C Experiments with Cake Mix Cookies
C used to be a cross-country runner. In fact, going for runs is one of the only ways she can justify eating ten million baked goods per day. Well, that and blog research. See? She FORCES herself to eat TERRIBLE things just so you, dear readers, can see this blog. It’s a very, very difficult undertaking…suffering through all those pounds of chocolate and butter…it’s basically torture.
Anyways, this is not a post about running. This is a post about new places.
See, when C was a cross-country runner, she would always do much better on the courses she had run before. Running through a new 5-k, although fun, was always a little stressful, and the chance of taking a wrong turn was always higher. And then there was the time her team got lost on top of a mountain…but we won’t talk about that.
Cooking in a new kitchen is a bit like that. C visited her friend, F, who offered to bake cookies with her. F didn’t realize what this entailed. You see, F is a normal human, who doesn’t like…well…chaos in her kitchen. F’s favorite cookies, in fact, are “cake mix cookies.” (These, in case you haven’t heard of them, are cookies made from a few quick alterations to the cake mix of your choice, saving you the hassle of combining flours and cocoa and whatnot.)
The idea of these cookies confused C for a bit as she is used to making things from scratch. Seriously, by the end of the year, C will probably try to make chocolate chips straight from the bean. So, adjustment one was a “cake mix cookie” recipe.
F has a lovely kitchen, including a really nice gas stove, and an awesome island-type thing with wheels. C kept pretending she was on a baking TV show. But, C is also used to an electric stove, which would cause problems in the baking of these cookies. Adjustment two was learning that the temperature of each side of the oven differed.
Also, F doesn’t believe in butter…or really even any sort of oil…and refuses to be converted to the buttery, greasy way of life. (The fact that F puts up with C’s constant pestering is a testament to how awesome F is.) F recommends, instead of oil or butter, to always use applesauce. C almost died at the thought. So, that was adjustment three.
In short, these adjustments, well, led C to be lost in the woods, er, the kitchen, where F had to console her and promise that by the third pan into the oven the cookies would be fine. And they were. Granted, they were bright red and VERY sweet, but C survived a new kitchen, and now has a simple, yummy recipe under her belt.
(Red Velvet Chocolate Chips Cookies)
Preheat oven to 350°.
1 box Red Velvet cake mix
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup vegetable oil (or applesauce)
1 cup dark chocolate chips
Combine cake mix, oil, eggs, and vanilla, and mix, until about the consistency of thick brownie batter. The red color will be very vivid. Don’t be scared. Stir in chocolate chips.
Chill for 2 hours.
Roll into small balls and bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes. These cookies will spread. A lot. So be prepared, and make sure to have your cooling rack ready.
Makes about 30 cookies. Unless you’re C…and you ruin the first two batches. Please, don’t be like C. At least in this. She’s a lovely role model for life goals such as procrastination and learning the words to every song ever on the radio.
C’s Rating: 2/5 stars. Very sweet…much like a cake, (obvi) but not a very intense flavor. Plus. The idea of a cake mix cookie put her into shock.
Guest Rater-F’s Rating: 3/5. Difficult to roll into balls, and not a mind-blowing taste.