Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Moon Rocks

I have a few recipe books that I absolutely adore. One of them is from the "3 Books in 1" series - Cookies, Bars and Muffins. My good friend Jen gave me this book for Christmas 2006, and I've gotten a lot of use out of it. You'll likely see me post a lot of recipes from that book on this blog.

Julia borrowed the book when she was looking for a cookie recipe for a Christmas cookie exchange. She tried a cookie called "Moon Rocks." The cookies were yummy, but they were flat, and she knew why - the recipe called for cake mix with pudding in the mix. She wasn't using cake mix with pudding in the mix.

For Julia's Signing Day, I decided to recreate the Moon Rocks. I made sure I got a cake mix with pudding in the mix. It was fun - if you want to work out some aggression on a cookie, this is your answer. You get to smash up some pretzel sticks! But that's where my recommendation of this cookie ends. I don't know why, but it was one of the most dry, almost stale tasting cookies I've ever made/eaten. It might have been a fluke, but it just didn't taste fresh.

My sister had told Meghan and I she wanted us to send her samples of our baked goods. We told her if she joined the blog as a "follower" (see the section on the lower right side of our blog - hi followers!) we would send her food. I threw a few of these cookies in to a plastic bag and mailed them to her to thank her for supporting the East to West Bakers. I had little faith that they would not end up crushed and squished merely because I didn't really pack them all that well. Marti reported that they were, in fact, "pulverized." But, she admitted, they were also rather dry. "But still delicious!" she said.

But dry.

I don't like dry cookies. And I'm not quite sure why this recipe produced dry cookies. I will share it with you for the mere reason that maybe you will recreate them and they will be grand and you can tell me what a silly blogging baker ninny I am.


1 package (18-1/4 ounces) devil's food or German chocolate cake mix with pudding in the mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 cups slightly crushed (2-1/2-inch) pretzel sticks
1-1/2 cups uncooked old-fashioned oats
1 cup swirled chocolate and white chocolate chips or candy-coated semisweet chocolate baking pieces

Preheat oven to 350°F. Blend cake mix, eggs and butter in large bowl. Stir in crushed pretzels, oats and chocolate chips. (Dough will be stiff.)

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until set. Let cookies cool on cookie sheets 1 minute; transfer to wire racks to to cool completely.

Source: Favorite Brand Name 3 Books in 1: Cookies, Bars, Muffins



They *look* good. And a cookie with pretzels in it has such potential. Makes me sad that they were so dry. I wonder if maybe using vegetable oil instead of butter would do the trick? The eggs and butter are the only "wet" ingredients, and there are a lot of dry ingredients.


This is true. I feel like the pretzels and oatmeal were largely the moisture-zappers. Maybe it was a Wolfrum storage issue.


I added a 1/2cup water and a splash of milk.. perhaps just the milk would've worked. keep up the posts ladies, I love it!--Jen GEORGE


Oooh, that sounds awesome - I can totally see where the milk especially would have helped these. I *might* just have to try again!

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