Christmas Baking: Gooey Butter Cookies

As usual, I have another lazy baking recipe that I’ve just tried for the holidays. They were a big hit in my house though! They’re called gooey butter cookies and they’re made with cake mix! It’s super easy! All you need is a package of cake mix (I used butter pecan), 1/2 cup butter, 8oz of cream cheese and 1 egg.

Gooey Butter Cookies

The batter ends up being VERY sticky. That is why you need to chill it and then roll it in powdered sugar before baking! It’s kind of like rolling in flour but instead you are using powdered sugar.

Gooey Butter Cookies

Tada! Here is the final product! The recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies and I ended up with 25 cookies actually. Mine also seemed a lot bigger than the ones from the recipe so I had to bake mine slightly longer (about 12-13 mins instead of 10mins) because the top parts just didn’t look cooked enough to me. The bottoms were a tad more brown than I would’ve liked though so maybe a flatter smaller cookie would work better.

Also you can use any flavour of cake mix you want for your cookies! The cookies were soft and gooey as advertised. It felt like they were slighty under-cooked though so you have to decide between how “gooey” you want them to be… They solidified a bit more the next day though.

Check out the super easy recipe here!

Mmm Lemon Cookies

Hello I’m back! I was travelling in HK and Beijing for two weeks and now it’s time to get back to food blogging! I have a bit of a backlog going on here and whoa WordPress looks different!

I was rather obsessed with lemony baked goods before and I still probably am so I tried to make lemon cookies and they were quite successful! By my very low standards they tasted pretty good with hints of lemon. For some reason they were really soft though and they still tasted good after 4 days. They seemed a bit flat though so maybe I over mixed it?

Lemon Cookies

Lemon Cookies


Here is the link to the lemon cookies recipe if you’re interested! I made 16 rather large cookies. :)

Bon appetit!

Lemon Bread Recipe

I’ve been obsessed lately with lemon flavoured baked goods. One problem though, I’m not a great baker… so I found a really easy recipe for lemon bread. One that I can’t really go wrong with. First of all I never knew grating lemon zest would be so difficult! I think I should have done it before I squeezed the juice out and then I had no baking powder so I used baking soda instead. I think that might be why it didn’t rise very much. Also I didn’t scrape the bowl properly while mixing so there was some butter that was still unmixed at the bottom. Learning from my mistakes here! Did I also mention that I failed at microwaving the butter to soften it? I was trying a new function on it and now I know not to use it. =_________=

Lemon Bread

Lemon Bread

As you can see here, it’s very flat. =( It also lacked lemon flavour because I didn’t use enough lemon zest. However, there was still some lemony flavours there!

Lemon BreadIt was nice and moist though but a lot more dense the next day. I fixed that by popping it in the microwave (my favourite kitchen appliance!). You can find the recipe here if you’re a fan of lemon bread! I still need to make lemon bars and lemon cookies and lemon brownies and lemon pie… I’ll let you know how that goes. =D

First Mug Cake Attempt

I’ve always loved seeing posts about mug cakes or mug brownies and there just seem to be so many versions out there! There are like coffee mug cakes, s’mores mug cakes, Nutella etc. and they all just looked so lovely and delicious! For a lazy person like me who had lots of dessert cravings, mug cakes seemed like the perfect solution. I finally decided to try one and here’s my result.

mug cakeYeah okay NOT so lovely and delicious… not at all >< Texture wise it was quite soft and similar to sponge cake so that was good. However, it was rather tasteless. It mostly tasted like peanut butter. I used this recipeΒ and it was definitely not sweet enough for me. The recipe calls for one tablespoon of sugar but it probably needed three and some more cocoa powder too. It could have been more moist too. I can see that adding toppings and decorations would help the presentation a lot since it doesn’t look too appetizing right now… or maybe it’s just my cake. =( I didn’t have any chocolate chips so I didn’t add that and I also happened to run out of peanut butter too so I only had one tablespoon. As luck would have it, I ended up substituting baking soda for baking powder because I couldn’t find the baking powder in my kitchen. These all might have an effect on the mug cake but maybe I shouldn’t use recipes that are “quick and easy”. Maybe the more complicated recipes will have better results. I was also surprised that the cake filled up the whole mug! They look a bit small in pictures. Especially compared to the picture on the website I used. However, fear not! I shall persevere until I make the perfect mug cake! Or maybe even a mug brownie. I found recipes for the top 25 microwavable desserts. Apparently you can make microwave carrot cake and banana pudding and even Turkish Delight (Narnia anyone?). If you have any recipe advice for me, feel free to leave a comment!