Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Devil's Food Cookies

Do you prefer cookies to be chewy or crunchy?  Cake-like or mushy?  Hard or soft?  How about ALL OF THE ABOVE?!  If you are a cake-like cookie person then you'll love this recipe.   It is so simple to make because you start with a box mix of devil's food cake.  Yes, I said cake!  The devil's food cake not only makes this cookie nice and fluffy, but it adds a special chocolate flavor which you don't find often.

If you haven't read my previous blog post about "The Cookie Table" you should go back and read it and also check out the New York Times piece explaining the Pittsburgh tradition.  I brought these devil's food cookies to my cousin's wedding this past weekend to add to her cookie table.  I think my uncle snagged most of them before they even made it onto the table :), so I hope the guests were able to try them!

adapted from The Food Network

1 box devil's food cake mix
2 eggs
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 Tbsp flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped toffee bits


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Beat together the cake mix, eggs, water, oil and flour on low speed until all ingredients are moistened- then beat on high speed for 2 minutes.  Fold in the chocolate and toffee pieces and pecans until well combined.  Drop by heaping tablespoons onto parchment lined baking sheets- make sure to space 2 inches apart.

Bake for 12-14 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

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