Semi-Homemade Treats

2 Aug

Hey folks! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while – I was out of town for a bit and have needed a little break from the blogosphere. I was also recently busy baking 100+ cupcakes for an event and still needed to make desserts for two coworkers birthdays. So instead of buying a totally premade treat, I decided to make some semi-homemade desserts that were quite impressive.

My first request was a chocolate dessert and the other asked for something red velvet with cream cheese. For the chocolate lover, I used a Devil’s Food cake mix, added a few ingredients, and made some delicious chocolate crinkle cookies with extra powdered sugar sprinkled on top.

As for the red velvet fan, I used a Red Velvet cake mix, added the same extra ingredients, and created some mini whoopie pies. I had some leftover cream cheese frosting that I piped in the middle to add that classic component. (but you could use store bought too!)

Both desserts went over great and everyone thought they were totally made from scratch. Plus, you can use any cake flavor your heart desires. So if you’re in a bind and need to bake something quick, give these recipes a shot!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients:
6 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
18.25 oz box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Yield: 18-20 cookies

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°F and line two cookie sheets with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Place powdered sugar in a shallow bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine butter, eggs, and cake mix until there are no large lumps left.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls (about 1 Tbsp worth of dough) and coat in powdered sugar. Place on cookie sheets, leaving about 2 inches for spreading.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the tops have cracked and the tops look set (the centers will still be gooey). Let sit for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Sprinkle with more powdered sugar if wanted. Serve warm or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Source: The Novice Chef Blog


Mini Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Ingredients:
6 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
18.25 oz box Red Velvet Cake Mix
Cream cheese frosting (bought or homemade)

Yield: 24 mini whoopie pies

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°F and line two cookie sheets with a silicon mat or parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine butter, eggs, and cake mix until there are no large lumps left.

Roll dough into small balls and place on cookie sheets, leaving about an inch for spreading. Bake for 6-8 minutes and let set for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack until completely cooled.

Match cookies with like sizes and pipe cream cheese frosting on the bottom of one cookie. Sandwich the other cookie to make a whoopie pie and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Source: Recipe & method slightly adapted from The Novice Chef Blog

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One Response to “Semi-Homemade Treats”

  1. mydearbakes August 3, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Awwww… you make such lovely bakes! Yummy! =)

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