24 June 2014

My youngest daughter turned four earlier this month.  How is that possible?  She's my baby!  But babies grow up, and mine is no exception.  

My big girl, Eva.

She got to take birthday treats to school twice.  She took them to her preschool class (a couple of weeks early because our last day of school was the Friday before Memorial Day) and she took some to her speech class at the public elementary school.  

When thinking about what kind of treats to make for this, I knew I wanted something easy to make, but also something that had a birthday feel to it.  Something a little more fun than just chocolate chip cookies.  I found the recipe for these cookies at Cookin' Cowgirl and knew immediately that they were perfect.  They are super easy  to make since they use a boxed cake mix, and since you use a cake mix, they really do taste just like birthday cake.  

Birthday Cake Cookies

1 (15.25 oz.) box French Vanilla cake mix
⅓ cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
½ cup canola oil
½ tsp almond extract
½ cup sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a medium bowl, mix together the dry cake mix, flour, and baking powder.  Stir in the eggs, oil, and almond extract.  Stir in the sprinkles.

Take the dough by spoonfuls and roll into balls.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.  Do not allow them to brown. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack or parchment paper.

Makes 28 cookies.

A couple of important things about these cookies: 1. Don't let them get brown.  They should be super soft and kind of fluffy.  If you take them out the oven before they are brown and leave them on the baking sheet for a few minutes before you transfer them to cool, they will be perfect.  2.  Keep them small.  If you make them too big, they will take longer to cook through and they will get brown on the bottom.  You don't have to roll them into balls, but I love how it makes them turn into perfect little round shapes.

These little cookies are amazing!  Soft and pillowy with a little bit of crunch from the sprinkles.  And they really do taste like cake which I think is so fun for a birthday treat.

Eva took these to her speech class and they were a big hit.  I made birthday cake blondies for her to take to her preschool class.  They are also make with cake mix, but have a completely different texture.  I'll post that recipe sometime as well.

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