Friday, May 25, 2012

Not Too Sweet

You're probably thinking, "Oh geez, she got out the cake mix cookbook again."  I can't help it, I love this book!  I've only had it for a few months but every recipe thus far has been a big hit with me and with our guests, judging by the empty plate that comes back to the kitchen.  For those of you who don't like the overly sweet, these knots (although I think mine looked a little more like pretzels) will suit you just fine, so let's get to baking!

Cinnamon-Sugar Knots 

1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 package spice cake mix

1.  Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Combine sugar and cinnamon.
2.  Beat cake mix and cream cheese together in large bowl with electric mixer until well-blended.
3.  Shape dough into balls; roll each ball into log about 6 inches long.  Gently coil dough and pull up ends to form "knot."  Place about 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
4.  Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets.  Remove to wire racks.  Serve warm or cool completely.

TIP: (from the book) If making the knots seems like too much work, these cookies are also delicious when baked as simple 1" balls.

Love this cookbook!
Page 94 - Cinnamon Sugar Knots
This is it, just 4 ingredients!
Cinnamon and sugar
Easiest way to mix, put in a zip-lock bag and shake it up!
Blend together cake mix and cream cheese
Roll out
Bring ends together
These are supposed to look like knots, but I think mine look like pretzels - give em a little pinch.  I think the trick is to bring the ends together more tightly.  If you look at the picture in the cookbook, you don't see as much air between the curls, making it more like a knot.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, ready for the oven!
Out of the oven and ready to eat!
These are really nice, not overly sweet.


  1. You're right yours do look a little like pretzels but hey who doesn't like a good sweet pretzel. OK, now I must have that cook book.