Texas Sheetcake Cookies For Santa
Since the “Santa” in our house is from South Texas, and happens to LOVE Texas Sheetcake, I decided to make some Texas Sheetcake Cookies for Santa. The awesomely fudgie batch I made last night did not make it ’til morning, let alone ’til Christmas Eve!
Texas Sheetcake involves a homemade cake recipe (many people use sour cream in the cake part of the recipe), topped with chocolate-fudge icing, then garnished with whole pecans. It was one of two favorite dessert recipes my husband’s grandmother, Faye, cooked for him when she was alive. Faye had a great Texas Sheetcake recipe. She was such a good cook and housekeeper. We named our 3rd daughter (her middle name is Faye) after her. The original recipe is pretty labor-intensive.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a SUPER EASY Texas Sheetcake Cookie recipe on Pinterest. You can find the original pin, by Practically Homemade here.
The ingredients for the cookies were: *1 box chocolate cake mix (Shut up! How awesome is that-no worrying about sugar, salt, baking soda and such!) *2 whisked eggs * 1/3 cup of oil
The ingredients for the icing were: *1/2 cup butter *2 tbsp cocoa *3 tbsp milk *2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
First, I preheated the oven to 350 degrees and mixed the cookie dough ingredients together. The dough was really thick!
Next, Grease or spray your pan with cooking spray. I used cooking oil to grease mine. I’m old school when it comes to pan preparation. I used a heaping tablespoon to form the cookies and place them on the pan. The recipe makes 16 cookies (thank goodness it only makes 16, because if it made more, I would eat too many).
Finally, we baked them in the oven for 7 minutes exactly. The Pinterest directions emphasize, “the cake mix dough should not be overcooked.”
We let them cool while we put the butter, cocoa, and milk in a small sauce pan. Then, we cooked it on medium until the butter melted, and everything was mixed together. Then we added the powdered sugar and stirred it again. This icing tastes like a melted, fudgie no bake cookie (I was “in the zone,” and forgot to take a picture of this step)!
My daughter spooned the icing onto the cookies, then I went behind her and spread the fudge evenly over each cookie with another spoon.
While the icing was wet, we added lots of sprinkles.
Mrs. Claus herself couldn’t make cookies this easy and delicious! I am definitely following Practically Homemade on Pinterest now.
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