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Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies

Yesterday, I returned to my “normal” life after enjoying a relaxing, rejuvenating vacation. I got to spend time with my family, visit with some friends, swim, and read at my leisure. Despite a sinus infection or toothache (culprit remains under investigation) that resulted in a trip to an out-of-network doctor’s office and a pair of broken flip flops that resulted in a mile walk through the city while barefoot, I had a wonderful time.

I also accidentally dropped one flip flop from my remaining (and favorite) pair. It was given away by fellow beach combers to teenagers hiking along the beach before I realized it was missing. That resulted in a slightly broken heart and the need to shop in Mom’s closet.

Oh, and did you hear about that storm called a Derecho? It tore off roofs, took down massive trees, and knocked out everyone’s power. Yet still, I had a wonderful time. It’s amazing what a change of scenery and being around people you’ve loved for as long as you can remember can do to your spirit!

Cake Mix Cookies

I enjoyed reading the comments about where everyone would like to or plans to visit. Thanks to all who entered June’s  round of 2012′s 12 Months of Giveaways, and congratulations to the winner who left comment number 10, Corrie! Not so lucky this time? I plan to cheer you up with a super-delicious cookie recipe made from cake mix. And don’t forget to check back on July 12 for this month’s giveaway.

Now about those cake mix cookies. Just like the shoes from her closet, I pirated these cookies from my mom. She baked them and placed them on a platter. I saw them sitting on the counter unattended and thought, “that’s content I can use while I get back up to speed!” So I snapped some pictures as I sampled more than my fair share. Shameless.

In need of more recipes that make use of cake mix? Then check out my Things to Make With Yellow Cake Mix post or Pinterest board. Enjoy!

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 Box Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • optional, chocolate or other chips
  1. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and stir vigorously until well mixed.
  2. Place spoonfuls of dough onto a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.
Suggested combinations include yellow cake mix with chocolate chips (seen here) or chocolate cake mix with peanut butter chips.

Things to Make With Yellow Cake Mix

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake

Yesterday, I posted a hazelnut chocolate chip cake I made with a yellow cake mix. I typically try to avoid baking with not-from-scratch ingredients, but yellow cake mix is a vice. There are just so many delicious recipes that call for it.

On that note, I would like to share a few of my favorite yellow-cake-mix-creations I have read about on various blogs. Some I have made, others I have not, but I can assure you I am looking forward to eventually trying them all.

Cake Batter Truffles From Fearless Homemaker

Photo courtesy of Amy at

Like sprinkles?

Try cake batter truffles, Rice Krispie treats, or cake batter popcorn.


Cake Chews From Life With The Lushers

Photo courtesy of Kathleen at

Cookies more your thing? Indulge in some cake chews, or try Rolo cookie bars.

Want something more substantial? Then you might like cornbread  or pancakes.


Cake Batter Cookie Dough from Willow Bird Baking

Photo courtesy of Julie at

And can you ever go wrong with cake batter cookie dough that’s not only delicious, but also safe to eat (no raw eggs)? Didn’t think so.

If you don’t want to use a store-bought yellow cake mix, you can make your own cake mix at home with all-purpose flour or white wheat flour. Homemade cake mix presented in a jar makes a gift as thoughtful as it is sweet.

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake

You can see all of these delicious creations on my Ideas for Yellow Cake Mix board on Pinterest. And if you come across any more fun recipes using cake mix, let me know. Enjoy!



Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake

I woke up early last Saturday morning and made a trip to the grocery store to buy the ingredients I needed for a hazelnut chocolate chip cake. I then left the store with everything except one main ingredient – hazelnut flavor extract. I decided to scour a few other stores for the hazelnut flavor, and four stores later I found a bottle. This cake better be good.

Fortunately, the finished product was quite worth the slight inconvenience of shopping multiple stores. The cake was flavorful, moist, and overall delicious. I dusted the cake with confectioners’ sugar but also enjoyed a slice drizzled with a simple chocolate ganache made from equal parts chocolate and cream.

Strangely, I forgot all about the hazelnut flavor. I could taste the vanilla from the pudding mix and the chocolate, but not the hazelnut. So maybe you don’t need it after all. With main ingredients items likely found in the pantry – yellow cake mix, pudding mix, and chocolate chips – you can likely bake your own hazelnut chocolate chip cake this afternoon. With or without the hazelnut flavor. Enjoy!

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake


Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 package (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon hazelnut flavor
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • Optional Ingredients
  • confectioners' sugar or cocoa powder for finishing
  • chocolate sauce for serving
  1. Use a mixer on low speed to beat all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips until just moistened.
  2. Increase the speed to medium and beat for two minutes.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour the cake batter into a greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cake to cool in its pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. When cool, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar or cocoa powder or serve with chocolate sauce if desired.
If using yellow cake mix with pudding already in the mix, omit the vanilla instant pudding mix from the list of ingredients.