Work-Life Balance: Cake Mix Cookies
I work hard, and with little time for play, I try to enjoy all the other necessities in life. Specifically, I LOVE TO COOK! I'm not classically trained, just mom-life trained! That means if my family is going to eat it... it has to be quick and tasty!
Recently, I made a recipe that friends and family were so excited about I thought I should share it!
I know what you're thinking... What does this have to do with Work? Jobs? Careers? It's all about Work-Life Balance! I know that many of you work hard, if not harder than I do and may not have a full day for baking... So, I'm sharing this very quick, 4 ingredient cookie recipe! I used a few things from my cupboard and the addition of Essential Oils.
Here's the step by step.
1. Preheat your oven to 350 and gather these ingredients:
- 1 Box of Cake Mix
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil
- 4 Drops of Lemon Vitality Essential Oil from Young Living (Optional)
You can use any flavor cake mix you like. I'm partial to the Duncan Hines Butter Golden Flavor! It's my absolute favorite and in this case it was a great pairing with my mix in. You can add any mix-in you like! For this batch, I chose Lemon Vitality Essential Oil from Young Living! This is an optional step but the lemon flavor was so vibrant and fresh that I don't think I'll make a plain version ever again.
2. Add 4 drops of Lemon Vitality Essential Oil to 1/2 cup of Vegetable Oil. This will allow for the oil to completely mix throughout your entire cookie. If you add it later, you run the risk of having lemon flavored pockets... Hmm... That might be nice too!
3. Use any mixing bowl to combine the ingredients.
4. Start mixing! Use a spoon instead of a mixer to be sure you get the texture right.
5. Continue mixing... until your batter turns a pale color and becomes so thick it pulls away from the bowl.
6. Choose your baking method. I personally like to use cupcake tins because my cookies won't get stuck together and always come out the same size! That's a big deal to me, but If you don't mind monster cookies, use a cookie sheet.
7. Spray with Cooking Spray. Since there is enough oil in this recipe that the cookies won't have much problem releasing from the pan, I use a light spraying of cooking spray for added insurance.
8. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Be sure to place the cookies on a rack in the middle of the oven, too close the either the bottom or top will cause uneven cooking. Unfortunately, I know this from experience. You'll know these cookies are done when the outer edges are a little golden brown and the tops of the cookies begin to crack.
9. Let cool for 5 minutes. ENJOY! You'll want to be sure these cookies rest for the full 5 minuets. I know how hard it can be, but try! They need time to set. You'll notice that they will fall or cave in but that is normal. You should easily be able to remove them from a baking sheet or cup cake tin. When I use a cup cake tin, I wait at least 10 minutes before removing them by turning the tin upside down onto a baking sheet.
10. Wow your friends! These cookies are soft, rich and delicious! If you are looking for a simple treat to wow your friends... This is it!!!
There are so many combinations you can make with this recipe.
- Chocolate, Chocolate Chip - Chocolate cake mix + chocolate chips
- Sugar cookie - Vanilla cake mix
- Snickerdoodle - Vanilla cake mix + cinnamon and sugar
- Cranberry Walnut - Vanilla cake mix + dried cranberries and walnuts
- White chocolate Walnut - Vanilla cake mix + white chocolate chips and walnuts
What other combinations would you or have you tried?