Peppermint Cake Batter Cookie Blossoms

I love cake batter cookies that you make with store bought cake mixes. Do you? There are so many amazing recipes for them out there, and I’ve shared one of my favorite before with peanut butter and chocolate cake mix.  However, when I made those cookies, a commenter asked about making them with Andes Mint Candies, and that got me to thinking.  What if I made for my Christmas Cookie Exchange, Peppermint Cake Batter Cookie Blossoms that are like the traditional blossom cookies, but combine chocolate and mint.   When I found some darling holly leave and berry springs in the store, along with the peppermint Hershery Kisses, I knew what cookies that I wanted to make for the holidays– Peppermint Cake Batter Cookie Blossoms!

My Mom Made That: Peppermint Cake Batter Cookie Blossoms (2 Ways!)
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7 Amazing Peanut Butter Desserts

So last week I shared a recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly cookies.  They were so yummy, and disappeared in the Monkey’s belly within about 3 days.  AND he’s still begging me to make more.  Rarely have I seem him get so excited about any baked good– he does like straight chocolate, but that’s different.  So I got to thinking– he loves peanut butter, so maybe I should see what other delicious peanut butter desserts are out there.  And let me tell you, the blogosphere is filled with so many delectable and delicious looking desserts.  I started pinning them, and then decided they needed their own board.  And then I thought, I should share the best of the desserts with you.  So here are seven amazing peanut butter desserts that make me drool.

My Mom Made That: Seven Amazing Peanut Butter Desserts Round Up
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

We have a picky eater in our house.  A really picky eater.  My three year old likes maybe 5 foods in this whole world.  Okay, I’m probably exaggerating.  He will eat maybe 12 things.  On a good week.  Peanut Butter is one of them.  Since he refuses to eat all meat, dairy and Peanut Butter are important foods for him.  The other day, the Monkey told me that he had a “great idea.”  What if, we made a Peanut Butter and Jelly “Cuh-Ee!”  I wondered why it wouldn’t be possible to make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie using a variation of the basic Peanut Butter Blossom recipe, and adding Jelly to make them a PB&J Thumbprint cookie.  Rarely do I get a baking challenge from my enthusiastic helper, so I decided to do a little digging for a recipe.

My Mom Made That: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies
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The Ultimate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie

Chocolate and peanut butter are a beloved combination around here.  (Who am I kidding, they are a beloved combination just about everywhere, right?!)  Well, I’ve shared several variations of the chocolate peanut butter cookie already: you can see this Chocolate and Reese’s Chip Cookie recipe , or try my favorite Devil’s Food Cake Cookie with Reese’s Chips recipe here.   A while ago I was shopping at the grocery store, and I saw a “Fall Favorites” Taste of Home magazine.  I already get Taste of Home delivered to my house, but this was one of those cute, little magazines.  I started flipping through it, and really liked a lot of the recipes that I saw, so picked it up.  When I got home I found that there was another Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cookie recipe in the magazine.  After having the boys eye all of the candy sitting on the kitchen counter for a few days, I made the cookies over the weekend.  The recipe was quite a success, so I thought I’d share how I made them with you.  (I tried to find the exact recipe on the Taste of Home website, but I didn’t have much luck.)

My Mom Made That: The Ultimate Reese Peanut Butter Cookie!  Tastes just like the candy! Delicious!
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Reese’s Devil’s Food Cake Cookies

I love cookies.  I think that they are probably my favorite dessert, besides cake.  Actually, this recipe is a wonderful combination of both cake and cookies, as the primary ingredient is Devil’s Food Cake mix.  Yup, it comes from a cake mix, and it’s delicious.  I first had these cookies at a bake sale during the 2000 Presidential Election (remember that one that lasted several months?).  The PTA was selling goodies outside the polling place to raise money, and I picked up a few of these.  I had finished all 4 by the time I reached my car, and went inside, and said that I’d rather just buy the recipe.  Well, for $2, I got this tasty recipe for Reese’s Devil’s Food Cake Cookies.  They are similar to another cookie recipe that I have shared, except they are cakier, and even easier to make.  If you need a quick recipe to take to a school event, then this recipe is for you!  You can make an entire batch in under 90 minutes!

My Mom Made That: Reeses Devil Food Cake Cookies

Given that the primary ingredient is cake mix, the cakes are a little thick and chewy.  They puff up a bit, and do seem to be a cross between a cake and a cookie.  Here’s all you need to make them:

Ingredients

  • 2 Boxes of Devil’s Food Cake Mix (with pudding in the mix)
  • 2/3 Cup of Melted Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Water (add only what’s needed).
  • 12 oz package of Reese’s Peanut Butter chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Add melted butter and one box of cake mix to your mixer and blend.  Then add the eggs and the second box of cake mix.  The mixture will be very thick.  Slowly add water, until you have added at least 1/4 cup, but no more than 1/3 of a cup.  Once the ingredients are well mixed, add the chips to the dough.  Make generous, tablespoon-sized scoops to cookie sheet.  Bake for 9-10 minutes.  Then allow to cool on cookie sheet for at least another five minutes– this allows the cookies to finish baking and firm up.

My Mom Made That: Reeses Devil Food Cake CookiesThe recipe makes about 32-36 medium sized cookies.  They will be tougher if you allow them to cook longer, so err on the side of under cooking.  They taste great warm, and have a great flavor the next day too!  They are a hit with both of my boys!

My Mom Made That: Reeses Devil Food Cake Cookies

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