Friday, April 18, 2014

Easy Orange Cake Mix Sandwich Cookies with Honey Cream Cheese Filling

Easter in my family has always been a cause for a family celebration.  My grandma would host a big egg coloring party for all the kiddos on Good Friday.  She would boil up dozens and dozens of eggs.  Her entire farmhouse table would be covered in newspaper and lined with every mug in her cupboard.  Plop, fizz, we would help drop the tablets into the cups, my aunt pouring in the vinegar and water.  To this day the smell of vinegar makes me nostalgic for coloring Easter eggs.

We would drop our eggs in one by one.  The little kids pulling theirs out as almost as soon as they had touched the dye creating the palest colored shells.  Us older kids would wait  and wait and wait trying to get the deepest, darkest color.  We would scratch our names and the names of everyone we knew with white crayon onto the surface of the egg before tossing it into the dye.  

My grandma would always have a big spread of appetizers too, snackies, she would call them and we would fill up while waiting for the Easter egg hunt to begin.  Even though my grandma is no longer with us, we still all get together for the next generation to color eggs.  These sandwich cookies were for the snack table, easy and kid friendly, the perfect end to a wonderful party.

Orange Sandwich Cookies

  • 1 box orange cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 stick butter at room temperature

Beat together cake mix, egg, yogurt, and butter.  Batter will be thick.  Scoop by the teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.  Because we are making sandwich cookies, try and make them about the same size and an even number of cookies.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Allow to cool completely.  Fill with Honey Cream Cheese filling.

Honey Cream Cheese Filling

  • 1/2 stick butter (4 tablespoons) at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese 
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Beat together butter and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.  Add in honey and beat until combined.  Slowly add in powdered sugar and beat until combined.  Pipe or spread filling on one cookie.  Top with another cookie.  If your filling seems too runny, add a bit more powdered sugar to thicken (about 1/4 at a time until desired consistency is reached).

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