Making this Cake Cookies recipe is a wonderful way to spend a rainy autumn afternoon with your kids. Get the full mega-frosted, super-buttery, cookie recipe below!
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My kids are obsessed with those store-bought "Birthday Cake Cookies." Do you know the ones I am referring to? They're super soft and taste like they're made out of 90% frosting and sprinkles.
When the girls saw a recipe for Birthday Cake Cookies on one of my Pinterest boards, they flipped out. We decided to give the homemade Cake Cookie recipe a whirl, with a little bit of a Halloween spin.
I printed the recipe and set the girls to work. I've been practicing letting them have FULL CONTROL over recipe production. It is so important to get our kids involved in the kitchen...
They need the freedom to experiment without fear of getting in trouble for making mistakes. They need to know that their mess won’t be met with annoyance, but a helping hand to clean up. They need us to trust that they are capable, and have confidence in their abilities. They need us to respond ‘yes, I’d love you to help’ as often as we can. --Sara Jane via Why Kids Should Be Helping in the Kitchen
I couldn't agree more!
I should warm you, this recipe involved butter -- lots and lot of butter.
Once the batter is mixed, it needs to chill. We popped the dough for our Halloween Cake Cookies into the freezer to expedite things.
The girls took turn rolling out the dough, cutting out circles and baking the Halloween Cake Cookies.
These can be a bit challenging, because the cookies should be cooked fully, but without browning. To keep things simple, be sure to bake your cookies on parchment paper. This allows you to easily remove the Halloween Cake Cookies from the baking tray onto the cooling rack in one fell swoop.
Now it's time to start making the thick buttercream frosting. Like I said, butter--lots and lot of butter. We added orange food coloring to our Halloween Cake Cookies frosting for good measure.
You'll want to begin to set-up a decorating station while your Halloween Cake Cookies cool. They need to be FULLY cooled or they'll crumble. Consider covering your kitchen table with paper for quick-and-easy frosting and sprinkle cleanup.
The girls used Wilton Halloween Sprinkles and classic candy corn to decorate their Halloween Cake Cookies. I think Candy Monster Eyes could be pretty cool too.
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Be sure to take a "taste testing break" if things start to feel tedious.
We brought our Halloween Cake Cookies to a holiday party and they were gone in a flash. The kids loved them.
Here's the full recipe...
To be honest, I didn't think the homemade Cake Cookies tasted any better (or worse) than the store bought version. They were really time consuming to make, so I admit--that was a bit of a disappointment. That being said, the girls and I had an amazing afternoon together baking. There is definitely something to be said for that. After all, baking is love made visible.
P.S. How cute is this?!?!
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