My Mona Lisa

As my life slowly transitions from being a young, cool person who goes to parties and does exciting things, to one of a 80-year-old woman who is actively petitioning for marriage to one’s cat to be legal, I am learning a great deal about life. For example, did you know that all the best things in life happen as a result of laziness? It’s true. I can’t think of any examples except for the recipe I am about to give you, but believe me, it is true.


I got a text from Steve today asking if I could bake something to send to some friends. Uh, does Charlie Sheen like porn stars? Of course I would. I took this request and, due to laziness, ended up baking something that would make a grown cat cry (Can cats cry?). Here’s the lazy part: We were out of powdered sugar and going to the store was just out of the question. So, I cranked up the ol’ thinker and tried to find something with a similar consistency to powdered sugar. Logical? Not so much. Brilliant? Absolutely. Well, I happened to have an opened box of cake mix. And thus, this most beautiful of recipes was born.


Twice-Baked Cake Frosted Cookies


  • 1/4 lb. butter
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 c. sifted all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • colored sprinkles or sugar for decorating


  • 2 cups yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tbs milk
  1. Melt butter in microwave.
  2. Add sugar, egg, and vanilla. Beat until smooth, about 1 minute.
  3. Sift flour with baking powder and salt over mixture and blend thoroughly. Place pan with dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Divide dough in half.
  4. Remove from refrigerator and place cookies, about 2 tbs of dough each, on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-15 minutes.
  6. While the cookies are baking, cream together the cake mix and butter until smooth.
  7. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired.
  8. Frost cookies and decorate with sprinkles.
  9. Place the cookies back in the oven for 5 minutes.



On another note, congratulations to my little sister who got her acceptance letter from UCLA today! I hope she also gets in to less sucky schools, but congrats nevertheless. πŸ™‚


5 thoughts on “My Mona Lisa

  1. CONGRATS to your sis!
    and I love how much greatness is born of laziness. Works for me almost every time.

    your cookies are SO cute!

    I love those soft fluffy sugar cookies. They make me forget I normally am a rational person!

    Happy Saturday

  2. Those cookies look fantastic. Yay for your sister. I’m glad I’m done applying for schools. I think. Crap. But yay for her!

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