Do you ever buy new items at the grocery store without a clear idea of what you’ll do with them? It’s just that, you know, you’ll need them later?
Because I do that all the time. Several months ago, I saw a gluten-free version of Pillsbury’s funfetti cake mix on the shelves, and I knew I had to buy it. After all, Kenny is a funfetti addict, but he also eats a primarily GF diet. My original plan was to go home, bake him the cake and be done with it.
But you know, I’m a baking blogger. What does that mean? I have fun with mixes! So instead of just baking the cake, I let the mix alone for a while to brainstorm ideas. Finally, these cookies came to light. And they’re great!
As part of my training to be a department chair, I’ve been sitting in a lot of classes all summer long to get up to speed. The learning curve can be pretty big and it’s an abundance of information to absorb. And yet, people seem very concerned about the snacks.
That’s right: the snacks. We have a rotating signup sheet for who brings snacks on particular dates, and people are very into coordinating with one another. On the one hand, I get it. You don’t want too many chips or cookies or whatever. But on the other hand, I kind of don’t care. I’ll bring in snacks on my designated day (I already bought the Tostitos, y’all) and eat whatever is there. It doesn’t matter. I’m too busy having my brain stuffed with information. Today I skipped the conversation where everyone coordinates snacks so that I could get home in time to see the kids. Does that make me a bad person?
Usually, I’m all about the snacks. It’s just that when I get into a zone of concentrating, I don’t really think about food as much. That’s when food becomes fuel rather than a hobby.
When I’m not in class, though, bring on the fun food! And fun means funfetti. These cookies might be gluten-free, but they pack a whole lotta funfetti flavor!
The best part about cake mix cookies is that they’re just about as easy to make as the cake mix itself. Just don’t forget the pudding mix, because it’s the best part!
When you’re done, you have a thick and fluffy cookie that won’t upset any tummies. Maybe I should bring these in along with the Tostitos. That would make people forgive me for skipping out on snack duty conversations!
Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies (GF)
1 box Funfetti cake mix (the gluten-free variety)
3-oz. box vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- In a bowl, combine all 5 ingredients and mix well.
- Roll the dough into balls about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons in size. Place the dough on the baking sheet.
- Bake 10-12 minutes until set. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.