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Quick and easy Utah comfort food: Cake mix cookies

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There have been many recipes out there lately for making cookies from cake mix. Why not? Cake mix has every ingredient you could possibly need except for eggs and fat. You can add anything else you want from nuts to candy, or just leave them plain.

Here is a basic recipe. Some used more oil - up to ½ cup or a stick of softened butter. All used two large eggs.

Cake Mix Cookies

  • One box cake mix (any flavor or kind)
  • 1/3-cup vegetable oil
  • Two large eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Using a spoon, mix ingredients until completely blended. Spoon dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool pans for five minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.

To form uniform cookies, weigh one ounce of dough and form balls and flatten slightly on the cookie sheet. Place two inches apart as they will spread. This made exactly 21 single three-inch cookies. Bake 12 minutes.

Never one to leave well enough alone, I used the cookies to make a favorite childhood treat. Village Bakery, our old neighborhood bakery formerly located near the top of 3300 South in the old Canyon Rim shopping center in Salt Lake City, made the best sugar cookies, sweet rolls, breads and cakes. They also made a cream filled chocolate cookie that put anything you could buy at the grocery store to shame. They were about three inches across, soft and delicious. Two big cookies filled with luscious creamy goo.

Considering cake mixes are loaded with soft low protein flour, they produce a soft and chewy cookie. Add to that a half-recipe of my favorite filling you can find by clicking here, and you have something very much like those childhood treats - if not a few steps better. I used Betty Crocker’s Triple Chocolate Fudge cake mix.

The only problem is, the filling is a lot more work than the cookies, and they stand pretty well on their own. It would be easier to throw in a cup of chocolate chips or just leave them plain. Some of us just keep looking for those delicious memories of cookies gone by. Do what works for you, but whatever you do, enjoy and share them with people you love. That makes the best kind of memories.

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Adapted from a recipe posted by Duncan Hines.

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