So easy to make and yummy! What's not to love?

Oh, the memories that come flowing back with just a whisper of the word "strawberries." Here in the heartland, we wait all winter for the first sign of green, and nothing quite says summer's on the horizon like these sweet, rosy fruits making their appearance at our local markets. Now, as much as I cherish the pies and jams that have been passed down through generations, I've found a little twist on an old-fashioned comfort that brings the joy of strawberry season to your cookie jar – Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies made with strawberry cake mix. These little gems might sound modern, what with cake mix being a wonder of the latter half of the last century, but they carry in them the time-honored tradition of Midwestern resourcefulness and the love of a good, sweet treat to pair with your afternoon tea or coffee.
These delightful cookies, with their marriage of strawberries and chocolate, need little in the way of accompaniment. However, if you're in the mood to indulge, a cold glass of milk or a scoop of vanilla ice cream would be delightful partners. And if you're serving these at a gathering, a platter of fresh strawberries on the side pays homage to the cookie's featured ingredient.
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Servings: Makes about 24 cookies
Ingredients:
- 1 box strawberry cake mix (approximately 15.25 oz)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Additional chocolate chips or white chocolate chips for garnish (optional)
Directions: