Cake Mix Cookies

Ladies, a little warning that this recipe is UNHEALTHY and SINFUL. It is a far cry from my healthy concoctions that I normally throw together as these cookies use a tremendous amount of butter, sugar, and chocolate. But life is too short. So let’s celebrate and eat some damn COOKIES!

This recipe comes from my best friend from Eugene, Miss Julie. Julie is one of those cooks that can make anything taste delicious. Her cookies are famous (especially in my family) in Eugene. They are the perfect treat to bring to a neighbor, a birthday party, work event, or an after school/work treat for family members. THESE ARE FLIPPING DELICIOUS and no one will ever turn them down.

* 1 cup butter

* ½ cup brown sugar

* 1 egg

* ¼ cup water

* 1 tsp vanilla

* 1 box cake mix, divided

* 2 cups oatmeal

* 1 cup (or more) chocolate chips


* Preheat oven to 375 degrees

* Cream butter and sugar

* Add egg, water, vanilla and ½ of the cake mix. Beat for 2 minutes until smooth

* Stir in remainder of cake mix, oatmeal, and chocolate chips

* Place tablespoon-sized balls of dough 2” apart on cookie sheet

* Bake about 8-10 minutes until just done.  Don’t overbake. Once again, do not overbake. I know that 8 minutes seems like a short time, but I cannot stress this enough. 8 minutes is the perfect amount of time to make these cookies soft, chewy and scrumptious. They may not look quite done, but they will finish baking on the cookie sheet.

* Cool for at least 5-10 minutes and transfer to wire rack.


* They are definitely best eaten the same day as they do not keep well.  The dough keeps in the fridge for a couple of days or freezer so you always have dessert on hand. Perfect for hoarders like me. Half of this batch was placed into tupperware and into the fridge for a later day.

* You can use any flavor of cake mix, though obviously chocolate (milk, German, etc.) is best.

*  For those who want to make this somewhat healthy, you can also add grated carrot, coconut, a small amount of pineapple, wheat germ and/or ground flax. Doing so, would have been much more my style, but I thought GO BIG OR GO HOME.

* You can replace part of the oatmeal with any crunchy cereal (Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies, granola, etc). Nothing better sounding than Raisin Bran in chocolate cake mix cookies.

Have a great weekend! Make these cookies for your weekend BBQ, just DO IT.

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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