Treat Yourself Right

I enjoy baking for my friends. Not only is baking a sweet way to thank friends for being wonderful (even when I’m being cantankerous), but in some inexplicable way, it is a relaxing method. Perhaps the process of blending a bowl of chaotic ingredients into this placid, saccharine mixture that I find soothing, because it resembles my juggling act of work and graduate studies that eventually transforms into the peacefulness of a Saturday. So, this love for baking recently sent me on the hunt for a new cookie recipe. I scoured the internet and came across a vanilla cake cookie recipe.

These delightful cakey cookies proved to be the perfect snack for an outing I planned with some of my friends to see the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Not only did I share them with my friends that evening, but I also offered some to the fairies flitting through the audience during the performance in search food. All who partook beamed with approval!

Considering their soft texture, Dr. Fowler and I agree that this might be a nice recipe for our beloved braces patients to try. This recipe is super easy and delicious! The vanilla cake cookies recipe is courtesy of Chef in Training. Be sure to check out other delicious recipes on her website:



sugar cookies


1 1/2 sticks (or 3/4 cup) butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix, dry
3/4 cup yellow cake mix, dry
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2-1/4 cups flour”
1/2 tsp salt

Baking Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Stir together flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together.
Add in pudding package and cake mix and beat until well blended.
Add eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth.
Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated.
Mix in sprinkles sprinkles.
Roll into 1″ balls and place on greased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes.