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Cooking With Kids – A Great Cookie Recipe

I need to post some healthy cooking with kids recipes, but for today here is a great cookie recipe. This recipe was one of the first recipes that my oldest daughter learned to make. Now my eight year old is making it. It was also one of the first recipes that I posted on this blog. However no one was reading it back then, so I thought it would be okay to post it again.

This recipe contains a cake mix. I used to keep cake mixes on hand to use for a quick cake or this recipe. But since I have been avoided processed items, I have not bought a cake mix in months. That is until I wanted one to make this recipe. My girls were thrilled that they were once again able to make these. I may have to keep a mix or two on hand just for them.

This recipe is a great cookie recipe for kids to use because it has a cake mix as it’s base. So, it does not have very many ingredients. My girls can make this from start to finish. I usually help my eight year old putting them in and out of the oven, but besides that they make them themselves.

If you don’t have kids to help you make these, it is still a great recipe. They are great cookies to make when you need them quick to take somewhere. In the past I have doubled it and then used 1/2 the batter for peanut butter chips and 1/2 for butterscotch or white chocolate. I like to do this when I take them somewhere, because it looks nice to have two kinds. These cookies are always a hit when I take them to church dinners.

This is actually a pretty frugal dessert to make. You can often find cake mixes on sale and with a coupon they are quite cheap. Even paying full price for the cake mix you can make these cookies for just a few dollars.


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  1. I make something similar to these only instead of peanut butter chips, I add chocolate chips and raisins. It’s like a Chunky candy bar. I will have to try them with the peanut butter chips.

  2. I love cake cookies but have never made them. Your recipe looks and sounds like it will taste great. Adding ingredients to my grocery list and milk for dunking…now, to get the kids into the other room so they don’t know I made them and then, I won’t have to share!

  3. These look great. I was just wondering how big a Duncan Hines Cake Mix is. That is what weight is it?
    Just wondering what UK alternative to substitue it with?

  4. Duncan Hines Cakes Mix is 18.25 ounces or 517 grams. I hope that helps. I also know that some of the cake mix recipes here use different varieties. So you could probably use just a choc mix or try a spice with raisins if you can’t find devils food in UK.

  5. Lindsay, one more thing a cake mix here makes a 9×13 cake pan. If that helps with comparing the mixes.

  6. Those look scrumptious!

    I’m sure they were gone in moments! Wish I could smell them!

    Did you know that using cake mix makes nice fluffy muffins?

    very cute and practical Frugal idea!


  7. Anonymous says

    I just wanted you too know my husband and I made these to go along with other goodies at my daughters birthday part over the weekend and they we gone in a matter of minutes. They were gone before the cake was. One thing about this recipe we discovered though is the cooking time was too long. We baked them for 8 minutes or just as the chips started too melt. We used white chocolate chips and they were sooooo good.
    I am enjoying you’re blog.
    Take care,
    Kristal from Southwestern VA

  8. Kristal, thanks for letting me know how much you like them. The amount of time when baking cookies really varies with different ovens. I am glad though that you got this recipe to work so well for yout.

  9. Oooh. I was just diagnosed as gluten intolerant, and put on bed rest at almost exactly the same time. So I can’t eat any of the Christmas cookies we keep encountering AND I can’t bake to make myself an alternative. But this recipe is easy enough that my husband and/or daughter should be able to make it (with a GF cake mix)!

    • @Rachel R., That is exactly why I like it and the gf cake mix works well with these. I like it because I can make both versions and everyone in my family can enjoy them. I hope you get to feeling better soon and that a gluten free diet works for you.

  10. I made these this past weekend and they turned out amazing! I have food allergies so I used a box of King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Chocolate cake mix and refined coconut oil (so they wouldn’t taste like coconut) and enjoy life brand dairy free chocolate chunks instead of peanut butter chips. They were oh so chocolatey and my husband who doesn’t have food allergies kept going back for more and declaring that you couldn’t even tell they were gluten and dairy free. I love it when I can find regular recipes and make them so I can eat them safely. Thank you for the recipe.

    • I am so glad that you enjoyed these! They are one of my favorites because you can change them up so easily with all kinds of combinations and flavors. And since I eat gluten free I love hearing that you were able to adapt them to gluten and dairy free. King Arthur Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix is my favorite cake mix. It is pretty much the only one that I use. Thanks again for letting me know what you did and that you enjoyed them!

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