Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Icing Glaze are the perfect afternoon snack recipe!
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The thing about cake mix cookies, is they're the perfect cross between cake and cookie. I know it sounds obvious, but I just adore that they're more dense than cake, but still lighter than your average cookie. Also. So, easy to make. (Soooooo easy.) We often grab boxes of cake mix when they go on sale two for one (hello BOGO!) at our local market, then make a giant batch to stash in the freezer.
Any flavor cake mix will work for these cookies (whoop whoop, German chocolate love), but my personal favorite is the white cake. But why you ask? Or more likely - whyyyyyyyyy? Well, because it goes with everything! I can add a flavored icing, or top it with pie filling, or whisk in some food coloring for themed cookies. It's just really versatile, and you know how I like versatility! (And if you didn't, well now you do!).
I usually make drop cookies with cake mix (see! so easy!), but my new mini mini (yes, there's a mini and then a mini mini) bundt pan was calling out to me. So we made a tray of them and I couldn't have been more pleased. The mini mini pans, whether it be bundt, donut, or something else - tend to be a little bit difficult to use because they're so small and cake likes to crumble when you take it out. But these cake mix cookies popped out with no difficulty whatsoever!
These precious cookie cakes (see what I did there?!) are topped with a really simple confectioners sugar glaze that we flavored with vanilla extract. If you wanted to get creative though, you could use almond, lemon, or whatever extract flavoring you prefer. Just be sure to add the flavor slowly a few drops at a time and taste as you go!
They make the perfect afternoon-hide-in-your-closet-away-from-the-kids-with-a-piping-mug-of-tea snack. For reals.
What, you don't do that?
(p.s. you should.)
I'm going to tell you a secret. I've been trying to master the chai latte for three years now since my mother-in-law brought me one as a special treat when she came to visit. I was immediately hooked and set out to create the perfect chai latte in my own kitchen. About six months ago, I gave up. After dozens of failed attempts, and way too much time and money wasted on tea, I decided it just wasn't possible to make them at home, and I would just enjoy the occasionally splurge when we were out.
But, then I was recently afforded the opportunity to try the TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pod for Keurig®. We have a Keurig® in my mother-in-law's room, so I was intrigued immediately - but I almost didn't participate for fear of being disappointed again. You guyyyyyysssssss. I'm so glad I tried these! They are sooooooooo (ooooooo) good!
White Cake Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Glaze, Ingredients:
- 1 box white cake cake mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup oil (I prefer a mild olive oil)
- 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- up to 2 teaspoons heavy cream (or milk)
White Cake Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Glaze, Directions:
- Combine cake mix, eggs, and oil in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until all ingredients are incorporated and batter forms.
- Drop tablespoon sized cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet (makes about 30), and bake at 350 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes. (Or of course you could use a super cute mini mini bundt pan!).
- While cookies are baking, place powdered sugar and vanilla into a small bowl, stir together and then slowly add heavy cream until desired thickness is reached.
- Allow cookies to cool, then drizzle with glaze and allow to set.
Relax, as your taste buds host you on an imaginary journey through exotic lands of sweet cinnamon, fragrant cardamom, and spicy ginger, leaving you feeling invigorated by the aromatic flavors and ready to travel around the world.
The new TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods are made from milk, tea leaves and spices. They're rich and strong just like you expect from an upscale tea shop (not the sad versions I've been trying to make at home!). The drink uses a two step process (a powdered packet along with the K-Cup® pod) to create a creamy blend of black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and vanilla flavor.
TAZO® has partnered with New York Times Bestselling author and host Padma Lakshmi to celebrate the release of the new K-Cup® pods. Tea and chai have always been a part of Padma Lakshmi's life and family heritage and she is excited to celebrate the flavors of chai with TAZO®. Padma has developed several recipes that pair perfectly with a cup of chai and you can find them by visiting TAZO.com/chai/pairings.
Learn where to purchase TAZO® Chai Latte K-Cup® pods at TAZO.com/wheretobuy