 dozen cookies

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Just wanted to report that I made the biscotti yesterday using devils food cake mix. I added in white chocolate chips and did a white chocolate drizzle! They are really really yummy! MY DH liked them so much he asked me to buy more cake mix to make them again after the holidays! This time I bought fudge marble cake mix to try it with!

Here is my finished biscotti.



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Old 12-22-2007, 02:35 AM   #10
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Ooooooh KatGarcia! Your biscotti look scrumptious!


Okay everyone: Here are two traditional favorite cookies made with cake mix.

New-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies



1 box yellow or butter recipe yellow cake mix
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
Granulated sugar (optional)

1. Heat oven to 375°F (350°F for dark or nonstick cookie sheets).
In large bowl, beat cake mix, brown sugar, water, peanut butter, oil and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.

2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar and, on ungreased cookie sheet, place 2 inches apart. Flatten in crisscross pattern with fork dipped in sugar.

3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

If these cookies are too sweet for you, you can leave out the brown sugar.

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Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker®


Easy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies



1 box spice cake mix
2 eggs
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, if desired

1. Heat oven to 375°F.
Combine cake mix, egg whites, oats and oil in a large bowl. Beat at low speed until well blended. Stir in raisins and (optional) nuts.

2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Flatten slightly as they do not flatten while baking.

3. Bake 7-10 minutes until lightly browned. These do not brown much, so watch them carefully. (If you wait for them to "look" done, they'll be overdone.)

Cool on sheets 1 minute. Remove and cool completely.



Variation of the recipe above uses twice as much oatmeal and add-ins for a denser & healthier cookie:

Cowboy Cookies
1 box spice cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips or raisins.

Mix on low and form into balls. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees, or until still soft in the center.

(Recipe courtesy of Carolyn Kent from The cakemixdoctor.com newsletter.)
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CRANBERRY CRISPS
These are really really easy and everyone loves them.

1 (15oz) pkg. Pillsbury® Cranberry Quick Bread & Muffin Mix
1/2 Cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
2/3 cup butter or margarine melted
1 egg
1 tablespoon sugar

Heat oven to 350F. In large bowl, combine quick bread mix, walnuts, butter and egg, mix well. Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. With glass dipped in sugar, press each to 1/8 inch thickness.

Bake at 350F for 7 - 10 minutes or until light golden brown around edges. Remove from cookie sheets.
2 1/2 dozen cookies

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I made these last year but I was afraid to put in that can of cranberries. I thought it would be too tart and too much liquid. I ended up saving that for another use and put in a handful of craisins instead. I also put in a bit of orange zest. They were delish!
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Oh great and powerful cake mix cookie makers, I need help! Please!

I found this thread a month or so ago and quickly became addicted to the idea of cake mix cookies. I have now made 3 or 4 different batches of cake mix cookies and they have all been really thin and as hard as rocks!

I've toyed with the temperature, bake time, I even checked the calibration on my oven and every single pan of cookies, once cooled, becomes something that could easily be substituted as a skeet.

I have been using Duncan Hines butter recipe cake mix, 1/2 a cup of softened or melted margerine (I have tried both) and 2 large eggs. I portion them with a 1 Tbsp mini scoop and do not flatten the balls at all.

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Old 11-16-2004, 07:17 AM   #13
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Good Morning!

HunnyPots, do you use the same base recipe for your cookies with the butter recipe cake mix? Those sound really good, and I may make those for the kids while we're on our trip in December. I may mix in some of the colored red and green sugars. This recipe sounds a lot like snickerdoodles. I bet they're really yummy right out of the oven!
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maxine,

You can use the same basic recipe or you can use a stick of melted butter in place of the oil. Butter is my preference.

Yes, these are a lot like snickerdoodles (my favorites!) but with a much richer flavor than usual.
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Old 11-16-2004, 12:26 PM   #15
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ooohh I will be trying this shortcut this holiday season - thanks for sharing!
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