Boxed cake mixes put delicious, easy desserts at your fingertips within minutes. You can make a variety of desserts using boxed mixes besides the same old frosted cakes. With about as much time and effort as it takes to bake a cake, you can prepare one of these easy desserts and surprise your family and friends.


Cookies

Use any flavor of boxed cake mix to make these soft, chewy cookies. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat together on medium speed 1 box of cake mix, 1/3 cup shortening, 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine and 1 egg. Continue mixing for about 2 minutes or until the ingredients are well blended. Drop tablespoons of cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges. If you wish, allow the cookies to cool completely and top with frosting.

Campfire Cakes

These individual cakes are perfect for backyard fire pits and camping trips. Slice the tops off of 10 to 12 large oranges. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh, leaving behind a hollow orange shell. Prepare the boxed cake mix according to recipe directions. Fill each orange about 3/4 full. Place the tops of the oranges back on and wrap each one in heavy duty aluminum foil. Place the foil-wrapped oranges directly into the campfire, rotating once for even cooking. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

You can even eat the wrapper with these fun cupcakes. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare any flavor cake mix according to package directions. Place 24 flat-bottom ice cream cones into two 13-by-9-inch baking dishes. Fill each cone about 3/4 full with cake batter. Bake each sheet separately for about 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting. It may require up to two 16-oz tubs of frosting to complete each cupcake.

Fruit Crisp

This easy fruit crisp is oven-ready in just five minutes. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, mix together one box of yellow cake mix and 1 cup of melted butter or margarine. Fill the bottom of an ungreased 13-by-9-inch baking sheet with one 21-oz. can of cherry, blueberry or apple pie filling and one 8-oz. can of crushed pineapple (undrained). Crumble the cake mixture evenly over the fruit and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.