If you haven’t tried a devil’s food fudge cookie before, you are in for a real treat. They are chewy, chocolatey, and also super simple to make. We cut out all of the hard work with a store-bought mix, then pimp it up. It takes around 5 minutes to prepare and another 10 to bake. Great, right? Here’s how we do it. Today, together, we shall bake cookies out of Duncan Hine’s Devil’s Cake mix.
How To Make Devil’s Food Fudge Cookies
Are you wondering about the “devil’s” part of devil’s fudge cookies? Well, the answer is the key to what makes this recipe so simple. We use premade, store-bought, devils food cake mix to cut down on the workload. So you are going to need a pack to start with.
Before we start mixing, we turn the oven on and get it nicely warmed up. Around 340°F seems to be the optimum temperature.
If you’ve ever used store-bought devils cake mix before, you’ll already know that you need to make a few additions. We add a couple of eggs and a little oil to ours. We then go in with a decent helping of chocolate chips and some chopped nuts.
From there, it is simply a case of giving the entire recipe a good old mix. No licking the spoon!
We then take two dessert spoons and form the “devil’s cookie dough” into rough balls before placing them on a baking sheet. We place the baking sheet in the oven for around 10 minutes until the cookies look moist yet set.
We then remove them, allow them to cool slightly, and then place them on a wire rack to cool completely. What happens then is anyone’s guess. These devils’ fudge cookies tend to cause a bit of a stampede in our house. In fact, we hide a couple away to make sure that they are snaffled before we get a chance to try one!
Tips & Tricks
We use chopped walnuts in our recipe, but other nuts work just as well. Pecans, peanuts, flaked almonds, and even cashews all provide a similar texture and a variation regarding taste. You could also consider adding other things such as dried raisins or cranberries.
As with the nuts, the chocolate chips also give you plenty of scopes to mix it up. We use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can also give white chocolate chips a go. Dark chocolate is also a great choice for something that tastes slightly richer.
When dolloping your devil’s fudge cookie dough out onto the baking sheet, make sure you leave enough room between each cookie. As the mixture cooks, it sort of melts and spreads out. Unless you want a pan of devil’s fudge brownies, leave a 2″ gap between each cookie. If necessary, use two sheets and bake them in batches.
If you’ve made a huge batch of devil’s fudge cookies (and by some miracle, they aren’t devoured in minutes), you can store them in an air-tight container. They will stay good for around 5 days.
If you are looking to make life even easier, get this. Once they are baked, you can freeze these cookies. Individually cover them in food wrap and place them in the freezer. They will stay good for up to 3 months! To thaw them out, leave them covered on a counter for an hour or so. Alternatively, a quick ping in the microwave will work wonders!
Here’s a top tip. If you rad nothing else, read this… Do not overcook your devil’s cookies! Part of what makes these nice is that they are all gooey and fudgy. If you overdo it and exceed the cooking time, you’ll be left with a chalky spongy cookie that no one will eat.. Alright, maybe some will, but you’ll be missing out.
Make your cookie dough into balls. By making a taller, rounder shape, you’ll ensure that the centers don’t cook too quickly. This means that you’ll be practically guaranteed a moist and slightly softer cookie.
If you can’t find devil’s food cake mix, you can give this recipe a go with other chocolate cake mixes. They are pretty similar, but the results can vary depending on the brand.
How Long Do Cake-Mix Cookies Last?
The cake mix can be stored easily for longer use. Whether you are meal prepping or having leftover cookies, when these are stored in a sealed and airtight container, they stay fresh for one week. But to keep them fresh, we need to carefully. Store them.
The first step in this process is to allow the cookies to cool down completely. Leave them in the baking tray or on a wire rack for 15-20 minutes at room temperature. Now they can be stored. When we store warm cookies in a sealed container, they may get mushy in the jar.
The next step is to find a suitable airtight container or use a Ziplock plastic bag to store your cookies. Cookies stale when they are more exposed to the air. So, when you store them, make sure to use a container in which the cookies are less exposed to air.
There is another way to keep the cookies fresh, soft, and moist in the sealed container; that is, you can place a slice of bread in the container. In this way, the cookies will absorb moisture from the bread and will stay moist and soft.
If you want to store these cookies, then avoid placing them in the refrigerator. It is better to keep them on your kitchen counter or in your kitchen cabinet.
Can You Freeze Devil’s Food Fudge Cookies?
The best part is that once you bake a whole batch of devils cookies and you cannot have them at once, you can also store them in your freezer for up to three months. But to do so, you need to properly store them in the freezer. Firstly do not stack them over one another before freezing. The best method is to place the cookies in a single layer in a wide tray and then freeze for 2-3 hours.
After that, you can remove the frozen cookies from the tray and then place them in a Ziplock bag to seal them. In this way, you can prevent the cookies from sticking together. To serve the frozen cookies, leave them at room temperature for an hour and then serve.
Devils fudge cookies are gooey, soft, and super indulgent. The nice thing is that they can be made in less time than it takes to whip up a pot of fresh coffee! They are sickly sweet, and we bet that you won’t manage more than three! Ensure you leave space in your oven, and don’t overcook them, and you should get the perfect result every time. How did yours turn out? Let us know in the comments!