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

Alien finger cookies

 

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I made these cookies for a Halloween party. I suppose it would have been more appropriate to share in October but hey, you can enjoy alien finger cookies anytime of the year. Why not. I’ve used this recipe many times before in many different ways. Sounds poetic, but it’s true. For example, I’ve made them as bloody finger cookies- Creepy Halloween Finger Cookies. Use your imagination to fit the occasion because these cookies are delicious and very easy to make. Here’s the recipe:

2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
5 tablespoons of granulated sugar
a pinch of salt
1 and 2/3 cups all purpose flour
peanuts
green food dye

Heat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Separate 1 egg. Set aside the white. In a small bowl, whisk together the yolk of the first egg with the second egg and vanilla. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, combine butter, confectioners’ sugar, granulated sugar, and salt. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Add the egg mixture. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the flour and about 6 drops of green food dye. Mix on low speed until incorporated. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

When dough is chilled and ready, roll each piece back and forth to form finger shapes about 3 to 4 inches long.

When all fingers are formed, brush lightly with egg white.

Place and push peanuts into the dough to attach the “nails”.

Bake until lightly browned, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Happy baking!

 

Baking

Creepy Halloween Finger Cookies

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Making creepy halloween finger cookies is fun and easy! I made these cookies a few years back for a halloween party and they were perfect for the occasion. Last time, I added green food coloring to the cookie dough, didn’t dye the “nails” (almonds) and then baked. This time around, I didn’t add green food coloring to the cookie dough, but I dyed the almond slivers in red food color. I like this version much better. It’s just so much creepier!

Here are the ingredients you will need:

about 3 to 4 tablespoons red food coloring
about 48 slivered almonds
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
5 tablespoons of granulated sugar
a pinch of salt
1 and 2/3 cups all purpose flour

Heat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place food coloring in a small shallow bowl. Place almond slivers into the bowl and toss until color is evenly distributed. Set aside.

Separate 1 egg. Set aside the white. In a small bowl, whisk together the yolk of the first egg with the second egg and vanilla. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, combine butter, confectioners’ sugar, granulated sugar, and salt. Beat on medium speed until well combined. Add the egg mixture. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the flour, and mix on low speed until incorporated. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

When dough is chilled and ready, roll each piece back and forth to form finger shapes about 3 to 4 inches long.

Pinch the dough in two places to form knuckles. Score each knuckle lightly with a butter knife. To make the fingers more creepy, make them crooked and uneven. Perfection is not necessary here! The more imperfect the better! Make the fingers extra skinny because they will puff out when baking.

When all fingers are formed, brush lightly with egg white. Place and push colored red almond nails into the dough to attach.

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Transfer fingers to prepared baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely. Enjoy!

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I made these cookies for a Halloween themed birthday party. Here’s a picture!