I ran out of flour tonight. FLOUR. Of all things!
We make baked goods at least once a week in this house, so it’s so odd to run out of the main ingredient in those baked goods. But, I promised the kiddos we’d make cookies, so I was determined to deliver on my promise. I sifted through our monster binder of cookie recipes. We could make meringues, but those take forever typically, and we Schotlands don’t wait well…especially when there are baked goods involved. I walked into the pantry and sifted through the bins, trying to come up with something else we could use for the base of cookies and still in disbelief that I actually didn’t notice we were out of flour (to be fair, it has been an insanely busier than busy last couple of weeks. But still…).
Then I saw it: a box of cake mix. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I try to always have a box of cake mix on hand at all times. It’s a staple in our pantry, much like, well…flour. If worse comes to worse and the family’s craving (ok, if I am craving) sweets, it’s so easy to whip up a batch of cupcakes. And now I know they make mighty fine cookies too.
Oh. YES. Don’t those look good? Well, they were! We all loved them!
(side note: many of you reading this may already know cake batter makes for great cookies. I did not, so please just nod and smile and pretend that this is just the most ingenious creative use of random ingredients you’ve ever heard of, because I was feeling so very tickled pink at this substitution! :)
- 1 Box of chocolate cupcake mix - any kind Devil's food, chocolate, dark chocolate, etc will do
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 12 oz chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixer, combine all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips on medium speed until well blended. Don't over-mix.
- Add chocolate chips and fold them gently into the batter.
- Drop tablespoonfuls of batter for adult-size cookies and teaspoonfuls of batter for kid-size cookies onto a baking sheet with a Silpat or onto a greased baking sheet. You can see the adult-size cookies on the left and the kid-size cookies on the right in the above photo.
- Bake for 11-12 minutes for chewy cookies, 13-14 for crunchy cookies.
Now how easy is that? And yes, I cheated. It not only felt great, but it also tasted oohhhhh sooooo goooooood! :)