Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cake Mix Peanut Butter Cookies

A hankering is a dangerous thing, here.

I sat in my living room last night convinced that who ever was in charge of cake in this house had failed miserably. 

I got up this morning and realized that as much as I wanted some cake, I wanted cookies.  I wanted cookies N.O.W.  

I went through my mental cookie inventory and it all seemed too much work.  Seriously, there's a crisis happening when you want cookies but can't muster the strength, vision or bother to actually stand up to make them.  I was having one of those moments.

I searched through my cupboard for inspiration and came across a cake mix I'd bought for a dump cake.  Maybe I'd make a cake from a mix.  To be honest, I don't remember the last time I made a cake from a box and wondered if I'd even LIKE the flavor.  I think I've spoiled myself the way I spoiled Connor's tastebuds.  In any event, I had a bit of an epiphany...cake mix is what? It's just a box full of, wait for it...flour, sugar, baking powder, salt ... hmmmmm, in a box...  BINGO! 

Here's what happened at my house this morning: 

In a mixer, combine;

1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 Tablespoons water
healthy teaspoon of Vanilla

Beat it

Add 1 boxed yellow cake mix. (I just dumped it in and mixed for a minute or so on medium)

Mix it till it looks like cookie dough.  Scoop into little balls and place on cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 12 minutes.

I used a small ice cream scoop to make round balls then some I pushed a spoon into with some raspberry jam, some I flattened with the peanut butter cookie criss cross, some I left as balls, some I added chocolate chips to after they baked, some I rolled chocolate chips into the ball and then just flattened slightly.  It made about 48 cookies.

Oh yes, this is a keeper idea!


Go make some, and eat them.


1 comment:

  1. Wow, this one made my recipe box. Just as you said, you can do whatever you want to make them special. I added a bit of smashed banana, chocolate chips and some chopped walnuts as my husband LOVES bananas with peanut butter and chocolate. They were truly amazing. I hesitate with any cake mix as I have to watch what goes into me as I ma diabetic. I also believe if it is not good for me it is not good for anyone else. My cake mix is one I mix myself and store in the pantry. It works really well for a base anytime I am looking to bake a cake but I have never made cookies from it. I use it for banana bread but this was so easy I just can't thank you enough!