12 Days of Christmas Cookies

MF 12 Days of Christmas Cookies
It’s the most wonderful time of the year because it seems that everybody is baking! I love spending extra time in the kitchen during the holidays, baking up a variety of my favorite cookies—some old favorites and some new discoveries. I also love swapping recipes with friends, or tasting something wonderful and trying to crack the recipe myself. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite holiday cookies with you today, giving you 12 days of delicious cookie recipes to make and bake with your family, including one new recipe. Enjoy! (Now go preheat the oven already!)

1. Candy Cane Crunch Cookies
2. Mint Chocolate Meltaways
3. Molasses Spice Cookies
4. Chocolate Marshmallow Clouds
5. Black & White Cookies
6. Iced Egg Nog Cookies
7. Homemade Sandwich Cookies
8. Everything Cookies
9. Lacy Oatmeal Cookies
10. Brownie Pillow Cookies
11. Iced Orange Cookies
12. Chocolate Mint Cookies (recipe below)

Chocolate Mint Cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Devil’s Food cake mix
1 cup butter
1 ounce semi-sweet baker’s chocolate
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons half-and-half
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package mint chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter and baker’s chocolate in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk eggs, vanilla, and half-and-half together and set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar and cake mix. Stir in melted butter and chocolate and allow to mix thoroughly, at least 60 seconds. Pour in egg mixture and combine well. Add flour mixture and stir until batter is light and fluffy. Stir in mint chocolate chips and allow dough to sit at least 20 minutes before scooping 1/4 cups of dough (six to each cookie sheet) onto a prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, careful not to overcook.

HINT: You’ll notice the inclusion of cake mix in the recipe. I’ve discovered that I like to use that as a secret ingredient, especially in chocolate cookies, to create a fluffier, cakey chocolate cookie. I keep a bag of cake mix in my pantry just for cookies!

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