4 Ingredient Cake Mix Cookies: Legendary or Ludicrous?

This week on five ingredient (or less) baking, we will be exploring whether cake mix, vegetable oil and eggs can make delicious cookies or not.  Apparently, I have been living under a rock for longer than I thought, because cake mix cookies are a real thing!  Dozens of websites boast about them.  They claim they are easy to make, delicious cookies made from just a few ingredients.  Here at cakejournal.com, easy and yummy are our favorite words.  I decided to give them a try.

Some people may debate that cake mix should not count as an ingredient.  However, I know that cake mix is something that a lot of people may have laying around!  Therefore, I decided to see if cake mix (plus a few other ingredients) could make scrumptious cookies.

I chose three different cake mix recipes to provide a variety of tastes to the experiment.  All recipes originally come from allrecipes.com.

Plain “Sugar” Cookies

Ingredients:

1 Box of White Cake Mix
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil

Directions:

1. Mix together the cake mix, eggs and vegetable oil in a large bowl; combine well.
2. Roll the “dough” into little balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake the dough at 350F degrees for 4-10 minutes.
4. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Photo Credits: allrecipes.com

Original Recipe here

Double Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:

1 Box of Chocolate Cake Mix
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Eggs
1/2 Package of Semisweet Chocolate Baking Chips

Directions:

1. Combine the cake mix, eggs and oil in a large bowl. Combine well. Add in the chocolate chips and gently fold them into the batter.
2. Roll the “dough” into little balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake at 350F degrees for 8-10 minutes.
4. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Photo Credits: cookdiary.net

Original Recipe here

Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1 Box of White Cake Mix
1/3 Cup of Vegetable Oil
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Package of Peanut Butter Baking Chips

Directions:

1. Combine cake mix and baking powder. Then add eggs and oil and combine well. Fold in your peanut butter chips.
2. Roll the “dough” into little balls and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake the dough at 350F degrees for 8-10 minutes.
4. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Photo Credits:  allrecipes.com

Original Recipe here

These cookies were…interesting.  They definitely did not look like the pictures associated with the original recipes.  The batter was hard to “roll”.  The batter was also extremely sticky and did not hold its shape as cookie dough should.  I ended up using a tablespoon to spoon the batter into circles on the cookie sheet.  I fit about 8 cookies onto a medium-sized cookie sheet and I baked them for 10 minutes.  The cookies grew so large that they began to form one large cookie.  The cookies were hard to remove from the cookie sheet, especially the cookies with chips.  They fell apart easily and did not look very appetizing.  Still, my trusty taste testers were happy to test these out for me.  My test tasters told me that the double chocolate and peanut butter chip cookies were excellent, but tasted more like brownies than cookies.  The “sugar cookie” tasted like cake, they said, and would be best paired with icing on top.

Overall, the cookies passed.  Barely.  I give them a 5/10, because while they tasted delicious, the preparation was messy and their appearance was pitiful.  These aren’t cookies you would serve at a party or to people you wanted to impress.  However, if you’re looking for a quick fix for a sweet tooth or something to satiate friends and family on the fly, these cookies will work just fine!

Want to see more five ingredient (or less) baking? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Baking!

 

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