Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cheater Cookies

Why are these called "Cheater Cookies"? It is because they start with a cake mix so all you need to add is eggs, butter/oil and any add-ins (chocolate chips, nuts, candies etc) that you want. So easy to whip up when you are in a pinch with minimal ingredients on hand. If you are looking for a delicious, quick, easy and sure to please cookie, give these a try!

These cookies (if not overbaked) are so soft and chewy, not cakey. You really need to watch thses while baking, they can go from perfect to overbaked pretty quickly. These cookies are very versatile and can be made with any cake mix that you have on hand. I sprinkle a little sugar over the cookies before baking which produces a slightly-sweet crisp exterior that is the perfect balance to the tender interior of these yummy little morsels.

I used a Yellow Cake mix this time but other family favorites are: chocolate cake mix and Andes mint chips; white cake mix and dried cranberries and walnuts; chocolate cake mix and chocolate and peanut butter chips. The possibilities are endless if you use your imagination!

Cheater Cookies

1 (18.25 ounce) package Yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 TBS Vegetable Oil
2 eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Milk chocolate chips (or nuts, candies, dried fruits, etc)
Sugar (for sprinkling on top)

Preheat oven to 350.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, beat together the butter, oil and egg. Add cake mix and vanilla and blend well. Fold in chocolate chips or other add-ins.
Chill for 10 minutes.
Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely as they will break easily if moved too soon.


~Amber~ said...

Mmm cookies. They look great.

MrsPresley said...

there are definitely times when you need a shortcut like this to satisfy a craving in a pinch :)

Carrie said...

I might have to try these, I have a box of butter pecan cake mix that needs to be used up!

Sherri said...

Shut UP! I just made these with a triple chocolate cake mix and Andes mints, and chocolate chips! These did not taste like your typical puffy cake mix cookie. Very,very good.