Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Oreo, peppermint & chocolate cookies

Still struggling to finish your Christmas chocolate and candy canes? Maybe you have a few leftover packets of oreos and a spare cake mix packet too, that you didn't get around to using and now you're wondering what to do with them. Does this sound like you? Well, I have a solution!

These cookies. Made using a cake mix, and chocolate, oreos and candy canes.

I was a bit skeptical using a cake mix as a cookie base, but these are chewy and moist and you wouldn't be able to guess. Plus, I had the dough baking in less than 10 minutes from starting!

Oreo, peppermint & chocolate cookies
makes 36

1 box white cake mix (430g)
115g butter, melted
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
115g cream cheese, softened
1 cup Oreo cookie chunks
1 cup candy cane pieces, finely chopped
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 175C.
Combine the cake mix, melted butter, egg, and extracts. Beat until a soft dough forms. Add the cream cheese and beat in gently until combined. Stir in the peppermint crunch pieces and chocolate chips first. Then gently stir in the cookie pieces by hand being careful not to break up the cookie more.
Roll the dough into 36 balls. Bake on a cookie sheet for 9 minutes being careful not to over bake. The cookies will be very soft and look undone. Let them sit on the hot cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then gently remove them with a spatula to a piece of wax paper on the counter.
Very gently tap the tops of the cookies with the bottom of the spatula to even out the tops. Let them sit until completely cool.

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