strawberry cake cookies

March 18, 2014

prep time: 20 minutes       bake time: 12 minutes       total time: 35 minutes       makes about 50 cookies

ingredients
1 box of strawberry cake mix (or red velvet, if you prefer)
1 box of 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
6-7 tsp powdered sugar

directions

  1. mix cream cheese and butter until well blended.
  2. beat in the egg.
  3. add vanilla and cake mix.
  4. cover and chill for 2 hours (or put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes).
  5. roll into 1 1/4 inch balls, then roll in powdered sugar.
  6. place on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. (they will spread, the bigger you make the balls.)
  7. bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. (don’t worry, they will be soft – that’s what makes them good !)

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total time: 3 hours     makes 30 cookies

ingredients for cookie
2 sticks (1 c) of unsalted butter at room temperature
1 c granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp kosher salt
3 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
dipping caramel (recipe follows)
1 c unsweetened shredded coconut
12 oz. chocolate chips

directions:

  1. in the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. beat until light and fluffy. add in egg and beat until well incorporated, scraping down the bowl, if necessary. add in vanilla. beat until smooth. with mixer on low, add in salt and flour. mix until completely incorporated and dough is uniform. pull dough together and shape into a cylinder with a diameter of about 2.5 inches. wrap in parchment paper and freeze for at least 25 minutes.
  2. preheat oven to 350 degrees. slice dough into 1/8 inch disks and place on baking sheets, about an inch apart. once you have made the desired amount of cookies, wrap up the cookie dough, freeze, and save for another time. use a tiny circle shaped cookie cutter or a large round cake decorating tip to cut a hole in the center of each disk. refrigerate for an additional 10 minutes. bake for 8 minutes, or until crisp. let cool completely.
  3. add coconut into the caramel. warm the caramel in the microwave for about 10 seconds if necessary. take cooled cookies and gently dip them completely in the caramel. place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. freeze until set, about 5-10 minutes.
  4. melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring well after each interval, until fully melted. place the caramel coated cookies in the chocolate. use a fork to pull them out of the chocolate and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. use the chocolate still on the fork to drizzle stripes over the top of the cookies. refrigerate until set.

dipping caramel ingredients

1.5 c granulated sugar
4 T corn syrup (or honey)
6 T water
pinch of salt
6 T butter
6 T heavy cream (DO NOT use plain whipping cream)
1.5 tsp vanilla extract

directions

  1. in a heavy bottomed saucepan with high sides, combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. whisk until combined, and set over medium-low heat. swirl the pan every now and then to help distribute the heat. when the sugar dissolves completely, raise the heat to medium. when it comes to a boil, watch very carefully for the bubbles to become more viscous (this means that the water has evaporated and that it is ready to go through the candy stages). as it is bubbling away, you want it to turn a deep amber color. when it does, remove from heat and, working quickly, use a spoon to scoop up a small amount of the candy and drop it into a small glass of water. if the bob turns hard like a lollipop, then it is ready. if the blob is still soft, put the pan back on the heat. keep testing until the candy is hard. remove from heat.
  2. whisk in butter, heavy cream, and vanilla. if the caramel isn’t smooth right away, return the pant to low heat and whisk until smooth.

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