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Tailgate Food (from a cake mix)

If you follow my blog, you know I love to watch Bruin football.  While they are my team,  I enjoy just about about any football game as long as there is food involved, because  after all, good is half of the fun of a tailgate party.   I wanted to share a quick  and simple recipe that I use when I want to take a festive tailgate item, but do not have a lot of time.

These cookies are super easy.  All you need is a box of cake mix, eggs and butter.

Here is the recipe:

Cake Mix Cookies

1 box cake mix (chocolate or spice works best, but you could do white with food coloring too)

2 eggs

1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened

Mix together cake mix, butter and eggs until thoroughly combined.   Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease a plain cookie sheet.

Now, the tricky part is instead of forming your dough into balls, you have to make them into oblong shapes.  They do not look very attractive now, but they will.

Before you bake them you have to press them down on the pan so that they spread in the shape you want them to, they should resemble a leaf shape.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes and let cool before moving.  Once cookies have cooled, decorate them with white frosting.  First make the strings.

Then do the side line stripes. The cookies are nice and soft and will keep well.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes about 2 dozen.

My recipe for simple butter cream frosting is below, but if you are really wanting to simplify you can use canned frosting, with a little  powdered sugar added to make it harden.

Buttercream Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons milk

3 cups powdered sugar

Cream butter with an electric mixer on low speed.  Add sugar and milk slowly, by alternating.  Whip on medium – high speed until desired consistency is reached.  Use a decorating bag cut at the end to decorate your cookies.  Let cool completely before stacking.

Do you have a favorite football team (collegiate or pro)?  Which team is it?

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

Thanksgiving is coming soon and for my Canadian friends, that means this Monday!   So I made these cookies to celebrate the season.  I adapted a recipe from Sandra Lee, from Food Network, who is one of my heroes as she has inspired me to take recipes and streamline them when possible.  So here is my recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 stick of butter or margarine, softened

1 egg (separate white from yolk)

1 package of crushed graham crackers (one of the 3 packages that comes in a box)

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup whipped cream cheese (low calorie ok)

1/4 cup canned or cooked pumpkin

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a bowl beat butter, brown sugar and egg white only.  Add graham crackers, flour and baking powder. This will be the “crust” of the cookie.

The mixture should look like this:

Roll the crust mixture into 1″ balls and put on a baking sheet (lined with parchment works best).  Flatten the cookie crust to make an indentation for your topping..

In a separate bowl, mix together cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, the egg yolk and vanilla. This will be your topping.  Spoon this into the little pockets of your crusts.

Bake about 12 -14 minutes until set and crust is light brown.

They are just the right amount of cheesecake and crust and I always am asked for the recipe.

Enjoy and if you are celebrating next week – Happy Thanksgiving!  I am thankful for your readership!

Simple Toffee Cookies

So another summer weekend has quickly passed.  On Sunday evenings, I like to bake a little something to top off the weekend.  It was kind late to start a cookie from scratch so I went to one of my quick cookie recipes – cookies from a boxed cake mix.  All you need are these simple ingredients:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 box white or vanilla cake mix (any brand)

1 egg

1/4 cup of butter, melted

1/2 cup toffee bits

Mix together cake mix, egg and melted butter.  Add toffee bits.  

Drop by teaspoons onto a greased (or coated) cookie sheet. Dough will be a little sticky.  Cook at 350 degrees for 12-13 minutes until golden brown.

The toffee in the cookie dough will melt and make the cookies smell wonderful.  Let cool and you will have a wonderful, light cookie that is fluffy and tasty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the way, this week I am celebrating Dawn’s birthday from Addicted to Recipes.

Be sure to take a moment to enter to win some great prizes from her birthday celebration – just click on the link below.  Before you do, would you let me know what your favorite cookie is?

Have a great week!

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