A bonus cookie (Peppermint Oreos) and 5 Rules to Making Good Cookies

I make a lot of cookies around here. So here are a couple of rules I swear by to ensure that your cookies are as good as they can possibly be.

5 Essential Rules to Making Good Cookies:
1) Do not overbake. For those of you who have read my blog for a while you know this is a pet peeve of mine. I have a hard time leaving any cookie alone but if it’s overbaked I can easily leave it. It ruins everything about the cookie when it’s overbaked…the texture, the color, the taste…
2) Always use real butter. Some of you may argue with me on that but these are my rules so real butter it is. If it says to have your butter at room temperature, make sure it is. That makes a huge difference too when you have to cream the ingredients together.
3) Use parchment paper. I never make cookies without it. I’ve done tests, one batch with it and one without parchment paper and the ones with parchment paper always win. You can reuse it too most of the time.
4) Always use real pure vanilla…not imitation. I can tell the difference in taste so splurge a little and buy the good stuff.
5) Use large or x-large eggs. Most recipes don’t specify but in general when they call for eggs in the recipe they assume you are going to use large or x-large eggs.

Today’s my hubby’s birthday. So I thought why not one more cookie to celebrate. I did a guest post about these but haven’t posted them on this blog yet. So this is kind of the 13th cookie in the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.

Sure, fancy schmancy desserts have their place, but I tell you people don’t always love to commit to a huge slice of cake or dessert. These Homemade Peppermint Oreos are portable and easy to grab and eat. Trust me, they are always one of the first things gone when I take them to a party. You can’t go wrong with these – Oreos, peppermint, sprinkles…are you in love yet?

Homemade Peppermint Oreos

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes Devil's food cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • sprinkles or crushed candy cane for decorating
  • green or red food coloring (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the cake mix, eggs, and oil with a mixer. The batter will be very stiff. Pinch of pieces of batter and roll into 1 inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets and flatten slightly with fingertips. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove immediately from the cookie sheets with a spatula and cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a small glass bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter until completely blended. Gradually add in the powdered sugar and peppermint extract and mix until the icing is smooth. Color frosting green or red if desired. Spread half of the cookies with icing and top with remaining cookies.
  4. Roll in sprinkles, crushed candy canes, or just leave them plain.
  5. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or resealable plastic bags. Makes 2 dozen cookies.
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  1. Love this 13th cookie!!!! Looks sooo festive and yummy:)

  2. Happy Birthday to your hubby!! I wish I had someone who would make me homemade oreos :P

    The photos of the 12 cookies kind of looks like a calendar♥ If I had that on my wall, I’d probably spend the entire day gazing at it and drooling haha

    xoxo
    Ai

  3. Great tips and fabulous cookies!!! I love the simplicity of them and how pretty they came out! Happy Birthday to your husband :)

  4. I love the 12 days of Christmas cookies idea! I looked at all of your posts and think they’re awesome.

  5. Well these cookies look awesome, I can so see they would be a hit. Thanks for all the cookie recipes you have posted, can’t wait to start baking.

  6. Ahh these are beautiful! Will definitely be making these for a Christmas party this weekend!

  7. Your 12 days of cookies were AWESOME! The 13th cookie is too cute…love it!

  8. Great tips and loving this recipe! Will defiantly have to give it a go :)

  9. I am torn between day 9 and day 13… beautiful pics!

  10. those peppermint oreos look great! nice and easy for holiday baking, too

  11. Happy bday to your hubby! These look incredible!

  12. Thanks for the tips! I made cookies last night and used parchment paper for the first time and it worked out so well! The cookies were delicious and it was so easy to remove them from the pan.

  13. Thanks for the tips! All of your cookies look so good :)

  14. I think this is my favorite cookie so far! they sound soo gooooood :)

  15. I made these today, but have a few questions:
    Do they gave to be refrigerated?
    My icing came out runny & so my cookies don’t look very pretty. What did I do wrong?

  16. @Karisa,
    The only thing I can think of is that maybe your butter was too soft? You can always add more powdered sugar if your frosting is runny. I store mine in the refrigerator and then take them out a little bit before I serve them.
    Good Luck,
    Christy

  17. Thx, ill try that next time. They still tasted wonderful!

  18. I totally made this for my family christmas party on Christmas eve and they were a hit! So much easier then I expected. Haha note to self: Leave some home to save some for ourselves haha. So good, thanks for sharing.

  19. These were so fun to make!! They were a total hit! Thanks!