When I worked, I would often bring cookies or a cake into the office and I started to get a reputation as an amazing baker. It was kind of embarrassing, actually, because all of my most popular recipes use boxed cake mix – and sometimes little else. It’s a good thing there is no official Persephone office, because I think I would be shamed off of a staff that seems to have a disproportionately large number of accomplished cooks and bakers. But for those of you who want to impress your friends and family with your mad baking skills, looks no further than me and Betty Crocker.
First up is a recipe that I thought my grandmother invented, and is about as easy as making the cake straight from the box. It turns out she didn’t, as the recipe is readily available on the Internet. I copied this one from Cooks.Com and it was the same one my grandmother used. We call them Lemon Whippersnaps, although I think people also call them other names. I prefer them soft, so I usually bake them for 10-12 minutes.
1 (18 1/2 oz.) package lemon cake mix
2 Cups Cool Whip
1/2 Cup powdered sugar.
Grease cookie sheets. Combine cake mix, Cool Whip, and egg in a large bowl. Stir until well mixed. Drop by teaspoonfuls into powdered sugar and roll to coat. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet and cool. Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.
This next one is one of my favorites, and I found it after searching furiously for a recipe to make the Chocolate Marshmallow cookies I loved (I can’t emphasize enough how much I loved these cookies) when I was a kid. These ones come pretty close to the original. Beware though, I also call them crack cookies because about five minutes after I am done with one I NEED another one. I found this recipe a few years ago on I Blog About Nothing.
Chocolate frosting of your choice (I usually use a canned milk chocolate frosting)
1 c. sour cream
1 c. kahlua or coffee liqueur
1 (6 oz.) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 c. vegetable oil