Every family has a treat that whenever you get together, it's there. Ours is cherry cookies. They start with a cherry chip or strawberry cake mix. With my sister recently eating gluten free, I knew there had to be an alternative. An alternative for her. I still plan to eat the gluten kind! I picked up a plain white gluten free cake mix, there were no cherry ones available.
I was a little worried about messing up a whole box if the cookies didn't work out so I split it and tried two recipes. First I made pumpkin muffins that I know she liked back when gluten was cool. They are all over Pinterest. It's just a cake mix with a can of pumpkin. Here's what I worked out for the muffins.
1 c gluten free cake mix (half the box)
3/4 c canned pumpkin
Mix ingredients. Spoon into muffin cups. This made 16 mini muffins. I baked them at 350 degrees for 14 minutes. I should have sprinkled brown sugar and cinnamon on top prior to baking, but didn't think to do that. I am not a pumpkin fan so I didn't even taste them. I made the regular version once and didn't care for those either. Hubby ate one but said it wasn't really worth it to get up for a second one. I'm taking them at Thanksgiving, so we'll see if anyone else enjoys them. Here they are sitting next to the gluten free peanut butter cookies going to Thanksgiving as well.
That left me 1 cup of cake mix to try out what I really wanted to make.
1 cup gluten free cake mix
1 T + 1 t vegetable oil
1 T + 1 t cherry juice (from jar of cherries)
few drops cherry flavoring (super concentrated stuff from kitchen specialty store)
few whole cherries (from jar)
Mix first 5 ingredients. Plop onto cookie sheet. Place a halved cherry on top. This made 9 larger cookies. I baked them on a stone at 350 degrees about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheet for several minutes, then cool on wire rack. These were good. These were worth eating! They weren't the same at the gluten loving ones we usually enjoy, but these will be a fine substitute. For her. Not me. I love gluten.
Here's the regular recipe:
1 strawberry or cherry chip cake mix (I prefer strawberry)
1/4 C oil (my aunt uses 1/2 c oil and no cherry juice- to each their own)
1/4 C cherry juice (from jar of cherries)
cherries (from jar)
mix all except cherries. Plop onto sheet. Add halved cherry on top.
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.