The boy called me this morning (I'm still in Utah) to say he had cleaned out my pantry and was starting on the refrigerator...the boy does not realize he has just put himself in harm's way. He thinks he's helping me,...he thinks he's doing me a favor ... but he could not be more wrong.
The boy sent this picture to me - this is just SOME of the stuff he said had "expired"...whatever...As if JIF Peanut Butter HAS an expiration date! The thought of him man-handling my cupcake liner or tossing the bottle of apple-cider syrup because it only has two tablespoons left makes my blood boil! I have pretty much had a "hands-off" policy when it comes to the boy, thinking he was pretty much perfect...but now I can see that I have been too soft...too kind...too permissive...and I've done him a huge disservice...when I get home the boy and I are going to have a little Come To Jesus talk...NO ONE TOUCHES MY PANTRY...NO ONE!
I came across a recipe for Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies on Pinterest - and they held my interest...so I set about to make them for a little soiree my sister was having but I was unable to find a Red Velvet Cake mix which the recipe called for. Since Red Velvet cake is basically a chocolate cake with a lof of red food coloring, I used a Duncan Hines Swiss Chocolate Cake Mix instead...as far as mixes go, this is one of the best! If you want the original recipe, you can find it at Two Peas and Their Pod (thanks Maria and Josh and Pinterest!)
Maria and Josh's recipe makes ten HUGE cookies, I made mine smaller and ended up with 24 five-inch cookies and they are incredibly good!! The tops of the cookies are drizzled with melted white chocolate, and they are crispy-chewy...but the middle of the cookie holds a surprise - creamy cheesecake-like filling that takes this cookie to a whole 'nuther level! My sister is going to love these as much as me!
Swiss Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies - Inspired by and Adappted From Two Peas and Their Pod's Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies
For the cookies:
1 box Swiss Chocolate Cake Mix (I used Duncan Hines)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the cheesecake filling:
4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the white chocolate drizzle:
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips, melted
To make cookies: In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine cake mix and flour on low speed, just until mixed. Add eggs, oil and vanilla extract and mix just until combined. Dough will be thick. Remove dough and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate dough for at least one hour or up to overnight.To make the cheesecake filling: Using a mixer, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To assemble the cookies, take about a walnut-sized piece of dough and roll into ball, then flatten out into a circle, about 2-inches in diameter. In the center of the dough, place about 1/2 teaspoon of filling. Take another walnut-sized piece of dough and flatten out into a circle; cover the filling with this piece, and pinch the edges together with the bottom piece of dough so the filling is encased inside. The cookies will spread so leave two inches between each cookie. I was only able to get 12 cookies on one cookie sheet. Repeat the process until the cookie sheet is filled, then bake for 11 to 13 minutes, or until the tops are "crackled." Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then remove to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
To finish the cookies: Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl or over a double-boiler. Drizzle the white chocolate over the cooled cookies. Let the cookies sit until the chocolate hardens.
Makes 24, 5-inch cookies. If you are going to store the cookies for more than a day, you may want to keep them in the refrigerator. IF you can find a Red Velvet Cake mix, then these would be perfect for Valentine's Day...chocolatey, creamy and red...and if you really wanted to seal the deal, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter!!!
P.S. These cookies were a hit with the entire famdamly...everyone loved them! These just might be my all-time favorite cookie!!