Recipe Review

I Tried “Strawberry Fluffies” and It’s My New Go-To Cookie

published Jul 25, 2023
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Stacked strawberry fluffies.
Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

Although chasing baking perfection can be rewarding, sometimes taking a shortcut can yield some surprising results. With strawberry season here, I’m looking for any and all ways to satisfy my strawberry craving, stat. Enter: B. Dylan Hollis and his fantastic recipe for Strawberry Fluffies, which uses a box of store-bought strawberry cake mix, Cool Whip, and powdered sugar to create a delightfully fluffy treat. 

While I was originally a bit skeptical of this recipe, I quickly checked myself when I witnessed the outstanding visual results of Hollis’ cake creations. I couldn’t pass up trying something this simple (it has just three ingredients, and only needs 12 minutes to bake). And boy, was I far from disappointed by the results. Here’s how it went down.

How to Make Strawberry Fluffies

This recipe only requires three simple ingredients: your favorite box of strawberry cake mix, Cool Whip, and powdered sugar. 

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. Grab a mixing bowl and empty the strawberry cake mix into it. Add in Cool Whip and stir vigorously until well-combined. Pour some powdered sugar into a separate mixing bowl, and using an ice cream scooper, scoop out a ball of cake mix and drop it into the bowl of powdered sugar. 

Roll the cake ball around until completely covered, then add it to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat this step until your baking sheet is full, with at least 2 inches of space between each ball. Bake for about 12 minutes, then remove from the oven and let cool for at least 10 to 15 minutes, or until the fluffies are set. Serve and enjoy!

Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

My Honest Opinion of Strawberry Fluffies

I was absolutely shocked by how much I loved these strawberry fluffies. As an experiment, I removed half the batch from the oven after 12 minutes and the other half after a little over 13 minutes. The crisp on the bottom of the fluffies was perfect when left in for a little over 12 minutes, although the batch that was removed right on time was still just as fantastic with a softer bottom. 

As someone who is a giant fan of all types of cakes, having the fluffy cake-like texture in cookie form is really fun. This isn’t exactly how the saying goes, but now I can have my cake and eat a cookie too, and that makes me pretty happy.

Credit: Nathan Hutsenpiller

2 Tips for Making Strawberry Fluffies

  • Mix well. Make sure to mix the strawberry cake mix and Cool Whip so that you see no white streaks in the mix. The mixture should look very similar to cake or cookie batter. 
  • Have fun with it. This type of recipe not only comes together quickly, but it also allows the freedom to experiment with ingredients. Try lemon or chocolate cake mixes to really switch things up and see what happens!