For summer snacking, Pillsbury introduced a line of citrus-flavored mixes and ready-made frostings. The flavors include Orangesicle, Key Lime and Pink Lemonade and are offered as cake or cookie mixes as well as ready to spread frostings.
We really enjoyed the Orangesicle cookies - without frosting. Packed with sweet orange candy bits, the crisp butter cookies taste like a crunchy Orange Julius. They also have a bright orange color that looks as summery as they taste.
With that color, they'll also make a clever cookie shortcut for Halloween baking.
The 17.5-ounce box shows the cookie frosted, but the orange frosting is not included - and totally optional. One box makes three dozen 2-inch cookies with the addition of one softened stick of butter or margarine and one egg.
If desired, all three frostings are light, fluffy and very citrus - but save them for cupcakes. (The cake mixes make great cupcakes, too.)
Now for the hard part: Pillsbury is just rolling out these new flavors into California stores. They're available online via Amazon.com, but should be showing up in supermarkets soon. Target and Walmart stores also are expected to carry the mixes and frostings.
These flavors are bound to inspire more creativity in upcoming Bake-Offs (such as the strawberry lemonade pie with cookie crust, featured online at the Pillsbury site). For more details and recipes, click on www.pillsburybaking.com.