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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 yellow cake mix!

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 use 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 use 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 use 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, please leave me a comment to let me know. Enjoy!



Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake

I intended to make a Hazelnut Chocolate Chip cake as my entry for the McCormick Pin-spiration contest, but as is typical, the world had other plans. I woke up early last Saturday morning and made a trip to the grocery store to buy the ingredients I needed. I then left the store with everything except the one ingredient I needed to officially enter the contest – the McCormick Imitation Hazelnut Flavor. It turned out the bright yellow “New Item!” sticker I remembered seeing under the McCormick flavor extracts over the past few weeks was for coffee extract, not hazelnut flavor.

Since I had gone to the trouble to purchase most of the ingredients, and I really wanted to use the Bundt pan I recently purchased at Goodwill for a low $1.99, I decided to scour a few other stores for Hazelnut. Four stores later, I found a bottle of Hazelnut extract at a price that negated any saving I had done by buying a second-hand Bundt pan.


All those McCormick flavor extracts, and not a one is hazelnut!

I am pleased to report the finished product was quite worth the slight inconvenience of shopping multiple stores. The Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake was flavorful, moist, and overall delicious. I  also enjoyed a slice drizzled in a simple chocolate ganache made from equal parts chocolate and cream.

Strangely, I forgot all about the hazelnut flavor until I was mid-way through my second slice. I could taste the vanilla and the chocolate of course, but not the hazelnut. Could it be the hazelnut extract I purchased is simply not as strong as the hazelnut flavor McCormick markets? Or is the hazelnut intended to behave in much the same way as a good application of makeup? (I’ve been told the secret to good makeup is to look like you are not wearing makeup at all.) Did the hazelnut extract add a depth to the cake I would not have known existed if I had not added the flavor?

I suppose the answer to those questions will remain a mystery until I bake this cake again. With the 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. Enjoy!

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake


Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 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 McCormick Imitation Hazelnut Flavor
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
  1. Beat all ingredients, except chocolate chips, in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just to moisten.
  2. Increase 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.