Monday night at our house is Family Home Evening night. We gather as a family to talk together, to play together, to pray together, and (of course!) to eat together. We want this time to be a special time to strengthen family bonds and to make fun memories. Each child is assigned something to help with FHE — one is in charge of bringing treats, one is in charge of planning an activity, one is in charge of teaching us a new song, one is in charge of saying the prayer, one is in charge of the scripture/thought/lesson. With five small children, most of these activities require Mom or Dad’s help either to prepare or to share — and sometimes both.
This week, my five year old was in charge of the treat. She’d be in charge of the treat every week if she could be! She wanted to make chocolate cookies. Normally we make these from scratch, and I’ll share that recipe soon, but this Monday, I just didn’t get around to helping her make cookies until I was making dinner. So this version is our super-fast, use-a-cake-mix, four-ingredient recipe. While I still prefer the cookies from scratch, these are a pretty close second!
1 15.25 ounce devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup oil
Preheat the oven to 350. I usually don’t stress about preheating, but in this case, it matters.
Open the dry cake mix and dump it in a bowl with the eggs and oil.
Stir those all together. This dough is thick, and it has a tendency to get pockets of dry cake mix, so be sure it’s mixed thoroughly! Next, use a small cookie scoop (or a tablespoon) to scoop out balls of the dough. Roll the balls in powdered sugar.
This is totally her favorite part. She may or may not have tried to lick her fingers between every roll.
Space the cookies at least an inch apart on a cookie sheet. I don’t worry about the little spills of powdered sugar. They’re not in the oven very long, so they wash right off afterward. That also helps little ones feel very grown up!
Finally, throw them in the oven for 6-8 minutes. They will look very doughy. Pull them out anyway! These cookies are best soft, and they overcook quickly.