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Cookies from Cake Mix

Dear Heloise: I love your cookies from a cake mix recipe, but I no longer have it in my recipe file. Would you repeat it so I can whip up a batch of those delicious cookies? — Katherine in Colorado

Katherine, this is one of my most requested recipes. You’ll need:

1 box cake mix (any flavor you like)

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.

Mix ONLY the above ingredients in a large bowl until blended. Drop the batter by spoonsful onto an UNGREASED baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Put the baking sheet on the middle rack and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. You must watch them carefully because they will brown quickly. Ovens vary, so stand by for the first batch.

You’ll find this recipe and many more of my most requested in my “Heloise’s All Time Favorite Recipes” pamphlet. To get a copy, visit www.Heloise.com or send $5 along with a stamped (70 cents), long, self-addressed envelope to “Heloise’s Favorite Recipes,” P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. FYI: You can place these cookies in an air-tight container and store in your freezer for a month, so you can always have delicious cookies on hand.

FANCY CUCUMBERS

Dear Heloise: I like to dress up my salads, and one of the ways I do that is to take a fork and score a cucumber lengthwise from top to stem. It has a nice fluted edge when sliced, and if the skin is tough it makes the cucumber easier to eat. — Joan in Oklahoma

MAKIN’ BACON

Dear Heloise: My family loves bacon, but we are usually too busy on weekday mornings to fuss with bacon, so I make up an entire package on Sundays. The leftover bacon is usually used during the rest of the week on sandwiches, crumbled over baked potatoes, on any creamed soup and on many vegetables and salads. — Karen in Michigan

LONGER LASTING

Dear Heloise: Want to extend the life of your cottage cheese and sour cream? Make sure the lid is on very securely, then place the container upside down in a bowl and place in the refrigerator. I have found it will last much longer this way. — Lois in Florida

HAND-WASHING

Dear Heloise: Just a reminder: So many of us are busy, and at times we forget to wash our hands at some important moments. These include: before and after putting away groceries when we get home from the store, before starting dinner or before baking, before putting away dishes from the dishwasher, after petting an animal, after doing housework, after touching anything in a restroom, after doing yard work and both before and after we touch up our makeup. This might seem excessive, but we touch so many items in a day, including our faces, that hand-washing can possibly help avoid a number of diseases such as the COVID-19 virus. — Phyllis, via email

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