Get your hands on these quick and easy cake mix cookies with Oreo chunks inside. Perfect for baking with little hands in the school holidays and when emergency cookie situations arise.
First off a big apology as I posted these on my Instagram and Facebook pages a couple of weeks ago with a promise of ideas for half term baking, but He and I whizzed off to London for a weekend away including exhibitions at the V&A, Mr FatBoy Slim at Alexandra Place and plenty of fabulous food and drink; post to come. Then work took over; 3 days on set filming, in and out of supermarket warehouses and chillers, artistically dropping custard and notching up 15.5km without leaving the store. So, yes apologies but the recipe is finally here...
Now I know I've said it many times before but I'm not a fan of cake mix, I don't see what's wrong with using basic ingredients that aren't processed for a long shelf life; but I've also admitted that there are times when cake mixes might come in handy like the gluten-free mix that I tried out last year. And now I'm prepared to eat my words a little more...
As Nephew #2 is about to turn 1, and Nephew #1 about to turn 7, and the half-term holidays were approaching, I got thinking about baking with the smalls. Louis loves baking with my sister-in-law and goes to cookery club after school as well; proud Aunty moment right there. And whilst Louis is learning to cook from scratch, sometimes those bright packets emblazoned with the latest superhero or Disney Princess are too much to resist in the bakery aisle.
As I said it got me thinking, thinking about getting kids in the kitchen more, making them less of a scary place to be full of hot ovens and sharp knives; how do we encourage children to think about their food if the main place in the house is off limits. It might just be me, but I would rather my nephews learnt about how to be in the kitchen safely than thinking their next meal came from the drive-through or one of the many takeaway apps that are springing up all over the place now.
Yes, before you say anything, yes I hear you... this post is about cake mixes and cookies; how is that healthy. Well, ok point conceded, but what I'm really trying to say with these is that it is so simple, lazy baking I call it, but there's nothing more for little hands to do than add the ingredients together in a bowl and give it a good mix, as we all know small people are excellent at doing. Actually, one of these with a good glass of milk, plain, strawberry or chocolate, will keep the little sugar monsters at bay until its time for tea.
That all aside, they're not just for kids, they're also the perfect bake for those emergency cookie situations when there's none in the house, there's 4 foot of snow outside and the thought of venturing into the artic blizzard to the village shop is more than you can bear. In fact, if you've got a cake mix kicking around at the back of the cupboard for a rainy day, eggs and some oil that's all you need.
That's all you need technically... the beauty about these, for both kids and adults, is that the cake mix just acts as a base and you can chuck in whatever else you fancy. We've all seen the Smartie cookies in the supermarkets, there's a start. I had some Ores that, surprisingly, needed eating up (they don't normally hang around for long in this house). Just sitting here writing this at the moment, I'm thinking about how awesome jelly beans might be in them. Give cake mix cookies a lookup on Pinterest for other ideas, but here are a few to start you off and you can find my cake mix cookie recipe below:
- Cake mix Lemon Cookies from Classy Clutter
- Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies from Little Dairy on the Prairie
- Reese's Pieces Chocolate Cookies from The Frugal Girls
Hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. If you give these cake mix cookies a go, let me know how you get on and any flavour combinations you give a go. Please rate the recipe and leave me a comment below if you do!
Cookies & Cream Cake Mix Cookies
- Cake Mix 1 packet e.g. Betty Crooker Classic Vanilla
- 2 Eggs whisked
- 100 ml Vegetable Oil
- 100 g Oreo Cookies crushed
- Preheat oven to 180 deg C and line baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil and Oreo cookies. Mix together well until combined into a dough
- Using an ice cream scoop divide the dough into balls and place on the lined baking sheets, allowing enough room for them to spread when baking
- Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden and once baked leave to cool on a wire rack
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