Monday, April 14, 2008
Do you love me...I mean, really love me?? *UPDATED*
The research Ive put into this is exhaustive to say the least, but these are as close as I could get without someone from Lofthouse actually calling me and saying, "You are such a good person, here is the original recipe." ha.
As if, right?
Well, anywho, long story long, Ive spent more time and money than I care to admit to in developing this recipe, that ended up being pretty simple.
Who'da thunk it?
I hope you all enjoy!
~1 18 oz. white cake mix (pick one with pudding in the mix)
~2/3 cup flour (mix well into the cake mix)
~2 large eggs
~1/3 c. oil (I used soybean)
~2 T. sour cream
mix well with a handmixer or Kitchen Aid. The dough will be fairly stiff, enough to roll into 1" balls with flour dusted hands. I placed them on a Silpat type baking sheet, these are lovely to keep your cookies from getting too brown.
If you don't have a Silpat, you might want to raise your oven rack a little higher than middle of the oven if the coils are on the bottom and watch them close!
Flatten the balls with the heel of your hand to about 1/2" thick.
Bake these off at 350* for about 10-12 minutes. You will know they are done when they feel somewhat firm in the center.
DO NOT OVERBAKE.
Srsly, people, if you overbake, you'll lose that soft cakeyness and that would be a shame.
Here again, I will suggest you invest in a Silpat or a generic version there of.
What I have done is just take out one cookie and bake it first as a guinea pig.
You want the cookie barely set but, not gooey.
You don't want the bottoms brown, we're talking pasty here, but set.
Take them out of the oven and let them sit for a minute to let set up.
Transfer to a sheet of foil to cool completely. While they cool, start the icing.
1/2 cup Crisco (don't look at me like that)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup water, milk or liquid flavored coffee creamer
1 lbs. confectioner's sugar
1/2 pkg. Dream Whip
1 Tbls. meringue powder
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
Beat Crisco and butter until smooth and blended. Dissolve salt in water and add extracts to the water. Add the meringue powder to the Dream Whip, mix well, then add to it and the confectioners sugar to the Crisco/butter mix. Carefully beat in dry ingredients then mix on medium-high until the frosting is light and fluffy.
Add some food coloring if you'd like...Im an aqua fiend.
Now, either pipe on with a pastry bag or schmear on with a spatula. At this point, you MUST use sprinkles...if you don't, the sugar cookie faeries will come and take your cookies away, because you don't deserve them.
HERE IS THE SECRET!!!!!
Store the cookies in a tupperware type container right after the icing has set.
The cookies will get that dense, cakey texture after being stored in the air tight container overnight or for a few hours.