Today was the day I did all my holiday baking. In my mind, I was going to spend a whole day in the kitchen with my little cherubs. We would laugh and sing and stir and sprinkle while a picture-perfect fire crackled in the fireplace and carols rang out from our hearts.
That is not what happened.
They, not being completely interested to start with, coupled with a grand lack of patience on my part resulted with them upstairs doing whatever and me in the kitchen alone. Meh. I turned on HGTV, poured a glass of wine and had a good day anyway.
Several hours later, Husband took the kids and one very excited golden retriever on a long walk and left me alone to finish everything up. As I was standing there wiping up powdered sugar from the counter I noticed the mailman pull up. On a Sunday. What the what??
Earlier in the week I found a box hidden under my doormat (well, somewhat camouflaged anyway). The box had the manufacturer’s logo stamped all over it so anyone who wanted a ridiculously expensive pair of ridiculously popular boots could have spotted them from a mile away. The driver had taken the time to cover the box with the mat. Score one in my book for the USPS.
I met the driver at the door and noticed there were already two boxes at my feet. He was holding a third and said he’d already been by once but his paperwork didn’t say I had three packages (just two) but when his route was over he had an extra box. Not being our normal mailman, he said he was afraid it might get lost in the shuffle if he returned it to the post office so he came back to make sure I got the package before Christmas.
I was officially impressed with the USPS. Wanting to show him some sort of gratitude I looked at him and asked, you like cookies?
By the time he pulled off I’d loaded him down like a pack mule with a bit of everything I’d cooked today. He was as tickled with his goodies as I was with giving them to him. And that little exchange more than made up for the fact that my babies aren’t babies anymore and I’d had to do my baking without them.
OK, so on to the cookies! This is the easiest recipe ever! When you want to whip up something quick or have a day like mine and want to have a large variety of cookies without huge batches (or effort), these are perfect!
I used the caramel Nestle Toll House DelightFulls because Husband laid an egg when he spotted them in the grocery store (he has serious issues with caramel). And also because I figured it would be the perfect amount of chips for this size batch of batter but you can absolutely use 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips or other morsels.
Cake Mix Cookies
1 box chocolate cake mix (I used Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used 1 9-oz. bag of Nestle Toll House DelightFulls)
Add eggs and oil to a large bowl or stand mixer and mix well. Add dry cake mix and mix on low until well combined (about 1 minute). Stir in chocolate chips.
Refrigerate batter for 30 minutes to firm up a bit. Roll batter into 1-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet two inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes or until set. Return the batter to the fridge between batches to make sure it doesn't get too soft.
Makes approximately 40 cookies.
You can use any flavor cake mix and any type of chips or morsels for this recipe.