Word of warning: these guys are a bit niche. I fully recognize that the chances of you having a few cups of yellow cake mix laying around are slim. But in case you ever find yourself in such a predicament (say, after you make Funfetti Rice Krispie Treats), here's your solution.
WHAT YOU NEED:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 heaping cup yellow cake mix
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup diced dried tropical fruit (I used pineapple and flattened banana*)
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine softened butter, egg and vanilla and stir until relatively smooth (there can be some buttery lumps - no worries). Add the cake mix and stir until a dough forms. If it looks runny, stir in more cake mix, one tablespoon at a time. I ended up using about 1 1/3 cup total.
- Fold in the coconut, dried fruit and chocolate chips. Place the bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes to solidify. Do not skip this step or you'll be sorry!**
- Remove dough from freezer and scoop roughly tablespoon-sized balls onto the prepared cookie sheet, a few inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes or until bottoms are starting to brown. Allow to cool on the baking sheet before attempting to move or eat. I know, it's hard. Life is hard.
Recipe via Averie Cooks
*Trader Joe's is a magical place. "Nothing But Flattened Bananas" are better than they have any right to be.
*Sort of kidding. If you don't chill the dough, your cookies will just turn out flat and thin and sad.