Source: Bakaholic Mama‘s version had only three ingredients. My version has just six.
Yield: about 20 whoopie pies
The great thing about making different cookies every week is that you never know what the process will bring. Sometimes the cookies are fussy and complicated, using a lot of ingredients and a lot of time and dirtying a lot of dishes. Sometimes they are so simple you almost forget you even made them. Today’s cookie falls into that second category. It’s basically so easy, you could do it in your sleep. A trained monkey could make these cookies. Heck, and un-trained monkey could make them! You get the picture.
Here’s how you do it:
STEP ONE: Mix together one vanilla or white cake mix and 1 cup of orange soda. If you’re really into that orange flavor (like I am), you can also add 1 tsp. orange extract. Or not, your choice.
STEP TWO: Bake. Oh, yeah… you’re done with with the mixing already! Drop the soft dough in spoonfuls onto your baking sheet, trying to keep them all about the same size. They don’t spread much, so you can put quite a few on your pan. Bake them at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.
STEP THREE: Frost. Bakaholic Mama used Cool Whip for her frosting, which is super duper easy. I’m kind of a cream snob, though, so I used whipped cream. I poured about a half pint of cream into a bowl and whipped it up for a few minutes. I added some clear vanilla and a couple tablespoons of sugar.
Feel free to use a generous amount of this “frosting.” There’s plenty. You just frost the bottom side, and then sandwich them together. Easy-Peasy, Lemon-Squeezy.
Here’s what you can expect from these cookies. Because they don’t have eggs or oil, but just orange soda and cake mix, you can expect a very sticky and spongy cake, much like angel food. Which means you can expect them to stick to the pan, and to each other, so you’ll want to store these between layers of wax paper. You may even want to keep them in the fridge.
You can expect to have a little whipped-cream-frosting left over. Is leftover whipped cream a good enough excuse to run to the market for fresh berries? Because that’s what I did.
AND, you can expect anyone who loves orange soda or orange creamsicles to ask for seconds of this spectacularly simple whoopie pie. You might want to have a second batch ready.
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1 cup orange soda
- 1 tsp. orange extract (optional)
- red and yellow food coloring (optional)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp. clear vanilla
- 2-3 T. sugar
- Mix together cake mix and soda. Add extract and coloring if desired.
- Drop onto sheet pan, and bake at 350 for 10 min.
- For filling: Whip cream until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla and sugar, and mix well.
- Place a generous amount of filling on the bottom side of a cookie, then sandwich with another cookie.
- Store between layers of wax paper.
Some other posts you might enjoy:
Orange Ice Cream Freeze from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Swirled Creamsicle Meringues from Butter Me Up Brooklyn
Orange Vanilla Bean Cupcakes from Annie’s Eats