I used a cake mix to make cookies. You won’t believe what happened next!

Well, you probably will believe it. I got cookies. But they were awesomely good, super easy, and really fast. Also not scary at all. Just about the only way you could mess these up is if you leave them in the oven too long and burn them up.

A couple years ago, the real estate company where I work decided to start handing out cookies on Spirit Hill (that’s the tailgating party before the home football games at our local university) as a promotion. A good way to get our name out there. Because who doesn’t like cookies?

Fast, easy cake mix cookies with only 4 ingredients!
Fast, easy cake mix cookies with only 4 ingredients!

At first, we thought about using premade cookie dough, like you see in hotel lobbies. Those are pretty expensive, though. One of the owners thought about doing cake mix cookies, because they are good, easy, and cheap. We decided to make them chocolate chip, because that is usually everyone’s favorite, but you can use any kind of cake mix. Since then, these are my go-to for cookies when I need them quick.

First empty one box of yellow cake mix into a mixing bowl. Use a fork to break up any lumps in the mix. (Believe me, you will be glad you took the extra 30 seconds to do this BEFORE adding the wet ingredients. It’s a real pain to get it all mixed if there are lumps in the mix.) Add an egg and half a cup of vegetable oil, then stir until it is all mixed up. (You could use an electric mixer, but you don’t have to.) Be sure to get all the way to the bottom of the bowl when you are stirring, or you will find dry mix in the bottom when you are spooning the cookies out.

After it is well mixed, add at least a cup of chocolate chips. Of course, I live by the “more is better” philosophy when it comes to chocolate, so it’s really up to you. Gently stir the chips into the dough until they are evenly distributed.

Drop the dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets using a teaspoon. Make sure the dough is placed about an inch apart, so when the dough gets hot and spreads, the cookies won’t end up cooking into each other. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Be sure to watch the first batch closely so you can get an accurate time for your oven and your desired amount of doneness. (I like chewy cookies, but some people like them crunchy, so . . . ) When they are done, cool them on wire racks.

One box of cake mix should make 2-3 dozen cookies, depending on how big you make them.

That’s it. Really.

You can use any kind of cake mix. The brand doesn’t matter, so you can even use the really cheap stuff and the cookies will still be good. You can also add any kind of chips or candy to them if you want to make them more special. Heck, you can even ice them if you want to. I can’t imagine anything you could do that would make these taste bad.

Did I mention that on Spirit Hill, they call me The Cookie Lady?

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