Green Monster Cookies

Happy Friday!  Yay for the weekend!

Since it is almost St. Patty’s Day, I thought I would post the recipe I used for the cookies I made for my work potluck lunch.  Now, I know that St. Patty’s Day is still almost a week away, but in Chicago, the river is dyed green the Saturday before, so I will be celebrating tomorrow!

The recipe is not totally from scratch because I used a boxed cake mix to make it.  Well, two.  I used one yellow cake mix from Trader Joe’s, and one regular old Duncan Hines.   I wanted to make green cookies for the potluck (hence the green monster name) but I didn’t want to use food coloring.  I decided I would try to use spinach powder to color the cookies green.

I wasn’t sure if the spinach powder was going to work for 2 reasons.  1. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be enough color and 2. I didn’t know if you would be able to taste the spinach powder which would be gross.  I added about 2 teaspoons to each mixture.  You could taste the spinachy flavor in the dough so I was afraid I added too much, but once the cookies were baked, you couldn’t taste it at all!

This was a great way to add some extra nutrients into something not so healthy and they taste great too!  I know because they were snatched up in a few minutes at the potluck.

I also wanted to put this recipe up this week in case you guys are looking for some ideas in time for the real St. Patricks Day.  If you are interested, spinach powder can be found in bulk bins or you can buy it at Amazon.  Also, I liked the Trader Joe’s cookies a lot more.  This one has pretty good ingredients for a cake mix and it didn’t taste as sugary or artificial.  Eaten side by side with the Duncan Hines mix, the DH tasted wayyy too sugary.  But that’s just my personal opinion.

Green Monster Cookies

1 box yellow cake mix

1/2 cup butter (I used Earth Balance)

1 egg

1/2 t vanilla

2-3 t spinach powder

I also added rainbow sprinkles (so much for the no artificial dyes)

Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes

To stay in the green spirit, here are some pictures of St. Patrick’s day past:

College– when we actually stood in line at 5:30/6ish AM for the bars to open.  I remember being freezing cold and never actually getting into the bar we were waiting in line for.

Me, James the bouncer, Alex

My first year living in Chicago, Alex and I lived above a little bar called The Burwood Tap.  James was the main bouncer and we were pretty much BFF’s.

2 years ago with Hamper, a dog that we fostered for 2 months.  Yes, his name is super random.  Mer, not sure where you are? You would think you would be right by Hamper’s side :)

I’ll have some pictures from this year for you on Sunday!

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