I came across a super delicious sounding recipe for Dr. Pepper Cookies last week. You may recall that I no longer am purchasing Dr. Pepper though, so I started to look for an alternative. I mean, really any soda should work, right?
Despite a slight urge to drive to Dublin Bottling Works just for a case of XXX Root Beer, I headed to Kroger to see what I could come up with. Something without HFCS. Then I remembered that I had a coupon for Izze soda. If you’re not familiar with the beverage, it combines natural fruit juice and sparkling water. No sugar added. Still plenty sweet.
If my childhood could be summed up in ice cream, it would be the dreamsicle. In case your childhood was dreamsicle-free, it is a dessert pop that is orange popsicle on the outside and vanilla ice cream on the inside. When I saw the orange-flavored Izze soda, there was no question about what to make.
Dreamsicle Cookie Recipe
- 1 box of cake mix, any kind (I used Betty Crocker French Vanilla)
- 6 oz. of soda, any kind (I used Izze Sparkling Clementine)
Pour both the cake mix and the soda into a bowl and stir.
Scoop spoonfuls of dough onto a cookie sheet.
Bake according to the cake mix directions for muffins.
It really is that easy.
I did learn a few things while making this for the first time. Maybe it was the weather – it has been strangely rainy for June in Texas – but my finished cookies were a bit sticky. On our second trial I am going to add about a quarter cup of flour to stiffen the dough up.
I also was concerned about size vs. spreading. My dough did not spread while it baked but it did puff up more round on the top. Like a cake, go figure. This recipe makes about 18 cookies if you use two tablespoons of dough per cookie. On each cookie sheet I made six cookies. I might go for just a tablespoon per cookie next time.
Now I’m curious to see what other cookies I can come up with. Leave a comment and tell me what combo you would love to try.
So, how did my cookies turn out? Like a dream.
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