December 30, 2015

Peppermint Bark Cake Mix Cookies

I know, I know, Christmas is over and everyone is probably tired of cookies and peppermint by now, but I HAD to share this recipe before December is over. Plus, I'm sure a good majority of you have extra candy canes lying around that you don't know what to do with. This is why I'm here you tell you that you NEED these cookies in your life. Easy as ever and you know how I love a good cake mix cookie.
I tried a new cake mix cookie recipe that had the addition of baking powder and vanilla and they turned out great. I added some chocolate chips, drizzled them with white chocolate and sprinkled on some candy cane dust to make them fit for the holidays.

And they were AMAZING! The funny thing is I've never actually made peppermint bark, but apparently I love the flavor after making this Chex mix.
So do yourself a favor and try out these cookies because if you're like me and have a load of spare cake mixes in your "food" storage, you're all set. If not, they're fairly easy to come by. ;)

Peppermint Bark Cake Mix Cookies
Recipe for Cookie Dough Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
1 box chocolate cake mix (Pillsbury Devil’s Food)
1 tsp. baking powder
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Topping
3-4 oz. white baking chips or almond bark, melted
1/3 cup crushed peppermint candy (about 2.5 oz.)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well with a rubber spatula. It will take a bit of elbow grease to get it all combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. Form dough into tablespoon-sized balls using a cookie scoop and place on a parchment paper or silicone baking mat-lined baking sheet.
4. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on the sheet for another 10 minutes after removing from the oven before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

5. Use a fork to drizzle melted white chips over cookies. Sprinkle peppermint candy over cookies and let sit for 5 minutes or until chocolate is hardened.

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