Monday, February 4, 2008

Cookie Time!

Never thought I would be posting recipes but this one is definitely worth sharing!

A couple of months ago, I found a recipe on a wonderful blog I visit almost everyday:

This recipe makes cookie batter from a cake mix, 2 eggs and 1/3 cup vegie oil.
I’ve been playing around with it the recipe, trying different flavors and icings and frostings.

My newest favorite tastes like a chewy brownie with chocolate-caramel swirl chips.

Here’s how to make them:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix together until smooth:
1 - Devils Food Cake Mix
2 - eggs
1/3 cup - vegetable oil
Then stir in ½ package of Nestle Chocolate Caramel Swirl chips.

This batter is very thick, I’m not sure a hand mixer will be able to handle it, I’ve been using a Kitchen Aid stand mixer.

I’ve been using a small cookie scoop to shape the dough into 1 inch balls.

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool for 3 minutes before removing cookies to rack to cool completely. With the richness of these cookies, I leave them unfrosted.

This recipe will make about 3 dozen cookies, if you start with ¾-1 inch dough balls.

I really like these cookies as I can mix up the batter, and using a rotation of 3 professional size heavy duty aluminum cookie sheets, be done baking and have the kitchen cleaned back up in less than an hour and a half. Baking might not seem like a giant undertaking to some, but after 8+ hours at a desk, a 40 minutes one way commute, made twice a day, dinner to prepare and a son to take to sports every night, anything above breathing regularly can be overwhelming!!!

Other variations I’ve tried:

Use a Spice Cake mix. Before baking, I use the bottom of a heavy drinking glass dipped in granulated sugar to flatten the cookies. Then frost with a butter cream vanilla frosting spiced with ground cinnamon. I made a single batch Sunday afternoon during the Bowl Game. They didn’t even make it to the ripe old age of 24 hours old. Gone, hence a quick baking session again today!

Use a Lemon Cake Mix (again, flatten balls before baking) and frost with an icing made from lemon juice and powdered sugar. I’ve been adding a drop of yellow food coloring to the frosting and dotting with snow flake sprinkles!

I hope post will encourage someone else, who might be pressed for time, or simply tired after a long day at work, to treat themselves and their family with a home baked batch of love!

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