Friday, February 20, 2009

Funfetti Friday!

Funfetti Cookies (I made mine a little large)

You  can use whatever food dye you want in the frosting, but I used pink of course :)


Funfetti Cake Balls
This is what they look like all mixed up and about to be put in the refrigerator.

My cat Cinnamon sat patiently watching me while I was baking in the kitchen...but I think he got a little tired from all that staring. 

So if you are one of those people who are stuck with having to bring dessert somewhere and have no time to make anything, here's two good recipes using a Pilsbury Funfetti Cake mix. Yes funfetti is supposed to be a kids cake, but why can't adults enjoy the sprinkles in a white cake too? The cookie recipe came from Pilsbury's official website, and if you wanted to add a special flavor try adding vanilla or coconut extract. The cake balls recipe comes from, but you can also use any kind of cake to make these. I've made a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting from a mix and dipped them into semisweet chocolate. I've had great reviews of those red velvet cake balls too...they almost look like a glorified truffle.

Now if you think that you're too grown up to eat funfetti cake, make it for the kids b/c if it has sprinkles, they're going to be sold on it. I think these would be a great dessert to take to a kids birthday party. For a baby shower you could decorate the cookies with a blue or pink frosting (I used pink of course b/c I'm a girl and will put pink on everything). 

Funfetti Cookies
1 (18.9 oz) Pilsbury Most Supreme Funfetti Cake Mix
1/3 cup oil
2 eggs 
1/2 (15.6-oz) vanilla frosting

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, oil, and eggs; stir with spoon until thoroughly moistened. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. With the bottom of glass, dipped in flour, flatten to 1/4-inch thickness. 
Bake for 6-8 in, or until edges are lightly golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Spread frosting over warm cookies. Immediately sprinkle each with sprinkles. 

Funfetti Cake Balls
1 (18.9-oz) Pilsbury Most Supreme Funfetti Cake Mix
1 can of vanilla frosting
white or milk chocolate to coat (about a package worth of of chocolate)

Bake cake according to instructions on the box.  Let cake cool slightly and crumble into pieces. Add frosting and form into balls. Let them set in the freezer for about 3 hours. 
Put parchment or wax paper on cookie sheets. Remove cake balls and coat with chocolate; place on cookie sheets. Let set in the refrigerator for chocolate to harden.  

Hawaiian Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

I found a recipe on for a Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie. After scanning through the ingredients and reviews, I decided to tamper with the ingredients myself. I knew that just adding coconut and almonds to a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe wasn't going to yield enough flavor, so I added coconut and almond extract.  As my mind was ticking of new ways to make this next time, perhaps an addition of coconut milk or mashed banana would be good. 

1/2 cup butter, softened or at room temperature
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. coconut extract
1 tsp. almond extract
2 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 &1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease the cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add almond and coconut extracts.
Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir in small additions into the creamed mixture until well blended. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips, coconut, and almonds. Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 8-12 min. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 min. before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.