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…