7 Next-Level Treats You Can Make with Boxed Mix

Spoiler alert: Cake mix is definitely not just for cake.

Food Network Kitchen’s Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls.

Food Network Kitchen’s Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Stop what you’re doing and walk to your pantry. Take a look around and see what’s inside — most likely, you have one or two boxes of cake, brownie or pancake mix tucked away somewhere. While you could use those mixes to whip up a cake or bake a batch of brownies, we’re challenging you to be a bit more creative and think outside of the box, if you will. These easy recipes, ranging from cookies to cinnamon rolls, all start with a boxed mix and just a pinch of ingenuity.

One of the most frustrating parts of making cinnamon rolls is the time commitment, but when using cake mix, the kneading and proofing time is dramatically shortened. Plus, red velvet cake mix ensures a rich, vibrant cinnamon roll that will stand out in any brunch spread. Win-win.

Brownie Mix Cookies

Brownie Mix Cookies

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

Consider this recipe the ultimate cookie hack. A combination of brownie mix, butter, eggs and chocolate chips creates the fudgiest chocolate chip cookie ever that’s made even better with a cold glass of milk. Want to dress them up a little? Feel free to add crushed candies, white chocolate or whatever you have on hand.

This recipe requires just seven ingredients — and you probably have most of them in the pantry already! Chocolate cake mix makes a big, chewy cookie that’s perfect for sandwiching a marshmallow-mint filling.

You don’t need to go to the carnival to enjoy a classic churro. Trisha Yearwood fries pancake batter that’s been flavored with cinnamon and vanilla, then rolls each churro in granulated sugar. Don’t skip out on the chocolate dipping sauce — Trisha adds both cinnamon and chili powder for a sweet and spicy kick.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Start your day on a sweet note with these bakery-style muffins. Thanks to cake mix and a big dollop of yogurt, the texture is both incredibly moist and super fluffy. Fresh orange juice and zest pack a big punch of flavor, especially when topped with an irresistible glaze.

If you’re craving an omelet from a certain pancake house, this copycat recipe will surely do the trick. Ever wondered why their omelets are just so delicious? A bit of pancake batter adds sweetness, moisture and an extra-fluffy texture.

Nope, you don’t use pancake mix for this one. Yellow cake mix ensures a fluffy, sweet pancake that’s made for pairing with a tart lemon-blueberry sauce. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar for a breakfast that’s a stack above the rest.

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