Monday, October 12, 2009

Time Flies - Fall is Here Again...

This post marks just about one year since I started this blog. I needed a place to be creative and get out what was on the inside and it’s been super fun to do so. My first blog included instructions to make this wreath that, as of Saturday, is gracing our door yet again.
My daughter and I put out a few other autumn decorations….yummy candles and pine cones – and some squishy window stickies I’d bought last year on clearance. The house felt warm and cozy and perfect for baking – so that’s what we did! It’s not too often that I get a chance to spend an entire day with my 15 year old daughter what with friends and home work taking up her time – but yesterday, that’s just what I got…the whole day. It was heaven!
These are the cookies we made – Halloween Sandwich Cookies. They were sinfully simple and super scrumptious.

The recipe for the cookies is just three ingredients:
1 cake mix of your choice
1 stick of butter softened
2 eggs

Mix all ingredients together. It’ll be stiff and you’ll think it’ll never come together – but it will. Use your stand mixer to save time and trouble. We actually made two batches at once (2 mixes, 2 butters and 4 eggs).

Once dough comes together, use a small scoop to make even-sized balls on parchment-lined baking sheets. You could roll walnut-sized balls if you don’t have a small scoop.
Bake for 11 minutes at 350-degrees and cool completely. It doesn't take long at all.
Next, whip up some creamy vanilla frosting. You probably have a favorite recipe – I just sued my basic Betty Crocker that included powdered sugar, vanilla milk and butter. Then we split the icing into thirds and tinted them with….
…then sandwiched them together….
…and orange….
…and sandwiched….
…and purple….
….and, well, you get the idea! Aren’t Halloween colors so much more fun with the addition of the green and purple to the age--old orange and black?! We LOVE it!
My Minners did a great job filling all the cookies. And buy making a double batch of dough, we had enough to set some aside to make some of her favorites…..
Chocolate with white chocolate chips! She and I both like white chocolate way better than bittersweet for baking.
But these were what the day was about – don’t they look fun and festive?
Mmmmmmm…..Chocolaty and creamy…. You can use any flavor of cake mix and icing to make these super easy sandwich cookies any time of year! Spice with cream cheese for Thanksgiving, lemon or strawberry cake mix with tinted icing for spring or Easter….the possibilities are endless. They are quick, delicious and great baking fun for kids of all ages.
And….individually bagged and tied with a ribbon – they make fun treats for friends, coworkers and family!

Welcome Fall!!

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