Chocolate Mint Cookies with Cake Mix

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  • Soft and fudgy chocolate mint cookies made with cake mix. So easy to whip up and have the perfect touch of mint!

    When I think of festive holiday flavors, I instantly think of mint. It’s so delicious in baked goods and is a true crowd pleaser. Some other favorites are peppermint barkchocolate mint brownies and homemade peppermint oreos.

    plate of chocolate mint cookies with Christmas M&M's

    I absolutely love baking Christmas cookies this time of year, so I wanted to share this easy and yummy recipe. If you love the chocolate/mint combo, you are going to LOVE these easy chocolate mint cookies! Seriously, put them on your baking list right now!

    I love these cookies because they’re made with cake mix, which makes them super soft in the middle and a little crispy around the edges. YUM!

    If you’ve never tried cake mix cookies before, you will be instantly hooked! They are SO easy and have the best texture. That fudgy chocolate consistency paired with the fresh mint flavor is to die for. These Christmas cookies are a new favorite!

    Chocolate mint Christmas cookies on cooling rack

    How to make chocolate mint cookies

    Step 1: Mash the mint M&M’s 

    In a small ziplock bag, crush 3/4 cup M&M’s with a rolling pin. Save the remaining 1/4 cup M&M’s to place on top of the cookies.

    Step 2: Make the dough  

    In a large bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the egg and mint extract and stir until combined. Add cake mix and stir until smooth. Then fold in the crushed M&M’s.

    Step 3: Refrigerate the dough 

    Refrigerate the chocolate mint cookie dough for 20 minutes.

    Step 4: Roll dough into balls 

    Once chilled, roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and then roll into sugar. Press 3 M&M’s on top and place on a lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

    Step 5: Bake the cookies 

    Bake in oven at 350°F for 11-13 minutes. Allow to cool on pan for a few minutes and then remove to cooling rack. The centers will harden as they cool. You want them to be soft!

    stack of chocolate mint cookies with cake mix

    Chocolate cookies with mint chips

    You can also make these chocolate cookies with mint chips. Instead of M&M’s, you’ll need about 1 cup mint chips. Simply fold the mint chips in the dough, then refrigerate. Before baking, add a few more mint chips on top of your chocolate cookies.

    chocolate cookies with mint chips

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    Chocolate Mint Cookies Recipe

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chocolate cookies with mint chips, chocolate mint cookies, chocolate mint cookies cake mix
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Servings: 24
    Calories: 213
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Soft and fudgy chocolate mint cookies made with cake mix. So easy to whip up and have the perfect touch of mint! 

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup butter , softened
    • 8 ounce package cream cheese , softened
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
    • 1 box Devil's Food cake mix
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 9.9 ounce bag mint M&M’s (or 1 cup mint chips)

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper and set aside.
    • In a small ziplock bag, crush 3/4 cup M&M’s with a rolling pin. Save the extra M&M’s to place on top of the cookies.
    • In a large bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the egg and mint extract and stir until combined. Add cake mix and stir until smooth. Then fold in the crushed M&M’s.
    • Refrigerate the cookie dough for 20 minutes.
    • Once chilled, roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and then roll into sugar. Press 3 M&M’s on top and place on pan 2 inches apart.
    • Bake for 11-13 minutes. Allow to cool on pan for a few minutes and then remove to cooling rack. Centers will harden as they cool. You want them to be soft.

    Notes

    If using mint chips, simply fold into the cookie dough and then chill. Before baking, add a few more mint chips on top. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 74mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
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