Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Test Kitchen Tuesday ~ Week 5

This week is a slow week for cake but a busy cupcake topper week.
I needed to find a quick recipe to fill our empty cookie jar so I chose Soft and Thick Sugar cookies from the blog ' Homemade By Holman'  this week.

Soft and Thick Sugar Cookies

Recipe adapted from Noshings
1 18 oz box white cake mix with pudding in the mix
2/3 cup flour
2 large eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
2 T sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, stir together cake mix and flour.  Add eggs, oil and sour cream and mix on medium speed until incorporated.  Batter will be fairly stiff.  Use a cookie scoop or roll into approximately one inch balls and bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  This will help keep the bottoms of the cookies from browning.  Use the heel of your hand or a glass dusted with sugar to gently flatten cookies to about a half inch thick.  You don't want the bottoms to be browned or you've over baked these.  

Bake approximately ten minutes until just set. 
 Let cool about one minute on the pan and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 T heavy cream
1 T vanilla extract
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1 T meringue powder
Food coloring or sprinkles as desired

Beat butter on medium speed for about two minutes until smooth.  Add cream and vanilla and beat about one more minute to incorporate.  Add sugar, one cup at a time mixing on low speed until incorporated until you reach the desired consistency.  Add meringue powder  (this will help your frosting crust so that you can stack the cookies without smearing your frosting all over the place, I use a sheet of wax or parchment paper in between layers).  You want the frosting to be fairly stiff so that it doesn't run off your cookies.  Frost cooled cookies and decorate as desired.  Store cookies in an airtight container.

The only change I made in this recipe was omitting the meringue powder in the frosting.

Survey Says 


Thumbs up because the recipe itself is a good recipe, cookies come out great, and if you like boxed cake mix give these a try.
They are quick, require few ingredients, and fun.

Thumbs down because we don't care for the chemical taste of boxed cake mix and the sweetness was overpowering for us.
I was hoping the added flour would cover up some of the chemical taste and the sour cream would tame the sweetness so I gave it a try.

I am still on the quest for the perfect sugar cookie recipe.

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