Red Velvet Cookies While We’re in ATX

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red-velvet-cake-mix-cookiesThe Kid and I are on vacation for the next couple days to celebrate Spring Break and I’m not taking my laptop with me this time. Gasp, I’m actually convinced I’ll have withdrawals without it. Of course I’ve got my phone to capture the adventures. We visited Austin last June and just loved the city, so we decided to give it another trip to see all the sights we missed the first time. Keep your fingers crossed that the bats are more cooperative this trip.

Since it is vacation after all, I’m planning a couple food-related treats. Hello, Gourdough’s! I’ve also packed protein powder, tuna packets, apples, almonds, and cucumbers for healthy snacks in between. Yes, I consider cucumbers a portable snack. I don’t peel or slice, I just eat them like a banana. Hey, I’m all about the convenience factor. It’s SO easy to find healthy meals in Austin. It’s very “granola” and is the birthplace of Whole Foods.

We’ve got hiking around the lake and exploring trails planned. OK, to be exact. It is me that has these activities planned. The Kid will most likely not be quite as excited once she finds out. 😉 Look for pictures of our adventures at random moments on Facebook and Twitter. I’ll also tell you all about it when we get back. I couldn’t leave you treat-less while we’re gone so here’s a great recipe for you to try.

These cookies are moist and taste great. On top of that, they could NOT be easier to make. All you need is a box of regular old cake mix, 2 eggs and applesauce. I had red velvet mix on hand but you can use any flavor – devil’s food, yellow, white, lemon. I saw a bunch of spring flavored cake mixes at the grocery store the other day like strawberry, lemonade, key lime. You might even give those a try too. The original recipe called for 1/3 cup of vegetable oil but I subbed in applesauce instead.

I’m not worried about the fat content, but I don’t usually have vegetable oil in the house and I wasn’t sure olive oil or coconut would have the same results. Blurgh! Feel free to use vegetable oil in your version. I just wanted to let you know you’ve got options.

red-velvet-cookiesRed Velvet Cake Mix Cookies

  • 1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Powdered Sugar or Prepared Icing, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix the cake mix, eggs, and applesauce in a bowl until smooth and blended. It will be much thicker than cake batter so don’t worry when you see it’s really thick. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto greased or non-stick cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. The top of the cookies will crack slightly.

Remove from the oven and cool. You can eat them plain or you can dust them with powdered sugar or spread icing on top. The Kid loved them spread with cream cheese icing from a can. I liked mine plain. The batch made 52 cookies at 45 calories each using the applesauce and red velvet cake mix. Your calories may be different if you use another flavor.

Have you ever made cake mix cookies? What flavor cake mix are you going to try?


  1. I made some Devils Food cake cookies once – so easy!
    Have fun in Austin – one of my all time favorite cities!!

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