The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book, Review and Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

My young teen baker and I have had SO much fun exploring and creating with The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book: More Than 375 Delectable Cookie Recipes That Begin with a Box of Cake Mix by Camilla Saulsbury.

This is a nice big book full of recipes in three sections: drop cookies, bar cookies, formed and filled cookies.

We have marked many recipes to try, and have actually made several, ranging from the simple peanut butter cookie, to the slightly more complex (and delicious) peanut butter fudge bars that came together in a snap. The easy recipe for cake balls is up next (in fact, we’ve made the cake and will be combining it with frosting and dipping them tomorrow).

If you have kids like mine who are always wanting to make something (or to eat something), it’s pretty easy to keep some of these basic ingredients on hand so that you are ready to whip them up.

But if you are looking for something original, you can turn to this cookbook as well. Included in the pages are recipes for

  • Lime in the Coconut Cookies
  • Orange Dreamsicle Cookies
  • Mocha-Cappuccino Cheesecake Bars
  • Benne Seed Crinkles

I think that this would make a fantastic gift idea for anyone who likes to bake: a tween or teen girl or boy, or a sister or mother — or for that matter, a sister or mother who does NOT like to bake, because the recipes are original and easy.

I could imagine wrapping up this book on top of a brand-new cookie sheet or bar pan and including two boxes of cake mix. How fun is that? I was going to do this for my sons teachers, but ended up doing something else, however I think I will do it at the end of the year, when they actually might have more time to bake with their families.

Go ahead and buy it now and start your holiday season off right. If you win the copy, I guarantee you’ll find someone else who will love it.

Leave a comment here if you’d like to win. We’ll announce the winner on December 5.

The winners of Razzle Dazzle Ruby are #21 mrsshukra and #24 Tina M.
And if you want a chance to win even more books, check out all of our current giveaways at 5 Minutes for Books, as well as last week’s column that is still open for entries: Hurry Less, Worry Less at Christmas.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Stephanie Lancione November 21, 2011 at 12:25 am

I would love this book!

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2 Teacher.Mother.Reader November 21, 2011 at 12:25 am

Love this idea! I have a few favorite cake mix cookie recipes and always smile to myself when someone asks me for the recipe. I just love these quick and easy shortcuts because they are great for working moms and families who like to get everyone involved in baking. I would love to add this book to the shelf in my kitchen! Thanks a bunch for sharing.

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3 Margaret November 21, 2011 at 12:31 am

I would love this cook book! My kids are always wanting to bake with me so this book would be a great treat thanks!

Margaret
singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

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4 Christina Gould November 21, 2011 at 1:02 am

I’ve never heard of making cookies from cake mix. Thanks for the giveaway!

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5 Smellyann November 21, 2011 at 4:05 am

I would love to win this awesome book. Thanks!

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6 reena November 21, 2011 at 5:07 am

this would be the ultimate christmas gift..as i am in love with baking
reena

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7 June November 21, 2011 at 6:57 am

Baking is so much fun, I love doing it.

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8 Stephanie Baker November 21, 2011 at 8:03 am

I would love to win this book! I love to bake and try new recipes.

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9 Amy B November 21, 2011 at 8:48 am

Love to win! Baking is my therapy!

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10 Kristie November 21, 2011 at 9:23 am

What a yummy cookbook! Thank you for the chance to win :-)

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11 riTa November 21, 2011 at 9:27 am

What a delightful way to spend time with the grandkids. Obviously, I’d love to win :)

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12 Annette W November 21, 2011 at 9:34 am

I think this would be fabulous for my sister in law!…or me.

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13 Jennifer November 21, 2011 at 9:46 am

I know I would love this book!! Thanks for the giveaway.

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14 Sherry Lykins November 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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15 Danetta November 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

I would love to win this book. I have one cookie that I make with strawberry cake mix and chocolate chips and would love to try out some new ones!

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16 kathees November 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

got to have this book! my fav EASY doctoring up of a cake mix: cut 1/2 the oil add a whole banana and chop up/ throw in some milk and dark chocolate bars ( great way to get rid of that halloween candy surplus). bake as box directs. i’ve had several friends ask me for my recipe!

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17 Jenny Lien November 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I am a Mom that loves to bake and have kids that love to eat cookies! This looks like an awesome book!!

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18 mrsshukra November 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I tried making cookies from a cake mix once, it was a hit, and I would like to try new recipes!

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19 JIngle November 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I love working with cake mixes! This looks like a fantastic book!!! jinglesells at gmail dot com

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20 joyce mosby November 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

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21 Leilani November 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Great idea for making cookies. Thanks!

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22 Laura Lane November 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Why oh why do I think I need nearly every cookbook? ‘Cause they sound so gooooood!

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23 Mrs. Jessica Bassey November 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm

My children and I always bake, this will be great for cool new ideas for different kinds off cookies!

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24 Tiffany O. November 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I love baking and am always looking for new ideas of recipes to try. This sounds like a great book for that, :)

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25 Missy November 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I’d like to win.

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26 Joy November 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Love cookbooks – especially with cookie recipes!!

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27 Tammy Gordon November 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Would love to win this!

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28 Milcah November 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm

This looks like inspiration I could use.

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29 Jenn November 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

This would be a fun cookbook to have, although I might pass it along to my kitchen-challenged little sister :)

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30 Beth C November 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I’d love to learn how to make cookies from cake mixes! Sounds interesting.

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31 Natalia November 21, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I like to bake.

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32 John November 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Would like to win it for my wife.

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33 Staci A November 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm

It looks like a great book! I’m always looking for yummy new recipes!

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34 Michelle November 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I was just thinking a few days ago that I wanted to make cake cookies but couldn’t remember how lol. I would definitely love this book! (So would my husband!)

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35 Angela E. November 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I can smell the cookies already, can’t wait!

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36 belinda m November 22, 2011 at 6:39 am

I would love to win. I am always looking for new cookie recipes to try out
bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

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37 Kathy Stevenson November 22, 2011 at 9:41 am

I would love to win this!

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38 Suzanne R. November 22, 2011 at 10:24 am

One of my most favorite memories is baking with my grandmother as a child. She has passed on, but everytime I pull out her old, stained cookie pans I smile. They are stained with the evidence of time spent laughing and loving. I would love to give this to my mother so she and my daughter can share similar memories!

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39 Serena November 22, 2011 at 11:33 am

I know my sister would love to receive this as a Christmas present. She’ll definitely be getting it is I win.

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40 Jen November 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm

This book sounds great!

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41 Kim November 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

This book sounds great. I’m always looking for ways to make baking simpler. :) My kids love to bake with me.

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42 stephie November 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Oh this would be a fun book! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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43 Michelle November 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I would love to win this!

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44 Kat November 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Thank you for making a book like this for us domestically challenged individuals. I am not a from scratch kind of mother and I am finally coming to terms with this fact. I thank God for the cake mix; it helps moms like me still be the “cool” mom. I host many play dates, parties, and holiday events at our home and this book would definitely come in handy. I might even share the secret with other moms, might.

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45 Lesli November 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Would love this book!

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46 Michelle L November 23, 2011 at 1:43 am

This sounds interesting!

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47 Lindy November 23, 2011 at 8:47 am

I love cookbooks and baking! I’d love to win; thanks for the chance!

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48 sandra November 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

those cookies look scrumptious!

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49 heather November 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

would love to win

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50 shirley November 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Very interesting. I’d never knew there were that many cookies that could be made with a cake mix!

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51 callista lofton November 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm

i’d love this book!

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52 Melissa P. November 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I would love to win this book. It is truly sweet.
Mel4Him777{at}gmail{dot}com

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53 Mindy Grant November 23, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I’d love to win this!! Thanks for the chance!

Mindy Grant
mindy.grant28@gmail.com

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54 Angela E. November 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

What a great cook book, would love to win one.

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55 Kristi C November 24, 2011 at 6:51 am

I would love to have this book.

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56 Linda Kish November 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I do love cookies. This would be good for me to have/use.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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57 Kathy November 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I have the perfect person to whom I would give this book!

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58 tennille November 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm

the lime in the coconut sounds so good

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59 Alissa A November 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I would like to win! captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

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60 Kathy S November 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Thank you for the chance to win and an interesting book.

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61 Angie Vinez November 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm

My teenager would LOVE this book. She’s always wanting to bake things for friends and family, and this would be a great way to encourage her to keep giving.

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62 Colleen Stearns November 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm

This would be a terrific gift for my son! Thanks!!

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63 Debra Ridgway November 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Having many children it is important to me to make sure that they know how to cook. This would be a great recipe book to add to my giant cookie recipe that also uses a cake mix. Something quick and easy that will encourage them to try new things.

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64 angie November 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm

this book sounds awesome
shopannies@yahoo.com

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65 Naomi November 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Sounds like an unique cookbook

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66 nan November 27, 2011 at 12:19 am

LOVE EASY COOKING RECIPES
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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67 Laura Royal November 27, 2011 at 6:33 am

I would really like this book

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68 dollimama November 27, 2011 at 8:53 am

I would love this book

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69 Itsy November 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I would love to win this book! :)

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70 Leslie Silva November 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm

the book would be a great addition under my tree :)

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71 Ellen C. November 27, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I’d like to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

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72 Kendra November 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

Ah, I would love to win this! I love cake mix cookies.

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73 Maggie November 28, 2011 at 10:50 am

I’ve been dying to get this book for years now! Easy cookies work for me!

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74 Bin November 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

What a fun giveaway! I’d love it. Thanks.

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75 Chuck November 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Cookies for everyone! All right

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76 Nicole H November 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I would love to win this! It looks wonderful.

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77 trista November 29, 2011 at 11:44 pm

This is so exciting! I love baking – well I try to bake… – but this would be SO helpful! :)

tristazmail yahoo com

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78 Angel K November 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

Mmmmm Yummy!

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79 Barb K. November 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

This cookbook looks like it has a great variety of recipes. Thanks for the chance to win.
Me4Wrest@gmail.com

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80 Patricia Crowley December 1, 2011 at 12:17 am

I’d love to win…my niece loves to bake, she would love this book!

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81 Dena December 1, 2011 at 12:37 am

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!

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82 tarah rogers December 1, 2011 at 12:50 am

I would love to win this book to give as a gift

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83 Nicole C. December 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I would love this book.

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84 lauren December 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I would love this!

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85 Van December 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm

My Mother would love this cook book of goodies.

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86 melissa n December 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

i’m a huge cookie eater, so this would be awesome!

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87 Sarah Matos December 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Id love this!
smatos04@hotmail.com

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88 Clarissa December 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm

would LOVE this book. it would get used so so so much.

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89 Drina M. December 3, 2011 at 12:12 am

I’d love to make some of these cookies with my daughter.

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90 Garrett December 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Maybe I could talk someone into making me some cookies if I had this.

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91 Don December 3, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Orange dream sicle cookies sound good to me.

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92 katklaw777 December 4, 2011 at 7:56 am

Looks like a fun cookbook…thanks!

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