Birthday Bites

Cherry Birthday Bites

This is a birthday in a bite! Chocolate cookies, cake batter frosting, rich chocolate ganache, sprinkles and cherries on top! Because let’s face it, cherries make everything better!

Birthday Bites

The Story:

Birthdays.

Some people dedicate entire weeks to them, others get to pick every meal the family eats the day of, and some count down the days for months.  Now, most of my friends make fun of me because I choose to just let the day go by without saying a word.  It’s not even on Facebook, so the only way to know when it is is to steal my license and see the date on there (which I’ve had roommates do).  But I have my own traditions so don’t think I’m missing out! I always buy myself a fabulous gift and treat myself to a wonderful day off from work and errands.  It’s just the way I like it.  Because let’s face it, shouldn’t we celebrate everyday?

Birthday Bites

Yield: 25 cookies, depending on how large you make them

Birthday Bites

Ingredients

Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies:
1 box devil's food cake mix (I like pillsbury)
2 eggs
1/3 C. oil
Cake Batter Frosting:
2/3 C. butter, softened
1/3 C. yellow cake mix (dry)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. milk
2-3 C. powdered sugar
yellow food dye, optional
Chocolate Ganache:
3/4 C. chocolate chips
1/3 C. plus 2 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
Sprinkles and Maraschino cherries for decoration

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with parchment paper.
2. Sift cake mix into a large bowl.
3. Add eggs and oil. Mix until combined, batter will be stiff.
4. Make walnut sized dough balls and place on cookie sheets. Gently press down on each dough ball just a little to make sure the cookie bakes "out" and not "up."
5. Bake for 6-8 minutes depending on how fudgey or cakey you want the cookies to be.
6. Cake Batter Frosting: Beat butter and cake mix until smooth. Add vanilla extract, milk and slowly add in powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Add a few drops of yellow dye if desired.
7, Chocolate Ganache: Heat chocolate chips and cream together and stir until smooth. (Heat on the stove top over low heat or in the microwave!)
8. To assemble, frost cookies (I used a large circle piping tip and used a spoon to make a little "well" to hold the ganche). Spoon in ganache, then top with sprinkles and cherries!

I made a little “well” in the frosting to hold the ganche, then filled, sprinkled and cherri-fied!  Talk about a knock-out cookie…

Birthday Bite Cookies

It’s a party in your mouth!!!!

Birthday Bite Recipe

Make sure to check out some of my posts about food photography!

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Love peanut butter and chocolate?  Check out my Peanut Butter Brownie Bites (another fabulous version of this recipe)

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites Recipe

6 thoughts on “Birthday Bites

  1. 1

    These are so dang cute! I love them. I think this is going to be what I make to take to the teachers at my kids’ school this week. Thanks!

  2. 2
    Beverly says:

    You and I do the same thing on our birthdays. Mine was yesterday….and I spent it buying myself something, sitting outside in the sun reading a good book and a little walk near the river to breathe in the spring air. My husband wanted to take me out for supper but I declined – made my own birthday supper followed by strawberries dipped in chocolate – “my” birthday cake. The best day.

  3. 3
    Celeste says:

    Mm delicious!! And so cute. Can’t wait to try them myself!

  4. 4

    Your photos are so beautiful I can taste them without the calories! These look wonderful. I have the same mindset as you – I put everyone’s birthday on the calendar – except my own!

  5. 5

    Love this and the peanut butter version! I might mash them together and make a pb bday cake version ;-)

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