Got a sweet tooth? Try cookies, tiramisu or a number of dishes made with Twinkies

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June 28, 2006|By KATE SHATZKIN | KATE SHATZKIN,SUN REPORTER

Cake Mix Cookies

More Than 175 Delectable Cookie Recipes That Begin With a Box of Cake Mix

The Twinkies Cookbook

An Inventive and Unexpected Recipe Collection From Hostess

Ten Speed Press / 2006 / $12.95

Twinkie Sushi? Pigs in a Twinkie? For the 75th anniversary of the Twinkie, Hostess solicited recipes from around the country and got some curious takes on this childhood treat - including a Chicken-Raspberry Twinkie Salad from Gary Gonya of Baltimore.

Despite the salad entry, this isn't a book aimed at the health-conscious - Twinkies are deep-fried, sauteed in butter, covered in buttercream frosting and fondant and stuffed with sausage.

If you truly love them, you can make them into a pretty wedding cake.

kate.shatzkin@baltsun.com

Cranberry-Cornmeal Cookies

Makes 48 cookies

one 18.25-ounce package yellow cake mix (divided use)

2/3 cup plain yellow cornmeal

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon grated lemon or orange zest

1 1/4 cups sweetened dried cranberries, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Position oven rack in the middle of oven. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, place half of the cake mix along with the cornmeal, oil, eggs and zest. Blend with an electric mixer set on medium-high speed 1 to 2 minutes, until blended and smooth. Stir in the remaining cake mix and dried cranberries with a wooden spoon until all dry ingredients are moistened.

Drop dough by teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until set at edges and just barely set at center when lightly touched.

Cool 1 minute on sheets. Transfer to wire racks with metal spatula and cool completely.

From "Cake Mix Cookies"

Per serving: 81 calories, 1 gram protein, 3 grams fat, trace saturated fat, 13 grams carbohydrate, trace fiber, 9 milligrams cholesterol, 74 milligrams sodium

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