Recipe: Peppermint Brownie Mix Cookies

This peppermint brownie mix cookie recipe is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. #MakeTheHolidayYours

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content_merrymakericonWhat’s your holiday entertaining style? I’m a proud “Last-Minute Merry Maker”. I’d prefer not to spend all day in the kitchen, but will still whip up a can’t miss dish that everyone will love. This might come as a surprise, seeing as my blog consists mostly of recipes and decor. I love making things look pretty and taste good, but I’m also all about EASY and have plenty of shortcuts up my sleeve when it comes to holiday entertaining. I’m a busy mom of young kids, the easier the better! 

One of my favorite shortcuts is using Betty Crocker Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Mix (seriously the best brownie mix ever) to make brownie cookies. Seriously so easy and you can whip up a semi-homemade batch of peppermint brownie mix cookies in under an hour. These cookies are deliciously soft and taste like the ends of the brownie pan (the best part)! If you aren’t a fan of peppermint (gasp), leave out the crushed candy canes and replace with 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Go ahead and add another 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. You can never have too much chocolate. You could even substitute caramel pieces or marshmallows, how amazing would that taste! 

I especially love making these peppermint brownie cookies with my kids to gift to neighbors or teachers. The recipe is easy enough for my 6 year old to almost make by himself with minimal assistance and my 3 year old enjoys sprinkling the crushed candy canes on top of the cookies. If kids are helping, skip the blender part in step 2 and let them crush those candy canes by hand. Place the candy canes in a baggie and let them use a rolling pin to crush. They’ll love this step! Tip: You might want to double bag the candy canes to prevent a candy cane explosion (speaking from experience). 

One of my favorite childhood memories is baking with my family during the holidays. I can still remember the sounds and smells like it was yesterday.We’d put Christmas music on the radio and my mom would get out her recipe book, which consisted mostly of handwritten family recipes on index cards shoved into a binder. Instead of actual measurements, like a cup or teaspoon, the recipes called for “pinches” or “handfuls” of ingredients. That’s my grandmother for you, she never measures anything out and we can never get our recipes to taste as good as hers. 

My mom definitely wasn’t a “Last-Minute Merry Maker”. She’s a mix of “The Traditionalist” and “Festive & Impressive”. She is all about tradition and family recipes, but she lives for holiday entertaining and definitely impresses. Growing up, she scheduled a “baking day” on the calendar and it literally lasted from morning until bedtime. One batch of cookies wouldn’t work, she’d give the oven a workout and make at least 10 different varieties. From sugar cookies to peanut butter cookies, she made them all. 

Perhaps, when my children are a bit older and I have less on my plate, I’ll be able to take over as “The Traditionalist” and “Festive & Impressive”. For now, I’m quite content in my role as a “Last-Minute Merry Maker”. What’s your holiday entertaining style: Appetizer Artiste, Festive & Impressive, Last-Minute Merry Maker or The Traditionalist?

INGREDIENTS

1 package brownie mix
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons water
2 eggs
6 candy canes (crushed)

DIRECTIONS

Step 1: Head to Sam’s Club and pick up a box of Betty Crocker Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Mix. Don’t forget to grab the rest of your ingredients while you are there, Sam’s Club is a one stop holiday shop!

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Step 2: Place 6 candy canes in a blender to crush. If you prefer, you could also place the candy canes in a baggie and use a rolling pin to crush them. Set the crushed candy cane pieces aside.

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Step 3: Combine brownie mix, flour, vegetable oil, water and eggs. Mix on medium-low until smooth. 

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Step 4: Fill a small scoop with batter and drop on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, at least 1 inch apart.

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Step 5: Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of crushed candy canes over each cookie, before baking.

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Step 6: Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until fully baked. Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of crushed candy cane on top of each cookie when it comes out of the oven. Allow to sit for a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. This will prevent your cookies from crumbling as you pick them up. 

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Step 7: Allow to fully cool. Enjoy with a glass a milk or gift to neighbors, teachers or friends!

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Visit Sams Club for my holiday baking inspiration. I’m a “Last-Minute Merry Maker”, what’s your holiday entertaining style?

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I'm Vanessa and it's my mission in life to spread my love of hot glue guns and glitter to others. I suffer from craft ADHD, regularly working on at least 10 projects at the same time and my craft room looks like a tornado hit it. My first craft book, Party in a Jar, was published in 2014. I look forward to crafting with you!

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