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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!

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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!

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Another delicious attempt at scone making

I love scones. I love going to tea houses for afternoon tea and having scones with lemon curd and cream. Sometimes it’s my favorite part of the tea tradition. With your afternoon tea, the tea sandwiches arrive first, then the scones with lemon curd and cream on the side and lastly, the little desserts.

I’ve made a few attempts at making scones in the past. Although they taste delicious, they don’t look how they are supposed to look because I always have difficulty managing the dough. It’s very sticky so instead of being triangles or cute perfect round scones made with a scone cutter I purchased, they end up looking like little muffins or imperfect flat circles. But they are still delicious!

I’ve tried many scone recipes in the past but I think I just found my favorite recipe so far. I found the recipe on wildwildwhisk.com:

https://wildwildwhisk.com/basic-buttermilk-scones/

The scones are so buttery and flaky. The texture, consistency and taste of the scones actually remind me of the scones that we eat when we are in London. Those scones came plain or with raisins.

For this recipe by wildwildwhisk.com, you will need buttermilk as well as cubed cold butter. I think those are the magic ingredients. Start with your dry ingredients which are flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and sift them into a bowl. Take the cold, cubed butter and work it into the dough with your fingertips until the dough is the size of peas. Next, take the wet ingredients which include buttermilk, vanilla and egg and fold them into the dry ingredients. The next part is the part that I always have difficulty with because of the stickiness of the dough. The dough is supposed to be turned out on a floured surface and shaped into a circle and then cut into triangles. The dough is so sticky that I have so much difficulty. I always end up spooning the dough onto a baking sheet.

I made two sizes of scones. For the bigger scones, I spooned about 2 tablespoons of dough onto a baking sheet. The dough spread, so the scones ended up as flat, imperfect circles. They might look imperfect but I must admit that they are still oh so delicious. Especially when they are hot and fresh out of the oven. They are so buttery, flaky and taste delicious with coffee or tea.

My flat, imperfect but delicious circle scones with cranberries

I made some plain and some with dried cranberries. For the smaller scones, I spooned some dough into a mini cupcake tin. The scones came out as cute little 2 bite mini scone muffins.

mini scones

To ensure that the scones end up buttery and flaky, make sure that there are still little pieces of butter in the dough. The little pieces of butter melt while baking and create a flaky texture. Turning the dough over itself in the last step also creates layers, making the scones flaky. It’s important not to use too much flour when turning the dough or else the scones will end up dry. In addition, the wet dough creates softer scones.

If you are able to make these scones into triangles, then each triangle is about 270 calories each. Since I couldn’t manage making the triangles, I made 12 round circles and 9 mini scones with this recipe.

Try this recipe for the most delicious scones to eat with your afternoon tea.

Happy baking!