Thursday, August 21, 2008

Buried Treasure

Ages ago, my sister's oldest daughter's preschool teacher introduced our family to the concept of cake-mix cookies. You can use the dough almost like playdough, except it tastes a lot better, even before you bake it! The girls used to make letters, numbers, shapes... you get the idea.

Last week, I was rummaging through my recipes looking for something easy, yummy, and preferably something requiring only ingredients that we had on hand. What I found was buried treasure! The recipe originally came from this website: (a fantasic LDS resource!), shared by Cindee Alexander. Thank you, Cindee!!

Suffice it to say that we have a new family favorite! It kicks the concept of cake-mix playdough cookies up a notch.

Here it is: Pumpkin Chocolate Chippers

2 boxes Spice cake mix, or yellow
1 large can of pumpkin (approx. 29-30 oz can)
2 cups Chocolate Chips (We used mini chips.)

Mix well. (We discovered it takes some muscle!)
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Makes a ton!

If a ton is too many for you, you can use 1 box of cake mix, a small can of pumpkin, and a cup of add-ins. Truly, no eggs, no oil. The dough is really too gooey to use as playdough. If you want that recipe, let me know. :o

Oh, we didn't have Spice cake mix, so we used one French vanilla cake mix and one carrot cake mix and added about a tablespoon of Pumpkin Pie spice. Delicioso! Next time we're going to try white chocolate chips. You could add nuts, too, or craisins. Hmmm... the possibilities are endless.

It does make a ton - but not an endless supply. Guess it's time to make some more.

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At Thu Aug 28, 03:09:00 PM PDT, Blogger Vanessa said...

OOOOH, I love it. I want to go try it right now. Why oh why didn't you share pictures????? I love pictures. How fun is this. do you think you could make shapes out of the dough ? I would love for my boys to play with it, mabey use it in some of the hs related way. Like they could make numbers and do math problems and eat them. that would be so fun. Or alphabets and make different words like scrabble. Of course my boys are a bit too big for that.
Thank you for sharing a great recipe and website.

At Fri Aug 29, 09:42:00 PM PDT, Blogger Mrs. Woody said...

Vanessa, sorry about not taking a picture. This was my first recipe post, and I just didn't even think about a picture. I'll be wiser next time. :o)

This dough would be great for playdough IF you used less pumpkin so that it didn't end up so gooey. Maybe we'll try it next time, AND take pics of the results.

Thanks for reading AND for the idea.

At Wed Sep 24, 04:40:00 PM PDT, Blogger Jaime said...

So nice to meet you at the park today. Thanks for bringing your lapbooks and make sure and share the free links! Thanks!


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