This is a really easy recipe because you just use a cake mix as the base.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

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  • In a medium bowl, beat together the shortening, water, and eggs. Add the cake mix, and mix until smooth.

  • Roll the dough into walnut sized balls, and roll the balls in the confectioners' sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. These are best served the same day, as the confectioners' sugar becomes absorbed by the cookie giving it a pasty look. This can be fixed by dusting the cookies with sugar again.

Nutrition Facts

158.5 calories; 2.2 g protein; 20.1 g carbohydrates; 19.8 mg cholesterol; 164.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2007
I don't care for the taste of shortening so I too used 1/2 cup margarine instead of the shortening. Before working the dough into balls, I put the dough in the fridge for atleast an hour. It made the dough easier to work with. I also waiting until the cookies came out of the oven then dusted them with the powdered sugar. I received many requests for this recipe and will use it often. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/07/2010
Easy. Decent. Read More
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138 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 92
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2007
I don't care for the taste of shortening so I too used 1/2 cup margarine instead of the shortening. Before working the dough into balls, I put the dough in the fridge for atleast an hour. It made the dough easier to work with. I also waiting until the cookies came out of the oven then dusted them with the powdered sugar. I received many requests for this recipe and will use it often. Read More
(63)
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2007
I don't care for the taste of shortening so I too used 1/2 cup margarine instead of the shortening. Before working the dough into balls, I put the dough in the fridge for atleast an hour. It made the dough easier to work with. I also waiting until the cookies came out of the oven then dusted them with the powdered sugar. I received many requests for this recipe and will use it often. Read More
(63)
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2007
I totally changed this recipe and made some awesome snickerdoodles! I used a white cake mix and rolled the dough balls in a sugar/cinnamon mixture. They turned out great:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2003
Had trouble with the first batch. Texture & taste were poor. Then I chilled the dough for about an hour & baked them 2 minutes longer than suggested. Great results! Texture was better, these taste alot like a brownie. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2004
i just love the cookies.i used 1/2 cup butter instead of shortening. they still turned out great. the best part abt this recipe is: it's sooo ez and they look great!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2003
Tastes much better(more chocolatey) than recipes where you melt chocolate squares. Very soft and chewy. EXCELLENT! I'm emailing it to all my friends Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
This cookies were excellent. I took them to a party and everyone raved about them. My only advice is to put them in the refrigerator for a few minutes prior to baking so they are easier to handle when you roll them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2008
This is a fun recipe because it is so easy! I've made these cookies tons of times and kids love 'em. I've tried this recipe with many different kinds of cake mix such as: Yellow cake Dark Chocolate and Devil's food flavors. The yellow cake ones come out a little softer and have a slightly different dough texture - I've learned. Anyway all the flavors come out fine and I reccomend you try it with all of them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
These are quick easy and make a great show on the table. I will make them often. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/01/2008
These are good - and really easy. I added 1 teaspoon vanilla. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/07/2010
Easy. Decent. Read More
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