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Donuts and Karaoke

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I was born on Christmas Eve, so the last time I’ve celebrated my birthday with a group of non-family friends my age was probably…3rd grade?


My tastes haven’t changed much since then.


Abe organized an early party for me this year.  I didn’t want a cake with a candle, or cupcakes.  These California Donuts were kinda perfect.


Sampled one (or two) bites of all 12 – my favorite was actually the most “boring” one – the blueberry cake donut.


We sang for 4 hours straight at Max Karaoke.


I have no voice left today.

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Recipe: Cake Mix Stuffed Cookies

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I’m the laziest baker, as you all know.

I don’t want to measure.  Measuring = More things to clean.  This is why I’m a fan of box mixes.

But I’m also impatient.  A cake can take half an hour or more to bake.

Cake mix cookies?  They only take 10.


I used oil instead of butter.  Because when I use butter to make cookies, I have to clean a whisk or a mixer.  NO THANK YOU.


These are adapted from the Triple Chocolate Cookies I baked in May.  But since I was too slothful to dig Nutella out of a jar, I stuffed them with candy instead and sprinkled sea salt on top.  They bake up soft and pillowy – not crispy or chewy.


Here’s one with a Mounds Bar.  I also made a few with Kit Kats and Reese’s PB Cups (<—my neighbor called those “Crack Cookies”).


They disappeared off of Janet’s beautiful table last night, and look how many other tasty things surrounded it! (Pssst – I’ve got a post over at Thick Dumpling Skin on Holiday Parties/Overeating.)

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C’mon my fellow lazy bakers – it’s worth the effort!


Cake Mix Stuffed Cookies



Preheat oven to 350.

In a bowl, stir together the cake mix, egg whites, and oil until combined.

Scoop out a tablespoon size of the dough, stuff with a piece of chocolate. Roll into a ball and place on a parchment-lined sheet tray.

Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 more before moving.

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LA Weekly’s Sips and Sweets

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Well, that was fast – I feel like it was just yesterday that I posted the giveaway for LA Weekly’s Sips and Sweets, and it WAS just yesterday that I went!  Actually ate leftover Lemonade for breakfast, because I had to work first and didn’t want to dive head-first into a sugar coma…


…especially since I had a tummy ache!  Fortunately, Nastassia was my plus one, and she taste-tested everything bite-worthy for me first…




…between photos, of course!


I had a few bites here and there…


…but wound up taking a lot back home – thanks Proof Bakery and Field Trip for making things so portable!

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