Beyond the Box: 25 Doctored Desserts

Feeling sheepish that you "cheated" with a box mix? Well, don't! You'll be proud to claim these 25 amped-up recipes made with cake mix, pudding mix or refrigerated cookie dough as your own.

Part of: Comfort Food: Baking and Desserts

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Bisquick Coffee Cake

"This is one of my favorite recipes. I’ve been making it for years and everyone loves it."

-bungalowten

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Easy Cake Mix Cookies

"I love the fact that you can customize these cookies by adding different toppings and using different cake mixes. The possibilities are endless."

-May I Have That Recipe

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Extreme Lemon Bundt Cake

"This recipe did NOT taste like it started out its life as a box cake! It was beautiful and tasted great, especially with a small scoop of blueberry ice cream on the side!"

-Lizzie-Babette

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Slow-Cooker Peach Dump Cake

"Simply put, this is the easiest and most satisfying dessert ever. I love the way that the peaches cook down and blend with the other ingredients."

-westtextazzy

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Cinnamon Roll Cake

"This is an exceptional cake. It is wonderfully sweet and beautifully moist."

-under12parsecs

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Bayou Brownies

"Boy-oh-boy are these ever good! The bottom layer is almost blondie-like in its chewiness, and the nuts are a wonderful crunchy surprise. Yum!"

-under12parsecs

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Coconut Coffee Cake

"This recipe makes a great snack cake that you can just pick up and eat with your hands. I brought it to work and it got rave reviews — no one believed it had cheese soup in it!"

-cookiedog

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Sugar Cookie Apple Crisp

"Why has nobody thought about using cookie dough like this before?! This was delicious. And the apples were not at all mushed; they were very tender."

-Annacia

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Cake Batter Fudge

"Excellent fudge! You can use any flavor cake mix — I've used yellow, chocolate and strawberry. It's such an awesome and easy recipe!"

-SorcNora

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Lemon Cookie Cups

If you're craving lemon meringue pie, these little bites are a blast to bake! Packaged cookie dough makes them easier than ever.

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Sour Cream Yellow Cake

"Better than homemade! This cake didn't taste like a mix at all. It's very moist and flavorful!"

-Madefromscratch

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Cake Mix Cookies

"This is the easiest cookie recipe in the world! You can be out of flour, sugar and butter and still make a great batch of cookies! I used a yellow cake mix this time — can't wait to try more flavors in the future!"

-Empire920

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Turtle Cookies

"What an easy cookie to make! And tasty, too! I used a pastry bag with a star tip to frost them."

-DebS #2

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Butterscotch Pound Cake

"As an experiment, I used a doctored cake mix recipe and added butterscotch pudding to make this pound cake. It turned out yummy!"

-Pam-I-Am

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Surprise Cream-Filled Cupcakes

"If I could leave 10 stars for these cupcakes, I would. Fabulous! I love the filling because it's very light like the store-bought version."

-Texaspollock

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Taffy Apple Pizza

"Delicious stuff! I added Snickers bars to my pizza, and it went perfectly with the peanut butter, cream cheese, apples and caramel! This was refreshingly easy to make."

-Sarahcw80

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Cookie-Crust Lemon Bars

"These lemon bars couldn't be easier! I like how the cookie dough crust isn't as crumbly as a traditional graham cracker one. I used extra lemon zest and extract for lots of lemon flavor!"

-ms_bold

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Toffee Brownie Trifle

"Easy peasy! I used sugar-free pudding and about 4 ounces of English toffee bits. The trifle was a big hit with both children and adults!"

-Roxygirl in Colorado

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Fruit Cocktail Coconut Cake

"My mother made this all the time when we were growing up. It's oh-so-good and easy to prepare! For a sweet warm treat, freeze in precut squares and pop in the microwave."

-Old widow

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Chocolate Pudding Fluff

"I created this recipe one day for my daycare children. I was just trying to use up things in my pantry, but the kids ended up loving it! Now they ask for it all the time."

-AMY MCCHESNEY

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Easy Mousse Cake Filling

"This worked great! I used cheesecake pudding and put it on deep dark chocolate cake. It was delicious on all counts!"

-Druid Queen

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No-Fail Easy Cake Mix Brownies

"Similar to a packaged brownie mix, this recipe has a great brownie texture and takes only minutes to make. Just dump everything in a bowl, mix and bake!"

-Kittencalskitchen

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Cherry Crumb Bars

"Even a beginning baker can look like a pro by making these bars! After baking, I let them cool down a bit and then add a little whipped topping."

-Chef shapeweaver ©

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Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

"Wonderful cinnamon rolls! The texture was perfect — not too cakey or too doughy. I topped the rolls with a powdered sugar icing while they were still warm."

-Kim D.

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Vanilla Pudding

"People raved about this when I took it to a party. It was gone in a matter of minutes."

-CrayRay

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