Marsha's StoryI don't use too many mixes in my kitchen, but these cookies make the exception. They were the perfect cookie to use to teach my granddaughters, and they had 7 virgins to choose from.
We call them 7 Virgins because my oldest granddaughter thought I said virgin instead of version. She told her teacher that she she made 7 virgins with her grandma and it has become a family joke.
Since then I have added several other "virgins".
yellow cake mix
brown sugar, firmly packed
real mayonnaise (don't use salad dressing)
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1In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and beat to a firm, smooth dough. Pack dough into measuring tablespoon and level off over sides of bowl.
Drop 2 inches apart onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 350° for 15 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for a few minutes til they are no longer "wiggly" when touched. Transfer to completely cool on a sheet of foil (shiny side up).
Store covered at room temperature or freeze to use up within several months.
Add 10-12 oz. mini chocolate chips along with the mayonnaise and use beaters to incorporate into dough. Continue as above.
Add 1 bag (12 oz. or to taste) peanut butter morsels plus 1 c. finely chopped dry roasted peanuts. Continue as above.
Frosted Plain - bake up plain cookies from basic recipe and right out of the oven, while still hot on the baking sheet, wipe top of each cookie with a dab of canned ready to spread frosting (any flavor).
Sugar Cookies - Bake up plain cookies from basic recipe. Flatten each spoonful of dough slightly with 3 fingers and dust in colored sugar. Continue as above.
Spice Cookies/Gingersnaps - when putting mayonnaise into recipe, also beat in 1 T. ginger and 1 T. apple pie spice (or less to your liking). Continue as above.
Pecan Sandies - when beating in mayonnaise also beat in 2 c. finely chopped pecans. Continue as above.
Chocolate Cookies - use devil's food cake mix instead of yellow cake mix in basic recipe. Continue as above.
Lemon Crinkles/Orange Crinkles- use a lemon cake mix instead of a yellow cake mix and add 2 teaspoons lemon/orange zest and 1/2 teaspoon lemon/orange extract to basic recipe. Roll balls in powdered sugar before backing. Continue as above
Red Velvet Cookies - use a Red Velvet Cake mix in place of the yellow cake mix. Continue as above.
Spiced Chai Latte - use a white cake mix in place of the yellow cake mix. Add 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon spiced chai latte mix. Continue as above.
About this Recipe
Marsha Gardner mrdick1950 - Oct 11, 2012
I shared a photo of this recipe.
Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Oct 11, 2012
Love the story you shared with this recipe!! And the recipe sounds wonderful with all 10 "virgins". Pinched!
Okemah Barton emmanluv - Nov 8, 2012
lol, we have similar cookies, but we use cool whip instead of mayo...
btw, gotta LOVE kids and their speech impediments! lol virgins, that will stick with me for a long time! who knew i was still virginal as a mom of five and two grands?
Marsha Gardner mrdick1950 - Nov 8, 2012
Vanessa is 21 now and she is so embarrassed when we talk about how the name for these cookies came about. But is surely is an unforgettable name.