Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easiest Ever Strawberry Cookies...From a Cake Mix

I promised to post this recipe Saturday, and totally forgot. Sorry, but I'm here now to share.
I have made these for years, and don't know why it never occurred to me to share this with you. I think this recipe originally started out as a lemon cookie, but since there are strawberry farmers in my family, why not strawberry?!

I made these one year for my aunt's annual "Sisters Tea" (they're some of the strawberry farmers I mentioned). They couldn't believe how simple they were to make. I gave the recipe to one of my cousins (really, there's no reason for a written recipe as long as you can remember the 4 ingredients. LOL) and she made them for her children's teachers for Christmas. She had offers to pay her for more. I'm pretty sure, her fame preceeded her to her kids' next grade! Here's all you need to know...

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies
One box of Strawberry Cake Mix (I've used 'em all, so pick your favorite)
1 egg, slightly beaten
One 8 oz tub of CoolWhip, or any generic frozen whipped topping
Red food coloring (optional)
* 2 cups confectioner's sugar (for powdering the cookies after baked)

Combine all ingredients with an electric mixer. Now here's where you have a choice: Either drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheet first, or you can drop tablespoonfuls into powdered (confectioner's) sugar before baking. I tend to go back and forth. Up to you.
Bake at 350 for approximately 10 minutes. Check cookies, at about 8 minutes. You don't want them to be crisp, just chewy. Lightly browned around the edges.

Let cool, but when still slightly warm (slightly!) drop into powdered sugar to coat and then place back on cooling rack.

Notes: About food coloring. This is up to you. If you don't use the coloring, no biggie, your cookies will just be pink. But if you'd like a stronger color, more like strawberries, then I say go for it. Just a drop at a time though, until you like what you see. :-)
These cookies can get a bit aggravating because they'll be sticky before baking. I just coat my hands/spoon/scoop (whatever you're using to drop the cookies) with some powdered sugar to try to help.
Use the powdered sugar to coat your cookies

Tah-Dah! You're done. Enjoy!






56 comments:

  1. These cookies look so yummy!

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  2. Thank you Donna - they are! Almost feel guilty because they're so easy...Almost! :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for this recipe! As a college student living in a dorm room, I don't have the space or time to bake from scratch. These were amazing!

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  3. is the powdered sugar just for sprinkling over the cookies or does it go in with the mix? want to be sure before i try it.

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    1. Im wondering that too..

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  4. I'm going to try these this weekend! I love recipes that are this simple but look like a million bucks! thanks for sharing!

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  5. The powdered sugar is for rolling them in. Sorry for the confusion. :-)

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  6. when i baked these, 350 for 9 minutes, they were way too soft, really dough-y still. I put the cool whip in the mixture still frozen, could this be the problem?

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  7. That could be the problem. These cookies are meant to be soft, but doughy? Not :-) When putting in frozen coolwhip, that might be adding more moisture than necessary. Hope this helps

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  8. You should really correct your recipe where it says to combline ALL ingredients. I was making these yesterday for the 4th and ruined a whole batch because I added the 2 cups powdered sugar in with the rest of the ingredients as the recipe states...was very disappointed with the outcome.

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  9. Oh Carol! I'm so sorry!!! I addressed that in the comments, and then, silly me, totally forgot to ammend the actual post to reflect the powdered sugar! Thank you for bringing that to my attention. It's now corrected, but sorry it was too late to save your cookies.

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  10. So I just made these. My 2 girls love anything pink, so when they saw hot pink cookies, I could barely keep them away from the oven. They loved them! They turned out great! I enjoyed them as well, pretty sure I ate 3 or 4 to "clean" the beaters. Thank you for the easy recipe.

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  11. Sarah,
    I'm so glad you and your girls liked the cookies! They are so incredibly easy, aren't they? You know, you can also do lemon cookies the same way (which is the first way I saw this recipe) and oooh, wouldn't pineapple be good? Uh oh, I'm drooling now. LOL

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  12. I also added the sugar to the mix... Don't know if it will turn out right now :( we shall see

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  13. We have been making these for years with different types of cake mixes. For Christmas we made them with a spice cake mix and a pumpkin bread mix and rolled them in brown sugar and cinnamon and drank hot chocolate with them. HEAVEN!

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  14. Is the cool whip required or can i use whipped cream?? the reason why i'm asking is because i'm allergic to cool-whip :(

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  15. What would be a good subtitute for the powdered sugar. I am diabetic. Would splenda give the same effect?

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    1. The powdered sugar is for "decorative purposes" so you really don't have to use it. However my concern would be using the cake mix. It has sugar/carbs already inside the mix. Sorry.

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    2. i have a recipe for sugar free powdered sugar. i found one when my mom was diagnosed with diabetes because i bake a lot. 2 cups of dry milk, 2 cups of corn starch, and 1 cup of splenda or stevia or your brand of artificial sweetener. it doesn't smell like powdered sugar but it does taste like it.

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    3. That's great!!!! Thank you for sharing, I think you've greatly helped a lot of us out! :)

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  16. YUMMY! I just made a batch with Lemon cake mix and MMMMM... Thank you for sharing this recipe! I am not only "pin"ning this recipe, but it is getting printed into my favorite recipe files too! I can't wait to try different mixes now. The spice or pumpkin mixes sound really good too, especially with fall and winter holidays ahead ... might have to try them sooner just to make sure! yummmmmm

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    1. Marylou I'm so glad you enjoyed the cookies. Aren't they just the best? (because you can change the flavor with each different mix!!! YUMMY) I can just envision all kinds of really great cookies you're going to do!!!

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  17. Made these this morning! Delicious! Mine needed 12 minutes exactly. I am going to make these in strawberry, orange, and lemon for my daughter's birthday party in a couple weeks. Easy and yummy!

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    1. Great Shannon! So glad you enjoyed them. They are so versatile, I love that about them. The flavors are almost limitless!!!

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  18. I was wondering, do you only use the egg and coolwhip or do you add that to what the cake mix calls for?

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  19. Hey there Anonymous!
    Don't pay attention to what the box says, just go by what I have in the post and you'll be fine. Enjoy!!!

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  20. I made these tonight and they turned out awesome! This pregnant lady is a happy camper :) Its like eating cake, but so much lighter! I think I may try these with a lemon cake mix and make some for my baby shower next month!

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  21. Has anyone tried it with lite cool whip?

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  22. I grow up in Plant city fla and there is a place there that s famous for these strawberry cookies! I moved away from plant city about 5 years ago and have craved these cookies ever since! Well thank you for making my dreams come true I can now make these cookes any time I want.... They make me think of home!

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    1. I think I know where you're talking about! I can't guarantee they do the same (coolwhip and cake mix), but they sure taste close! :-)

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  23. I just made these and they are GREAT!!! I liked them in the powdered sugar before baking best, gave them a little more fluff or something. Will be adding these to the rotation of cookies I make.

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  24. How do u put them in powder sugar first before baking?

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  25. I have made these a few times now and my family and I absolutely LOVE them. I am wondering if I can try this recipe only with lemon cake mix to change it up a little?

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    1. Roye - Definitely!!! They make wonderful lemon cookies. Try some pineapple cake mix too! Even chocolate cookies. The sky IS the limit with this method

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  26. Could u use this with a butter recipe yellow cake mix? Do u use the cool whip to keep them together? What exactly does cool whip do?

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    1. Hey Tasha
      Well, you could use the butter yellow cake mix, but the whole point of using the flavored mixes is, well, for the flavor. You'd still have a nice cookie, but the options are limited only by the flavors of cake mixes you find. (i.e., pineapple, lemon, carrot, even chocolate.....)

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  27. Hi SJ!

    Does the frozen whip cream need to be thawed? I see in earlier comments you mention it might add too much moisture. What's your suggestion?

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    1. Hey there! Yes, thawed. Thanks for asking.

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  28. I made these for my daughter's 1st birthday party and they were a huge hit. Thank you for posting it.

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  29. Do you know if altitude has anything to do with the baking time. I cooked mine over 12 minutes and they were not cookie consistency in the middle. I know when baking cakes there is an additional instruction for altitudes. Just wondering.

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    1. Well that's a good question. These cookies are not "crisp" like some cookies, but are of the "chewy" variety. Were your cookies like that, or just not done? I never thought about there being something to consider with altitude issues, being that I live at sea level... Sorry for the confusion.

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  30. Just made these cookies in lemon though. Out of this world. Don't understand how people got confused about the powder sugar though. Not only stated where to use in the recipe also in the explanation of the cookies.. Anyway it's all good.

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  31. My cookies are stuck to the wax paper? Any tips on how to remove them?!

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  32. These sound divine! Can't wait to try!

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  33. How many cookies will this make? I have a cookie swap to attend so need 12dz.

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    1. Hi Maureen. Hmmm.. Ya know, I never come out with how many the recipe says (I tend to "go big" on mine, and they usually vary in sizes) I get almost 3 dozen when I made them, but then again... I like to go bigger.

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  34. I usually never comment on anything . I wanted to tell you that these are sooo delicious. I have made them twice within the past three days.. I made strawberry and i also made chocolate. The strawberry are my favorite.. I added a box of strawberry creme pudding mix to these cookies and it was amazing. They are so easy to make and very fast. Just wanted to say thank you for my new favorite cookie recipe!

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  35. Oh Amanda!!! Chocolate! Well I've made these cookies as strawberry, lemon, pineapple, but don't know why I never thought of chocolate! My husband would love that. Thanks for commenting and adding yet another flavor for me to try!

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  36. About how many cookies does this make?

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  37. Hii my daughter made batches for church, awesome so I recruited her to make 100 for my employees, she made them yesterday for tomorrow- do I need to refrigerate? Thanks cindi

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  38. I tried these today for a birthday celebration at work - and EVERYONE fell in love with them!! I used strawberry cake mix. They were baked the night before and they were still very tasty the next day. I prefer them still kinda warm :-) I only comment would be I baked them longer than your time, I upped it to 13 mins in my oven.

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  39. Making them for my kids and they smell delicious. Next time though I won't put 2 cups of the powdered sugar. You prob only really need half to three quarters of a cup. I don't want to reuse the left over sugar since I rolled the dough in it before baking and it has raw egg in it.

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  40. Would these freeze well?

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  41. I will be making these for my grown grand sons who love cookies.

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