This easy recipe makes the best cookies. I started making these at Christmas about 10 years ago, and now I think my family would disown me if I did not make them.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
12 mins
additional:
23 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
30
Yield:
5 dozen
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 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).

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  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, vanilla, and shortening with 1/2 of the cake mix until light and fluffy. Mix in the remaining cake mix and the peanut butter chips. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

211 calories; protein 5.2g; carbohydrates 20.1g; fat 11.8g; cholesterol 15.8mg; sodium 171.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2003
Made these for a cookie exchange at work. Most people loved them (peanut butter chips did not agree with everyone). But they were fast and easy and very tasty. An alternative would be to add coconut or nuts instead of the PB chips for a less sweet taste. Read More
(14)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/10/2003
These cookies were very easy to make but I wasn't very impressed with the final product. The batter was crumbly and it was hard to get a nice shaped cookie. I had left over peanut butter chips in the bottom of the bowl that I didn't have enough cookie batter to mix with. The cookies tasted OK right out of the oven but after they're cooled they're little rocks. Definitely not cookies your can freeze. Read More
(18)
69 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 2 stars
12/10/2003
These cookies were very easy to make but I wasn't very impressed with the final product. The batter was crumbly and it was hard to get a nice shaped cookie. I had left over peanut butter chips in the bottom of the bowl that I didn't have enough cookie batter to mix with. The cookies tasted OK right out of the oven but after they're cooled they're little rocks. Definitely not cookies your can freeze. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2003
Made these for a cookie exchange at work. Most people loved them (peanut butter chips did not agree with everyone). But they were fast and easy and very tasty. An alternative would be to add coconut or nuts instead of the PB chips for a less sweet taste. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2004
I did enjoy these cookies & they were super-easy to make. My mother has a book of recipes that use cake-mixes as a base so the concept was not new to me... The baking time did need to be fiddled with a bit. First tray that went into the oven was 10 minutes bottoms a little dark & the chips were browned on top. Second tray...9 minutes...basically the same look. Tried the last tray @ 7 minutes & they were perfect...middles were a little un-done but the next day they were still soft & delicious. Read More
(10)
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Rating: 3 stars
12/04/2006
I just made these cookies last week. This is a simple recipe with simple results. I used chocolate chips instead of peanut butter. They came out perfect. There is nothing bad tasting obout these cookies just nothing spectacular. If you are looking for something with some "oomp" in it this is not the recipe. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2010
I've been making these cookies for close to twenty years when I frist saw the recipe in a newspaper article in Hints From Heloise. One difference was to use 1/2 cup of oil instead of the 2/3 cup shortening. I use all diifferent kinds of cake mixes and also different flavored chips but only about a cup instead of two cups. Sometimes I use nuts or crushed peppermints or M & M candies. The choices are endless with this recipe. But the Devil's Food Peanut Butter Chip cookie is one of the BEST! Read More
(10)
Rating: 1 stars
12/07/2003
I thought this recipe sounded good but was sorely disappointed. I made them for my usual Christmas basket giveaways to friends and relatives and will now actually have to throw them away. They came out of the oven absolutely perfect and I tried one while it was still warm...heavenly BUT once the cookies had cooled completely they were dry and crisp and hard. The only way to eat them now is to zap them in the microwave for 15 or 20 seconds. Definitely not going into my Christmas baskets. Read More
(8)
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Rating: 1 stars
02/26/2008
For a really good cake mix cookie try the chocolate fudge cookie recipe under cake mix recipes. Very good...soft cookies not too sweet even though I used peanut butter chips. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2008
I really like this recipe but I dont use the peanut butter chips. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2010
My mom made these cookies and they did not last long! Read More
(5)
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