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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Chocolate Cake Cookie Sandwiches

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Normally I avoid recipes that include any boxed cake mix, but these were just too darned cute to pass up!  Of course, one of the nice things about using the boxed mix is that the cookies themselves took no time at all to prepare.  Normally it doesn’t take me long to whip up cookies from scratch either, but I have a rule in my kitchen about baking after 8:30 pm.  Any time I start baking this late, I am practically guaranteed to make a mistake and end up frustrated with a bunch of wasted ingredients.  I started this recipe around 8 pm so I knew I might be pushing it, but thankfully using the cake mix made it nearly impossible to screw up.

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These fun little sandwich cookies are absolutely delicious, and they really remind me of a cookie from the mall food court that I had a slight obsession with as a child.  I think these could be a really fun project to make with kids, and they are sure to love the results.  I used a dough scoop to try to make the cookies uniform in size.  Even so, there was a fair amount of variation so I recommend pairing up all the cookies based on size before you start sandwiching them with icing, to avoid ending up with a very mismatched pair.   There is definitely room to be creative with what you dip the sides of the cookie into.  I loved the sprinkles, but you could use mini-chocolate chips, mini-M&Ms, etc.  Just have fun with it!

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Chocolate Cake Cookie Sandwiches
Yield: 10 sandwich cookies (using a medium-sized dough scoop)

Ingredients:

For the cookies:
1 package chocolate cake mix (or other flavor of your choice)
1 egg, at room temperature
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

For the frosting:
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp. milk

For decorating:
multi-colored non-pareils, or other sprinkles or candy of your choice

Directions:
To make the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cake mix, egg and butter.  Beat on low speed until just combined and all dry ingredients have been incorporated.  Roll the dough into 1- to 1 1/2-inch balls, place on the prepared baking sheets and press down to slightly flatten.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Allow the cookies to cool completely on the cookie sheets.

To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the powdered sugar, and beat until incorporated.  Add vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until fully incorporated.  Add 2 tablespoons of milk and beat on medium-high speed until smooth.  If the frosting too thick, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of milk and beat until incorporated.

To assemble, pair the cookies based on size on a work surface.  Frost the flat side of one cookie from each pair.  Place the other cookie of each pair on top of the frosting, flat side down.  Lightly press down so that the frosting reaches the edges of the cookies.  To decorate, place sprinkles in a small bowl.  Dip the sides of each cookie in the sprinkles, pressing down gently and rotating to cover the sides completely.

Source: adapted from The Crepes of Wrath

  • http://www.goodthingscatered.blogspot.com Katie

    These are WAY too stinking cute! :)

  • joelen

    These look adorable! Oreo has got a run for their money :)

  • oneparticularkitchen

    These look so stinking cute!! I love them! The Kiddo is sick right now and this might be just the perk-me-up he needs. :)

  • http://centralcooking.blogspot.com Kayla

    Such a cute idea! It’s great to have a quick item to pull out of your arsenal that still looks incredible :)

  • http://ellysaysopa.com elly

    Those are really cute! They would be cute rolled in crush peppermints for the holidays, too.

  • limeandlemon

    wow these look amazing .. soo delicious.. love the photos .. Laila .. http://limeandlemon.wordpress.com

  • http://www.wheresmydamnanswer.com Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer

    These are just too cute not to make – So playful and festive!!!

  • http://chewonthatblog.com Hillary

    These are great! Love the colorful sprinkles along the sides!: )

  • Laura

    These cookies look AMAZING! Yum! : )

  • http://diaryofafanaticfoodie.com Heather

    how adorable are those with the sprinkles! i love them!

  • http://www.runplaycook.com bensbaby116

    The sprinkles are so cute!! :)

  • http://delishfood.wordpress.com ash

    so cute! very playful!

  • http://www.jadeandginger.blogspot.com www.jadeandginger.blogspot.com

    I love how these look! They look so fun and scrumptious!

  • http://eliseseats.blogspot.com elise

    These are REALLY impressive. I definitely want to do this!!

    I love your blog. You’re on my blogroll. Reading everyday! I’m not a great commenter but I’m getting better :)

    just know i’m always reading!

  • http://MyThoughtsMyVoice.wordpress.com MyThoughtsMyVoice

    I’d love to take a bite :-)

  • http://mytastytreasures.blogspot.com Donna

    These look so delightful. My 4 children– and 4 stepchildren– all under 12 .. would probably soooo go crazy for them. I am sooo putting them on my list!!! Thanks! Love your blog, I stop by often.

  • smellslikehome

    these are too cute for words Annie!

  • Erin

    I love this! I also love your site, i’ve starred many recipes! So i gave you an award!
    http://breedwoman-getinmybelly.blogspot.com/2009/01/holy-mother-of-sweetness-i-got-award.html

  • letters2soulmate

    these look so good! thanks for sharing!

  • brooksie

    Those are really cute cookies. I also really like the idea of a no baking after 830 rule. Now that I think of it , I definitely make more mistake when baking late.

  • http://ifyoulisten.typepad.com/ amy

    thanks for the recipe, i just made the cookies tonight! i haven’t had one yet…….but i’m sure they are going to be deeeelicious! cheers!

  • Lauren

    I just made these for my superbowl party! My boyfriend and I split one just to taste and they were amazing. Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper even if its not from scratch!

  • Jackie

    I just made these for our Superbowl party…they turned out great….very yummy! Another great recipe Annie!

  • Rita

    I made these for work and everyone loved them. Thank you for such a creative and delicious idea!

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  • http://www.hudspethinn.com Jill

    These were fabulous! My fourteen year old daughter took some to school to share with friends at lunch and they keep asking for more. Kids of all ages love these. I got a mechanical pastry bag from Williams Sonoma for Christmas and am soooo enjoying it! It is a perfect tool for these. I also used it on your cinnamon cupcakes.

  • oneordinaryday

    I saw your post and decided to turn them into a St. Paddy’s Day snack for my daughter’s class. They turned out really cute and I blogged about them with a link to your post.

    Thanks!
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

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  • molly

    they look soooo yummy but if i made them i would totally make my own cookies rather than a packet… any way i will defintely be making these babies!! xx

  • Michele

    These are so cute! We’re having a bake sale to raise money for our Church this weekend and I’m definitely making these to appeal to the kids. What size tip did you use for the frosting?

  • Annie

    Hi Michele,
    I don’t know what size tip I used and I honestly don’t think it matters since you are only using it to fill the cookies, but the frosting will be covered up and pushed to the edges anyway.
    :) Annie

  • http://annamt4242.webs.com anna

    Wow…. They look great. Personally, I like vanilla treats, so I will make vanilla. But I will definitly make these. mmmmmm

  • Lori

    I made these last night and they turned out great! They remind me of an ice cream sandwich! Sooooo good!

  • http://cookingwiththeboys.blogspot.com/ Sylvia

    LOVED this recipe! Found it by accident (searching for cupcake icing) and it made a wonderful activity for my 4 year old. He was able to do a fair amount of it, which makes it perfect for us. I was looking for a recipe where he could really participate, and this hit the spot. They weren’t quite as pretty as yours, but amazingly non-messy for a little kid doing the lion’s share of the work.

  • Aleamerpati

    Made this treat for my dessert table on my engagement day. It was such a hit! Finished within minutes! Thank you for sharing this great recipe :)