Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chocolate Cake Cookies

A few years ago, when I was still living in a dorm room and didn't have a kitchen of my own, my friend Julie brought me cookies for the holidays.  She was much fancier than I was, and lived in an apartment off campus.  Because she's a nice girl, she included the following recipe with the delicious cookies. 

1 box of cake mix
1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature
1 egg

I can't even tell you how many times I've made these cookies since then.  As with the Ice Cream Cupcakes, this recipe can be done any number of ways depending on what flavor cake mix you buy, what kind of mix-ins you add, or even what frosting you top them with so go crazy!  They're so easy and the texture is amazing.

One thing about these though...  In the early stages of mixing, the dough (especially when you're using chocolate cake mix) looks like dirt.  No really, every time, I get convinced that I don't have enough moisture in the bowl and that they're going to be terrible.  Want proof?  

Told you.  Anyway, just don't worry about it, keep mixing!  It'll turn out fine, promise. 

In the original version, Julie used yellow cake mix, blue sprinkles, white frosting, and then piped blue snowflakes on the cookies she brought me that first time.  Festive, no?  I've made them with yellow cake and pink sprinkles for a party for Shelby.  More recently I made a chocolate version, half of which were topped with leftover peppermint frosting and the other half had toffee bits mixed in. 

Before I frosted the plain cookies, Anna was able to try one and declared them her new favorite cookie.  You have no idea how much of an accomplishment this is.  My roomie doesn't enjoy the sweets, she's more of a savory girl, so for her to proclaim the plain chocolate cake cookies the best baked good I've ever made is pretty significant.


  1. How about stay with Sarah and I, so you don't get into trouble and you can make these for us!

  2. Doug, regardless of where I stay I'll be more than happy to bake for you and Sarah. It's the least I can do :) Any special flavor requests?

  3. OMG, please, please, please, can I have some cocolate cake cookies?! They look amazing!