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Coach’s Famous Chocolate Chocolate Chip Tar Heel Cookies


  • 1 BOX (18.25 oz) BETTY CROCKER Super Moist “Pudding in the mix”® Devil’s Food CAKE MIX
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1/8 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 package (4 ounces from 12-ounce package) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar, placed in a “cereal” sized bowl


 You will need: measuring cup, fork, mixing spoon, mixing bowl, cereal bowl, cookie baking sheet and spatula.
In  a large mixing bowl, mix egg with water and oil with a fork for about 15 seconds, then add BETTY CROCKER® cake mix and WORK (personal elbow grease required!) mixture  with a spoon into a very stiff dough (a few extra drops of water may be added), then knead in Semi-Sweet chocolate chips.
** Mrs. Coach suggests using a stand mixer for double batches
Spoon bits of dough into your hands and roll it into a “golf ball’ size ball.    Next, roll ball of dough in granulated sugar, until ball is completely and generously coated.  Place sugar coated cookie balls about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet (Mrs. Coach uses parchment paper), and bake at 325 degrees, JUST until cookies rise to form a dome shape and surface of cookie ‘cracks’, about 6 – 10 minutes.  
Remove pan from oven promptly, remove cookies with spatula (Mrs. Coach quickly slides the entire batch onto cool counter top, with the parchment paper) and place cookies on flat surface (such as clean counter top or large plate) to cool.  Cookies are good anytime, but best eaten while still warm!  
Makes about 12 -18 cookies depending on your idea of size!  Store in air-tight container when cool.
Noted from a FaceBook Conversation – A cookie critique:
“Rebecca Conley: Mark Lattimore quick: compare / contrast with Kelly Williams ‘chocolate frosted sugar bombs’. (and Coach’s Famous Chocolate Chocolate Chip Tarheel Cookies)
Mark Lattimore:  Both are scrumptious chocolate delivery systems. Coach’s cookies sport a light, altogether pleasing traditional cookie texture, while Kelly’s tantalize the mouth with a rich, fudgy texture punctuated with the slight firmness of bits of oatmeal and a hint of peanut butter goodness. There is no “which is better” judgment to be made here as each cookie shines in its own milieu. Coach’s cookies travel well and complement the finest spread of gym foods, including bananas and bagels (with or without cream cheese). Kelly’s cookies (which are properly known as Chocolate Frosted Sugar Frosted Chocolate Sugar Frosted Chocolate Sugar Bombs) are more at home at home, best enjoyed during weekend-long Spades tournaments or while watching episodes of Northern Exposure during which Keith Lander demonstrates the sound of one hand clapping.
Go HEELS!!! 
Coach Ron Miller created this recipe with daughter Caroline, for his own children when they were younger.  His family, friends, alums, students, staff and team members were treated to 300+ of these cookies every year at the Duke Dual fencing meet, the ACC’s, and other team functions, personally baked by him and his wife Susun, the day before.