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Celebrate Your Next Birthday (Or ANY Day Really) With These Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

16 May

I have been making funfetti cookies for years – they are cheap, easy to make, and they taste delicious – so what’s not to love about that, right? I was actually about to make another batch of those to gift to someone for their birthday when I came across these online – Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies – basically a hybrid funfetti and chocolate chip cookie – all in one pretty, colorful treat!

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies  (Recipe Courtesy of Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup yellow or vanilla boxed cake mix (I typically use vanilla cake mix – you just need the DRY mix)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup  chocolate chips (I used 1/2 cup of white and 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
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Assembled ingredients ready for action! Side note – this is a perfect time to use up all those half empty containers of sprinkles you have sitting around!

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cake mix, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and beat on high until combined. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix on low-medium speed until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and sprinkles. Mix on low until the add-ins are evenly disbursed.

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    Various stages of dough-inc the hodge podge of sprinkles (Easter, Valentine’s, Christmas – all present and accounted for!)

  3. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours, or up to 3-4 days. This step is mandatory. The dough is fairly sticky, so chilling the dough is required in order to avoid the cookies from spreading too much
  4. Once dough has been chilled, preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats
  5. Scoop rounded balls of the cold dough onto an ungreased baking sheet, use about 1.5 Tablespoons of cookie dough per cookie. Make sure to keep dough chilled when working in batches.
  6. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until edges are slightly browned. Mine take 10 minutes exactly. The centers will still appear very soft, but the cookies will set as they cool. You can also press a few more chips into the tops of the cookies at this point (the chips will melt down and stick from the warm cookies).

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    Obviously you can’t smell through the screen – but trust me – the smell that fills the kitchen as these bake is divineeee

  7. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 4 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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I love the look of these – all the colors of the sprinkles, and the dots of the white and semi sweet chips – so pretty and unique!

Make ahead tip: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Allow to come to room temperature and continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well – up to three months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well – up to three months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw.

….Of course, freezing the baked cookies or the dough itself would mean that you would have to have some left after making a double batch…oops….

 

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My littlest critic approved of them (after intense pre-inspection!)

Needless to say – these were a hit – as a gift, and in my own house, too! One to make again, for sure!

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Minion Cupcakes – Too Cute To Eat (…Almost)

1 Jul

 

I stumbled across these adorable Minion Cupcakes modeled after the movie Despicable Me, and I knew I just had to make them for one of my best friends for her birthday.
Minion Cupcakes (Courtesy of Plucky Momo)
Supplies Needed
– pre-baked cupcakes, cooled
– one Twinkie for each two cupcakes you’ll be making
– one can regular vanilla frosting
– piping bag and round piping tip
– 10-15 packages of Smarties candy (white seperated and set aside)
– black food coloring paste
– one container dark brown Jimmies

 

Directions

 

– Cut each Twinkie into two equal pieces.
– Spread white frosting onto each cupcake.
– Split remaining frosting into 2 separate bowls.
– Tinted one batch black and another light grey.
– Pipe a black line 1 inch from the rounded top of the Twinkie. This becomes the goggle straps.
– Stick on the two white Smarties while the black frosting line is still wet.
– Use the same black frosting to make pupils on two white Smarties.
– Add the mouth with the same black frosting.
– Use the lighter grey icing to pipe a thin line around the goggle edges
– Stick a few dark brown jimmies in the top for the hair.

My husband diligently creating the Minions

 

Such cute faces!

 

Assembling the Minions

Notes: I used funfetti cake mix for the cupcakes, and a simple Crisco frosting (4 cups powdered sugar, 1 cup Crisco, some vanilla, some milk, and voila! Delicious frosting)
-I didn’t bother with black and gray frostings, just used all black for the goggles/straps
-The Jimmies were a joke – WAY too small to use as hair, but luckily I had anticipated this issue and purchased some coils of black rope licorice from my grocery store’s bulk section – cut those into small pieces and they made for some really cute hairdos!
-I used cut up straw pieces in the center of each cupcake so the minion wouldn’t fall over and this worked out really well

Adorable Finished Products

The result was adorable, amazing, and best of all – delicious!

 

I would like to give a shout out to my husband who actually made the Minion portion of this dessert – he is much more patient and creative than me and made some pretty darn cute looking Minions (including ones who are flirting with each other and blushing, and my personal favorite – the bucktoothed minion!). So thanks to him these turned out super adorable!

Red Velvet Cake Transforms Into A Delicious Cookie

6 Apr

Ok, so we know I love Funfetti cookies, which are basically a cake mix turned cookie, so when I finally tried red velvet cake on a cruise we took last summer, I got to thinking that it would make a delicious cookie as well…

So I got myself a box of Red Velvet cake mix (incidentally, my grocery store only had one kind, the Duncan Hines mix, which worked well!), and set out to make some cookies…

Ingredients:
1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Powdered sugar (optional)
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine one (1) box of Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix, two (2) eggs and one-third (1/3) cup vegetable oil using a hand blender or wire whisk.
3. Form teaspoon size balls and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet or baking pan about one inch (1″) apart. Sligtly pat down the top of each ball.
4. Cook for 8-10 minutes (the top of the cookie will crack).
5. While hot, lightly sprinkle the top of the cookie with powdered sugar (optional)

 

As you can see, I didn’t bother with the powdered sugar, mostly because I knew I was going to turn it into a cookie sandwich with a delicious cream cheese frosting in the middle.

For my cream cheese frosting, I kept it *really* simple, I mixed about 1/2 cup cream cheese, 2 cups powdered sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla together until it was spreadable, then I smeared it on the cookies and man was it good!

The cookies were also good non-sandwiched with no frosting, and as I was munching on these, I realized, you can really apply the Funfetti cookie/Red Velvet cookie recipe to any boxed cake mix….chocolate, lemon, vanilla, whatever you want. Cake cookies are seriously delicious, and they are seriously easy to make so I suggest you get in the kitchen and whip some up, you’ll be glad you did!

Putting the “Fun” in Funfetti

15 Mar

Did you know that you can make cookies out of a box of funfetti cake mix? I didn’t until recently, and it’s been a truly amazing discovery. They are a quick, cheap, easy way to whip up a special treat (plus since funfetti comes in seasonal varieties, you can make them for all kinds of special occasions too!

They come out great every time, and always taste delicious (like cake, only firmer!)

The recipe is on the side of the box of funfetti in case you want to give it a go.

Now, onto bigger and better (oreo filled!) things

Ready to get my cake covered oreo on

I decided, with my second box of funfetti, to attempt these Cake Batter Oreos I saw online, in honor of oreo’s 100th birthday, and also well because oreos rule, and so does funfetti, so why not combine two of my loves into one amazing dessert?

So the instructions basically say to add water until you get a thick batter, well, I ended up adding about a whole cup of water, a few tablespoons of oil, and 1 egg before I got a consistency that was thick but not too thick. Then comes the dunking. As seen above, its basically just dunking oreos into the batter, and placing them on a cookie sheet, then baking them until they are done (takes about 8-9 minutes)

The finished product isn’t all that attractive from the outside….

but it’s what INSIDE that really counts here

I love this cross section of the cookie, and when I tasted it, I personally enjoyed it, my husband proclaimed to not be a huge fan (however that didn’t stop him from sampling more of them…)

Overall, a worthwhile experiment. Would I make them again? Probably. I mean, come on, its a cookie inside cake, how can you NOT like that?

Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go sample more of them….for research purposes of course