Well, I am supposed to buy yellow cake mixes. I was straightening out the big freezer when I noticed in addition to purchasing 4 yellow cake mixes, I had accidentally bought 2 coconut cake mixes. Bummer! I had no idea what I would do with them, but I knew I dang well would not just throw them out. They have been taunting me every time I open the freezer, so last night I decided I would try something just to see if it worked. I had found a bag of coconut that had been stuck in the back of the cabinet and was past it expiration date, so I wanted to use it also.
I am pretty sure everyone knows the formula for making cookies from a cake mix. It doesn't matter what flavor it is, the measures are the same.
I am using pink and silver in this picture so someone might think I am a girly girl. I am not one at all, but thought I might just keep y'all wondering if I might be. If you have any doubts just ask someone who knows me in the 3-D world. They will tell you I have 3 sons and look and act like it.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees
1 double layer cake mix ( I used coconut)
1/2 cup vegetable oil ( I always use expeller pressed grape seed oil because it is neutral flavored)
To the basic mix I added 1 small bag of coconut. (I think there was about 1 cup in it but not positive)
I suppose if you want to get out your mixer to make these you could but it stirs quite well with a wooden spoon so that is what I used. Mix the cake mix, eggs and oil in a medium bowl. When it is blended well stir in the coconut. Roll into balls about the size of shooter marbles. Place on a parchment covered cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Using a fork, flatten them using the peanut butter cookie criss cross method. (They will not flatten out while baking if you don't physically flatten them)
Cook for 12-15 minutes until they are light brown. Remove to a rack to cool. I left half of them plain and I put melted chocolate on the other half. ( Melt 2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate in a small microwaveable bowl. Start with 30 seconds, stir then zap at 10 second intervals stirring until it is smooth.) I dipped the top face of the first couple of cookies, but decided it had too much chocolate on the cookie tops. After that I just used a butter knife to spread about a quarter size dot of chocolate in the middle of the cookie. If the kitchen is cool the chocolate will harden, but if it is warm put the cookies on a cookie sheet and stick them in the freezer for a couple of minutes.
As much as I love chocolate, I actually preferred these plain. So did a friend of Son3 who ate nearly all the plain ones.
I am glad I tried this and even happier they tasted so good. I will use the second coconut mix for these and might possibly buy more intentionally at the next big sale.