Elli has been bugging me for weeks to make a recipe out of her American Girl Recipe Calendar. I finally remembered to take a look and see what we needed to make something. The recipe for February looked fun (and easy) so I picked up the ingredients we needed to make these sandwich cookies.
We made home-made frosting to go in the middle instead of the ready made stuff. I thought cream cheese frosting would taste good so that's what I had them make. They didn't like it at first. Uh oh. But I convinced them it was delicious and suddenly it was. They pretty much licked the bowl, spoon and beater clean when they were done.
Elli's friend is a fifth grader. They hang out together in the after-school program on Monday and Friday. Both girls are only children. When they're together they almost like big sister/little sister. Except they don't fight.
They had the most fun making the frosting. They covered themselves in powdered sugar on purpose. It was everywhere. We ended up with a lot of extra frosting. So I put the pipe bags in a ziplock and stuck them in the freezer. We can make a batch of chocolate cookies and just thaw the frosting. It should work don't you think?
And of course they LOVED piping the frosting on the cookie. Elli was a bit spastic with her application. Her friend was very precise with hers. It didn't really matter because once you put the top cookie on you couldn't really tell .
We heard Don, the cookie monster, sneak into the fridge a few times. I think he liked them.
Lucky for us her friend took half of them home with her so there aren't many left to tempt him.
1 box of cake mix (any flavor. We used vanilla.)
1 stick of butter (softened. Ours was partially melted.)
Preheat oven to 350º
1. Combine all ingredients together.
2. Scoop dough into 1" balls. Gently press flat with a glass.
3. Bake 10-12 minutes.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8 oz) bar of cream cheese softened
2 T butter
2 T milk
1/2 t. salt
1 t. vanilla paste (or vanilla extract)
4 cups powdered sugar
Food coloring (optional)
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla until fluffy. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add food coloring (optional.)
2. Place frosting in a piping back let sit while cookies cool.
3. Pipe onto a cookie. Place another cookie on top.
4. Keep cookies refrigerated.
This would be a good cookie to make for the school bake sale. You could even make them in the school colors.