If, like me, you spend anytime online looking through recipe websites then you'll notice one thing - Americans seem to be obsessed with boxed cake mix. I'm not making a judgement on this fact as I think the UK has a very small selection of boxed mixes, and as none of them are especially 'wow' they're frowned upon as a cheap and easy option for non bakers.
Controversially, I'm a fan of boxed cake mix and I always have one box of Betty Crocker in my cupboard in case of emergencies (yes, there are emergencies that require cake). I also always manage to sneak a box of funfetti cake into my basket whenever I'm buying my American goodies online. It's cake but with RAINBOWS INSIDE.
I recently came across a recipe that confused me. It uses cake mix...but to make....cookies. Surely that's equivalent crossing the streams in baking terms? Anyway, I had some devils food cake mix and of course I had to give it a go!
The cookies were easy to make and I can see this recipe being great fun with the kiddies but I'll be honest and say they tasted like over cookie cake mix but with a brownie-ish centre. I'm sure these cookies might be better with a nicer box mix and I'd probably make them again for the school fair or something like that but when you have a recipe like this one to hand then I see no reason to waste a cake mix on a very sub standard cookie.
Cake mix cookies
- Boxed cake mix (any flavour)
- 2 eggs (room temperature)
- 3tbs of vegetable oil
- 1tsp vanilla extract (my own addition)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (I used dark and white chips)
- Preheat oven to 175c
- Empty all ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix until cake mix is absorbed. Add chocolate chips
- Drop batter by the spoonful onto a baking sheet - I used a tablespoon to measure my batter and patted it down gently as the cookies don't tend to spread whilst baking
- Cook for 8-10mins and allow to cool on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack.