It was dark and stormy on Saturday night. And it was really, really cold. We’d had ho-hum leftovers for supper and suddenly we were overcome by craving something sweet. No way did we want to leave the house. The clock ticked. The hankering intensified. We rummaged through the cupboards, nothing. The freezer, nothing. Then I remembered! Back then I called them Idiot Cookies because they’re ridiculously simple to make. No mixer needed! This time, it was desperation that drove me to bake and fast.
I pulled an old working-mom-of-teenagers rabbit out of my hat and grabbed a cake mix. I keep an “emergency stash” on hand in case the church calls and it’s my turn to bring a cake. I usually grab them when they’re on sale for a dollar or less. I dumped the mix in a bowl, dropped in two eggs, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and stirred it up with a spoon. Then I dug in the freezer to see what chips I might have around, found a bag of peanut butter chips and mixed them in.
I used a tablespoon and made walnut size balls of dough, arranged them on my age-blackened Pampered Chef jelly roll pan and baked them for 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Less than 20 minutes had elapsed since the light bulb went off in my head! Warm, yummy, chewy cookies! Brought back memories of late night ball games, play practice or finding out that school needed 3 dozen cookies in a half hour from right now!
The recipe made 3 dozen nice size cookies!
I made another batch using a vanilla cake mix and a bag of milk chocolate Heath Chips. Oh My Goodness! Now THOSE were a home run!! Here’s how they baked up!!
And here’s how easy it is!!
When you're dying for something sweet or find out you have to bring 3 dozen cookies in 30 minutes
- 1 box cake mix any flavor
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups mix-in chips or baking bits any flavor
Combine cake mix, eggs and oil in bowl, stir with a spoon until blended. Add desired add-in, stir until well mixed.
Bake in 350 degree oven on greased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on rack. Store tightly covered.
Think of all the yummy possibilities!! Lemon cake mix with white chocolate chips! Spice Cake with butterscotch chips! Chocolate cake with cherry chips or crushed peppermint (you can buy that in a bag nowadays!) Strawberry cake mix with mini dark chocolate chips! Oh, the delicious options! I’d love to hear about the combination you come up with!!
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