06 February 2014

It's time once again for Fill the Cookie Jar.  I skipped last month because I just couldn't get into "cookie mode" right after the holidays.  I was kind of over all the sweet stuff.  But I'm back into it now and ready to share a fun Valentine's Day cookie with you.

These are some awesome cookies I made on Valentine's Day last year with my daughters.  I found the recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction.  They are cake mix cookies, which are perfect for when you have little ones helping in the kitchen.  They are very easy to put together.  The pink strawberry cake mix is perfect for Valentine's Day and to make them even more indulgent, I used dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet.

Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chips

1 box (18.25 oz) strawberry cake mix
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
⅓ cup canola oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
1¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. 

Place the cake mix in a large bowl and stir in the baking powder. Set aside. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Stir well; dough will be thick.  Just try to make sure all of the dry powder gets moistened.  Stir in the dark chocolate chips.

Drop rounded balls of dough, about 2 tbsp each, onto a stoneware baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Be careful not to overbake these.  Take them out before they start to brown. Let them rest on the baking sheet for a few minutes to firm up.  Then transfer to parchment paper to continue cooling.  

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

These are so yummy!  This was my first time making cake mix cookies, so I wasn't sure what to expect.  I liked them a lot.  They are soft and chewy, which is how I like my cookies.  If you are a thin and crispy cookie lover, these may not be for you.  But the texture was just perfect for me and I loved how easy they were to make.  The thing I hate most about making cookies is all the measuring cups that you have to dirty up and the plethora of ingredients you have to pull out of your pantry.  But these simplify the process.

Like I said above, I made these with my daughters (then almost 5 and 2½).  We had just completed a big move from Michigan to Wisconsin and my husband had gotten really sick, so I had been a rough couple of weeks, to say the least.  I decided the girls needed a special day, so I made Valentine's Day really fun.

My little kitchen helpers.

 Lena cracking the eggs.

 Eva stirring.

 Time to taste test!

We couldn't resist trying some warm from the oven, so they ended being a little messy for a two-year-old!  But that was okay.  It was totally worth it.

I loved making these cookies with my two precious Valentines.  We may have to make them again this year!

Check out all the other great Valentine's Day cookies below and come back next month to see what kind of cookie I come up with for St. Patrick's Day.

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  1. Aw, what great li'l helpers you have! Your cookies look so good, and the girls looked like they were enjoying them too! I like the addition of the dark chocolate chips- I'm a fan of dark chocolate!

  2. It's so great to have helpers in the kitchen. They did an amazing job with the cookies. So perfect for Valentine's Day.

  3. Your cookies look perfect for a Valentine's treat! By the look on your helpers face, I can tell that they were a hit!

  4. I love your little helpers and we know that strawberries and chocolate are very romantic.

  5. Your helpers are so cute... You know I have never made cookies with cake mix. I just might have to do .. maybe for next month's Fill the cookie Jar.

  6. I love the addition of the chocolate chips. It's like a chocolate covered strawberry transformed into a cookie!

  7. YUM! I could eat ridiculous amounts of this.