Cake Batter Cookies

I’m on a baking binge. It’s a finals week thing. I wanted to try something new, but I had a couple baking failures in the last week or so and I was feeling a little defeated. I was scrolling through  and found a few pins that explained how to make cookies from boxed cake mix. Sounded pretty easy, so I felt up to it.

They are easy, and I’m so excited about them! There are so many potential combinations with different cake mixes and things to put in them. I made four different kinds, because go big or go home, right?

Cake Batter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 box of cake batter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup of melted butter

Combine the ingredients. The original posts called for 1/3 cup of melted butter, but I found that it just wasn’t enough liquid for some of the cake mixes. I think it really depends on the box. That’s the mantra for this recipe: It depends on the box.

Once you have mixed your ingredients, feel free to add whatever you want to it! Roll into balls and cook at 350 for 5-10 minutes.

Pro tip: Have some flour to coat your hands in. This batter is much more sticky than your traditional cookie dough.

They turned out so awesome! They are so soft and chewy and amazing. Here are the four different combos that I made:

Confetti Cake Batter With Mini Eggs

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Butter Pecan Batter with Skor Bits

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Chocolate Batter with Reese’s Pieces

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Red Velvet Batter with Chocolate Chips

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They are all so great. I think that our favourite was the butter pecan with skor bits. What are some combos that you think would taste good?

Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Curtis and I never eat all of the bananas before they turn too ripe. I also only like bananas when they are still a bit green, so once they are full yellow I’m not interested anymore. I usually make banana bread/muffins/loaf/etc. so that the ripe bananas don’t go to waste.

I figured I’d try something a little different this time. I found a recipe for some healthy ‘cookies’ with only three ingredients. I figured I’d give it a try.

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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Mash up the bananas, stir in the oats and chocolate chips, and drop onto the pan! Cook at 350 for 12-15 minutes.

They hold together better than I expected they would, and they taste pretty great! Super simple and quick, and less guilt than a traditional cookie! Win win.

The Best Snickerdoodles

I am such a stress-baker. Something about following a recipe – or eyeballing a recipe, as I usually do – is so calming for me. I’m a stress-eater too, so it works out.

It’s the end of the semester. I have a dozen projects that I should be working on and finals that I should start studying for. I hit that point that so many of us do where I have so much to do that I decide to do none of it. Admit it, you’ve been there too.

I got a serious craving for snickerdoodles. I hadn’t had one since I was a kid, and Curtis hasn’t ever had them. There was only one way to satisfy that craving. Bake time!

I called my Grandma for the recipe and my childhood was shattered when she told me that she used to buy them from a lady she knew that sold her cookies. I was excited to try out a family recipe that I remembered from Grandma’s house as a kid – and it turns out that these magical cookies weren’t even my Grandma’s.

I turned to Pinterest and hunted through dozens of recipes. As I mentioned before, I don’t really follow recipes as I see them. I instead like to check out a bunch of recipes and blend them together to create my own hybrid that I think will work.

I did a pretty good job on these. They turned out soft and chewy and everything that a snickerdoodle should be. Here is my hybrid recipe. You can follow it, or make it into your own!

The Best Snickerdoodles

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of golden shortening
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar
  • 2 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tsp of cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp of sugar
  1. Cream butter, shortening, and sugar in a bowl
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and cream together
  3. Mix in cream of tartar, flour, baking soda, baking power, and salt
  4. Refrigerate dough for 45 minutes
  5. Roll dough into small balls, and roll in mixture of cinnamon and sugar
  6. Bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes

How easy is that! And they are absolutely mouth-watering. I highly recommend them :)

 

Bringing Back An Old Favourite

Remember these?

Clearly Canadian Sparkling Gallery

Yeah, me too. A few months ago, I remembered the distinct bottle design. But, for the life of me I couldn’t remember the name. I remembered how much I loved them though.

Clearly Canadian sparkling water stopped production sometime in the early 2000’s. I was probably around ten, so I didn’t really notice that it disappeared from shelves. I was too busy doing whatever ten year olds do. By the time I did notice that I hadn’t seen that colourful glass bottle in a while, I couldn’t even remember the name.

Over Christmas break, I saw a suggested post on Facebook for a Kickstarter campaign for the very drink that was so elusive to me only a few months before! Talk about coincidence. Apparently I’m not the only one who misses Clearly Canadian.

It brings back a certain nostalgia of my childhood. Memories of driving to the cattle auction with my Dad and stopping at the gas station and him letting me get the ‘pretty-coloured soft drink’ to sip on the way home. Things were so much simpler then.

The company is aiming to sell 25,000 cases. At this point, production will get rolling! They are even offering incentives to encourage people to get on board – buy 5 cases, get the 6th free, and a referral award when you get your Facebook friends to purchase. The site claims that they currently have 1085 backers. That doesn’t seem like it’s near the goal, but they do not state how many total cases are sold – just how many people have purchased.

I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that I see the stuff on shelves soon :)

Day 8 of #100happydays – Cooking a great dinner at the end of a long day

Day 8 of my #100happydays challenge, and I’m still just busy at a bee. After a long week – and weekend – of running around and trying to get all my stuff done, it’s great to just take a breather and cook a nice dinner for Curtis and I. Just a simple chicken and shrimp stirfry with some veggies and honey garlic sauce. I love making dishes like this because it always gives us leftovers for the next day. Yum!

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Day 5 of #100happydays – Fruity goodness snacks

Day 5 of my #100happydays challenge is food. This is a trend that I foresee continuing for the remainder of this challenge because, let’s face it, I love food. I have very little time to do any type of food prep for my day. With everything I have going on, I spend my days running from school to work to errands to appointments to meetings and somewhere in there trying to make it home to sleep, eat, and shower. On my ways from point A to point B,C,D, and E, I try to stop at a grocery store – rather than a drive-thru – to grab something to eat. These pre-cut mango spears have become a new favourite of mine. I can grab them quick on the run and still feel good about what I’m eating. Nom nom nom :)

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Day 1 of #100happydays – Curtis Making Me Dinner

Day one of my #100happydays challenge:

Usually I’m the one who cooks, but today Curtis offered to make one of my favourite meals. I have been working on various assignments all day, and it’s awesome to have someone make me dinner :) Nothing beats classic chicken breasts baked with mushroom soup, with some wild rice, and a salad.

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