I saw this recipe one day while browsing through the endless ideas on Pinterest and thought how much more soft and chewy these would come out vs. the regular mixes. Or maybe I just have terrible luck with cookie mixes, pre-packaged or otherwise, but either way these seemed like a safer bet!
There are already sooooo many desserts available for Christmas time and so I hadn't planned on making these as a Christmas food, but that's pretty much how it ended up. I also attempted to make Red Velvet Fudge for Christmas, yeah that didn't work out so well...Apparently you need a candy thermometer or a no fail recipe, neither of which I had. So I will be tweaking that one til I can figure it out!! But until then...back to the cookies!
They were AH-MAZE-ING! Soooooo soft and fluffy! Absolutely INCREDIBLE! I could not be more in love with this recipe! This will be the one dessert recipe that I hand down to my daughter, who will hopefully in turn pass it along to all the other lucky people who will enjoy these.
The only thing you really need to look out for with this recipe is make sure you are paying attention to how long they have been baking!! I am bad, terrible, completely spacey, awful, and so on when it comes to setting a timer for anything. So one of the batches I put together, well, they ended up a bit on the hard side. They were still tasty, but they were the typical hard and crunchy kind of cookie you, ok ok, I usually end up with. My sister thought they were still pretty darn good so she packed them up and took them home. I did not take pictures of that batch because of how terrible I thought they were, so let that be your warning, pay attention to baking times!!
And now for the Recipe you've been so patiently waiting for...(Also that blog is awesome, you might consider checking it out for way more than just this recipe!)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c vegetable oil (I never have anything other than Olive Oil on hand, so it goes into all my mixes and they come out great)
You can add any extras you want
I balled up the dough and then flattened it out a little instead of just dropping it by spoonfuls, but I tried that way too and actually liked it better. The cookies came out with more of a crackly texture on top which I loved! 10 minutes was too long for my cookies, I took mine out at around 8 minutes, but I'm sure this depends on every oven so I would recommend setting your timer to 5-7 minutes just to be sure they don't become overdone. Unless of course you like the crunchy cookies. You can use any boxed cake mix you like, I tried yellow and french vanilla and personally thought the french vanilla tasted way better both straight from the oven and after they'd been around a few days.
Happy Cake Mix Experiementing!!