My sweet tooth whispers, “EAT a cake, cupcake, cookie….heck just give me a handful of chocolate chips please….”.
My sweet tooth is dangerous. That tooth throbs all the time and is one of the main factors why I gained 60+ lbs during my pregnancy. EEEeeek I think that might be the first time I admitted on my blog how much I gained. A positive…I only have 9 more pounds to lose. Oh it has only taken me almost 2 years to loose, but putting on the weight was so much fun.
BUT I’m still posting about desserts because even as I was trying to loose the baby weight…I indulged. Taking sugary treats completely out of my diet has never resulted in a positive weight loss for me personally. Doing that would only lead to crash dieting by purchasing three cupcakes and eating two of them on the way home.
I’m telling you my sweet tooth is evil.
Today I bring you a sweet little secret for all you cake lovers. You can make the most delicious cookies from a box of cake mix. How awesome is that! I love semi-homemade recipes and finding one for a dessert makes me giddy! Sally’s Baking Addiction is one of my favorite blogs for desserts. It’s a website you will want to bookmark people. I use the recipe she used for confetti cake batter cookies and just sub out my mix, extract and other extras depending on the cookie I am trying to make!
You can use pretty much any kind of cake mix with nuts, assorted chocolate chips, health bits, coconut, chopped peppermint, butterscotch chips, mini marshmallows, raisins….the possibilities are endless.
The basis is always the same. Depending on what cookie you are going for instead of using vanilla extract you could use almond, butter, lemon….you get the picture. You could omit it, if you want…but I always like to add vanilla or almond to all my desserts if I can!
So have fun experimenting on making cookies and enjoy!
Cake Box Cookies
1 box of cake mix (18.25 ounces)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
Add 1 to 1 ¼ cup of your choice of toppings: nuts, milk/dark/white chocolate chips, health bits (more options above!)
- Preheat oven to 350 and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Mix the first 5 ingredients until the dough forms.
- Mix in your cookie’s “toppings”.
- Measure out 2 tbsp of dough to roll into a cookie ball and place on the parchment lined sheets.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Your cookies will look undercooked, but take them out. If they are still puffy, take your oven mitt and lightly pat down the cookie. Let them cool for a few minutes and then you can lift the parchment paper (with cookies on) off the cookie tray and on the counter or rack. Allow for the cookies to cool for a few more minutes.
Devils food mix with chopped walnuts and chocolate chips
Butter Pecan mix with Health bits
Red Velvet mix with powdered sugar icing drizzled over
Is your sweet tooth talking?? Do you have any ideas??