12/12/08 - White Chocolate Chip and Cherry Chocolate Cookies

The following recipe is based on a recipe that my mom has been using for as long as I can remember. Anytime my brothers or I needed food for school, or a potluck required a dessert, my mom would break out the Rainbow Cookies, and they have always been a big hit. In short, they are simply cookes made with cake batter.

Well, I shared the recipe with a lady at work, and she tried using devil's food cake, and then adding white chocolate chip and toffee bars, so I figured I'd try it a little different, and boy am I glad I did. Something to keep in mind, there are no rules to what you can put in these. If you have a thing for yellow cake, and absolutely love almonds, just replace the cake batter to yellow cake mix and use almonds instead of chips and cherries. The skies the limit. My next attempt will probably include mints and dark chocolate in a chocolate batter.

Here's the recipe for you to enjoy.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the following ingredients until combined, do not over stir. Mix by hand as the mixer will cause the batter to tighten up too much.

1 box of Devil's Food Cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil (I use canola)
1/2 cup water

This will create the base batter. It will be very thick, but that is what you want, just stick through the stirring, your patience will be rewarded. At this point, add to taste chopped dried cherries and white chocolate chips. When I say chopped dried cherries, I made the pieces slightly larger than the size of a chocolate chip. As a starting point, I believe i used the following

1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped dried cherries

Place in ping-pong ball sized blobs on a baking sheet (I use a pizza stone) and bake for 8-10 minutes depending on your oven. What worked for me was 10 minutes in the oven, letting rest for 5 minutes, removing that batch and then starting again with the next batch. It took three batches to finish off the batter and made a total of somewhere between 3 and 4 dozen.

If you've got any "to die for" recipes, feel free to share them. We also made a pizza a while back, but that wasn't nearly as interesting as the cookies, so you get the cookie receipe instead.

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