(Dairy-Free) Double Dark Chocolate Fudge Cookies

I’ve yet to meet a cookie I didn’t like.  I have a soft spot for sweet stuff!  ..and so does MiniThor.. who happens to be allergic to dairy.  Basically every bakery item you encounter is made with butter, thus creating a challenge in satisfying that sweet tooth!  Through many kitchen adventures MiniThor and I have discovered many glorious goodies that can be made sans dairy!  Cookies regularly roll out of our oven using this standard recipe…

  
You can use any box cake mix for this, making this recipe very versatile!  Many cake mixes DO NOT contain dairy!!!  Just check the label to be sure and you’re good to go.

For today’s cookie creation we used Duncan Hines Classic Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix. It worked wonderfully to create fluffy, chewy, chocolate cookies!  Finding chocolate chips that are allergy friendly is a bit tricky, luckily we discovered Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips!  There is only one store that carries them in our area, if these amazing choco chips are are to  find in your area you can find them on Amazon, here is our affiliate link… Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips – 10 oz – 2 

These cookies are easy, here’s the how-to…

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  
  • Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray or line it with parchment paper.  
  • Mix together everything except the chocolate chips until well combined.  
  • When you have a smooth batter, fold in your desired amount of chocolate chips.  
  • Spoon your batter out onto your prepared cookie sheet(s).  
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Let cool.
  • EAT COOKIES!

 
I made 20 big cookies with this mix.  20 delicious dark chocolate cookies of awesomeness!

 
MiniThor approves!!! 

Try out your own variations and enjoy this simple sweet treat!
Keep making memories,

Kate

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Comic Books, Dinos, and Wookie Cookies!

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Yesterday was a seriously fun day!!!

We started off with Free Comic Book Day!

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Mini Thor, dressed in his Thor gear of course, and mommy with a Marvel shirt on. Even though we arrived at the comic shop just half an hour after they opened they were already buzzing with adults and kids (mostly adults teehee) checking out the latest comics and picking out their free comic book! Mini Thor’s cuteness brought many smiles and “awww”s. He picked out a few comics and got two free comics! Once he had picked out what he wanted he was ready to go read them!

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After comic book day we met Granmomma and PeyPey for brunch 🙂

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Then it was off to “Discover the Dinosaurs!”

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Mini Thor loved looking at all the dinosaurs and he really enjoyed digging for dinosaur bones. Now he has decided he wants to be a paleontologist like Dino Dan when he grows up (and also a rock star and an astronaut).
My little sister’s dinosaur impressions kept us laughing through the exhibit!

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After all this fun a nap was in order!

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Then it was off to Granmomma’s house to celebrate Star Wars Day, with lightsabers made out if pool noodles and the ingredients to make wookie cookies!

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We used my grandmother’s recipe for oatmeal macaroons to make our Wookie Cookies!

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I substituted 2 sticks of butter in place of the Crisco and I used walnuts instead of pecans because that is what I had on hand.

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You cream the butter, sugars, vanilla, and baking soda, then add the eggs until its all mixed. Next add flour.

Now put that mixer away and get out a big ol spoon. Mix in the oats, coconut, nuts, and mini chocolate chips.

Now make them into little balls and use regular size chocolate chips to make your wookie face!

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Some of the faces turned out cute when they baked and some of them not so much but they were all taaaaasty!

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Not the wookiest if cookies but Mini Thor loved making them..and eating them!

We absolutely loved our Saturday of celebrating and exploring! Comic book shopping, Dino observing, Lightsaber battles, and Star Wars cookie making! I love doing fun stuff with my Mini Thor!

-Kate

Strawberry Cookies for Spring

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Mini Thor had a case of the grumpies yesterday evening so naturally I had to do something about that. See, grumpies can be contagious so they aren’t allowed in my house haha. In order to get rid of those grumps we made some spring cookies using some new cookie cutters we had recently purchased.
Here’s how we made out super easy, delightfully soft, strawberry cookies…

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You just need
– One box Ducan Hines Strawberry Supreme cake mix
– One Stick of Butter, softened
– 2 Eggs
– Strawberry Icing & Sprinkles (optional)

I always forget to leave my butter out to get soft. I put it in the microwave for 10 seconds and it seems to be soft enough for mixing.

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Mix all of the ingredients together until everything is well combined.

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Refrigerate the dough for 2 hrs.

Now you are ready to roll it out and cut out your cookies

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Bake @ 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Just enough that they look done and are just barely starting to golden on the edges.

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That is what our baked cookies looked like.

Once they are cooled you can decorate! We used Strawberry Icing and a variety of sprinkles 🙂

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Mini Thor always loves making cookies and these are some of my favorites! They are so delicious and they stay soft even after they have cooled (and for days!).

Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but we ate some for breakfast this morning 😉

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(Photo edited with the “Halftone” app for iPhone, cool right?!?!)

-Kate

Cut-out Cake Cookies

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We love love love making cookies at my house.  Mini Thor particularly loves the decorating, his granmomma says he “likes a little cookie with his icing.”  We made lots of cookies over the holiday season but cut-out cookies don’t have to be just for Christmas (although we use our Christmas cookie cutters year-round, Mini Thor likes to make snowmen).  I found this amazing cut-out cookie recipe at GOODEness Gracious that starts with a box of cake mix.  I love recipes that let you cheat like that!  We also gave Duncan Hines Frosting Creations a try, I normally avoid things with artificial colors but seriously how to you resist making cotton candy icing?!?!  Here’s the how-to for these easy, fun cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 100_7675Cake Mix (we used Funfetti)
  • Two Eggs
  • 1 Stick of Butter, Softened
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • Icing & Sprinkles of your choice for decorating after your cookies cool (optional)

Mix all that goodness together until completely mixed.  Then, let it chill in the fridge for 2 hours (or so).  100_7701Roll out the dough on a flour coated surface.   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Cut out those cookies!!!100_7704

Try to resist eating the cookie dough, tee hee, little man couldn’t! Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Cook on a wire rack and then DECORATE! 100_7715We used cotton candy icing as a base and then Mini Thor added blue sugar cookie icing. Sprinkles are optional, but totally add to the fun factor! 100_7718This cookie adventure was totally worth the mess!  After all, the bigger the mess the bigger the adventure right?!

 -Kate & Mini Thor