Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies

Recipes abound for cookies that begin with cake mixes, but the cream cheese adds a new dimension of YUM. There are as many variations of this recipe as there are cake mixes! The cookies bake up soft and chewy, and your favorite chips, nuts, and other add-ins make them uniquely yours.

1 box cake mix, any flavor.
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, room temperature
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla or other extract
2 cups baking chips, nuts, coconut, raisins, etc.

Preheat oven to 350º and either spray cookie sheets or cover them with parchment paper. Place cake mix, cream cheese, butter, egg, and extract (should enhance your cake mix flavor) in a large mixing bowl and beat until batter is smooth. Stir in the chips, etc. of your choice. Drop by large spoonsful onto baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake about 12 minutes, or until bottoms start to brown (center will still be a bit soft). Cool on a wire rack. Makes 3 dozen. Freezes well.

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