Earthquake Cookies

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Matt is having a big open house at the school this Wednesday.  I’m in charge of cookies for the shindig and he’s invited all of the ag students, their parents, the principal, vice principal and even the school board.  I hate to think how many people that actually is, but it’s a lot.  I’m sure that not all of them will come, but it’s still a massive amount of cookies, so I decided to start early.

I figured I’d start out with something simple, and earthquake cookies are very simple.  I’m pretty sure they’re called that because of the cracks that develop when you bake them.


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food
  • cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Mix cake mix, eggs, shortening, and water in medium size bowl; mix with a spoon.
  2. Chill for 1 hour.
  3. Shape dough into balls, roll in powdered sugar.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes; or until brown.

Cool Stuff & Notes

You can use any kind of cake mix for this recipe, so with one simple recipe, you can make tons of different flavors of cookies.  Today, I used devil’s food cake mix and funfetti cake mix.   It is pretty hard to tell when the chocolate cookies are browned, so I tjust tested one with a toothpick, just like baking a cake.

I did 2 double batches, for a total of 4 batches.  This should have made 8 dozen cookies (4 dozen of each flavor), but if you make big cookies, like me, it makes more like 5 or 6 dozen cookies total.

I got 30 out of the devils food and 38 of the funfetti.  I’m pretty sure it was egg related.  I had a few eggs from town to use up, so I used them to make the devil’s food cookies.  The eggs were smaller, and so the dough was much drier, even with the water (I left this out of the other recipe, because of my nice big eggs.) Always buy eggs from your local farmer (especially, when he’s your land lord).  They are bigger, and taste better.


  1. Dawn on September 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Well, hello again from New Friend Friday, here is my meaningful comment 🙂

    Juggling military life, motherhood, wifedom and womanhood is exactly that. I started the blog to keep in touch with things that weren’t ‘wife’ or ‘mommy’ related, but as with all things in life, they overlap. And as with all things you have your good days and bad.

    Come back and visit, occasionally, I rant and rave (I have a post label called ‘ranting and raving’) about all these things. And party stuff too.

  2. Jessica Raychek on September 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Hi! I popped on over from New Friend Fridays at The Girl Creative. These cookies look yummy and better yet- super easy! I have tons of cake mixes just sitting around in my pantry so I’ll have to try them out. 🙂

    • Andrea on September 16, 2010 at 6:14 am

      Yea! They are fantastically easy. They turned out really well for the open house too.

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