You know how you are like, desperate to fit in as a kid? You want to wear the same things your friends do, like the same bands, eat the same foods, and pretty much minus the surgical attachment procedures, be the same person.
Or maybe that was me, and explains why I had limited friends growing up. Who’s to say?
Anyways, I remember J-14 was the hot magazine growing up, everyone was going cray-cray over O-Town and 98 Degrees, and my mom was evil because she wouldn’t buy me jelly shoes (which, in retrospect, I’m thankful for because my feet would have perpetually smelled rancid throughout childhood). Also, Sour Skittles had just come out, and everyone was OB.SESSSSSSED with the stupid things.
Having never been a fan of sweets or candy, especially Skittles, I was torn. Act cool around my friends and bear the Skittles, or bring back the dying love for Gushers? Plus, Sour Skittles was deffff. not up my alley. Sour stuff = evil stuff, as far as my taste buds are concerned. Anything that makes my face contort into an expression that could best be described as ‘gagging while acid burns my throat and a skunk has sprayed the room.’ Or something.
So I caved and spent my lunch money on a bag of those torturous, fruity pearls of death. And I tasted one and haaaated life. My tongue revolted against my decisions to be cool by having me make that awful face and promptly spit the rancid candy onto the pavement.*
*this was probably the moment when I gave up trying to fit in
However, as I grew up, I kind of began liking tart stuff a little more.. lemonade, margaritas, Sweet Tarts.. you know, the usual suspects. And when Duncan Hines released their new spring Frosting Creations flavors, I was instantly drawn to the Pink Lemonade flavor. OMG SOOOO GOOD! I knew I wanted to pair this traditionally sweet, thirst-quenching summertime drink with something a little more tart, so I thought of sour candies on top. I gave my hatred for sour candy another go around and, while I’m still not a huuuuge fan, I have to say putting candy on cookies is pretty awesome. And I sprinkled the cookies with sugar so it kind of cuts that sour, ew-don’t-look-at-my-face taste. Yay!
- 1 box Duncan Hines white cake mix
- ½ cup oil
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp pure lemon extract
- 2 pkts Duncan Hines Frosting Creations in Pink Lemonade, divided
- 1 container Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Frosting Starter
- 1 pkg. Sour Patch Kids candy
- White sugar, optional
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or mist lightly with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oil, egg, lemon extract & ONE packet of the Pink Lemonade flavor mix with a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms. Drop heaping Tablespoonfuls of rounded dough onto the baking sheets, about 1" apart. Bake for approx. 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. Cool on the sheets about 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
- Next, blend the remaining Pink Lemonade flavor mix into the Frosting Starter until thoroughly mixed. Spread the frosting onto the tops of the cooled cookies. Garnish the frosted cookies with the Sour Patch candies (I made little flowers out of mine!) and sprinkle lightly with sugar, if you'd like. Makes about 24 cookies.
Duncan Hines Frosting Creations are seriously my new favorite baking tool. I LOVE how intense and realistic their flavors are — perfect for jazzing up a basic cake-mix cookie into something sweet, tart and truly amazing! And the pink lemonade-flavored frosting is that perfect hint of sweetness when eaten with those chewy, sour candies. Sour candy lovers everywhere will flip for these!
Have a happy Monday!
I was provided with some Duncan Hines Frosting Creations and Frosting Starters free of charge to review. All opinions are 100% my own.