Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Spice Cake Mix Cookies

Sometimes other people in our lives move us to do something. I was wanting to make these spice cake mix cookies for two reasons.

1. K-man LOVES spice 'anything' especially with raisins. He also loves maple. I combined all these favorites of his in a cookie so he'd be very happy. However, summer time is not when we associate 'spicy' baked goods. We tend to think of fall or winter or the holidays for that kinda stuff. I didn't really care about that kinda like wearing white after labor day.

2. I have a friendship with a fellow food blogger. Ginger from Once Upon a Gourmet Gin, she is just a casual blogger just like me....nuthin' ferocious. One thing that we had in common was our love to create new cookies from cake mixes. I swear we both were chugging out like 1-2 a month for awhile there. I think we may have 20 creations between us. Anyhow, Gin has not been blogging lately but devoting more time with her family rather than blogging and I miss her. I made this cookie as a shout out to her. Miss ya Girl!

So if baking cookies NOW in the heat is not your thing....or the spice part of it is a turn off during the summer then perhaps print this out to use when you ARE in the mood for a soft spice cookie. Okay? Good. Let's commence the cookie goodness.

Spice Cake-Mix Cookies
JennyMac Lipsmack Creation

1/2 tsp. rum extract (substitute any extract you prefer)
1/2 cup raisins
very hot water
1 box spice cake mix
sprinkle of cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
few drops maple extract
1 Tbsp. maple syrup
variable milk (approx 1 Tbsp)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place raisins in a small bowl, cover with hot water; stir in rum extract. Let soak to 'plump' while you prepare the mix.

In a large bowl place the cake mix and sprinkle some extra cinnamon to your liking. Mix. In a short drinking glass, beat up the two eggs, extract then the oil. Pour into cake mix and combine.

Pour off hot water from raisins. Take your hand and squeeze the excess water and put the raisins into the cake mixture. Stir well.

Drop by Tablespoon (or small cookie scoop) onto parchment covered cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes.

Prepare the frosting in a small bowl. Add powdered sugar, a few drops of maple extract and 1 Tbsp. maple syrup. Mix. Use milk to achieve the perfect consistency. Not too stiff not too soupy. Add drop by drop if need be. Set aside until cookies are cool or slightly warm.

Do not glaze cookies right out of oven or you will have more frosting on the counter than the cookie....

Frost cookies with approx 1 tsp of glaze. Swirling spoon around to form a small circle. Gravity will take care of the rest.

Moist, cakey, spicy, chewy....I tasted one for quality control. The rest go to K-man....I am a chocolate girl.

Gin, here's to ya! I've not forgotten about you my friend and cake-mix buddy!

Here is a link to my cake mix labeled cookie posts and Gin's Most Lemony Cookie of all time.



Sage Trifle said...

These cookies sound really, really good. Please tell me you don't really wear white shoes after Labor Day?? Spice cookies in August, white shoes in Septmeber, what will be next? ;)

Heather I. said...

Cookies from cake mixes are the best! Have you ever tried the Cake Mix Doctor books? They're worth a try :) Mmmm, maple sounds really good right now....

We Are Not Martha said...

I've never even thought to make a cookie with a cake mix! These look fabulous and I do love spice-anything :)


Susan Parran said...

Oh these look yummy! Almost like a mini scone! Hmmm. I wonder how blueberry cake mix cookies would come out?

JennyMac said...

Any cake mix will work....same recipe just different mix...I've made these with a lemon cake mix and added dried blueberries.