Finish knitting baby’s Newborn Vertebrae / Make my first attempt at Cake Pops / Sew more Felt Woodland Creatures / Heart Cookies? / Catch up on my Netflix queue / Paint / Receive Puppy Kisses / Make animal noises at Husby via Skype / The rest TBD…
Even though cake has its place, I just don’t like making them. We aren’t big dessert eaters in our house + every time we bake a cake, 90% of it gets thrown out. Cookies on the other hand… they give you the option to eat a few and give away a ton!
I wanted to try out my favorite cake, spice cake, via a cookie format. Nothing makes your house smell good like spice cake.
Spice Cake Sandwich Cookies
- 1 box Spice Cake mix
- 2 eggs (room temperature)
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
- 4 tbsp butter (room temperature)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a stand mixer or large bowl, blend the cake mix, eggs, + shortening until all cake mix is integrated. I used the mixer paddle on setting 2 for 3 minutes.
Your dough will be thick. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper + roll the dough into balls approx. the size of ping pong balls. You can always make bigger cookies if you want. Put in the oven and set your timer for 8 mins.
Once removed from the oven, let the cookies cool on the sheet pan for 2 minutes, then you can transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
While the cookies are cooling, place the cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract + powdered sugar in your mixing bowl + blend together. I did mine in the stand mixer with the paddle attachment for 4 minutes.
Spread the filling onto the flat side of one cookie + sandwich with another. Makes approximately 24 sandwich cookies.
Dress ~ MamaSan Maternity / Shoes ~ Delia*s
In my search for attractive maternity clothes, I ran across MamaSan Maternity on Etsy + I love their simple Rockabilly/Punk dresses. The fabric is super comfy + will certainly accommodate my not-yet-showing baby bump! What I love most about this dress is that even though it is classified as “maternity,” I know I’ll continue to wear this well after my pregnancy.
With the basic A-Line cut + the D-ring detailing, you can’t go wrong with this little black dress.
Do you have a favorite place to buy maternity clothes?
I love to cook + bake… a lot. Especially while husby is deployed, I do more baking so I can send him care packages. Here is a roundup of a few of my favorites as of late:
Spiced Cider Whoopie Pies w/ Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling via A Beautiful Mess
Asiago-Garlic-Herb Bread via Draft Magazine — this recipe calls for spent beer grains, which I saved after husby’s last brew session!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel “Rice Krispie” Treats via Food Coma – I don’t personally like chocolate, but this was a big hit with the boys overseas
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies via Food Network Magazine
Apple Pie Pop-Tarts via A Beautiful Mess – I cut mine into hedgehogs… why not!
I hope you try some of these recipes! They are all well worth the kitchen time and delicious.