Frugal Foodie Mama: French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies

Monday, December 9, 2013

French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies

These festive 5 ingredient French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies would be the perfect addition to Santa's cookie plate... 
These festive 5 ingredient French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies would be the perfect addition to Santa's cookie plate!

Post updated 12/14/17- These festive French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies deserved some updated photos. I did leave one of the originals down below just so you all can see for yourself why this recipe so desperately needed a little face lift. ;)

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.  ;)
These festive 5 ingredient French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies would be the perfect addition to Santa's cookie plate!

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! ;)

These festive 5 ingredient French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies would be the perfect addition to Santa's cookie plate!

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... ;)

These festive 5 ingredient French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies would be the perfect addition to Santa's cookie plate!
Original photo from my 2013 post

These festive 5 ingredient French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies would be the perfect addition to Santa's cookie plate!

French Vanilla Peppermint Bark Cookies
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
Ingredients (15-18 cookies)
  • 1 box of French Vanilla cake mix (can use white cake mix if you can't find french vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Christmas colored sprinkles
  • 15-18 Hershey Peppermint Bark Bells
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.

Spread the sprinkles out onto a small plate. Roll the dough into balls by rounded tablespoonfuls & then roll into the sprinkles. Place each cookie dough ball onto the prepared baking sheet & flatten each one slightly with the palm of your hand. Bake for 8-10 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 speed up the chocolate hardening process by popping the cookies into the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

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