1 cake mix (it can be yellow or white. I use white-usually french vanilla flavored if I can find it and I prefer a name brand cake mix to an off brand though both work-I just think name brand cake mixes taste and look better-but these were in fact made with a Western Family cake mix).
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
Add all ingredients to bowl. Mix with cookie attachment. The dough is pretty stiff so choose your attachment wisely.
These actually got a bit browner than I would have liked (it was one of those distracted mommy moments). I would have liked to take them our a couple of minutes sooner.