Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yields: 28 cookies
So you’ve never had cake cookies, right? Well, you’re in for a treat. Cake cookies were originally invented for folks who had a box of cake mix in the pantry and didn’t have the ingredients for homemade cookies. Well in my house, and in this recipe, cake cookies are made from scratch (though they are in fact made with the dry ingredients that you would typically use to make a cake). These cookies are a delicious alternative to cupcakes, with the consistency of both cake and cookie – crunchy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside. Paired with my mother’s strawberry frosting, you’ve got one romantic Valentine’s Day treat!
Side note on the frosting. Its delicious. One of my first memories was my 5th birthday party and my mom made me one of those awesome cakes with a doll wearing a dress. Yellow cake with strawberry frosting. I’ve loved it ever since, and I think you will, too. It’s a classic recipe with a simple twist – chopped strawberries! And the flecks of strawberry make for really pretty decoration.
Second side note, this time on the conversation hearts that are peeking into the picture. I bought them for photographic purposes. As you can see, I didn’t use many of them. So then I brought them into work for people to eat when they come into my office. Instead, I proceeded to munch on them all day long. Sigh.
~ CHOCOLATE CAKE COOKIES ~
2 C sugar
1 3/4 C flour
3/4 C cocoa powder
2 T instant coffee granules
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 C canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I like to sit a sieve on top of the bowl and pour the dry ingredients into that first. Then I tap it lightly to sift dry ingredients into the bowl.
3. Combine all of the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.
4. Then pour into the larger bowl and mix. The cookie mixture is going to look and feel like damp dirt. On the upside, it smells like brownies! The dough should stick together when you try to clump it together into small pieces.
5. Form dough into rounds using a small spoon. You should aim for 1″ dough balls. Place them 1″ apart on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Its going to seem like they are not flattening but they really do spread out during those last couple minutes in the oven. Let the cookies rest for about 5 minutes, then gently remove to a wire rack.
~ STRAWBERRY FROSTING ~
1/4 C chopped strawberries
3 T butter, softened
3- 3 1/2 C confectioner’s sugar (depending on sugary you like it!)
1. Whip butter in a small bowl until it is light and airy.
2. Add strawberries and confectioner’s sugar. Spread onto cookies and decorate with sprinkles, candy hearts, or whatever is tasty and available!
Whether you’re celebrating with friends, family, or significant others – Lawyer and the Kitchen wishes you and yours a fabulous V-Day!
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