The Obsession Continues – Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies

Hey all!  I’m back, and I brought more cake mix cookies!!  If you happened to miss my last post about these UH-MAYYY-ZING Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies that I made using cake mix, you should definitely go check it out!  Go ahead, I’ll wait… : )

…So you can see why I am totally digging cake mix cookies, right?  They are so easy to make, and every time I have made them the cookies are perfectly soft, chewy and full of flavor!  They have yet to disappoint, unlike some other recipes I have tried lately.

Even though it’s supposed to be almost 90 degrees again tomorrow here in NJ, I am in full on fall recipe mode.  I spent last weekend baking pumpkin and apple cake mix cookies (as well as a sweet treat for this month’s Spiked Recipe Challenge – Seasonal Beers) and I spend a ridiculous amount of time pinning pumpkin related everything to my Fall Pinterest board.  I can’t wait for crisp weather, crunchy leaves and cozy fires in the fireplace.

Fall leaves in Vancouver
Fall leaves in Vancouver (Photo credit: VancityAllie)

To help usher in my favorite season, I would like to introduce you to my Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies!  As I mentioned, these are cake mix cookies and I used another one of the new seasonal Pillsbury cake mixes I found at the grocery store a few weeks ago.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies

Let me tell you, this cake mix smells heavenly.  I mean, it’s got caramel in it – how could it not?  I used white chocolate chips in this recipe, but regular chocolate chips would be also be a delicious add-in.  I’ve ogled those chocolate dipped caramel apples on numerous occasions, haven’t you?

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies

Same simple concept as the Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies.  Cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs = YUMMY COOKIES!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies (Once again inspired by and adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl’s Funfetti Cheesecake Cookies)

Ingredients

1 box Pillsbury Caramel Apple cake mix
1 small box instant cheesecake pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
3/4 cup white chocolate chips, divided

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2.  Combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil and eggs in a medium bowl until a dough forms.  Mix in 1/2 cup of the white chocolate chips.
3.  Form dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.  Use the remaining white chocolate chips to press into the top of each cookie.
4.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown slightly.  Remove from oven, cool for 2 minutes and then move to a wire rack.

Makes about 24 cookies.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies

I ate quite a few of these and then had to take the rest to work before I ate them ALL.  Looking at these pictures now though, I wish I hadn’t.  I’m hungry and I could really go for a cookie…

I Did A Bad, Bad Thing – Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies

I recently discovered cake mix cookies.  I think I am obsessed.

I am in big trouble people.  Four, maybe five ingredients, mix it up in a bowl with just a spoon, bake and you have the most delicious, soft and chewy cookies in endless flavor combinations?  Like I said, BIG trouble, and it’s all because of Pinterest, Ashley at Kitchen Meets Girl and this recipe for Funfetti Cheesecake Cookies.

I pinned this recipe a while back and then a few weeks ago I decided to try it out and made a batch.  The next day I made two more batches to take into work.  These cookies are addictive, and while I sat stuffing them into my face my mind was going wild with all the possibilities.  Take any cake mix, and box of pudding, vegetable oil, 2 eggs and  some kind of chocolate chip type add-in and you have the easiest, yummiest cookies ever!

I knew I wanted to use the Pillsbury Perfectly Pumpkin cake mix I picked up at the grocery store.  I also had a bag of Heath Toffee Bits, and after my first taste of the aforementioned Funfetti Cheesecake Cookies I bought out Acme’s supply of JELL-O cheesecake pudding mix so I had tons of that.

Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies

Pumpkin.  Toffee.  Cheesecake.  Do I really need to say anything else?

Okay, I will!

These cookies are THE BEST!!!!!  The pumpkin cake mix and cheesecake pudding go perfectly together, and combined with the bits of chewy toffee… well, it’s about as awesome as a bin full of puppies.

English: Puppies in a bin.
English: Puppies in a bin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you haven’t tried them yet, you MUST make a batch of cake mix cookies.  They come together so fast and disappear even faster!  You just mix up a few ingredients in a bowl, roll the dough into balls, and bake!

cake mix cookies

After 8-10 minutes you have this:

Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookie

And then once they’ve cooled you will eat them all a few and be transported to cookie heaven.  From zero to two batches of insanely good cookies in less than an hour?  Hell yeah.

Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies

Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies
(adapted from Funfetti Cheesecake Cookies by Kitchen Meets Girl)

Ingredients

1 box Pillsbury Perfectly Pumpkin cake mix
1 small box instant cheesecake pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup Hershey’s Heath Toffee Bits, divided

Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2.  Combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil and eggs in a medium bowl until a dough forms.  Mix in 3/4 cup of the Heath Toffee Bits.
3.  I just grabbed blobs of dough and rolled them into balls, but you can use a cookie scoop if you prefer.  Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.  Use the remaining Toffee Bits to press some into the top of each cookie.
4.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown slightly.  Remove from oven, cool for 2 minutes and then move to a wire rack.

Makes about 24 cookies.

Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies

The only thing I don’t like about these cake mix cookie recipes is that you can only squeeze 24 cookies out of a batch, but they are so easy to make that doubling up on the recipe is no problem at all!

I’ll be back soon with another cake mix cookie recipe.  Did I mention I was obsessed?