A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to win a Breville Compact Smart Oven!

This thing is like a toaster oven on crack. You can use it like a regular toaster oven, but you can also bake anything, roast meat and veggies, and even cook frozen pizzas. The ultimate college-student-friendly appliance. If I was still in the dorms, I’d be set.

Since I got the oven, I’ve used it to do normal toaster oven type things, like making toast. But today I decided to see if it could really live up to what it claims to do.

It was time to make cookies. In a toaster oven. Er, compact oven. Or whatever.

In the spirit of simplicity and college-student-friendliness, I decided to make the easiest cookie recipe I have in my repertoire: cake mix cookies. Only three ingredients. This recipe actually has four, because I decided they needed to be lemony. Your fourth ingredient can be whatever tickles your fancy.

To make the cookie batter, simply combine all four ingredients: cake mix, eggs, oil, and lemon juice. Ta da!

Roll balls of dough in powdered sugar and put ’em on an ungreased baking tray for your toaster oven. Or if you don’t have a fancy gadget like mine, an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 for 9-11 minutes, or until bottoms are golden brown. Enjoy the reflection on the glass in this picture. I’ll admit it: I end up watching hours of netflix while I cook. I’m watching Glee season 1 right now. Again.

For comparison purposes, I also made a batch in my regular oven. Virtually the same. If anything, the compact oven batch was better! Left is the toaster oven cookie, right is just a regular oven cookie.

Happy easy baking!

Lemon Cake Mix Cookies
Makes 24 Cookies

1 18.5 oz box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 scant tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine cake mix, eggs, oil, and lemon juice until well incorporated. Form dough into balls and roll in confectioner’s sugar to coat.
3. Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until bottoms are golden brown.