I first had these cookies when my sister made them for me years ago and fell instantly in love with them but it took me a very long time to get her to give me the recipe. She had gotten the recipe from a friend that swore up and down that it was a secret family recipe and only gave it to my sister under oath of never sharing it further. When I finally begged my sister hard enough to give me the recipe and read it I was pretty sure that this was not quite the top secret family recipe that she had been told. I still kept it under wraps for a long time but they are just too good not to pass on. Secret or not I am going to share them now with you with the promise that making them for your friends and family is going to make you a star to them all.
Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit or 175º Celsius.
Open and pour the two cake mixes into a large mixing bowl.
Whisk them together.
Add the eggs and oil in all at the same time.
Mix together to fully incorporate. It makes a very stiff batter.
Roll them into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls and place them on a lined baking sheet. Try to keep them as uniform as possible because you need the two sides to fit together. You should get enough to make 20-24 cookies (40-48 halfs). Bake for 8 minutes in preheated oven. After removing them from the oven let them sit on the baking sheet for another minute or so. They will puff up during baking and then flatten a little as they cool.
Cool completely on wire racks before icing.
Strictly speaking this next step in not necessary but it is fun. I divided my icing in half and dyed one half green and the other half red so that they looked more festive. I also added a few drops of peppermint flavour to the green half and it tasted divine. If you chose to dye your icing be sure to let it stiffen up a bit in the fridge before icing the cookies.
Ice one half of the cookie and then give it a pair. These are so simple and so delicious, you may not want to share.
Try them and let me know what you think.