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!