Eden came down with some sort of virus this week. I have no idea how she got it, but she's been miserable with a high fever for several days. So far, the rest of us are okay, (knock on wood) but when your babies are miserable, I think most parents would trade positions and give the sickness to themselves instead of seeing it wreck their precious kids.
The sad thing is, though Eden is completely miserable, she still has her very sweet personality, even when she's woken up at 3am crying because she feels so bad. She still manages to thank us for giving her medicine to make her feel better. Josh has even been making her vanilla milkshakes in the evenings to cheer her up a little bit. Remind me the next time I'm sick to have Josh make me Vanilla Milkshakes, too, okay?
The other night, I made her chicken noodle soup, and though she only ate like 5-10 spoonfuls, I felt she needed something else to cheer her up. Yes, something else on top of the Oreo's and cream milkshake Josh had already made. She needed cookies with sprinkles!
The cookies had already been on my menu of things to make this week, but with Eden getting sick, the baking I had planned on doing got postponed a little bit. Since the all the dishes from making the soup were done and we still had some time before the kids were going to go to bed (early, I might add), I thought that it might be the perfect opportunity to bake something warm and delicious and full of happy sprinkles. Unfortunately, my sprinkle selection kind of bites. I have three bottles of exactly the same kind of multi-colored sprinkle balls. Obviously, I don't use sprinkles enough when baking, otherwise I might have had an idea of what I already owned before buying yet another bottle of the same kind. Needless to say, it didn't really matter what kind of colorful sprinkles I used. As soon as these cookies baked up and I gave Eden one, warm out of the oven (not hot, because I didn't want to burn her), there she was thanking me for making cookies with such pretty sprinkles!
Eden is feeling better today. She has more energy now than she's had since she got sick. Maybe that has something to do with the power of pretty sprinkles, maybe it has something to do with us taking good care of her, and maybe it was the seven bites of chicken noodle soup she ate. Whatever the reason for her improvement, I'm happy that I could be here for her, and bake her some cookies that put a smile on that sad little face.
Cake Batter Pudding Cookies
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix, dry
3/4 cup yellow cake mix, dry
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Stir together flour, salt, and baking soda, set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together. Add in pudding mix and cake mix and beat until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla, mix until smooth. Add flour mixture slowly until well incorporated. Mix in sprinkles.
Roll into 1 1/2 " balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool for 2-5 minutes before removing and placing on wire cooling rack.