Monday, March 28, 2011

The Recipe That Started It All...

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies by Betty Crocker

-1 box Devil’s Food cake mix (Betty Crocker brand)
-1 stick of butter, softened
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-2 eggs
-1 cup chocolate chips

-Cream the butter with half of the cake mix
-Add the vanilla and eggs
-Add the rest of the cake mix and chocolate chips
-Drop spoonfuls of batter onto baking sheets
-Bake at 350 for 10-12 min

This recipe is what started it all, creating the baking fanatic I am today haha My first time baking on my own without my mom’s supervision was freshman year of high school. The recipe  looked easy enough since it calls for cake mix which already has the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, etc prepped for you. So I whip everything up and put the cookies in the oven for 12 minutes, the amount of time the recipe calls for... but back when I was 14, I didn’t know the trick of underbaking and letting the cookies finish baking on the baking sheet outside of the oven so my first batch came out kinda crunchy with some burnt chocolate chips.. gross haha I was sad that my first solo baking adventure had failed and was sulking about it when my mom came home from work. Being the wonderful mom that she is, she ate my cookies anyway and told me they weren’t bad for my first time. She brought the rest to work to give to her coworkers who would eat anything because that’s what men do (so true haha). Then she gave me some tips about baking cookies (rotating them halfway through and underbaking)... I tried again the next day and brought them to school for my friends. These cookies made me popular in high school and for the next four years, people would always ask me to make these for them for their birthdays lol

In college, my apartment-mate also liked to bake and I would see her using different flavor cake mixes besides Devil’s food and other ingredients besides chocolate chips. My baking radar went off and I decided to do my own experiments. Some of my creations include: strawberry cake mix with yogurt chips, german chocolate cake mix with peanut butter chips, vanilla cake mix with pistachios. I even made funfetti cookies for my cousin’s birthday party and she asked me how much time I spent putting all those colors into the white cookies... so cute! haha What I love about this recipe is that you can be creative and mix and match whatever you want. This recipe definitely got me going and it’s a great beginner’s recipe for people new to baking. It’s also great when you need to whip something up and don’t have much time/all the necessary ingredients for those fancy shmancy recipes.

Please share any interesting combinations of cookies you end up making! :)


  1. They are very tasty! I had one for breakfast. :-P Though they got smushed in my purse.

    I will definitely try to make this sometime. I think I even have emergency cake mix (or maybe I bought it to make cupcakes...) somewhere... Hopefully it's chocolate flavored. Most likely... I wouldn't buy boring white cake mix.

    Anyway, the funfetti one sounds like a great idea. I'll have to try that one.

  2. Why do you use only half the cake mix at first? More even?