Cooking with Karin

Monday, December 3, 2012

Chocolate Peppermint Chews-A Cake Mix Cookie!

Chocolate + Peppermint = well, it equals something darn good!

In light of the upcoming holiday season, I offer up this easy recipe that combines the two in a sublime way.

Oh, and this is a cake mix cookie! I think I mentioned that in the title.

BTW, don't you hate the new smaller cake mix sizes? I have done some research and supposedly you can make up the difference by adding 1/3 cup of flour. I recommend doing that with this recipe, since I developed it with an 18.25 ounce mix.

These are delicious and addictive.

Chocolate Peppermint Chews

For the cookies:
1 18.25-ounce devil's food cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
1 cup mini or regular semisweet chocolate chips or mint chocolate chips

Combine first 4 ingredients, and beat at medium with an electric mixer until blended.  Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Cool cookies on the pan about 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

To finish the cookies:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 drops peppermint extract
4 teaspoons water
1 cup crushed peppermint candies.

Combine the sugar, extract and water in a small bowl. Stir until smooth. Pour into a zip-top plastic sandwich bag. Seal and cut off a small piece at one of the corners. Drizzle over the cookies and sprinkle immediately with the crushed peppermint candies.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.