Monday, December 10, 2012

UltiMINT Christmas Candy Cookies

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I am a complete sucker for the Target Holiday Candy Aisle. Valentines M&M's? Pumpkin Spice Hershey's Kisses? White Chocolate Peppermint M&M's? Yes, please.


Something about the idea that a candy item might only be around for a limited time or maybe it's the cuteness of the holiday colors, but I just have to buy it all. In multiples. And then I clearly have to spend way too much time in the kitchen finding fun, new ways to use my excessive amounts of holiday themed candy.


So after a small Black Friday Target Candy Aisle binge (Target totally knew what they were doing when they wrapped the check out line through that aisle), I made these babies.


I absolutely love mint and chocolate anything so I figured why not make Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix Cookies and dump various forms of mint holiday candy into them? These cookies literally tasted like you had melted a Peppermint Pattie inside of fudge. Amazing.


I used my current three favorite mint Christmas candies: White Chocolate Peppermint M&M's, Mint M&M's, and Candy Candy Hershey's Kisses.
The smooth meltiness of the kisses paired with the crunch of the M&M's and the hints of white chocolate against the intense fudginess of the cookies prompted Justin to call these "quite possibly the best cookies you have ever made".


These cookies were also conveniently scheduled to get made the same day our new camera arrived so I had way too much fun staging these and photographing them : )


UltiMINT Christmas Candy Cookies
  • 1 box of Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of White Chocolate Peppermint M&M's
  • 1 cup of Mint M&M's
  • About 20 Candy Cane Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped
 1.) Mix all of the ingrediants except for the candies together in a stand mixer until well combined. Make sure to scape the bottom and make sure all of the oil is incorporated into the batter.
2.) Add in the Hershey's Kisses with the mixer on low and let them be broken up slightly.
3.) Add in both kinds of M&M's and let them mix for a minute to give them a rough crush. Basically you want the candies to be broken up a bit with some whole pieces still remaining. 
4.) Using a medium cookie scoop,  scoop out the batter into rounded balls on lined cookie sheets.


5.) Bake at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes or until tops start to look done but still crackly. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before trying to remove from trays or eat.


Enjoy!

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