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Old 09-18-2008, 06:29 PM   #136
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The weather is cooling off again. School's back in session. Holiday season just around the corner. Time to bake more cookies!

Here are some new recipes that use cream cheese. I like to think that they are a little healthier with the additional cream cheese in every bite.


Cheesecake Cookies
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 ounces (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 box yellow butter cake mix

Blend first four ingredients. Add cake mix. Drop by spoonsful onto cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F. Don't let get too brown.

(This is actually the same recipe posted as Cream Cheese Cookies, in post #119, without the sprinkles, and with vanilla extract added. )


Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookies
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (18.5 ounce) box devil's food (or chocolate) cake mix

Blend butter and cheese together. Blend in egg and vanilla extract. Add dry cake mix, 1/3 at a time, mixing after each addition. Cover; chill 30 minutes.

Drop by scant teaspoonsful onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet.

Makes 6 to 8 dozen.


Pina Colada Cookies
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup shredded coconut

Cream butter and cream cheese in mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Blend in egg yolk, pineapple juice and rum extract. Add cake mix one-third at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in coconut. Chill, covered, for 30 minutes.

Drop by teaspoonsful onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 11 minutes or until light brown. Cool on cookie sheet for several minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: 4 dozen


Lemon Cheese Bars
1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix dry cake mix, 1 egg and oil until crumbly; reserve one cup of mixture. Pat remaining mixture lightly into an ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Beat cheese, sugar, lemon juice and remaining egg until light and smooth. Spread over baked layer. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake 15 minutes longer. When cool, cut into bars.

(This is a variation from the Sunshine Lemon Bars in post #126, for those who do not have lemon cake mix or sweetened condensed milk. )



Yet another slightly healthier cookie because of the oatmeal.

Fudgy Oatmeal Chip Cookies

1 devil's food cake mix
1 1/2 cups quick cooking or old fashioned oats, uncooked
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups mini-chocolate chips
1 cup caramel chips (OR butterscotch chips OR peanut butter chips.)

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl combine all ingredients except chocolate and caramel chips; mix thoroughly. Stir in chips. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet, remove to rack and cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Makes 3 dozen cookies

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Old 09-20-2008, 12:59 PM   #137
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Subbing since I saw this mentioned on the CB. Now I need to go buy more cake mix! Thank you!
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:25 PM   #138
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I saw this too, having to bring 4 doz cookies to church tomorrow, so I used devil's food, w/ extra cocoa plus I found Andies mints in the aisle with the choc chips. After rolling them into balls, I rolled them in powder sugar. I haven't tasted them yet, too hot, but they smell so good! Thanks for the ideas!
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Old 09-23-2008, 03:30 PM   #139
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I just wanted to update my previous post, my DH ate by Choc Andes cookies and said they are his new favorite cookie. This comes from someone who is very pickey about his food. I don't like choc/mint together, but had to try one and I too liked them.
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:24 PM   #140
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Just got an email from Betty Crocker and I thought you guys might like this one. I can't wait to try it. One of the reviews said it works great with canned apples to make it even easier. Just omit the spices.

Southern Apple Crumble


425 Ratings
71 Reviews
Prize-Winning Recipe 2008! Meet the easy cookie-mix cousin to warm and spicy apple crisp.

Prep Time:20 min
Start to Finish:1 hr 20 min
Makes:9 servings


Filling
3 large apples, peeled, coarsely chopped (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup cold butter or margarine, cut into small pieces
Topping
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® oatmeal cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans


1. Heat oven to 300°F. Spray bottom and sides of 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In large bowl, toss filling ingredients. Spread mixture in baking dish.
2. In same large bowl, stir cookie mix and melted butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over filling.
3. Bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle with pecans. Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until topping is golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Heat oven to 325°F.

Special Touch
Serve with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
Editor's Reco
Use fresh peaches for the apples for a juicy peach crumble.

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Old 10-05-2008, 07:40 PM   #141
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Pumpkin Bars




1 (16 ounce) package pound cake mix, (regular yellow cake mix will work fine also.)
3 eggs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, (NOT evaporated milk)
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)


DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees C (175 degrees C). Coat a 15x10 inch jelly roll pan with non-stick spray.

In a large mixing bowl, on low speed, combine cake mix, 1 egg, margarine, and 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice until crumbly. Press onto bottom of prepared pan.

In another large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk, then remaining two eggs, pumpkin, remaining 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, and salt; mix well. Pour over crust; sprinkle with pecans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until set.

Cool, then chill in refrigerator. Cut into squares. Store covered in refrigerator.


This recipe is from: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pumpkin...rs/Detail.aspx
It has overall 4 1/2 stars (out of 5) by 63 reviewers.
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Old 10-18-2008, 06:24 PM   #142
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:11 PM   #143
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Bake sales for school fundraisers are coming up! So many recipes to choose from! Yea!!! Thanks OP!
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:46 PM   #144
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Back on page 7, I posted this really simple pumpkin cookie with only 2 ingredients. (No need to add the oil & eggs listed in the first post.) I re-posted it on a thread over on the CB and fellow DISer, Crystal0608 posted her review of the cookie, which I copied & pasted below.


I'd add some dried cranberries & walnuts or white chocolate chips to the two ingredients below. Maybe top with a cream cheese frosting.

Pumpkin Spice Cookie

1 (18.25 ounce) package spice cake mix
1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the cake mix and pumpkin until well blended. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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I made the 2 ingredient pumpkin cookies last night that were posted and they were awesome! I mixed one box of the spice cake mix & the pumpkin puree in my kitchenaid mixer & added a handful of chopped pecans & dried cranberries. I sprayed the pans down really good with bakers joy & when they are almost done cooking I took them out of the oven, b/c they poof up, so I smushed them flat with my hand then cooked some more. They don't brown on top, so I had to watch them (I'm a cookie burner). I made 4 cookie sheets, could've done 5 since my 1st batch were huge. They are very fluffy and cake like right out of the oven, but after sitting overnight they got dense, moist, & more "pumpkiny". My super picky non-fruit eating dd gobbled these up, just told her they had fruit in them . Loved them!
A little FYI: Pumpkin puree - one cup: Vitamin A: 310% of RDA, Vitamin C: 20% of RDA, Potassium: 588 milligrams
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:52 PM   #145
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Imzadi, I made the biscotti today. It is wonderful! Thank you for the recipe. I used devil's food cake mix and dark chocolate chips. I followed the recipe, but my biscotti didn't rise as much as your pictures and didn't make as much. My flour was in a flour container. I'm pretty sure it's all-purpose, but that could be the culprit. The family loves it! I was going to take it in for a bake sale, but I just made some cookies from cake mix instead. Good excuse to keep the biscotti! The cookies smell good too.
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My DH was amazed with the biscotti - I made them for a sale too and we wnded up eating them and sending shop cookies (Our school is not fussy )

I don't think we have spice cake mix here - would carrot cake work instead? I can now get Libby's pumpkin cans here
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Old 11-02-2008, 11:41 PM   #147
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Imzadi, I made the biscotti today. It is wonderful! Thank you for the recipe. I used devil's food cake mix and dark chocolate chips. I followed the recipe, but my biscotti didn't rise as much as your pictures and didn't make as much. My flour was in a flour container. I'm pretty sure it's all-purpose, but that could be the culprit. The family loves it! I was going to take it in for a bake sale, but I just made some cookies from cake mix instead. Good excuse to keep the biscotti! The cookies smell good too.
I wouldn't worry about the biscotti rising too much. I noticed at Starbucks, they are more like long sticks. Maybe you can call yours "Biscotti sticks."

Of course, this could also give you an excuse to make them again and see if they will rise better the next time.


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My DH was amazed with the biscotti - I made them for a sale too and we wnded up eating them and sending shop cookies (Our school is not fussy )

I don't think we have spice cake mix here - would carrot cake work instead? I can now get Libby's pumpkin cans here
Glad you finally got some canned pumpkin over there.

I think the carrot cake mix would be fine. When I read different reviews of recipes over at allrecipes.com, many people have substituted carrot & spice cake mix for each other, and they say the recipes still taste great.
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:05 AM   #148
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I made yellow cake mix with chocolate chips, and the pumpkin/spice cookies for work today. They're a hit!
Incidentally, the pumpkin cookies are vegan.
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...Here are some new recipes that use cream cheese....
Do any of these cookies made with cream cheese have to be stored in the fridge?


Thank you all for these ideas. I hate to bake (and cook, for that matter ), but need to make 6 dozen cookies for a cookie swap next week. This thread is saving me!
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Do any of these cookies made with cream cheese have to be stored in the fridge?
From: The Complete Cookie Storage Guide

"Refrigerate cookies if they contain cream cheese, cream frosting or custard, and other dairy products. They will last for up to 3 - 5 days there, loosely wrapped in foil.

Cookies with very moist fillings should be stored in a loose covered container. Refrigerate if desired. If fillings contain dairy products, they must be refrigerated. Cover with foil before doing so."



That guide also has great storage & freezing cookie dough tips.
I'm adding the link to my original, first post, so people don't have to hunt for it later.
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