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This is Gloria Pitzer's recipe for a basic cookie dough, and seven different cookie recipes, you can make from the basic dough. This cookie recipe comes in handy when you need to make a variety of cookies because you only need to make the one basic cookie dough recipe for up to 7 kinds of cookies.


1 box (18 oz.) yellow cake mix
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1/2 c. self-rising flour
1 c. real mayonnaise (don't use salad dressing)

In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and beat to a firm, smooth dough. Pack dough into measuring tablespoon and level off over sides of bowl. Drop 2 inches apart onto a lightly greased baking sheet (wipe excess grease off please). Bake 350° for 15 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for a few minutes til they are no longer "wiggly" when touched. Transfer to completely cool on a sheet of foil (shiny side up). Store covered at room temperature or freeze to use up within several months.

VERSION 1: add 10-12 oz. mini chocolate chips along with the mayonnaise and use beaters to incorporate into dough. Continue as above.
VERSION 2: add 1 bag (12 oz. or to taste) peanut butter morsels plus 1 c. finely chopped dry roasted peanuts. Continue as above.
VERSION 3: Frosted Plain - bake up plain cookies from basic recipe and right out of the oven, while still hot on the baking sheet, wipe top of each cookie with a dab of canned ready to spread frosting (any flavor).
VERSION 4: Sugar Cookies - Bake up plain cookies from basic recipe. Flatten each spoonful of dough slightly with 3 fingers and dust in colored sugar. Continue as above.
VERSION 5: Spice Cookies/Gingersnaps - when putting mayonnaise into recipe, also beat in 1 T. ginger and 1 T. apple pie spice (or less to your liking). Continue as above.
VERSION 6: Pecan Sandies - when beating in mayonnaise also beat in 2 c. finely chopped pecans. Continue as above.
VERSION 7: Chocolate Cookies - use devil's food cake mix instead of yellow cake mix in basic recipe. Continue as above.

Seven Version Cookie Dough recipe From Gloria Pitzer is published in our January, 2001 Menu Minder.