It’s 8PM and your daughter reminds you about tomorrow’s bake sale tomorrow. Just as you were waiting with baited breath for your glass of wine and “Dancing with the Stars” date, now you have to head down to the market and slave away in the kitchen.
I am sure this is something from a movie, and that you’ve never experienced this, right? Because we are all perfectly organized housewives and moms who remember every little date and detail. In case you are the
scatterbrain multitasker mom like me, this has happened at least once, and with certainty, will happen again.
But, by stocking one simple pantry item, you can have your TV date and Merlot AND still make homemade treats…no grocery trip required! What is that miracle item? CAKE MIX!
But here’s where it gets interesting. As tempting as it might be, do not just follow the box directions. Not that there is anything wrong with a tried-and-true cupcake, but you can actually make delicious, creative, showstopper COOKIES from cake mix.
The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book features more than 375 cookie recipes that all begin with a box of cake mix. You then simply spruce the mix up with grocery and pantry essentials. It was written by Camilla Saulsbury, the winner of several national
food competitions, including The Food Network’s “Ultimate Recipe Showdown, Best
In less than 5 minutes, you can create homemade drop, bar, cut, formed and filled cookies. Your friends will never guess that you made Vanilla Malt Gooey Bars, Lemon
Thyme Cornmeal Cookies, Chocolate Truffle Bars, Maple Whoopies or Coffee Toffee
Biscotti using a box of Betty Crocker. One of my favorite features of this cookbook: it is indexed by the type of cake mix you have. So if you are craving spice cake or you have a box of chocolate cake mix leftover from Billy’s birthday, you have an instant list of desserts that you can quickly create.
Surprise, I have been in the pumpkin mood, so I created Spiced and Iced Pumpkin Snack Bars (and added a few personal touches). They are probably one of the BEST
pumpkin desserts I have ever made and I love the idea of adding flavoring to basic store-bought icing (I love homemade frosting, but just keeping it real…I rarely have time to do). This recipe makes 4 dozen bars, so perfect for parties and bake sales.
So go make these and then grab a copy of the cookbook…it is a total mommy sanity saver!
Spiced & Iced Pumpkin Snack Bars
Adapted from The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book
- 1 (18.25 oz.) box spice cake mix
- 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup sour cream (not reduced fat)
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
- ½ cup pecans, chopped (optional)
- 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins (optional)
- 15 Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses, chopped (optional)
- 1 ½ cups canned cream cheese frosting
- ½ tsp. maple extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 15 X 10 X 1-inch baking sheet with foil. Make sure to have an overhang on all sides as you need this to take out cake when cooled.
- Mix the cake mix, pumpkin, sour cream, eggs, oil and 1 tsp. of cinnamon with a mixer for 1-2 minutes on medium speed until blended. If desired, stir in by hand dried fruit, pecans and chopped pumpkin kisses. Spread into the baking sheet.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Transfer pan to wire rack and cool. Once cooled, remove cake from pan using foil.
- Combine can of frosting with remaining 1 tsp. of cinnamon and the maple extract. Store well. Spread over cooled bars.
Indulge in the spicy, creamy pumpkin goodness.
Disclosure: I received The Ultimate Cake Mix Cookie Book for review, but I would have bought it anyway. All opinions are my own.