Discussion in 'Cooking' started by Imzadi, Nov 14, 2004.
Thanks for all the recipes and links,can't wait to use my cake mixes!
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I am sure someone has already done this, but I will post anyway because it turned out cute. I took the chocolate cake mix, mixed in choc chips, then made up a strawberry cake mix. Formed a small ball from each, mashed together and after if cooked, it was a half chocolate, half strawberry cookie, it looked cute. Also tasted good. Just wanted to share.
Here is a pretty holiday cookie:
Red Velvet Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
makes about 36
1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake
6 T butter (little less than half a stick)
1 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 C crushed peppermint or candy canes
1 C powdered sugar
1 tsp cornstarch (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375°. Melt the butter and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, mix together the cooled butter, cake mix, eggs and peppermint extract. Add in the crushed peppermint and stir. In a shallow dish, mix together the powdered sugar and cornstarch with a fork.
Duncan Hines says to form into balls, but the woman who wrote the recipe had a HARD time doing that because the dough is so sticky. So, here's her special tip:
Take two spoons and drop a blob of dough in the powdered sugar. Move it around with spoon until it is mostly covered in powdered sugar. Then, once it is already covered, roll it into a ball and place it on a cookie sheet. This is one MILLION times easier!
Press a few more crushed peppermint on the tops.
Make sure you don't over crowd the baking sheet. They spread out.
Bake for 9 - 11 minutes depending on your oven. Don't over-bake. Leave on the soft side. Take them out of the oven and cool for one minute. Then move onto a cooling rack. They will be chewy with little pieces of crunchy.
Recipe link & more pictures of the process:
You can also make Grinch Christmas cookies by using any white, yellow or vanilla cake mix and mixing in about 60 drops of green food coloring along with the butter & eggs in recipe above. Roll in powdered sugar (& cornstarch) as above.
Recipe link: http://cookincowgirl.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-grinch-crinkled-christmas-cookies.html
What does the cornstarch do? Does that help with making the powdered sugar stay "white" during baking? I don't want to taste cornstarch in my cookies, but if it keeps the sugar white, I'm willing to try it.
It probably just makes the powdered sugar a little silkier & smoother as you roll it on. You can leave it out.
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