Friday Food : Fruity Cake Cookies

Greetings! You are the first to be let in on a little secret. I have signed up for an intensive 10 week program through my place of employment in connection with an area hospital. Included is working with a registered dietician and personal trainer. We start Monday April 30, 2012. What does this mean? Well, it means we’re not going to be talking cookies and cakes for a while kids. As a last hurrah, I went searching through my cabinets and the interwebs. And I came across this gem of an idea, of course presented with a ROJ twist. Cake cookies!

What is a cake cookie? Well it’s exactly what it sounds like it would be, a cookie made from cake mix. A few weeks ago I was given a free box of white cake mix for spending xyz dollars at the store. I usually don’t use white mix for my cakes, so I was at a loss for when to use it. When I came across cake cookies, I figured, why not?

Fruity Cake Cookies

What you will need:
  • 1 box cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup mix-ins (candy, fruit, nuts, etc)


  1. Preheat oven to  350 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl combine cake mix, oil, egg, water and mix-ins
  3. Stir until well blended and a ball of dough forms
  4. Place dough in balls on cookie sheet
  5. Bake for15 minutes
yields 2 to 3 dozen cookies depending on size

Photos & Comments:

While these are cookies, I figured there was no need to go completely crazy. I used egg whites instead of full eggs, I used extra virgin olive oil as my oil and I used dried fruit instead of candy as my filling. In fact when all is said and done, here are the nutrition stats per cookie (my batch made about 30 cookies). If you make them smaller, you will have more cookies and of course they will have fewer of the “bad” stats below.

Calories:   103
Calories from fat:   28
Fat:   3g
Saturated fat:   less than 1g
Trans fat:   0g
Sodium:  119mg
Carbohydrates:   14g
Sugar:   12g
Protein:   .5

I made a few in the toaster oven (note the last photo, upper right corner) and they did not fair so well. I also found the cookies do not seem cooked when they first come out of the oven, but they will harden, so careful not to over bake!

After eating one I can’t say this is going to become a normal recipe for me, but if you have cake mix and left over mix-ins and are not sure what to do, whip up a batch. They are good, different from a normal cookie consistency though.

I wish I had saved it! On Pinterest someone suggested strawberry cake mix with white chocolate chips. If the idea interests you, come up with your own combinations. Pineapple with cherry?  Spice cake with nuts?

Have a safe and happy weekend everyone!  I will be racing, running, volunteering, seeing family and enjoying life. Try to do at least the last part for yourself too.

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