Do I have a treat for you today! What would you say to a soft, cake-like cookie sandwich that only has 3 ingredients and can be made in a myriad of flavors in under 30 minutes from start to finish?!? Would you believe me? Would you like the recipe? :-) Well, you’re in luck because my neighbor who shared this with me last week has agreed to let me share the deliciousness with you!
I ran into my neighbor Leesha at the grocery store one day last week while I was wrestling with the self service checkout robot over some packets of grape KoolAid! (The checkout robot refuses to believe I have “put the item in the bagging area” when it’s a KoolAid packet that weighs about as much as piece of paper. It’s #23 on my list of Pet Peeves! lol) Anyway, talk of KoolAid led to talk of dishwashers (doesn’t it always?), which led to talk of my blog and eventually to FOOD! That’s when Leesha shared with me her
go-to cookie recipe.
Cake Box Sandwich Cookies
1 cake box mix (the dry mix only, don’t add any of the ingredients listed on the box. Hubster said I should add this caveat)
1 stick melted butter
Mix together ingredients then drop by rounded tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet. (I actually sprayed my hands with a little cooking spray and rolled them into balls.)
Bake 8-10 min. on 350 until cookies are almost done. (Don’t overcook!)
Let them sit on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wax paper (or foil, or whatever).
Allow to cool completely, then spread vanilla, chocolate, cream cheese, or lemon icing on the bottom of a cookie and make a sandwich by placing another cookie on top. (I actually “piped” mine on with the help of a trusty ziploc bag. Went super fast that way!)
Makes about 16 sandwich cookies. (Mine made about 1 dozen sandwich cookies per box. I might have made them a a bit bigger.)
Since I was making so many batches in one day (I had to try them all! It was “research”!) I decided to go with store-bought frosting. I used vanilla for the lemon and chocolate cookies (I put a little yellow food coloring in the lemon batch and for the chocolate I decided on pink as a nod to Valentine’s Day) and cream cheese for the strawberry and spice cookies. As you can see, I’m pretty generous with the frosting…but that’s your call. :-)
As I was making the second batch of these treats….I suddenly had a “guilt attack” because here I was making all these delicious cookies…none of which my 16 year old could eat. (He has Celiac’s disease and must eat a gluten-free diet).
So I decided to give the gluten-free cake mix I had in the back of the pantry a try. The reason it was in the back of the pantry is because it really doesn’t make a very good CAKE…but maybe in THIS recipe the mix could be given another chance!
I’m so glad we gave it another chance! Kell LOVED the cake COOKIES. They were a little on the crumbly side, but once we made them into a sandwich and put them in the freezer (that’s they way Kell likes to eat just about everything….frozen!) they were SO GOOD! Score one for gluten-free goodies! I ended up making another batch of GF chocolate cookies a few days later that he liked even better!
So all in all these little cookie sandwiches were a BIG HIT in our house. Our oldest son kept making up excuses to drop by and always left with several cookies in each hand. lol! He thinks he’s so sneaky. Our youngest and PICKIEST son was quite smitten with the chocolate cookies (I’ve also made another batch of these since then.)
Another reason to LOVE cake mixes (as if we NEEDED one)!