Mounds Cake Mix Cookies

It’s been a while since I shared any cake mix cookies with you, hasn’t it?  Never fear though, I whipped up a batch that is perfect for Easter!  I found Mounds flavored pudding at the store a few weeks ago; chocolate and coconut – one of my favorite flavor combinations!  I thought that cake mix cookies made with the Mounds pudding would go wonderfully with the Coconut M&M’s I couldn’t resist when I was at Target last week!

Mounds Cake Mix Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

 

Mounds Cake Mix Cookies
(adapted from Funfetti Cheesecake Cookies by Kitchen Meets Girl)

Ingredients

1 box white cake mix
1 box Mounds instant pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/3 cup spring colored sprinkles
Coconut M&M’s

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2.  Combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil and eggs in a medium bowl until a dough forms.  Mix in the spring sprinkles.
3.  Roll dough into small balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.  Flatten the cookie balls slightly with your palm.
4.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and immediately press two (or three) coconut M&M’s into the top of each cookie. Let cool for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Mounds Cake Mix Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

These are chewy and delicious, and perfect for those of us who still want some chocolate with our spring-time treats!

Mounds Cake Mix Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

Orange Peepsicle Cookies

I don’t care what Mother Nature says.  So what if there is MORE snow in the forecast this week?!  It is SPRING and I have the cookies to prove it!!

Creamsicle Cookies with Orange Cream PEEPS | Shake Bake and Party

If you know me, you know that I am a PEEPS freak and I am loving all the new flavors I have been finding in the stores lately.  Valentine’s Day brought cherry dipped in chocolate and strawberry creme, and now for Easter I have discovered orange creme PEEPS.  I also found Pillsbury Creamsicle cookie mix, and I thought what would could more fun than an Orange Peepsicle Cookie?

These are so easy to make!  All you need is a box of the Pillsbury Creamsicle cookie mix, one stick of butter, one egg, a tub of Pillsbury Whipped Supreme Vanilla Frosting, Orange Creme PEEPS and sprinkles in lovely spring colors.

Orange Peepsicle Cookie Ingredients

To make: Prepare the cookie mix and bake according to the directions on the box.  Once the cookies have cooled, spread on the frosting, sprinkle on the sprinkles and top with an Orange Creme PEEP! The only problem is that I haven’t been able to find the Orange Creme PEEPS in a package larger than the three pack pictured above.  Since the cookie mix makes about 2 dozen cookies and you might not want to buy 8 packs of PEEPS, you can make cookie sandwiches with any of the leftover cookies!

Orange Peepsicle Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

These are so delicious!  The chewy creamsicle cookie, the fluffy vanilla frosting and the even fluffier PEEP on top – it is the perfect combination of textures and flavors.  Perfect for stuffing into your face during the 16th, (17th? I’m losing track!) winter storm of the year!

Orange Peepsicle Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

These will also be a perfect treat to make for the kids (or grownups like me!) when Easter rolls around!  Hopefully we won’t be doing egg hunts in snow drifts!

Orange Peepsicle Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

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Winter Wonderland Cookies

Winter Wonderland Decorated Cookies

I think this might be my new favorite cookie set.  I love the icy blue, the sparkly glitter, and the happy little snowmen with their “carrot” noses (aka orange sprinkles!).  It’s been snowing a lot here in NJ already, so even though it technically isn’t even Winter yet we’ve definitely had quite a few Winter Wonderland days.

Snowmen, Snowflake and Mitten Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

Or perhaps it’s only been more like Winter Wonderland hours.  Unfortunately, living in a highly populated area with lots of cars and dirt and whatnot means that the snow doesn’t stay sparkly and white for a long time. 😦

Winter Wonderland Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

There is no need to worry about these cookies getting dingy though!  They will stay as pristine and lovely as the freshly fallen snow…

Snowman Cookie | Shake Bake and Party

…until you eat them!

Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

Hello all!  It’s that time of year – cookie baking madness has taken over many a household.  I heard from someone who baked 15 dozen cookies on Saturday, and another friend made 8 different types of cookies!  My Facebook newsfeed was filled with pictures of thumbprints, chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies and all kinds of other tasty goodies!  I LOVE IT!

I too was was bitten by the cookie baking bug and of course, I made more cake mix cookies.  It’s been… well, it’s only been a few days since my last cake mix cookie post, but that’s long enough – right?!

Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

I also took the opportunity to get out my Snoopy cookie jar!  Isn’t it cute?

Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

In case you haven’t read any of my posts raving about cake mix cookies before, I’ll give you a quick run-down.  They are simple, customizable and delicious!  If you have never made them before, you must try them and if you have made them before then you are probably making some more right now because they are THAT GOOD!

These ones are dark chocolatey, chewy, minty Christmas cookie happiness.  If you have any mint fans in your household these are a must bake!

Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies | Shake Bake and Party

Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies
(adapted from Funfetti Cheesecake Cookies by Kitchen Meets Girl)

Ingredients

1 box devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/3 and 1/4 cup Nestle® Toll House® Winter Dark Chocolate and Mint Morsels, divided

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2.  Combine cake mix, oil and eggs in a medium bowl until a dough forms.  Mix in 1/3 cup of the morsels.
3.  Roll dough into small balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.  Flatten the cookie balls slightly and then press a few of the remaining morsels onto the top of each cookie.
4.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.  Remove from oven, cool for 2 minutes and then move to a wire rack.

Makes about 18 cookies.

The Obsession Continues – Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies

Hey all!  I’m back, and I brought more cake mix cookies!!  If you happened to miss my last post about these UH-MAYYY-ZING Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies that I made using cake mix, you should definitely go check it out!  Go ahead, I’ll wait… : )

…So you can see why I am totally digging cake mix cookies, right?  They are so easy to make, and every time I have made them the cookies are perfectly soft, chewy and full of flavor!  They have yet to disappoint, unlike some other recipes I have tried lately.

Even though it’s supposed to be almost 90 degrees again tomorrow here in NJ, I am in full on fall recipe mode.  I spent last weekend baking pumpkin and apple cake mix cookies (as well as a sweet treat for this month’s Spiked Recipe Challenge – Seasonal Beers) and I spend a ridiculous amount of time pinning pumpkin related everything to my Fall Pinterest board.  I can’t wait for crisp weather, crunchy leaves and cozy fires in the fireplace.

Fall leaves in Vancouver
Fall leaves in Vancouver (Photo credit: VancityAllie)

To help usher in my favorite season, I would like to introduce you to my Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies!  As I mentioned, these are cake mix cookies and I used another one of the new seasonal Pillsbury cake mixes I found at the grocery store a few weeks ago.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies

Let me tell you, this cake mix smells heavenly.  I mean, it’s got caramel in it – how could it not?  I used white chocolate chips in this recipe, but regular chocolate chips would be also be a delicious add-in.  I’ve ogled those chocolate dipped caramel apples on numerous occasions, haven’t you?

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies

Same simple concept as the Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies.  Cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs = YUMMY COOKIES!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies (Once again inspired by and adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl’s Funfetti Cheesecake Cookies)

Ingredients

1 box Pillsbury Caramel Apple cake mix
1 small box instant cheesecake pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
3/4 cup white chocolate chips, divided

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2.  Combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil and eggs in a medium bowl until a dough forms.  Mix in 1/2 cup of the white chocolate chips.
3.  Form dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.  Use the remaining white chocolate chips to press into the top of each cookie.
4.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown slightly.  Remove from oven, cool for 2 minutes and then move to a wire rack.

Makes about 24 cookies.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookies

I ate quite a few of these and then had to take the rest to work before I ate them ALL.  Looking at these pictures now though, I wish I hadn’t.  I’m hungry and I could really go for a cookie…

I Did A Bad, Bad Thing – Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies

I recently discovered cake mix cookies.  I think I am obsessed.

I am in big trouble people.  Four, maybe five ingredients, mix it up in a bowl with just a spoon, bake and you have the most delicious, soft and chewy cookies in endless flavor combinations?  Like I said, BIG trouble, and it’s all because of Pinterest, Ashley at Kitchen Meets Girl and this recipe for Funfetti Cheesecake Cookies.

I pinned this recipe a while back and then a few weeks ago I decided to try it out and made a batch.  The next day I made two more batches to take into work.  These cookies are addictive, and while I sat stuffing them into my face my mind was going wild with all the possibilities.  Take any cake mix, and box of pudding, vegetable oil, 2 eggs and  some kind of chocolate chip type add-in and you have the easiest, yummiest cookies ever!

I knew I wanted to use the Pillsbury Perfectly Pumpkin cake mix I picked up at the grocery store.  I also had a bag of Heath Toffee Bits, and after my first taste of the aforementioned Funfetti Cheesecake Cookies I bought out Acme’s supply of JELL-O cheesecake pudding mix so I had tons of that.

Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookies

Pumpkin.  Toffee.  Cheesecake.  Do I really need to say anything else?

Okay, I will!

These cookies are THE BEST!!!!!  The pumpkin cake mix and cheesecake pudding go perfectly together, and combined with the bits of chewy toffee… well, it’s about as awesome as a bin full of puppies.

English: Puppies in a bin.
English: Puppies in a bin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you haven’t tried them yet, you MUST make a batch of cake mix cookies.  They come together so fast and disappear even faster!  You just mix up a few ingredients in a bowl, roll the dough into balls, and bake!

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After 8-10 minutes you have this:

Pumpkin Cake Mix Cookie

And then once they’ve cooled you will eat them all a few and be transported to cookie heaven.  From zero to two batches of insanely good cookies in less than an hour?  Hell yeah.

Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies

Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies
(adapted from Funfetti Cheesecake Cookies by Kitchen Meets Girl)

Ingredients

1 box Pillsbury Perfectly Pumpkin cake mix
1 small box instant cheesecake pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup Hershey’s Heath Toffee Bits, divided

Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2.  Combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil and eggs in a medium bowl until a dough forms.  Mix in 3/4 cup of the Heath Toffee Bits.
3.  I just grabbed blobs of dough and rolled them into balls, but you can use a cookie scoop if you prefer.  Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.  Use the remaining Toffee Bits to press some into the top of each cookie.
4.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown slightly.  Remove from oven, cool for 2 minutes and then move to a wire rack.

Makes about 24 cookies.

Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake Cookies

The only thing I don’t like about these cake mix cookie recipes is that you can only squeeze 24 cookies out of a batch, but they are so easy to make that doubling up on the recipe is no problem at all!

I’ll be back soon with another cake mix cookie recipe.  Did I mention I was obsessed?

Smart Cookie – Graduation Time!

It’s graduation time!

All across the country young men and women are graduating from college, brimming with excitement for their futures.  A few months from now many of them will be realizing that the only thing that oh-so-expensive piece of paper has done is cause them to be overqualified for that job at Target they applied to.  A few years from now a bunch of them will still be living with their parents – part of the Boomerang Generation.  Maybe a few years after that they will be like me – contemplating going to grad school, hoping that maybe a BETTER degree will be the key to getting out of a dead-end job.

But for right now let’s let them celebrate, shall we?

Congrats Grads!!

Graduation Cookies - Cap and Diploma

A coworker asked me to make cookies for her sister who is graduating from Rutgers University.  Being a Rutgers grad myself, I thought it would be pretty fun to make this set.  I used a tutorial from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle for the basic design of the caps and diplomas.  I had originally planned on just doing the letter R for the logo cookies but I had forgotten how tiny the letters in my alphabet cookie cutter set are.  The little “R” looked so small and forlorn next to the other cookies that I decided to added the “U” to bump up the size a bit.

Cookies for a Rutgers Grad

I ran into a little trouble when I was outlining the letters.  I usually have a pretty steady hand when it comes to writing on cookies or cakes but this time around I was a shaky mess.  My outline was kind of wobbly and I really didn’t like the way it looked so I covered the outline is black sanding sugar.  This is a great way to cover up a not so smooth outline and let’s face it, what girl doesn’t like a little sparkle on her cookies?

Graduation Cookies

I found the perfect ribbon to tie the cookie bags with – red and black polka dots:

Graduation Cookie Favors

I wish that I had been making cookies when I graduated – I would have made these for myself!

In other education related news I got a B in my Statistics class!!!  Take that p-hat!!  (Seriously, I still don’t know what the point of  the whole p-hat thing is.  Why are we playing dress up with the alphabet?  What does that have to do with anything?  I think I have post-traumatic Stats disorder…)

 

Double Shot

I’m baaack!  Yup – two posts in one day!!  One might say I am procrastinating because I really don’t feel like studying any more for my statistics final, but I just remembered these margarita cookies I made a few months ago and wanted to share them for Cinco de Mayo!

Margarita Cookies

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If you’re looking for something with a little more kick to it, check out these recipes from my blog:

Blackberry Margarita
Mango Margarita
Beergaritas

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Cookies for the Cure

A few weeks ago, in my post about Operation Cookie Takeover, I shared with you how happy it made me feel to be able to donate my cookies to a good cause.  Well, this week I got to make some very special cookies for a good friend of mine at work.

Her family does a  yearly memorial benefit for her aunt Norma who sadly passed away from cancer.  This year she is putting together a ton of cool baskets to raffle off: scratch-off lottery tickets, Phillies tickets and ballgame themed goodies and a baking basket full of cake mixes, sprinkles and cupcake liners.

I wanted to help out so I made a batch of cookies that they can sell at the benefit.

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I know my friend’s aunt would be very proud of all the hard work she has put into making the raffle baskets, and I was really happy to be able to contribute.  Hopefully the attendees like my cookies enough to want to buy them!