C is for Cookie

For those times when you need to make tasty cookies, but you simply do not have any time to spare, the following recipe is a welcome solution.

But just a note before going on – I realize that the use of cake mix as a cookie recipe base might offend some tried and true bakers – I know that I used to roll my eyes and turn away aghast. But that was before I had more deadlines than hours in the day. I still bake ‘from scratch’, but have to admit that it is wonderfully convenient to cheat every so often.

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1 box Duncan Hines cake mix – the brand does make a difference, although the flavor is limited only by your imagination

2 large eggs

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted – using real melted butter, not softened, not margarine, works best for taste and texture

1 Tablespoon pure extract – vanilla, almond, peppermint – whatever might work best with your choice of cake mix

1 bag your choice baking chips, or candy-coated trademarked chocolates, or nuts, etc.


Mix ingredients well, but do not over beat.



Combine cake mix, eggs, butter and extract in large mixing bowl.






When blended, stir in chips, candies, etc.






Drop onto parchment lined cookie sheet, allowing room for dough to spread while baking.


Bake at 350* for 17 minutes, or until just golden on the edges and set in the middle. Allow to rest on cookie sheet briefly before moving to racks to cool.

Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.

2 responses

  1. I still make cookies from scratch, because the baking itself is therapy for me, but as my life has gotten busy, I’ve accepted the role of frozen foods and fast food in getting dinner on the table!


  2. I, too, experience the therapeutic benefits of baking – and cooking, too. Is it the warmth of the oven, that familiarity of our own space, the rhythm of the process – creaming butter and sugar, measuring the milk, whisking the eggs? It’s like poetry in a bowl!


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