Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cake Batter Sandwich Cookies

Time for more birthday baking.  My niece Abi turned 6 (6!) on Monday.  Of course being the wonderful aunt I am, I had to send her something sweet and tasty with her gift.  And what better treat for a birthday girl than something that tastes like birthday cake.  I opted to use pretty pastel pink, purple and orange colored frosting to sandwich these sweet sugar cookies flavored with yellow cake. This is a pretty quick recipe aided by a prepackaged cookie mix with a little cake mix added to the party.  Cute, perfect for birthday celebrations and yes, very tasty.  Plus there is something about a sandwich cookie that's just plain fun.

This is a Betty Crocker recipe and is very easy to make.  The original recipe suggests using neon colored food coloring, but being spring and almost Easter, I went with the softer classic colors to end up with more pastel shades.  Also in the original recipe is a butter cream frosting recipe.  I went with a premade canned frosting instead because I knew I'd be shipping the cookies and didn't want the frosting to go bad.  Either way, these cookies are a great treat for a birthday party or any other time needing a little colorful, cake flavored fun.

Cake Batter Sandwich Cookies


1 17.5 ounce package sugar cookie mix
1 cup yellow cake mix, divided
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 can prepared vanilla frosting
liquid food coloring in desired colors
desired sprinkles or nonpareils

In a large bowl, stir sugar cookie mix, 1/2 cup cake mix, butter and egg until a soft dough forms.

Place remaining cake mix in a small bowl.  Shape cookie dough into 36 one-inch balls. Roll balls in cake mix to coat and place on parchment or Silpat lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 7-9 minutes until set. (Note: Be sure to check the cookies and not let them overbake to the point of browning or getting crispy.)  Cool on pan for a few minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

While cookies are cooling, divide frosting into as many bowls as colors you will use (I used three colors so I divided frosting into three bowls.)  Add desired food coloring to each bowl of frosting (I use a few drops of red to make pink, a few of blue and red to make purple, and a few of red and yellow to make orange).

Spread about a teaspoon of frosting on the bottom of 18 cooled cookies.  Sandwich with another cookie, gently pressing together.  Roll edges of cookies in sprinkles and allow to set before storing.

Makes 18 sandwich cookies.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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