Chris has been a very dear friend of mine since we were pregnant with our sons 33 yrs ago. We were due the same day but she had her baby 21 days after I did. They moved away when the boys were 8, and while we have remained friends, we have had very little time together in almost 25 yrs. I recently got to spend 6 days with her in WA & OR, and it was wonderful rekindling our friendship. This is her favorite cookie and since she likes easy recipes...I made this one for her. This cookie is just as awesome as she is a friend. I love you Chris.
Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. When dough is made and almost done chilling, turn on oven to 350 degrees.
In 3 qt Pyrex bowl, melt butter in microwave. Whisk in brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Stir in dry cake mix and cocoa powder with spoon until well mixed and all lumps are gone. Fold in chocolate chips. Chill dough for several hours in the fridge or 30 minutes in the freezer. If you spread dough up the sides of the bowl, it will chill faster.
Scoop dough and roll into balls with your hands. Roll balls into powdered sugar to coat. Place on cookie sheet about 3 inches apart (they spread so don't crowd them) Flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass that has been sprayed with pan spray and dipped in powdered sugar. This step makes the cookies much prettier when done baking. Bake for 10-12 minutes until set. A little under done is always best if you like chewy cookies and bake a little longer for crispy cookies. Cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes, and finish cooling on a rack or just on the parchment sheet. Enjoy!
These are a very chocolatey, fudgy, chewy cookie. I used the chocolate fudge cake mix because that is what I had. If you only have devil's food, you might want to add a little more cocoa powder and brown sugar to make the cookies fudgier..or leave as is if you like them less chocolatey.