Melting Snowman Cookies

I handed in my last ever university paper today and damn, it felt good. But it also made me very nostalgic for the last four and a half years at Carleton. Tomorrow is my last shift at the office I've worked for since July 2011, so it will be strange to cut all my ties with the university and leave there tomorrow knowing I have nothing to take me back to campus. I have a feeling it may be a very thought-provoking drive back home for the holidays.

Over the weekend I decided I'd bake cookies and deliver them accordingly to previous workplaces, current workplaces and special friends. I've seen multiple variations of the recipe on Pinterest (bet you didn't see that one coming) and finally settled on the chocolate-mint cookie base.

I may be biased but I think they are super cute! Maybe it's hard to decipher what they are without seeing the title, but either way I am very glad I went through with making them!

The recipe was easy. It used a box of chocolate cake mix, plus flour, butter and peppermint extract. The snow was melted white chocolate and his hat was half of a mini Reese's peanut butter cup!

Recipe, adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl

1 box of devil's food cake mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

white chocolate (I used the white chocolate candy disks you can buy in bulk at Bulk Barn)
mini Reese's peanut butter cups
mini chocolate chips
orange sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350*c. In a mixer, combine cake mix, butter, eggs, flour and peppermint extract. Scoop onto ungreased cookie sheet (I use an ice cream scoop and it created the perfect size cookies) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let the cookies cool before decorating.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate and spoon onto cookies to look like a puddle of snow. Add the hat, eyes and nose accordingly. Lastly, enjoy!

The holidays are certainly upon us. I can't believe there are only six days until Christmas. My shopping has been done for a week or so now and my gifts are wrapped and in a bag by the door to load into my car tomorrow for the long trek home. I'm looking forward to the reactions on Christmas morning and spending time with those who are important to me.

Happy holidays from me to you and yours (and happy making!)

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