Savoring The Season

Hey guys. Pardon our absence. It’s December and in the catering world it’s “no sleep ’til Christmas”.  Yes indeed – the holiday feasting season is in full swing.

Salmon Platter

Bibb Lettuce Mandarin Oranges Goat Cheese Cranberries & Housemade Balsamic

Short Ribs over soft polenta, confit tomatoes & grilled eggplant

Harrison and I have this agreement each December: He is responsible for staying awake and keeping himself alive during the non-stop prepping, prepping, prepping, setups, setups, setups, cooking, cooking, cooking, shift after shift after shift.

harrison and charles

In exchange, I try to keep our holiday spirit alive after work on the home front with lots of twinkling lights, hodge podge decorating, presents wrapped under the tree, non-stop playing of Norah Jones Christmas, and this year, an endless supply of freshly baked treats.

batter for devils food cake cookies

This year’s baking frenzy began with my friend T-Bone’s annual Christmas Cookie Exchange….

Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

Christmas Cookies Exchange Party

And I have been covered in powdered sugar and ‘licking the spoon’ late into the night ever since.

baking devils food cake cookies

There’s just something calming about baking, you know? And in the middle of this hectic time it’s nice to find time to just slow down and savor the season.

devils food cake cookie sandwiches

These days, here is the cookie we love eating the most…
Devils Food Cake Cookie Sandwiches


For the cookies
(GASP! Yes this recipe calls for a boxed mix but you can always make your own from scratch)
•    2 packages devil’s food cake mix
•    4 eggs
•    2/3 cup vegetable oil

For the frosting
•    1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
•    1 stick (8 Tbsp) butter, room temperature
•    3 cups powdered sugar
•    1 tsp almond extract

For the cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Place all ingredients into large bowl and beat with electric mixer until well blended. Batter will be stiff.
  • Form batter into small balls, place onto baking sheet and flatten slightly.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes and cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting

  • Place cream cheese and butter into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add almond extract.
  • Place frosting onto one cookie and then place another cookie on top of the frosting to form a sandwich.

devils food cake cookie sandwiches

Fresh warm cookies. Ice cold milk. Midnight chats.  Those are our simple pleasure these days. What are yours?

Until we share late-night treats again,



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