baking

Easy Cake Batter Cookies with Unicorn Chips

Out of all the cookies that I can make by scratch, my daughter likes to ask for these cookies. They are cookies made using boxed cake mix. I call them cake batter cookies. They are delicious and so fast and easy to make. They are also very versatile. You can make them plain or add in whatever you like, such as chocolate chips or candy pieces.

All you need for this recipe is:

  • 1 box of cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • optional- about 1 cup of chocolate chips or candy pieces (i.e. M&M’s, crushed up candy bar like a Heath bar, Reese’s pieces, etc.)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together cake mix, eggs and oil until smooth. Then mix in your chocolate chips or candy pieces until incorporated. Scoop about 2 tablespoons worth of batter on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

For my cookies, I added in these really fun Tollhouse vanilla unicorn chips. I used vanilla flavor cake mix. Here’s how they turned out:

They are delicious and taste exactly like how you would imagine cake batter cookies to taste like. They have a rich flavor. As far as the texture, they turn out soft, not crunchy. They kind of melt in your mouth.

As for the unicorn chips, I found them at Target. They are made by Tollhouse and they have a vanilla flavor. They go together well with the vanilla cake mix.

Give these a try… Happy Baking!

baking

Tastes almost like LAUSD coffee cake

I didn’t attend the L.A. Unified School District when I was little. I went to Catholic School for elementary, middle school and high school. So I didn’t have a chance to grow up eating an LAUSD coffee cake. I actually didn’t even get to try one until I was an adult, 2016 to be exact.

I heard all about this coffee cake from my friends that attended LAUSD. They said it was the best coffee cake ever. When they were little, they always looked forward to the days that they got to eat one at school. They even ask their kids who go to LAUSD now to bring one home for them (but that usually doesn’t happen).

One of my co-workers duplicated the recipe and brought some LAUSD coffee cake to work. That was the first time that I tried it (back in 2016) and I can see why it’s addicting.

I did a google search for the LAUSD coffee cake recipe and there are so many different ones out there. None of them being the same. The one I chose involved buttermilk or dry milk. I used buttermilk. It also involved a water and vinegar mixture and alternating mixing that with the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients. I’m assuming this is to create bubbles in batter. I researched and discovered that vinegar in the batter helps the cake rise. There is a scientific reaction between the vinegar and baking soda and when they combine together, they release carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide gas helps the cake to rise.

The end result was a very delicious coffee cake. I personally don’t think it tastes like an LAUSD coffee cake but it tastes almost like an LAUSD coffee cake. Either way, my son and I enjoyed it.

Here is a link to the recipe that I used:

http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/2012/06/lausd-old-school-coffee-cake.html

There are lots of recipes out there for LAUSD coffee cake. I might try other ones until I find my go-to coffee cake recipe.

Happy Baking!

Sewing

Simplicity 9101- a 90’s vibe dress

This dress reminds me of a dress that I had in the 90’s. I wore it so often that I actually wore it out. It was so comfortable. There are a few differences such as the fabric was a little more lightweight, the tie went to the back and the dress length was a little longer. But for the most part, it looks just like it. I can’t believe that I accidentally recreated it!

Simplicity 9101 is a pullover dress which comes in two lengths. There is a choice between a drawstring waist or a front wrap tie belt. I made view C but instead of having the skirt a little shorter in the front, I made it all one length.

Fabric choices include chambray, challis, cotton or cotton blends, gingham, linen, and silky types. I chose a tropical suiting gingham for my fabric which is described as a lightweight woven material which is perfect for summer dresses.

You will also need 1/2 inch wide single fold bias tape. The bias tape is used to finish the neckline. I really like the way the neckline turned out. I made sure to press after each step. I also didn’t skip the understitching. I see how much of a difference that makes. The neckline came out so smooth and clean.

I don’t see myself wearing this dress anytime soon but I’m happy that I made it. The accidental recreation of my dress from the 90’s gave me the idea to look at some of my old photos to recreate my favorite dresses. We will see how that goes! 🙂

Until then, Happy Sewing!