"Hey Babe," my husband calls from the living room, "What time is that party?"
"I said we'd be there at 2:30," I answer absentmindedly as I look up from whatever I'm doing to the nearest clock. Oh shoot, it's 1:30!
Like usual on the weekend, I am taking my time, checking things off my list and usually drinking a cup of coffee, tea or Coke zero and am completely surprised by how late it is. At this point in the day the fact remains that I still need to take a shower, figure out a fabulous outfit and make the dish I promised to bring. The solution to what I will bring is simple- Cake Mix Cookies! I almost always make sure to have the ingredients for just such an emergency. They are simple, fast and I can shower in the time it takes for them to bake.
- 1 box of cake mix (I like Betty Crocker and Pillsbury Moist Supreme)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup or 1/3 cup of butter (Yellow and Cherry Chip cake mixes use only 1/3 cup of butter. All others use 1/2 cup.)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- chips or nuts**- 1/2 cup each or one cup if using only one.
Toast nuts and let them cool. Melt butter, beat in eggs, add vanilla, stir in half the cake mix. Stir in the chips or nuts. Stir in the remaining cake mix. Drop in round tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Yields 2 dozen
I recently made these Butterscotch-Pecan Cookies using a yellow cake mix, pecans and butterscotch chips.
Other favorite variations:
- Orange-Walnut Chocolate Cookies: Devil's food cake mix, walnuts, and add a tsp of orange extract with the vanilla.
- Cherry Cookies: Cherry Chip cake mix, 1/4 cup of finely chopped maraschino cherries and sliced almonds.
- Rocky Road Cookies: Devil's Food cake mix, 1/2 cup of marshmallows, 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
** A personal note: Nuts are expensive; toast them well!!! Toasting them makes their flavor really standout and adds to the crunchiness; foregoing this step is like trashing half the money you spent on them.