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Swiss Chocolate Cherry Cake Box Cookies

Updated on October 2, 2017
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Cake Box Cookies

I started making cookies from cake mixes about a year ago. The first time I made them they were such a big hit with my family that I continued making different types. What I enjoy the most about these cookies is that you can get creative with all kinds of different ingredients.

The hardest part for me right now is to make them and only sample one. The reason being is that I'm on a low-carbohydrate diet, and these cookies are not low-carb. But they are delicious.

The other day I went into my kitchen and someone had put on the counter 2 boxes of cake mix. This was a hint for me to get baking.

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Parchment paper is one of the best inventions ever made. It can be used for so many things and for me the best thing about this paper is the easy clean-up. It has saved me hours and hours of scrubbing.

Random Tidbits

Did You Know

Duncan Hines has 29 different flavors of cake mixes.

Betty Crocker had 30 but only now has 26 cake mixes as 4 were discontinued.

Packaged mixes for cake were introduced in the 1920's. Betty Crocker/General Mills made them famous in the late 1940's.

Duncan HInes cake mixes were invented by Mr. Arlee Andre, in 1952 who was a food chemist.

Ingredients
Ingredients

This is a very easy to follow recipe. Included below is a photo tutorial to help you see how exactly I made these cookies.

Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 28 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Duncan HInes cake mix
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • 1/2 cup of butter or margarine
  • 2 Tbs. of canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  1. Gather all of your ingredients together that you will need for this recipe.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and place the oven rack in the center of the oven.
  3. Drain the maraschino cherries while you are mixing the cookie batter. I used about 1/4 of a jar of cherries. You can use more or less depending on how many you have on hand.
  4. Add the cake mix to a medium size bowl.
  5. To the cake mix add the butter, canola oil, and the large egg.
  6. With an electric hand mixer set on low beat all of the ingredients together until well mixed. The batter is going to be thick.
  7. Cut the maraschino cherries into 1/4's. I saved a few of the cherries (cutting them in 1/4) to put on top of several cookies.
  8. Once your cherries are cut gently fold them into the cookie batter.
  9. Using a teaspoon scoop out the cookie dough, roll in the palm of your hand to form a ball. Place onto either a greased cookie sheet or one lined with parchment paper.
  10. Make sure to space the cookie balls as they will expand.
  11. Either with a fork or with two fingers gently push down on the rolled cookies.
  12. At this point if you choose to do so top the cookies with 1/2 of a maraschino cherry.
  13. Pop into the preheated oven for 9-10 minutes.
  14. Turn the oven off and let the cookies sit in the oven for another 3 minutes.
  15. Remove from the cookies from the oven, cool, serve and ENJOY!
5 stars from 1 rating of Swiss Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Draining the maraschino cherries

The strainer that you see in this picture is one that I bought at the dollar store. It comes in quite handy for doing things such as this.

You may want to save the juice to use later on over ice cream, in pink lemonade, in Shirley Temple's or in alcohol drinks.

Mixing the cookie dough

Final Steps of Making the Cookies

Cut the cherries into 1/4's and add them to the cooking dough, folding them in gently. Using a teaspoon measure out the dough, and roll into balls. Press the cookie balls slightly and decorate with extra cherries.

Fresh Out of the Oven

Cookies are now ready to cool and enjoy. You may want to hide a few as they do tend to go quickly.

How do they taste?

They taste like more.

— H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) American writer and critic

© 2013 Susan Zutautas

Thanks for visiting, and please leave a comment to let me know that you were here. - Have you ever made cake box or cake mix cookies?

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      Susan Zutautas 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Britta, Your recipe sounds great. Thanks for commenting.

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      Britta 

      3 years ago

      i have a recipe like this. it's one box of cake mix, one tub of cool whip {i use the light} and one egg. mix it tohegter and drop onto the pan like you did. you can roll them in powdered sugar or sprinkle them then bake at 350 for about ten minutes until the tops crack . sooooooo yummy and {kind of} good for you. :)

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Peggy Ingalls: If you make cookies from that box of spice cake please come back and let me know if you enjoyed the cookies.

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      Maggie Crooks 

      4 years ago from Purgitsville, WV

      Never made them, but I have a box of spice cake mix waiting for a special occasion! These sound yummy!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ChristyZ: Thanks Christy!

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      ChristyZ 

      4 years ago

      Easy and delicious! Terrific photos!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @TransplantedSoul: Hope you like them.

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      TransplantedSoul 

      5 years ago

      What a great idea for making cookies. I'll have to try this.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ColettaTeske: When you can get the cake mixes on sale it's such a cheap way to make cookies :)

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      ColettaTeske 

      5 years ago

      What a great flavor combination. These cookies look yummy and chewy. Just the way we like them around here. Thank you, Susan, for the great cookie shortcut.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Ruthi: I'm sure they'd be great with fresh tart cherries.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @OhMe: They're pretty good :)

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      Susan Holland 

      5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Oh my gosh! My mouth is watering!

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      Ruthi 

      5 years ago

      You drew me in with the aroma of chocolate and cherry! I would use fresh tart cherries instead of maraschinos though.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I haven't ever tried to make cookies from a cake mix but these sure look and sound wonderful

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @susanholland10: Thanks Susan :)

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      goldenrulecomics 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Looks good!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @BarbsSpot: My family has started already bugging me to make another batch of cake box cookies :)

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      BarbsSpot 

      5 years ago

      @Lensmaster...They look delicious...love the cake mix idea and the cherry ingredients! Also enjoyed the "Radom Tidbits" on baking.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @tonyaalves3: Please come back when you try them and let me know how they turned out, and if you liked them.

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      tonyaalves3 

      5 years ago

      I have never use cake mix for cookies. Great idea. Will try. Thanks for sharing.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @kmhrsn: Thanks so much!

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      kmhrsn 

      5 years ago

      I've made chocolate-chocolate chip cookies in a similar manner. These look GREAT! Very nicely written with clear instructions and nice photos.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: I was surprised to learn about all the different varieties too.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Just don't eat the entire batch :)

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Yum!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks for stopping by Susan :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Ummmm! These look delicious. Very interesting about the number of cake mix varieties. I didn't know that. That's a lot!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Mmmmm...mmmmmm....and Mmmmmm! What a great idea - cookies from cake mixes! Gonna try it - you know it! Thanks for the 5 pounds i'm about to gain, as well! LOL

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Lady Lorelei: What a cool nickname. Now you have me craving black forest cake :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I soon as I saw Swiss chocolate I knew that I had to stop by. That was my daughters nickname for many years. Your cookies look delicious. Like a black forest cake cookie. Yummy.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks!

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Drool is good :) Hope you like them.

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @StephanieH: I've not tried making lemon ones yet, but sounds good.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ChristyZ: Hope you like them. I know the kids will :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Oh Susan they look terrific! I love you Squidoo lenses! Great job and thanks for the cookies...mmmmm!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Oh Susan-I can't wait to make this fabulous recipe for swiss chocolate cherry cake box cookies. Such a good combination. I'm now drooling on my keyboard.

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      StephanieH 

      5 years ago

      I've tried lemon and chocolate cake mix cookies, but these chocolate cherry cookies look amazing! Thanks for a great recipe!

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      ChristyZ 

      5 years ago

      Cake box cookies are amazing! They taste great and they are so easy to make. I'll have to try out this cherry recipe, it looks delicious!

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