I’m in awe of people who are kitchen savvy… who can experiment and invent their own recipes. Some of my friends never cease to amaze me with what they come up with. I’m not one of those people, at least not yet. But in exploring the vast blogosphere, I’ve had the pleasure of reading many blogs that offer up delicious and many times easy new recipes.
I had been looking for something easy to bake for visitors. Impressive enough that I went through the effort of baking, but still quick and easy. I don’t know who came up with this, (I’m sure it’s been around for like 10 years and I’ve just been living under a culinary rock) but apparently you can make cookies using cake mix. No flour/sugar/salt/baking whatever measuring. Open box, dump in bowl, boom. Genius.
I found this recipe for Chocolate Crinkle Cake Cookies on the lovely blog, Peanut Butter Fingers. You start with this:
Basically you’re reducing the eggs and oil and omitting the water. The dough is very stiff… so strange to have a cookie dough-like consistency from cake mix! The batter tastes like a fudgy brownie! (Unless you’re grossed out by eating raw batter, in which case… I didn’t taste it.)
A fun little roll in confectioner’s sugar and into the oven!
Easy, quick, and chocolaty… now that’s my kind of cookie! (NOTE: This recipe made a little more than two dozen for me, and I think I made then smaller than the original baker did. So if you’re looking to make a nice, hefty cookie, prepare for one to one and a half dozen per batch.)
There are lots of other possibilities using differnt flavors of cake mix.
If you want to try this one (which I HIGHLY recommend!) here’s the recipe!Chocolate Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies from Peanut Butter Fingers
- 1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 large eggs
- Powdered sugar for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
- Combine cake mix, oil and eggs in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until everything is combined.
- Pour powdered sugar into a small bowl.
- Roll cookie dough into balls and roll around in bowl of powdered sugar until they are coated in a thin layer of the sugar.
- Place dough balls on cookie sheet and bake for approximately 12 minutes.
- Cool and enjoy.
(Makes 1.5-2 dozen cookies)