Do you find yourself pressed for time during the holiday season and even though you have your hands full decorating, wrapping gifts and cleaning house you still need to make something for yet another Christmas party? I have a quick and delicious answer to your baking woes! My recipe for Cake Mix Cookies was adapted from a few cake box versions. The cake mix does most of the pesky work for you since it saves on time and ingredients - the trick though is in the fixings!

✩~**~✩CAKE MIX COOKIES✩~**~✩

This recipe starts with a handy dandy cake mix and ends with cookies that are full of moist, chewy goodness! You can use any cake mix flavour and add your choice of baking chips, dried fruits, and chopped nuts. For a festive look you could use smarties or M&M's.

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Spray cookie sheet with oil or line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

1 box cake mix (dry state) 510 g. (18. ounces)
Hint: the yellow cake mix is very versatile
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
*1/2 cup dried fruit - raisins, cranberries, coconut, etc.
*1/4 cup chopped nuts
*1/2 cup baking chips - milk chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, etc.

*You can adjust these amounts to suit your taste

Using a large dinner fork, combine cake mix with vegetable oil and eggs. Fold in baking chips, dried fruit, and chopped nuts. If dough seems to thick then add small amounts of water to get the consistency for drop cookies.

Drop tablespoonful amounts of dough on prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges but do not over bake!

Cook Time: 10 - 12 minutes

Yield: makes about 2 dozen large cookies

Cool on racks. Store leftovers in a covered container.