Monday, October 3, 2011

Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies (ever!)

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 My family loves cookies.  But I must confess, I usually buy them at the grocery store. Why... I am totally afraid to bake them.  I have not baked cookies in over a decade because I stink at it.  My cookies (if you can call them that) turn into literal hockey pucks.  I've drooled over all the cookie recipes from all my food blogger friends who seem to whip these up with such grace and ease.  I drool and feel envy because I feel like my cookies would never turn out the same (even if I followed their delicious recipes).  Well, I baked my first batch of cookies yesterday and I felt like a cookie baker for the first time.  I was literally dancing around my kitchen.  So what made all the difference in my cookie baking?  Can you believe it was a box of cake mix?  YES!  Cake mix!  I found a book called Everything Cake Mix and holy cow is it good.  I'm the cake box queen as most of you can see so I had to try this recipe and share it with all of you.  So if you're a baker or a  non-baker like me, try this recipe.  I'm sure it will blow your socks off on how easy and "fool proof" it is.  Speaking as the biggest cookie fool in the world. : )



 Ingredients:
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 Tbs of water


Directions:

Mix the eggs, water, oil and peanut butter well.







Then add your cake mix and beat until it forms a cookie dough texture.







 I spayed a baking sheet with cooking spray and rolled out the peanut butter cookies into balls.  Now I must warn you when doing this step it felt like there was a lot of oil because my hands were oily when rolling them. I was panicking thinking I did something wrong.  But it bakes fine. I also made a mistake with my first batch by making the balls of cookie dough way too big (bigger than a golf ball).  You want them not so big (about walnut size) because they will spread out.





Peanut butter cookies have a special pattern on them.  You need to take a fork and press down in a cross pattern.   Then bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 minutes.  Take them out of the oven and allow them to sit on the warm cookie sheet for 2 more minutes then transfer them to a cooling rack.

These came out with the perfect soft, chewy consistency my cookies NEVER had before. I loved them. My kids loved them and the biggest cookie monster in our house, my hubby, loved them.  I just baked cookies and they crumbled!!  No hockey pucks here!  Yay!  Yippy! Hooray!  Okay now get ready for a million other ways to bake these cookies... time to experiment.



19 comments:

  1. Lovely cookies!!!
    I love peanut butter cookies but never tried them with a cake mix :)
    Nice blog !!!

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  2. Ok, I'm giving these a try today. I can bake cookies, but just don't feel like pulling it all together every time. What a fantastic short cut this is. You've got me hooked.

    You'll be sharing more out of that cookbook, right???

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  3. I am definitly going to be sharing more from this cookbook. :) I'm also going to do my "cookie experiments". :) I just ran to my local grocery store and bought 10 boxes of cake mix for $1 each. I'm locked and loaded... ready to bake! :)LOL!

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  4. I make cookies all the time and peanut butter is one of my favorites :) I have never made them with box cake mix I bet they were amazingly tasty. :)

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  5. Lovely cookies, they are addictive I bet :)
    USMasala

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  6. These do look really simple! Thanks for sharing them. Looks like you could just whip these up no problem during the week!

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  7. These are so easy that they could be dangerous!

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  8. I can't believe you haven't baked a cookie in 10 years! That is a compliment because with all the stuff I see you post, I would never believe that you had a phobia of cooking/baking anything!

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  9. Just saw this post today - making them right now

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  10. Ramona - you can turn a cake box mix into pure magic! I love it! congratulations on your amazing cookies - they look like you've been baking every day!

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  11. Ramona...what an awesome idea! I'm going to have to look for that cookbook (you and I and our cookbooks!) because these look just scrumptious! My peanut butter cookies always come out a bit on the dry side. I guess I just haven't found the perfect recipe until now! These will have me dancing too! : )

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  12. I am afraid of baking too....But now, this post says me to try some cookies at home...

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  13. Fabulous short cut!!! There's just not enough times some days to bake from scratch...especially when you have an easy recipe alternative that makes perfect cookies :)

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  14. Looking forward to your cookie experiments. I know they will all be as great as this recipe. Also, congratulations on your nomination!

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  15. Looks great, but the easiest one I have found was:
    1 cup Peanut Butter, 1 cup Sugar, and 1 egg....blend and bake 350 degrees for 10 mins....love em! Enjoy! Nice blog!

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  16. I think my Gram was way ahead with this ,cause she made all kinds of cookies out of different cake mixes years ago, 40's.Her idea was that everything was already in there and measured so she just doctored it up some to be different.Glad I followed in her footstep's.Always made a crust in the middle of her metal table,just make a well in the center of the flour and add lard ,water or white vinegarand mix it up.Good memories !

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  17. I have baked these cookies for years and years. My oldest daughter is 48 and I started baking them when she was just a toddler. Fool proof for even people who cannot bake and yummy too.

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  18. I have been baking for years and I also have my own recipes for home made cookies but I have made cake mix cookies and they were very good so it looks like I will be making these soon I Love Cookies Especially Peanut Butter Cookies <3

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