This year we decided to try some new recipes. Here are two we tried: Chocolate Cake Batter Chex and Turtle cookies.

Turtle pecan cookies recipe
Chocolate Cake Batter Chex was really easy to make and it is so yummy. In Texas, this is basically the same recipe we use to make Texas White Trash. This is a great recipe to do with your kids!

Chocolate Cake Batter Chex

5 cups corn Chex
10 squares chocolate flavored almond bark
3/4 cup yellow cake mix
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Sprinkles

In a gallon-size Ziploc bag mix together with the yellow cake mix and powdered sugar, set aside. In a large bowl, measure out your  5 cups of Chex and throw in some sprinkles. Melt the almond bark and pour over the Chex and sprinkles. Once the almond bark and Chex is mixed up, pour it into the Ziploc bag and shake it up with the cake and sugar mix. Once it’s mixed up well that’s it. You are done!

  • To make this recipe into Texas White Trash just add pecans, pretzels, and peanuts.

Turtle Cookies are not as simple as the other recipe. These are multiple-step cookies, but they are quite delicious and worth the effort.

Turtle Cookies

Cookie batter:
1 c. All-purpose flour
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1/8 tsp. salt
8 T. butter, softened
2/3 c. sugar
1 egg yolk
2 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
 
Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk, milk, and vanilla. Reduce mixer to a low speed and add flour mixture until just combined. Cover the dough and refrigerate until firm.
 
Coating:
2 egg whites
1/2 cup chopped pecans
 
Whisk egg whites until frothy.  Place chopped pecans in a separate bowl.  Roll dough into 1-inch balls, dip half the ball in egg whites and then roll that half in pecans.  Place balls about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Using a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon, make an indentation in the center of each dough ball. Bake at 350 degrees until set, about 12 minutes.
 
Caramel Filling:
10 caramel candies
2 T. Whipping cream
Microwave caramels and cream together in a small bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 1 minute.  Once cookies are removed from the oven,  re-press the indentations.  Fill each indentation with 1/2 teaspoon of the caramel mixture.
 
Chocolate Drizzle (optional):
1/4 cup chocolate chips or white chocolate chips
1 Ziploc bag
 
Place chocolate chips in a small Ziploc bag.  Set the bag in a bowl of warm water to soften.  Gently knead the chocolate with your fingers until melted and smooth, placing back in the warm water for a minute or two as needed.  Snip a very small hole in the corner of the plastic bag.  Drizzle chocolate over the cooled Turtle Cookies.