Feb 13, 2015

Easy cookies for Valentine's

Dang....something must be up as I don't EVER get to post 3 days in a row! LOL! 
If you are looking for something easy, quick and good to make for your sweetheart or for those you love for Valentine's Day then this simple cookie recipe is for you!
I must admit that I went CRA-CRA and decided to do three different flavors.
So I will start with my 
CHOCOLATE FUDGE COOKIES
Here ya go...
1 box of Duncan Hines cake mix. For the chocolate I used the dark chocolate fudge....
You will need:
1 tsp. of baking powder
2 large eggs
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350 and spay a little Pam on your baking sheet. 
Now here is what I do ONLY because I want too...so you do what you want too...I don't like lumps in my cake mix so I take a potato masher and mash all the lumps out. This isn't necessary for people that don't have issues like I do! LOL!
Add your baking powder to the cake mix and mix well. Sometimes I sift my dry ingredients and sometimes I don't. TODAY I did! 

Whisk together the eggs, oil and vanilla by hand. 
Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and get ready for a work out! 
SERIOUSLY...you gotta stir vigorously until mixed up well.
Now this is opt. as you do not need to add anything else unless you want too but I had some white chocolate bars in the frig. So, I decided to grate a little bit up and sprinkle on top of my cookies before baking. Then I saved enough to sprinkle on the cookies after they baked! 


Yep, I could have just ate this out of the bowl!
Chocolate is chocolate, right?


Now I don't measure like I should so I just used a tablespoon and grabbed a big chunk of dough out of the bowl and rolled it into large balls and placed it on the baking sheet topped with grated white chocolate.

The secret is NOT to flatten the cookies out. They will form to the perfect size.

Bake for 10 minutes. DO NOT OVER BAKE!
Let them cool in the cookie pan for 3 minutes and then transfer to your wire rack.
Perfect size don't ya think?


Are they good? YES MAM!
Now I done the same thing with Strawberry Duncan Hines cake mix and Lemon Duncan Hines cake mix with a little different variation.
STRAWBERRY with Chocolate Chips!
I added 1 1/4 cups of chocolate chips to the batter.

Ooh...looking pretty huh?
Once I got the cookies on the baking sheet I added a few more chocolate chips on top. Love the strawberry color.
For the Lemon....
Isn't that pretty?
I took a little confectionery sugar and added just a tad of milk. Just enough to make a glaze. Poured the glaze over the cookies and then topped them with some red sugar crystals. **You can use any kind of sprinkles you have**
Look at that glaze just oozing off the side of those cookies......
After they had cooled completely it was time to bag and tie with Valentine ribbon.
My man, kids, grands and some friends was LOVED with cookies made with love....
They fit perfectly in this cute little snack plate with matching cup and tea for a dear friend's birthday....
Hope you've enjoyed the recipe and tutorial and let me know how you like them if you make them. EASY and GOOD.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy


19 comments:

  1. Yummy, one of those cookies sure would be good with my coffee this morning! Have a blessed day!

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    1. I wish I was there to share cookies and coffee this morning my friend.

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  2. Looks good Cindy.
    Connie Royals

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  3. Such a sweet friend, wife, mom and grandma are you!! These all look delicious. I bet they will be devoured!

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    1. Thanks Heather! I think I want to try Red velvet next!

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  4. Your cookies look good, Cindy. They are pretty how you've wrapped them and made them gift-worthy.

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    1. Thanks Beth. They did make a lovely gift and actually tasted very good too! LOL!

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  5. Your cookies look so yummy...my hubby would love the lemon ones, especially. I'll have to give that a try for him another time. :)

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    1. Dianna, my man loved them all but he said his favorite was the lemon. For me it was toss up between the lemon and strawberry!

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  6. Hi Cindy,

    These look absolutely delicious and mouthwatering. Your photos and blog are lovely. Happy Valentine's Day.

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    1. Thanks so much and Happy Valentine's Day to you!

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  7. How precious you are to make all those yummy cookies for those you love! They all look good....and normally I'd head straight for the chocolate....but I think I'd have to choose the lemon....yum!

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    1. I should have mailed you some lemon sister! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  8. oh, i'm pretty sure those chocolate cookies wouldn't last long here:) thanks for sharing the recipes, cindy! happy valentines day!

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  9. Those cookies look amazing! I think I will make them "just because". Thank you my friend for sharing.

    Hugs,

    Debbie

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    1. Since this post I've mad red velvet cookies and they were good too!

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  10. Your cookies are so beautiful and look delicious. I really enjoyed the milk and half eaten cookie, so cute.

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Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. Have a blessed day!
Hugs and blessings, Cindy