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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Valentine’s Day Spritz Cookies

We’re  bundled up at home today due to Winter Storm Pax.  As the house was feeling a bit chilly, I decided to get baking, and I really wanted to make some cheerful, colorful Valentine’s Day cookies.  I decided to find my grandmother’s cookie press, and make a Spritz cookie with the press.  I like using the cookie press, as it’s much easier than rolling and cutting cookies.  The Big One asked me to make sure that I added some chocolate to them.  I wasn’t quite sure of the best solution, given that I wanted to make the cookies pink for Valentine’s Day.  I remembered that I had a few of the mini-sized Hershey’s kisses.  I grabbed those, the red food coloring, the cookie ingredients, and the cookie press, and tried my hand at the Valentine’s Day Spritz Cookies.  This recipe makes a ton of cookies, approximately 72 to 84, so there will be plenty to share with your loved ones!

My Mom Made That: Valentine's Day Spritz Cookies
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Heath Bar Chip Cookies

The cold weather and snow kept us inside today.  Thankfully, unlike thousands of Atlanta families, all of us were safe and sound at home.  The Big One was able to go sledding with some friends, and the Monkey got to explore the snow a bit more.  Most people make hot cocoa or snow cream to celebrate winter weather, but this bag of heath bar bits was calling to me all day.  I decided that what I needed to do was whip up a quick batch of cookies.  It’s just a basic cookie recipe with a bag of heath bar bits, but rarely do the cookies in our house get gobbled up so quickly.  I wasn’t planning on sharing them here, but these Heath Bar Chip Cookies disappeared so quickly that I thought someone else might like to try the recipe.

My Mom Made That: Heath Bar Chip Cookies
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Special Dark Peanut Butter Blossoms

This summer we went to visit my mother-in-law in Florida, and spend a little time with Mellow Man’s family.  While I was down there, she told me that Peanut Butter Blossom cookies were Mellow Man’s favorite cookies.  I had no idea.  Up until that point, I assumed that he generally liked all cookies, and he had generally eaten Gingerbread Men and Chocolate Chip cookies.  I asked him if he liked Peanut Butter Blossoms, and he said that he did.  He went on to explain that they weren’t his very favorite, but they were the cookies that he grew up with. I thought I’d spice the cookies up with dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses, rather than the regular Hershey kisses.

My Mom Made That: Special Dark Peanut Butter Blossoms
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Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies

Sometimes when I walk through the baking aisle in the local grocery store, I see new products and buy them because they look like they have yummy potential.  I found Andes Peppermint Crunch bits in the baking aisle, and I knew I needed some for this holiday season.  I bought some of the actual candies a week or so before I saw the baking bits, and took them home for Mellow Man’s stocking.  He found them before I set them aside, and he did a little quality control testing of the candy.  They are yummy and creamy, and are much like eating white chocolate meets mint.  I thought that the baking bits would be perfect in cookies.  I just wasn’t sure of the perfect recipe.

My Mom Made That: Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies with Andes Peppermint Crunch bits
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