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Cheater’s Chocolate Chocolate Cookies

November 14, 2009

I ran out of flour tonight. FLOUR. Of all things! We make baked goods at least once a week in this house, so it’s so odd to run out of the main ingredient in those baked goods. But, I promised the kiddos we’d make cookies, so I was determined to deliver on my promise. I sifted through our monster binder of cookie recipes. We could make meringues, but those take forever typically, and we Schotlands don’t wait well…especially when there are baked goods involved. I walked into the pantry and sifted through the bins, trying to come up with something else we could use for the base of cookies and still in disbelief that I actually didn’t notice we were out of flour (to be fair, it has been an insanely busier than busy last couple of weeks. But still…).

Then I saw it: a box of cake mix. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I try to always have a box of cake mix on hand at all times. It’s a staple in our pantry, much like, well…flour. If worse comes to worse and the family’s craving (ok, if I am craving) sweets, it’s so easy to whip up a batch of cupcakes. And now I know they make mighty fine cookies too.

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Cheater's Chocolate Chocolate Cookies

Oh. YES. Don’t those look good? Well, they were! We all loved them!

(side note: many of you reading this may already know cupcake batter makes for great cookies. I did not, so please just nod and smile and pretend that this is just the most ingenious creative use of random ingredients you’ve ever heard of, because I was feeling so very tickled pink at this substitution! 🙂

Ingredients

1 Box of chocolate cupcake mix – any kind (Devil’s food, chocolate, dark chocolate, etc) will do

2 eggs

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup melted butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

12 oz chocolate chips

steps

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a mixer, combine all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips on medium speed until well blended. Don’t over-mix.

3. Add chocolate chips and fold them gently into the batter.

4. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter for adult-size cookies and teaspoonfuls of batter for kid-size cookies onto a baking sheet with a Silpat or onto a greased baking sheet. You can see the adult-size cookies on the left and the kid-size cookies on the right in the above photo.

5. Bake for 11-12 minutes for chewy cookies, 13-14 for crunchy cookies.

Now how easy is that? And yes, I cheated. It not only felt great, but it also tasted oohhhhh sooooo goooooood! 🙂

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