*Christmas* Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Merry Christmas Eve, all! I hope you all are ready for the big holiday and not running around crazy with a million things to do. With just hours left before the celebrations begin, I hope you can take this time to relax and spend time with family. That’s my plan! That, and eating a zillion cookies and drinking a glass (or ten) of wine. Yahoo!

  
I thought it would be nice to share a fun cookie recipe for the holiday. It’s super easy, and from one of my favorite bloggers Sally’s Baking Addiction and her fabulous cookbook, Sally’s Baking Addiction (available on Amazon!).

I took Sally’s Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and Christmasified (DEFINITELY a word) them. I rolled them in green and red sugar before baking and used only white chocolate chips – yum! The original recipe is just as delish. Hope you all enjoy! XO!

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups yellow or white boxed dry cake mix
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • colorful sugar sprinkles to roll the cookies

Steps

  1. In a large bowl, sift the flour, cake mix and baking soda together. Set aside.
  2. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together in a large bowl on medium speed until creamed, about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute, scraping down the sides as needed. Using the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. Do not overmix. With a large spoon or rubber spatula, fold the white chocolate chips into the dough. Cover the dough and chill for at least 2 hours (or up to 3 days).
  3. Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator and allow to soften slightly at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350*F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets. Place sugar sprinkles into small bowls.
  5. Roll the dough into balls, about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough per cookie. Roll the cookie dough balls to be taller rather than wide. Roll the cookie dough balls into the sugared sprinkles, coating all sides with sugar. Place the cookie dough balls 3in apart onto each cookie sheet and bake each batch for 10-13 minutes until the edges are slightly browned. The cookies will look very soft and underbaked. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days. 
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Uplift Monday: Texas Neighbors Trick or Treat for 14-Year-Old’s New Heart

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Halloween is such a fun holiday, particularly for children, as it allows people to let their imaginations run wild (and it’s an excuse to eat tons of candy). While Halloween at twenty-one has certainly lost some of the childhood charm, I was so pleased to read this article from Good Morning America about a Texas Neighborhood Trick or Treating to Save a 14-Year-Old’s Life.

Anna King, 14-years-old, from the Woodlands, Texas, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy in 2012, which has left her heart swollen and unable to pump properly, inhibiting her from attending school and participating in typical teen activities. Anna has been waiting for a heart transplant for 538 days, for far too long.

A local mortgage broker, Jason Higham, learned of Anna’s condition, and he decided to step up to the plate and make a difference. He arranged an event, “Halloween for a Heart,” held last Thursday in the Woodlands, to raise money to help with Anna’s medical bills. He set up an online fundraising page (DONATE HERE), which at the time of GMA’s original article had raised over $10,000. Additionally, the town held a costume contest, a silent auction and a special trick-or-treating event with the specific purpose of raising money for Anna’s care and treatment.

Anna is said to have a positive attitude about her illness, and her optimism is clearly contagious, and it has inspired her community to rally around her.

So on this Monday, while I complain about a dull headache and having a day full of glasses, everything is put into perspective when hearing this story about Anna King, a young girl facing a difficult battle with a smile on her face. Keep smiling this week, my friends!

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Happy Monday!