This is one of my all-time favorite recipes! It's so easy and versatile. :) I started out a few years ago by following a recipe for snickerdoodle cake mix cookies (which is what I made for this post too); but I quickly realized that you can make just about any kind of cake mix cookie (CMC for short ;-))! It's a great treat to make when you're running short on time. Because you're not baking from scratch entirely, I bet it takes about half of the preparation time as normal cookies. Below is the recipe that I share with people who ask for the recipe after they've tasted a CMC...and believe me, many people ask for the recipe!
-package of cake mix (chocolate, yellow, or any kind you'd like to experiment with!)
-1/4 to 1/3 cup vegetable/canola oil (enough to make the mixture moist)
Mix the above ingredients (with a spoon is fine) until moist. Add whatever else you'd like, such as m & m's, chocolate chips, toffee bits, chopped oreos, peanut butter chips, etc.!
Preheat the oven to 375 and grease cookie sheets.
Specifically for snickerdoodles, use yellow cake mix and roll each ball of dough (approximately 1-inch in diameter) in a cinnamon sugar mixture (3 Tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon). Then very slightly flatten each cookie with the bottom of a glass. I also like to sprinkle more cinnamon sugar on at that point.
Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets and bake for 9-10 minutes. Let cool for a minute or two on the cookie sheet before removing to cooling rack. The recipe makes about 18 - 24 cookies. ENJOY!
This is a picture of the batter. You can see that there are small pieces of dry cake mix not quite mixed in. It is fine this way! No need to mix them all in.
Here are the balls of dough, rolled in cinnamon sugar but not yet pressed slightly with the bottom of a glass.
This time I also added some festive red and green sprinkles. 'Tis the season after all! This picture is just before the cookies head into the oven.