By Karen=^..^= on June 30, 2002
Photo by DanaClover
Photo by DanaClover
"These are chewy, fudgy, SUPER EASY cookies that you can probably make right now! I have watched these disappear time and again and everyone is always asking for the recipe. It is almost embarrassing to give it out, it is that easy :) Enjoy! (12/14/06: I wanted to add that Betty Crocker has updated this recipe by adding 1 tsp. vanilla extract, but I don't want to change the original recipe.) *12/22/07: Please see my tips at the end of the recipe! **12/23/08: Betty Crocker has now added a version of the same exact recipe in which the cookie dough balls are rolled in granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar. I've tried this and they're also very good."
Serving Size: 1 (727 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"I have always had trouble making the usual Chocolate Crinkles - they always turned out crunchy! These are so easy - I have made them three times for Christmas already and will probably make more today. I do chill the dough which makes them a little easier to work with. Great recipe!"
"A super easy and fast recipe. I had a bit of trouble getting the cookies to "set" -- a few passes back through the oven did the trick. I recommend a beginning bake time of no less than 12 minutes. Also, really dredge the cookie balls in the sugar ... much is absorbed during baking, which leaves the cookies with only a minimum of white powdered coating. I plan on decreasing the oil to 1/4 cup to see if this helps stop the powdered sugar from "disappearing.""
"Karen, these were AWESOME! I have three words for anyone thinking of making these: QUICK, EASY, DELICIOUS! I only wish I had made a double batch of these! You can bet next time I will! BTW, these were for my Christmas goody trays, and everyone loved them, especially my husband, who would rather not have parted with them...but you know, Christmas, better to give than to receive, all that.:) Thanks for another great recipe!"
"I had to re-review this simply because I tried the same recipe using STRAWBERRY cake mix and wanted to tell y'all about it. I increased the oil to 3/4 cup because even though I LOVED the chocolate ones, I ended up overcoooking them by just a couple minutes and when they cooled, they were very hard. So I wanted to ensure that even if I overcook them again by accident, that I'll still end up with a soft, chewy cookie. This worked wonderfully with 3/4 cup oil!~!! Sent a batch of the strawberry ones to hubby's work and everyone asked how in the world strawberry cookies can be made? They'd never heard of them and LOVED 'em!! Karen, this will be my ALL TIME FAVORITE cookie recipe for the rest of my life!~ 10 stars at least! Karen, you're awesome! "
"Awesome; just adding a tip that I learned from Julie VanRosendall: for the chewiest cookies (with any recipe) it's more about not overMIXING than it is about not over cooking. Of course, overcooking them doesn't help... but they may end up too doughy if you undercook. Basically... after you combine the wet and dry ingredients, only mix until the dough comes together or else the flour/gluten gets overworked and becomes tough."
"Yummy! Made these for Christmas using a Red Velvet (Duncan Hines) cake mix. Excellent. The dough is tough to mix; I used my hands and it worked very well. Thanks!"
"These were wonderful! So easy and so fudgy! My kids loved them. They formed perfect circles and held their shape so nicely, they looked like a professional made them. This recipe is definitely a keeper!"
"Oh these are GOOD, GOOD, GOOD! I added 1/2 a bag of semi sweet choc chips to these and they just melt in your mouth. These look as well as they taste. TY!"
"It couldn't get any simpler than this!! I was munching on them in no time at all!! Extremely chocolatieeee and a great fix when I was having a major craving...totally hit the spot. I just made them yesterday, and I have gone and bought more devil's food cake mix to make more of these...two boxes actually, just so that I can double the batch...and they look so so so professional!! If you are looking for something quick, but looks great with very little effort...this is the one for you!!! Try it, you won't regret it. 5 +++ stars for taste, presentation and ease!!!"
"WARNING--THESE COOKIES ARE ADDICTIVE! I made exactly as specified, except I wound up with 58 cookies, baking for 9 minutes they were PERFECT! Not too sweet, or heavy, but decadent just the same. Thanks for a great recipe that I can make anytime. And darn you because I'll be making it often :)"
"I took these to a party and I couldn't believe how fast they were all eaten! I used yellow cake mix and a half a bag of mini chocolate chips and rolled in powdered sugar. I got about 35 cookies in the first batch and close to 60 in the second batch (I think I made them smaller) Kids and Adults loved them! Thanks for the recipe!!
UPDATE: I made these with 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce to cut down on the fat and calories and they are delicious. They are a bit more "fluffy" but hey, at 51 calories and 0.75 gm fat per cookie, I can deal with that! They are delicious and I can now eat guilt free (unless I eat them all!)"
"Funny cookie story time... I made 5 different kinds of cookies for my Christmas baking this year, many more complicated recipes, lots of expensive ingredients.. made these last, as sort of an afterthought, was just curious about them. Hands down our favorite cookie! Can't get over it! Going to make more batches, adding peanut butter chips, then using the strawberry cake mix and white chocolate chips. The possibilities boggle the brain! But just as written, they are delicious! (I rolled the balls in granulated sugar) Thanks SOO much for posting this recipe! Update: I made them with the peanut butter chips, and they were awesome, but when I made the strawberry with the white chocolate chips.. well my daughter almost cried! She said they were the best cookies EVER! (2 of her favorite things) A total hit with all who have tried them!"
"What a fun and easy recipe to do with my toddler. I cracked the eggs and oil into containers, and he poured and mixed. He loves to help in the kitchen, and kept saying "made it" every time he ate a cookie. Thanks KAREN."
"When I made these the chocolate ones were disappearing so fast I decided to make more right then and there. I had a french vanilla cake mix so I made them with it, and rolled them in coconut and a little sugar. EXCELLENT! Both variations didn't last long (our friends were over watching football with my husband, they would clean a plate full and ask when the next would be ready! lol) VERY easy too! ~Lana~"
Following are the adjusted ingredient amounts from the Betty Crocker website (http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/fudge-crinkles/9b11c0b4-37d5-45ed-b417-a218792ebc35) for the new smaller (15.25 oz) size box of cake mix.
1 (15.25 oz) box Betty Crocker? SuperMoist? devil's food cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
"I made these tonight with a Moist Pillsbury strawberry cake mix and half a bag of white chocolate chips. I did not roll them in sugar at all. They were AMAZING!!! Some people posted that they were too "cake like" but I think they were over mixing the dough. I could not tell that these were made from a cake mix at all. Next time I think I will try a spice cake mix with raisins. Thanks for posting!!!"
"We make these at work but use brownie mix for them and just subtract a cup of water out of the mix. We use foodservice box size mix."
"I have been making cake mix cookies ever since I was a little girl...so easy to make with endless possibilities. ~ I loved the idea of rolling white cake mix cookies in coconut! My daughters and I made these the other day. Yummy! ~Try substituting a 1/2 softened margarine (or for a crisper cookie, butter) in place of the oil for even more flavor."
"I made these to bring to work the other day, and they actually caused a "traffic jam" in the break area! I doubled the recipe, ended up with just shy of 5 dozen cookies. I also added a bag of Skor bits to the mix (because I add those to just about every cookie I make). Great recipe for those hour-before-bedtime, "Mom, I volunteered you to make cookies for the party tomorrow" occasions, too."
"OK, all I can say is Mmmmmmmm and EASY! They are still baking and I keep eating them as they come out of the oven. My 17 year old taste tester says "Pretty good Mom". This is a compliment! Of course he keeps eating them too. Instead of oil, I used unsweetened applesauce. I try to do this as much as possible to cut down the fat. They still turned out great and very soft & chewy. I'm thinking that spice cake with applesauce in place of the oil would make a very good applesauce spice cookie. That's next on my list. These will be my cookies of choice for bake sales from now on since I always wait until the last minute to make things. Thank you so much for this recipe. It's definately a keeper!"