More cookies? I know, I know. But come Sunday evening at our house everyone is looking for some sort of treat, and I am usually happy enough to oblige. So last night there were some pretty slim pickings at our house as far as ingredients go. I was in the mood for some cranberry orange bread (weird craving maybe, but that's what I wanted) and seeing how I had no ingredients for this on hand (don't worry I will find them and then post) I had to just make do with what I had. What I did have was some left over pink frosting in the fridge, and a few random cake mixes in the cupboard. I chose a cherry chip cake mix and set off to make a fun treat. I was pretty happy with the results, and of course wanted to share with you.
What I made was these cake mix cookies, and then sandwiched butter cream frosting between them after they cooled. Let me tell you, these were tasty and fancy without any hassle. They would be perfect for a girl baby shower or birthday party, or of course Valentine's Day.
These basically taste like a frosted birthday cake in the form of a cookie, and as Ina Garten would say, "how bad can that be?" These cookies are beyond easy. I used to make a version of these cake mix cookies in college, but this recipe that I found is even easier, and makes a great cookie. Don't limit yourself to cherry chip, the possibilities are limitless. I used to often use this same recipe with a chocolate cake mix, and add-ins such as peanut butter chips, Skor bits, or my all time favorite: Rolos. You just stuff an unwrapped Rolo into the middle of your ball of cookie dough and then when it bakes and sets you've got a chocolate cookie with a caramel center. Yum! The next kind I think I'd like to try though is using a lemon cake mix, and then roll the cookie dough ball in powdered sugar before baking, now that sounds good.
Is it weird that I like to take pictures of cookies? Maybe so, my husband thinks it is anyway. But cookies don't whine and squirm like my kids do when I try to take their picture, so it's a pretty pleasant experience. Plus I love to print out the picture with the recipe and then add it to my cookbook; weird or not it makes me happy. Here's the recipe.
Birthday Cake Cookies
1 box cherry chip cake mix
1/2 c oil
1 tsp. baking powder
Mix ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. I used a cookie scoop to make the cookies uniform.
And these cookies will even get your husband to watch Jane Austen movies with you, I promise. It worked for me. Travis and I watched the first part of the new Masterpiece Classic Emma last night after the kids went to bed. It's so good. I think that the BBC could just keep remaking Jane Austen movies over and over and I would watch every one of them. Travis even likes them, he'd probably watch them even if I didn't make cookies, but don't tell his friends that. Next Sunday we'll be watching the Super Bowl and making more manly food.
And last but not least, today is my Dad's birthday. Happy Birthday Dad! I love you, and will be sure to bring a birthday treat to your party!