If the kiddos in your life are asking to bake something, and you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, Cake Mix Cookies are a perfect 15 minute treat. That’s right – it will only take the kids 5 minutes to mix these up and spoon onto baking sheets, where they will spend 10 minutes in the oven. In 15 minutes flat, the kids will have fresh cookies to take on a picnic, off to the beach, or wherever the warm weather leads you!
Cake Mix Cookies have been a “thing” for a while. They aren’t a new idea, and I certainly don’t take credit for the original concept. However, I’m happy to share this, because everyone needs a few 15 minute baking ideas up their sleeve!
Ingredients (Makes 36 cookies)
1 box of cake mix, any flavor
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup of your favorite solid “mix-in” (chocolate chips, dried or candied fruit, coconut flakes, chopped nuts, sprinkles, etc. – be creative!)
Step 1) Stir together cake mix, oil, and eggs until well blended. Then, fold in your “mix-in” ingredient.
TIPS: If your pint-size helper is very young, using a large mixing bowl will help to prevent spills. Also, children can learn to crack eggs into a coffee mug, where any shell fragments can be fished out with a fork before adding the eggs to the batter.
Step 2) Drop teaspoons of dough, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Children can use two spoons for this, one to scoop and one to push the dough onto the baking sheet. They can also use a melon baller (like a mini ice cream scoop) or simple grease their hands with butter and use their fingers.
Step 3) Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
If you bake these cookies with an interesting combination of cake mix and mix-ins, please post a comment and let me know! We love to hear from folks having fun in their kitchens!