But who has time for baking? You do!!!
This month's simple recipe takes advantage of a box of cake mix, a bit of butter and an egg. Then, there's the secret ingredient: flavored baking chips. While you can use everything from butterscotch to cinnamon chips, my two favorite varieties with dark chocolate are chocolate-mint and cherry.
For the holiday season, I make up one batch of each and freeze them by the dozen in resealable bags. Then, if I have company coming, I grab a bag of each and arrange them on a plate that's got a few mini-candy canes decorating it. Ta-da! Instant entertaining and it only took a few minutes.
Of course, you are not limited to dark chocolate cake mix and the flavored chips I chose. Mix and match to suit your needs. A nice combination to have with tea or chai is French vanilla cake mix and cinnamon chips. Kids adore peanut butter chips with devil's food cake mix. Spend a little time being creative the next time you find yourself in the baking isle of your grocery store and save yourself a lot of time with holiday baking. Happy holidays!
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- 1 (18.25 oz.) pkg. dark chocolate cake mix
- 1/2 c. softened butter
- 1 egg
- 1 c. chocolate mint baking chips
Combine the cake mix, butter and egg in a large bowl and, using a mixer, blend until a soft dough forms. Stir in the baking chips.
Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Allow the cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Cool completely before transferring to an airtight container.Variation: Replace the chocolate mint baking chips with cherry flavored baking chips to make black forest cookies instead.
- Yields: about 30 cookies
- Preparation Time: 30 minutes