I 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".
In 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.
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