Basic Cake Mix Cookies & Cake/Pudding Mix Cookies

Amanda Camden-Spina Recipe

By Amanda Camden-Spina MyKitchenIsMyCastle

As a total baking novice, there is nothing I love more than finding super simple, yet still delish, baking recipes. I've seen so many wonderful recipes here on JAP for cookies made with cake mix, or a combination of cake and pudding mix, I was inspired to make up some of my own combinations. But, since baking is not my strong point, I did a little research to find the basic recipes so I'd be less likely to mess things up! Here's what I found, hope you find it useful as well. :)

P.S. I also included a recipe for basic cookie glaze that you can customize to suit your needs.


Recipe Rating:
 8 Ratings
Serves:
3 dozen cookies
Prep Time:
Cook Time:

Ingredients

CAKE MIX COOKIES
1 box
cake mix (18.25 oz), any flavor
1-2 large
eggs
1/2 c
vegetable oil or softened butter
2 Tbsp
water (if using a chocolate cake mix)
1/2 tsp
vanilla extract (or another flavor you like; for unflavored cakes like white or yellow)
12 oz
baking chips of your choice (optional)
3/4 c
nuts, dried fruit, mini marshmallows, etc. (optional, use your imagination)
CAKE & PUDDING MIX COOKIES #1
1 box
cake mix (18.25 oz), any flavor
1 box
instant pudding mix (3.4 oz), any flavor
1 c
sour cream
2 large
eggs
-
your choice of mix-ins
CAKE & PUDDING MIX COOKIES #2
1 box
cake mix (18.25 oz), any flavor
1 box
instant pudding mix (3.4 oz), any flavor
1/2 c
vegetable oil or softened butter
3-1/2 Tbsp
water
-
your choice of mix-ins
BASIC GLAZE (MAKES APPROXIMATELY 1 CUP)
2 c
confectioner's sugar
1 tsp
vanilla extract (or your choice of flavors); or orange, lemon, or lime juice
3 Tbsp
milk (or water if you are using citrus juice)
-
food coloring (optional)
-
citrus zest (optional; since i prefer to use fresh juice, i usually add a bit of the zest as well)

Directions

1
Preheat oven to 350f.
2
Blend wet ingredients. Add dry mix(es) and blend well, removing any lumps. Add mix-ins if using. (If using pudding mix, note that the dough will be sticky.)
3
Drop cookie mix by teaspoonful, one inch apart, onto greased or lined cookie sheets.
4
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes depending on how crispy you want the cookies. Shorter time for soft, longer time for crispy.
5
Arrange cookies on racks to cool. Frost or glaze if desired. (To make glaze, mix sugar and extract/juice in a bowl. Add water/milk until desired consistency is reached. Add food coloring if desired.) If you are glazing, consider adding colored sugar or sprinkles for a festive touch. (My kids love that part!) Let the cookies dry completely before packaging or storing.
6
**Took my kids shopping to pick out their mix-ins and they had a blast! We will be making our cookies tomorrow and will post pictures then. Here are some of the combinations we came up with:
-Strawberry cake with vanilla pudding and vanilla chips
-Spice cake with butterscotch pudding, butterscotch and cinnamon chips
-Yellow cake with chocolate pudding, peanut butter and chocolate chips
-White cake with chocolate pudding and mint chips
-White cake with chocolate pudding, peanut butter and butterscotch chips
-Vanilla cake with white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and almonds
-Lemon cake with dried blueberries and orange glaze