Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cake Mix Cookie Balls


The other day, my dearest friend Brandon tried some homemade cake mix cookies that I made and proceeded to tell me that he couldn't decide if he liked those better or the cake balls I make... so I made a combination.  Plus, these are one of my best friend JORDAN'S favorite desserts and she's home from college this weekend! :)

It kind of lead to a series of disasters in the kitchen. 

I was trying to make granola at the same time as these cookie balls and I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

First of all, my cake mix cookies definitely didn't turn out as well as last time.  They turned out more like cake, so although the finished product was delicious, it kind of defeated the whole purpose of my little experiment.  I'm not even really sure what I did wrong because they turned out great last time!  I'm thinking I used too much milk...

Then, while trying to multitask, I spilled my granola alllll over the floor and counter!



I also didn't realize how many cake balls I was getting myself into... yiiikes!  It took probably an hour and a half to coat all of them.  Wooo!! Quite the day, but, like I said, these turned out really well and they're made completely from scratch!

They also turned into a delicious trifle that I'll be posting soon... :)






What are your worst disaster stories in the kitchen?

Cake Mix Cookie Balls

*The recipe obviously needs a little tweaking since mine turned out cakey-er than I would've preferred, but this is my recipe I used. 

Ingredients

1 recipe Homemade White Cake Mix
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1 batch White Chocolate Frosting
1-2 packages almond bark (I used one vanilla, one chocolate)  depending on how much you use
2 tablespoons oil, depending on how much almond bark used


Directions

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Mix all ingredients until incorporated.
3.  Drop by tablespoonfulls onto a greased baking sheet.
4.  Bake for 6-8 minutes.
5.  Wait for cookies to cool, then break them all apart and put them in a large mixing bowl.
6.  Mix frosting with cookies.
7.  Roll into your choice of size balls (I used a small melon baller) and place in freezer for about 30 minutes.  This will help the dipping process.
8.  Melt one package chocolate with 1 tablespoon oil.
9.  Dip chilled balls in melted chocolate.


41 comments:

  1. Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)April 16, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Katie you are so talented! Those little balls are making my mouth water :) We all have your kitchen disasters, mine was filleting a chicken. I went right through the chicken and cut the crap out of my index finger. It bleed like hell lol I'm no longer allowed to fillet a chicken in my bf's house =/

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  2. thesugarapothecaryApril 16, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Aghhh! It's so frustrating when things turn out crazier than expected... especially when that craziness involves MESS. I do my best to keep my kitchen clean, but when things start exploding and tipping over and spilling, it drives me crazy. They look delicious, so don't be too disappointed! Nice job :)

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  3. Those little balls look delicious. Sorry it was so hard to get them made. :) I've definitely had days like that in the kitchen.

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  4. I hate when things get disastrous in the kitchen! Ugh! Probably the worst one I had was when I was browning some ground beef for Max and I was walking with the pan in my hand...yum ground beef EVERYWHERE. And our kitchen floor is carpet. Ughghghgh

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  5. Those little cake balls are so cute! They may have taken a long time, but they look like they were totally worth it. :)

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  6. Oh goodness...I would eat so many of those, I'd make myself sick!

    They look fantastic and so cute.

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  7. They're darling!!!! And I'm sure they were quite addictive!!! :) Sounds like you had a whole lot going on at one time, and I've gotten myself into a pickle or two because of that.

    I don't remember the details but I think it was one Thanksgiving when I was trying to do too much. I was making bread, dessert, and several side dishes as well as the main course.

    I nearly ruined the main course because I didn't read the instructions closely enough, but my husband and I got it all done, and it turned out okay in the end.

    But I have had other disasters...guess my brain just blocks them out. LOL! :)

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  8. I literally gasped when I saw these yummy cake mix cookie balls! They are soo cute!! I love lil desserts like this - they remind me of cake pops! Don't worry I was making fudge today and my kitchen looked like a tornado had come through :)

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  9. They look fantastic, they'd be gone in an instant in my house! I have so many kitchen disasters, most start with burning the dishtowels.

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  10. The cake balls turned out pretty good! Sometimes my ktichen also looks like a battlefield, but it can be necesary ^

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  11. My brother and sister-in-law beg me to make cake balls every time I visit! Putting these on my list of ones to try!

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  12. I really really want to try these. I am going to be making cake pop this weekend for Easter but I'm going to see if I can make a batch of these too! I love cake batter anything!

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  13. I can't believe how great your blog is. It is soo professional. And if you don't ending up baking for a living, you should surely take food photos!!!

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  14. Oh Katie, those look delicious! The sprinkles especially make them super adorable. I love it!

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  15. These look so tasty!! Not to mention festive!

    One of my worst disasters was when I was house-sitting for professor and I was making banana bread with rum and raisins. The professor has a very large dog who likes to guard the house by sitting on the patio and, in the middle of heating the rum, I had to leave the pot to let her out (yes, you can already smell the note of danger). I returned and as I leaned over the pot, it didn't seem the rum was heating properly, so I turned it up. Flames shot out since alcohol is obviously a flammable substance. And I only just missed having my hair seriously singed by the flames. Not to mention that yours truly, clearly a genius, decided to try to put the flames out by throwing a little water on them.....I could have burned the house down! Worst of all, it wasn't even my house.

    I will say, however, that the banana bread still ended up tasting pretty good.

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  16. I always end up having accidents in the kitchen when I'm trying to multitask!! But the cake balls turned out beautiful!

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  17. Oh gosh, those look amazing! It's so hard for me to resist cake balls. And I mean, it doesn't help that the name is fun to say in public. People look at you in the funniest way.

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  18. Once I turned the broiler on in the oven without realizing there was a new muffin tin stored inside that still had the paper and plastic wrap around it. The NYPD did not find it amusing.

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  19. Once I turned the broiler on in the oven without realizing there was a new muffin tin stored inside that still had the paper and plastic wrap around it. The NYPD did not find it amusing.

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  20. thanks so much, jenny :)
    ouuuuuccchh! i hope you didn't eat the chicken lol!

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  21. HAHA! well i think it's funny

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  22. me too! that's why i had to give them away!
    lol, it is fun to say in public.

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  23. me tooo!!!
    thank you, deborah :)

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  24. lol!!
    i'm so glad that it turned out okay... i would've been freaking out!!!

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  25. thanks rach!
    i love sprinkles!

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  26. jihane, come on over and you can try some! haha!
    did your Easter cake pops turn out okay?? and did you end up making these?

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  27. mmmm i want your brother and sister-in-law! lol!

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  28. thanks, gen!
    i agree.. it is pretty necessary sometimes

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  29. aww thanks!
    lol! i've yet to burn a dishtowel... but i'm sure it's coming!

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  30. thanks rachel!
    i love little desserts, too!
    wanna send some fudge my way? lol i love fudge!

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  31. thanks, sheila!!!
    i don't blame you... you had a LOT on your hands!
    i like to try and block mine out, too, but i thought i'd share this one! lol

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  32. thanks megan!! i tend to make myself sick eating stuff i make!

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  33. thank you betty :o) i appreciate it!

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  34. ohhhhhhhhh nooo carpet in the kitchen is just a disaster waiting to happen!
    i would've been so upset! :(

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  35. thanks nicole!
    i'm glad i'm not alone!

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  36. i completely agree!! it's such a pain!
    i'm the worst at keeping things clean, too!
    thank you:):)

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