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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cake Mix Cookies - Kids in the Kitchen

Talk about a quick and easy way to make cookies!  I was reminded of this recipe when someone on Frugal Families (which is my absolute favorite place to hang out on the internet.) posted it last year.  I've also seen it on cake mix boxes and church cookbooks.  They're popular for a reason!  These cookies are especially easy for kids because using a cake mix eliminates a lot of the measuring.  (and getting things in and out of the cupboard)  They can be mixed in a bowl with a wooden spoon easier than most cookies so no need for younger kids to use the mixer.  My 8 year old could mix it easily alone, my 6 year old needed breaks or to take turns mixing.   You can use any flavor (and brand!) of cake mix,  the girls chose lemon today and we added white baking chips.  You could also do chocolate with chocolate or peanut butter chips, or spice cake with nuts, or how about yellow with any flavor chips.  My kids love creating their own favorite combination's.

Mix up a batch of these anytime you want a quick treat!

Cake Mix Cookies

1 box cake mix, any flavor
1/2 C. oil
2 eggs
1 C. chocolate or other flavored baking chips
1/2 C. nuts, optional

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs in a bowl until well blended.  Add chocolate chips and nuts if desired.  Shape into balls and roll in powdered sugar.  Place on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.  Cool on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes and then move to cooling rack to finish cooling.

We had fun making these cookies today.  The kids are gaining a lot of confidence in the kitchen and felt quite proud of themselves for doing these almost completely by themselves.  (I just took the cookies out of the oven and transferred them to the cooling rack)

The girls love showing off their finished product!  (... and thanks to their BIG smiles, you can see that dd6 just lost one of her front teeth!  She's pretty proud of that!  The tooth fairy remembered to visit the very first night too - and I'm proud of that!  lol )


  1. I've only had these once and they were made with dried cherries added. They were so delicious and soft. Yum!

  2. I'd have never thought to add dried fruit! I'll bet that would be great! Thanks for the idea.