Thursday, February 7, 2013

can't mess 'em up cookies ((recipe))

IT'S VALENTINE'S DAY INSPIRATION WEEK! All this week, I'll have fun tutorials, outfits, and recipes for you to get ready for Valentine's Day. 
Need to catch up? 
Here's a link to the heart-shaped marquee light DIY. 
Here are four outfit inspiration ideas for whatever your Valentine's Day plans might be.
Also, don't miss Tuesday's bonus post for an adorable Valentine's Day themed manicure

Growing up, my mom's best friend ((and coincidentally my best friend's mom)) // cheerleading coach used to make these amazingly soft, chewy and melt-in-your-mouth-amazing cookies. I always wondered how she made them and recently, flipping through my hometown cookbook, I stumbled upon Valerie's Mrs. Carey's recipe for "cool whip cookies." 

I felt like I had found a secret passage to Narnia. 

I've had this cookbook for years and never knew it was in there! Now, I renamed them "can't mess 'em up cookies" simply because I don't want to mess with trademark issues from using the term "cool whip." But Val gets all the credit here. 

Thanks, Val. Not only did you make my toe-touches what they were in my high school days, but you also made me a cookie addict. 

Okay, maybe part of the cookie addiction is my fault. 

And maybe you don't want to take credit blame for those toe-touches.

All I can tell y'all is that

 1. Val is a genius.
 2. You really can't mess these up. 

Enough blabbering. Here's the recipe.

What you'll need:
1 egg
1 container of cool whip
1 box of cake mix (chocolate, lemon, and strawberry are all winners)
1 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix all ingredients together. It took a while to get the cool whip all incorporated.  
3. Place by the spoonful into a bowl of powdered sugar and place powdered sugar side up onto a cookie sheet.
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes. 
5. Top with more powdered sugar, if desired.


*Be careful while eating and don't inhale in too strenuously. The powdered sugar can be painfully hilarious to choke on/breathe in. Don't act like I didn't tell you later.
*Package them in cute little farmer's market baskets and cellophane for cute gifting!

The strawberry is perfect for Valentine's Day treats!



  1. Yum! These sound so easy and are super cute! I wanna make all three flavors :)

  2. these sound awesome! what size container of cool whip? and your tip about not inhaling the powdered sugar made me laugh. only because i've totally done that before with french toast. ha!

  3. YUM–and I love a recipe you can't mess up!

  4. Can't wait to try these out! I'm in love with the bright pink colour!

  5. I'm doing these. ABSOLUTELY. SO YUMMYYYYY. Thanks girly!

  6. now this is a recipe I can handle ;)
    Totally trying it asap.

  7. I just made these with strawberry cake mix and they came out delish! Next up red velvet and funfetti! Thanks!

  8. just made these today with my little guy for valentines. so yummy!!

  9. oh man these look good. I've never heard of baking with cool whip but it looks like it would be worth the experiment!

  10. I know you called these "Can't Mess 'Em Up" cookies, but I did! I wrote about my baking disaster here:

    I love your entire site, and I'm going to try these again in the future!

  11. What size Cool Whip container do you suggest? I'd love to make these using red velvet, being my step-dad's favorite. Thank you for sharing!


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