Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake Balls

I am a sweets lover! If it is sweet, I love it! That is a big part of my weight issue. But enough of that talk. This is a very rich sweet treat! I mean R.I.C.H.! But oh so goooood! 
I love chocolate chip cookie dough and I love cake balls. So why not combine the two? Here is my take on a chocolate chip cookie dough cake ball! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks of butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup milk
1 cup chocolate chips, I like to use mini chips

Cake Mix:
1 box of French Vanilla (or any flavor you like) Cake Mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 can of vanilla frosting
2 lbs. of almond bark (chocolate)

  In a large bowl, mix your butter, sugar, and brown sugar together. It should look light and fluffy. Add milk and vanilla until well blended. Mix in baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the flour in 1/2 cup at a time, making sure it is mixed well before starting the next 1/2 cup of flour. Turn your mixer off and get your wooden spoon out. Add in your chocolate chips and put that spoon to use. Do not overly blend, you just want the chips to be mixed in evenly. Take your bowl, cover it and put it into the freezer for 30 minutes.  
  While you are waiting on your dough to set we can get started on the cake part. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix your cake mix, water, eggs, and vegetable oil. Beat the batter on low speed for 30 seconds and then on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour the batter into a 9x13 pan and pop it into the 
oven for about 30 minutes, or until a fork comes out clean. Let your cake sit for about 30 minutes or until cool. Now back to the cookie dough. The yummy goodness that is sitting in a bowl just waiting for you to eat it. 
Sorry, you can wipe the drool off your screen now! Get out two cookie sheets and cover them with wax paper. Lightly flour your hands and now it is time to shape the balls. We are going to have these balls inside a cake ball, so we don't want them to be to big. It is up to you on how big you make your ball, but I am making mine about 1/2 inch. Form your balls and then place them onto the cookie sheets. Once you have all your batter shaped into balls, pop the cookie sheets back into the freezer for another 15 minutes.
In a large bowl you are going to take your cake and break it into fine pieces. It should look like cornmeal. 
Add in 3/4 of the can of the vanilla frosting and mix it up real well with your hands. Yep, your hands! Get ready to get mushy. After you clean your hands of cake mush get out two baking sheets and line them with wax paper. Lay them next to your cake mix and then get your cookie dough balls out of the freezer. When you are rolling the cake balls it is very important to keep your hands clean. I normally wash my hands with water after every four or five. Once the batter starts to stick to your hands it does not make pretty round balls anymore.
  So onto making cake balls! Take a spoon and shell out some of the cake mixture into your hands. Make a pretty ball and then insert your cookie dough ball into the bottom of your cake ball. Push it into the middle and pinch the bottom of the cake mix back together. Place the ball onto the wax paper and onto the next one. Once you have all of the cake mix balled up and onto the cookie sheet you will melt your almond bark in a big bowl. 

Follow the directions on the package for melting the bark. Take a fork, place the ball on the fork, and dip into the melted chocolate yumminess. Lift the fork up and let the excess chocolate come off of the ball. Set the ball onto the baking sheet and let the chocolate harden. 
After you have finished with all of your balls you can bask in your cookie dough cake ball glory!
I know this seems like a lot of work, but trust me it is not! And it is sooooooooo worth it!
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