Easiest Cookies Ever

Jefferson
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.

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