If I have said it once, I have said it a million of times. I love cooking with my kids. I love teaching them about measurements, and flavor profiles, and how to follow a recipe. But as much as I love all of that, sometimes I just need a recipe that is super simple and sort of dump and go. And that is why on those occasions my kids and I make cake mix cookies. There is hardly anything to measure, so the kids are able to throw these together on their own with minimal help from me.
All you need are three ingredients.
Cake mix. Really any favor will do, but I prefer either an old fashioned yellow or chocolate.
One stick of room temperature butter
That is it, really. Throw your three ingredients in a bowl and whisk them together into a dough. Use a cookie scoop to dish out tablespoon sized heaps. Place them onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about ten minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about two minutes on the cookie sheet.
One of the best parts about these cookies is the ability to customize the flavors. Just a few drops of an extract can completely change the flavor profile. One of my favorite extracts to add is peppermint. In a chocolate cookie, peppermint adds a fantastic little surprise. Another favorite of ours is root beer flavoring in a vanilla cookie. Can you say root beer float cookie?
If you want a little more pizazz than even that, add a swirl of peanut butter or Nutella. Or both!