basic cake mix cookies & cake/pudding mix cookies

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By Amanda Camden-Spina
from Fox Lake, IL

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.

★★★★☆ 9
serves 3 dozen cookies
prep time 10 Min
cook time 15 Min

Ingredients For basic cake mix cookies & cake/pudding mix cookies

  • CAKE MIX COOKIES
  • 1 box
    cake mix (18.25 oz), any flavor
  • 1-2 lg
    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 lg
    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)

How To Make basic cake mix cookies & cake/pudding mix cookies

  • 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

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