1 box yellow butter cake mix
2/3 cup oil
¼ cup brown sugar
1 cup (or more) milk chocolate chips (not semi-sweet)
NOTE: I like to reduce the amount of oil to 1/3 cup. Then the batter will be a bit dry, so I add just enough milk so that the batter isn’t dry. Don’t add too much, though, or your batter will be gooey. This batter is pretty thick.
Beat egg first and add oil. Add cake mix and brown sugar. (If using less oil and adding milk, you’ll add the milk now.) Add in chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 9 to 10 minutes. Take the cookies out of the oven before they get brown, or the cookies will be very crumbly. I like to take mine out when they are just barely brown around the edges. I have to let the cookies sit on the pan for a few minutes after I take them out of the oven so they won’t fall apart as I transfer them to a cooling rack.
I got this recipe years ago from a very good friend named Alicia. She and I both homeschool our children, and it just so happens that her two boys are about the age of my son and her daughter is close to my younger daughter’s age. Not only that, but our boys and girls have very similar personalities—challenging!
Several years ago when both Alicia and I were going through difficult times homeschooling our children, we decided to take a day off to just visit and let the kids play together. We figured we all needed a break (At least we moms sure did!).
As I sat in Alicia’s kitchen with her, she was getting her dinner started while we discussed our homeschool issues and plans. It always makes us feel better to discuss what’s going on and give each other advice if we can.
While we talked, Alicia got out a cake mix and some other ingredients. I thought she was going to make a cake. When she mixed everything and started scooping out dough for cookies, I was surprised. I’d never seen cookies made from a cake mix before.
The cookies smelled delicious as they baked! While the cookies baked and we talked, we both felt much better! Soon the cookies were done, so we sat and ate them and just enjoyed visiting with each other. (Later we shared some of them with the kids. Honest.)
Every time I make those cookies, it reminds me of that day. Alicia and I are still close friends, and we still enjoy getting together with our families. So not only are these cookies delicious, they also bring back wonderful memories and remind me how blessed I am to have such a good friend.
The holiday season is a great time to bake and share with friends. Who knows if you will create happy memories while sharing these yummy (and easy!) cookies with someone who’s special to you.
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Wendy lives in the South with her wonderful hubby and 3 great kiddos! She is a Christian, homeschooling, work-from-home mom. She and Scott were high school sweethearts and have been married for more than 20 years. Her oldest child has autism, and Wendy began homeschooling her at age 2. Her son, a typical boy, would rather do anything than school! Her youngest child is a little social butterfly and people lover. Wendy loves reading and quilting and will hopefully return to scrapbooking some time soon. You can visit her personal blog at Homeschooling Blessings, or you can find her at the Hip Homeschool Moms website where she is co-owner and social media director.
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