Frugal Foodie Mama: French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies

Monday, December 9, 2013

French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies

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If you have been following my Instagram, you are probably well aware by now of my newest obsession with Hershey's Peppermint Bark Bells.  One of the perks of being a food blogger is getting to try delicious new candies for free (and sometimes getting paid to do that as well).  

The Instagram posts I got paid for.  
This recipe post?  
I am not getting paid for.  

Yep.  I do really love these Hershey's Peppermint Bark Bells.  ;)

One of my fave things to do with them is to drop one of the Bells into a cup of hot chocolate or a mug of coffee- voila! Instant peppermint mocha or peppermint hot cocoa! 

My next favorite thing to do with them?  Baking these super easy French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies.
You all are probably familiar with the Andes chocolates version of these cookies made with devil's food cake mix (my favorite to use is this one from Six Sisters' Stuff).
This is a tasty play on that classic recipe.

Pssssttt... my husband actually said that he likes my French Vanilla/Peppermint Bark Bells version better! ;)

I only used half a box of French Vanilla cake mix to make these.  I have another recipe for you all later this week for the other half of that mix.  But if you need these cookies for a larger group, you could easily double all the ingredients listed and make 2 dozen cookies instead of just the one.  
Personally, I only wanted a dozen in my house!  
Because... A.  They are addictive. & B. I didn't need to be eating 24 of those, lol! ;)
French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Ingredients (1 dozen cookies)
  • 1 3/4 cups French Vanilla cake mix (about half the box of mix)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 12 Hershey Peppermint Bark Bells
  • Christmas colored sprinkles (optional)
Instructions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together the cake mix, canola oil, and egg.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes.
While the cookies are baking, unwrap your Hershey's Peppermint Bark Bells.

Remove from the oven, and immediately top each cookie with a Peppermint Bark Bell. Pop back into the oven for 45 seconds to 1 minute.

Take back out of the oven and immediately spread the melted Bells over top of each cookie like a frosting.
Sprinkle with additional Christmas sprinkles, if desired.

Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely and the chocolate to harden.
Enjoy!

** Note- you can make this entire box of cake mix and thus 2 dozen cookies- just simply double all the ingredients above.
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These cookies are so simple to make, but they definitely have that holiday wow factor.  You WILL have people asking you all for the recipe for these.

And I can guarantee you if you leave a few of these for Santa Christmas Eve night, he just may leave you all a little something extra under the tree or in your stocking... ;)

Have you tried the new Hershey's Peppermint Bark Bells yet?  What is your favorite thing to do with them? 

If you love this recipe, you might also like my other 2 recipes from 1 box of cake mix recipes...

**Both of these recipes are made from just one box of Spice cake mix! :)