Easiest Cookies Ever

Posted on 02/15/2013 by cappyhead
My mom gave me this recipe. I have no idea where she got it from, but it's my go-to cookie recipe when I'm short on time, or need to make a lot of cookies for an event. These cookies are soft and chewy, even after several days (as long as they are stored in an air-tight container).

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One box of chocolate cake mix (I prefer Duncan Hines Devil's Food)
One small (3.5 ounce) box of instant chocolate pudding mix (I prefer Jell-0 Chocolate Fudge or Devil's Food)
One stick of butter, melted
Two eggs, beaten
One tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
Granulated white sugar for rolling dough balls in

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour some granulated white sugar into a round cake pan. Combine eggs and melted butter in mixing bowl. Sift cake mix, pudding mix, and cocoa powder into butter/egg mixture. Stir until well-blended. (Sometimes I have to mush it up with my hands as the dough can get pretty stiff. Also, sometimes I have add a tablespoon or two more of the melted butter.) Using a tablespoon or mini ice cream scoop, make small, uniform balls of dough, about an inch in diameter. Roll dough balls in sugar, place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper about an inch or two apart. Gently press each dough ball with two fingers to make them into disks. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes (10 minutes is perfect in my oven). Allow to cool for a few minutes then transfer cookies to a cooling rack.

Makes about 60 cookies.

You can also use lemon cake mix & lemon instant pudding mix. I love both flavors, but with the lemon you have to keep a closer eye on the oven to make sure they don't brown. For some reason with the chocolate the dough is stiffer and I usually have to add a little extra melted butter, and the chocolate ones require you to press the dough balls, while the lemon ones spread out nicely without pressing them.

Oh! Also, when making the lemon version, my mom likes to add some unsweetened lemonade flavor Kool-Aid powder to the rolling sugar, for an extra lemony kick. You could also use some Countrytime lemonade crystals, I imagine.

cesia_dalia 16th-Feb-2013 04:05 am (UTC)
This looks and sounds delicious. I absolutely have to give them a try, and since they make that much, I'm sure the RAs of my dorm might love them for the dorm events they do. Thanks for sharing! <3
cappyhead 16th-Feb-2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
The little scoop I use to form the dough balls holds exactly one tablespoon, and I make sure it's a level scoop, which is how I'm able to get around 60 cookies out of a batch... assuming I don't eat too much of the dough. ;)
cesia_dalia 16th-Feb-2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
haha, that's good to know. If I make this when I go home, I have a feeling the majority of the dough will disappear into the void that is my brother. XD
sumrndmgrl 16th-Feb-2013 04:55 am (UTC)
will keep for when i need a recipe in a pinch. thanks!
whyintellectual 16th-Feb-2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting. The options for chocolate and lemon seem amazing. I would like to try the chocolate ones for my husband.

Seems pretty easy and cheaper for me than buying tons of ingredients that I rarely use (I bake rarely).
cappyhead 16th-Feb-2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
My mom has experimented with other cake/pudding combinations, like yellow cake and pistachio pudding (maybe add some almond extract to punch up the flavor), Funfetti cake and vanilla pudding, etc. They all seem to turn out pretty well.
smittenlilly 16th-Feb-2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
Yum, I never made cookies with a pudding mix actually. Need to try that one :)
tommyjim good idea17th-Feb-2013 03:54 am (UTC)
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arcadeforest 17th-Feb-2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling the majority of the dough will disappear into the void that is my brother. XD

ready2please 17th-Feb-2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
I bought a box of lemon cake mix and a lemon pudding mix yesterday and two lemons. I am planning on making the lemon ones today. I had gone to Google Image search to see if I could find a picture of what the lemon ones would look like and interestingly most of the pictures they rolled the cookies in powdered sugar, not granulated sugar. They look amazing. One reason I bought the lemons is if I didn't think mine looked that great, I might make a little lemon glaze type frosting to put on top and use the lemon juice and lemon zest in that.

I don't know how to insert an image in a comment, but this is the one I was looking at:


I made them. Used the powdered sugar and then when done sprinkled with more powdered sugar after they cooled. Thanks for the recipe. I didn't try them but my husband liked them. :)

Edited at 2013-02-17 11:56 pm (UTC)
cappyhead 18th-Feb-2013 01:19 am (UTC)
techlabpro Try to better this18th-Feb-2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this recipe.It's look delicious & i will try to make this one for my loving Mom.techlabpro
prizewheel 19th-Feb-2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
Those look delish and sound so easy to make. I must try them.
moonlight_soldr 20th-Feb-2013 02:28 am (UTC)
I bought the ingredients today! I am so excited to try the lemon ones :)

I'm gong to experiment with the chocolate ones ... I bought chocolate cake mix and banana pudding mix (and I have some banana extract ...) wish me luck ;)
Victorias Deco this is so useful21st-Feb-2013 09:04 am (UTC)
I like this article, I will do it by myself, so delicious
rachelpage 26th-Feb-2013 02:33 am (UTC)
Sounds like a winner! Gotta try them soon.
love_spent 1st-Mar-2013 12:41 am (UTC)
lvashkov 1st-Mar-2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
this looks amazing and super easy. i'll definitely give this recipe a shot~
keladry_lupin 4th-Mar-2013 05:05 am (UTC)
Pretty good! I smooshed some M&Ms and Reese's Pieces in them as soon as they were out of the oven, and they turned out great. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
rachelpage 27th-Mar-2013 05:33 am (UTC)
Thank you for taking the time to share.
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