April 02, 2014

SUGAR FREE! Easy, Quick Cake Mix Cookies (I used Pillsbury Sugar Free Cake Mix and Frosting)

After being gone for a week I returned home and surprised Mr. Husband with the first homemade, healthy meal he'd had in 7 days along with a sweet surprise; cookies.   These are so incredibly easy and quick though, I'd hardly say it took any effort.  I've featured Cake Mix Cookies many times since 2006 - you can search to the right - but this time I used only sugar free products.  We aren't overly concerned about using sugar right now but I tend to think; why add more sugar to our daily diets when and if we don't have to?  I used a yellow sugar free cake mix, sugar free frosting and sugar free 'sugar' (Just Like Sugar brand) for these.  I actually made two kinds of cookies from the one mix.

Half I made into sugar cookies and frosted.  The other half were made into Snicker Doodles.  I used the natural sweetener "Just Like Sugar" to make them completely sugar free snickerdoodles.

Cake Mix Cookies;  Sugar Cookies and Snickerdoodles

1 dry cake mix (regular or sugar free)
1 stick butter, melted
1 egg
*1 t vanilla (optional - but I like to add it if I'm using a yellow cake mix.  Not needed with a white cake mix)
*1-3 T coconut milk or regular milk MAY be needed if too dry
For snickerdoodles you'll need a little sugar and cinnamon mixture to roll
For sugar cookies, you can frosting with sugar free or regular frosting (links below post)

In a bowl, melt the butter in the microwave, add the cake mix, butter and if you are choosing to use any, the vanilla.  Mix with a wood spoon until completely blended.  Add a bit of milk by tablespoon if you need it to bring the dough together.  For sugar cookies, form balls, place on parchment lined or greased cookie sheet and bake about 10-12 minutes at 350.  For Snickerdoodles, roll the balls into a mixture of sugar and cinnamon (I don't measure but use about  1/4 c sugar to 3/4 t cinnamon and I keep it in a shaker jar in my cupboard for toast, etc.)  Bake as usual.  Cool and eat!  *note* if you accidentally pour in too much milk, add flour by tablespoons to get it back to dough consistency.  If you use additional flour your cookies will stay puffy and not fall to a flat cookie, but you can gently press on the tops when they are hot out of the oven and they will flatten to a nice shaped cookie.

You might be interested in the sugar free versions;

Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge Frosting (Pack of 2)
Pillsbury Moist Supreme Sugar Free Classic Yellow Cake Mix, 16.0100-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Just Like Sugar Table Top Sweetener -- 16 oz

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