Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Care package + Recipes

  Shipped out a care package to my brother-in-law today. He's deployed overseas. He's been there for about 3 weeks now-- and though it's still a little soon to send surprise packages, because of his travels there he may not be able to receive mail in another month or so. :0/

  My brother-in-law Nate is the one person that I can count on to absolutely love everything that I bake-- before he was deployed we talked about me sending him cake. I think he may have thought that I was joking, but I totally wasn't! So today we shipped out some apple cake and some peanut butter, chocolate chip, M &M cookies.... That's not 3 different types of cookies, that's just one cookie that is all those things. I didn't come up with them, but I've been calling them double the goodies cookies.

  I got the idea from i am baker, you can find the post here. Essentially you mix Betty Crocker peanut butter cookie mix and Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix and then you can add in whatever you want. (Mix according to package instructions). I added in colorful M&M's. i am baker added in some more chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and she used all blue M&M's! Super easy and SUPER delicious!!!

  Another thing that made the cookies super awesome was that I got a new cookie scoop thing-a-ma-jig. Something like these:
I can't believe that I have been baking all this time and never owned a cookie scoop! This thing is a life saver-- it makes perfectly uniform cookies without a mess and they were thicker and looked amazing!

The other thing that I sent to Nate was Apple Cake! It's one of his favorites-- it's super tasty and moist every time I make it.  I got this recipe from my Granny-- it's another simple one, it starts with boxed yellow cake mix. So here it goes:

Apple Cake
-1 box yellow cake mix                 -1 tblspn all purpose flour
-3 eggs                                           -1 tblspn butter
-1 can apple pie filling                   -1 teaspn cinnamon
-3/4 cup packed brown sugar        -1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour your pan-- I use a 9x12 (or 9x13).
In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs and apple pie filling. Pour into the prepared pan. Combine brown sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon and walnuts. Sprinkle over the top of your apple cake batter.  Bake for 35-40 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. 

Until next time, happy baking loves!!


  1. Very cool scoopage, lady! I'm sure he's going to be thrilled when he tastes one of your cookies- the food over there is pretty lack luster, Tim tells me!

  2. Aw what a good sister-in-law you are! Those goodies sound so wonderful Dana :o)