Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies and Two Celebrations

Cookies!This time last year, I was in California celebrating the opening of a grand Hindu temple. It’s a marvelous structure made of carved marble, all fitted together like a giant jigsaw puzzle: There is no iron in it.

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Mandir 2So to commemorate this beautiful place’s first birthday, I made cookies. Cake batter chocolate chip cookies, filled with sprinkles and gooey chocolate.

IMG_6023eOf course, it’s also Christmas! So I made these cookies twice, because god knows I didn’t have enough the first time.

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Inspired by this recipe, I made them egg-less, and learned that a certain type of cookie sheet my mother has in her kitchen which she cannot remember the formal name of and which I cannot find on Google, helps make the cookies thicker. I will find you, cookie sheet. I will!

What can I say? Don’t drool over the pictures… make them. They are so very easy. And then gobble them up. Happy holidays!

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Makes about 24 medium sized cookies

Ingredients

1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 and 1/4 cup yellow or vanilla boxed cake mix

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 rounded tablespoon of sour cream

1 tablespoon water

1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips (half white, half semi-sweet chocolate chips)

1/2 cup sprinkles

Method:

In a medium bowl, combine flour, cake mix, and baking soda.

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In a large bowl, melt butter… I melted it halfway and then used a whisk to melt the rest in.

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Add sugars (white and brown) and whisk until fluffy.

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Add vanilla and sour cream and water. Whisk well.

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Add flour mixture to wet mix, and stir with a wooden spoon until just mixed.

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Fold in sprinkles and chocolate chips.

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Leave in refrigerator for at least an hour or up to 4 days.

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When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

To make thick cookies, roll the dough into tall balls rather than equal-all-around balls.

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Bake on middle rack, right on cookie sheet (no need for parchment paper) for 8-10 minutes or until edges are slightly brown.

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Leave on cookie sheet for 4 minutes. Remove and cool completely on cooling racks.

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Or you know, eat ‘em tongue-burning warm and wash it down with cold milk. Cheers!

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