Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins
This is one of my variations of Linda's "Cake Mix Cookies", and I thought the changes warranted it as a separate recipe. For the white chocolate chips, I used those red and green swirled ones that Nestle puts out at holiday time. I chilled the dough a bit in the fridge before doing the first dozen, and then set the bowl back in the fridge between each dozen to make it just a smidge easier to work with. From start to finish, it only took an hour to have four dozen pretty and tasty cookies to add to my holiday cookie tins!
- 1 (18 1/4 ounce) box white cake mix
- 1⁄2 cup canola oil
- 3 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1⁄2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1⁄2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon water (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine cake mix, white chocolate chips, coconut and dried cranberries in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center.
- Combine egg whites, vanilla extract and oil in a small bowl. Add to the ingredients in the large bowl and stir well to combine. If the mixture seems too dry, add up to 1 Tbs. water, so that all ingredients are well incorporated. Chill in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
- Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. Form dough into small balls, using a heaping half tablespoonful of dough for each cookie. Place balls on cookie sheets, about an inch apart.
- Bake 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are just golden brown in spots on the top. Let them cool for a minute or two on the cookie sheet before removing them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
I have been having a wonderful time with my new culinary find -- cake mix cookies, that when I saw the review here about the red and green swirls, I just went BALISTIC !! Let me tell you what you might NOT want to do !! First, I got a box of Funfetti cake mix -- I do believe it has MORE sugar than the others ! Instead of 3 egg whites, I used 2 eggs - since that is what most of the other recipes listed. I did not include coconut -- personal preference. Added 3/4 cup Craisins, and since it seemed very dry, added almost 1/2 Tbsp. water. Started the first batch at 10 minutes -- seemed soft, so let them go another minute. Put the second batch in the oven and tasted one ALMOST cooled cookie ---MAJOR SUGAR RUSH !! If you love sweet things -- this is for you !! I did let subsequent batches bake up to 13 minutes, til they developed a brown edge. Did get 46 cookies with a #40 Zeroll scoop. The last few batchees began to separate, and not be cohesive with the candy -- almost an oily texture. They taste SWEET, but no harm was done by changes. Think I will stick to PLAIN mixes from now on ! Thanks for a fun afternoon, Targetgirl -- DH was FULL of suggestions as the batches went on. I am certain kids, big and small, will really go for these !
So easy to make and very good too!! Had everything on hand and liked that it called for oil, so I didn't have wait for butter to warm up. I used my Pampered Chef small scoop and got 52 cookies. I also used the red & green Nestle swirl chips for a nice Christmas look. Will add this to my list of Christmas cookies to make every year.