I stumbled on this recipe by accident, at 8 o'clock last night when I was searching for a bag of marshmallows in my pantry. We were having friends over for lunch today and I was thinking I'd make a current addiction--chocolate caramel rice krispy treats (I'll definitely be sharing that recipe with you soon) for an after lunch treat. I had all the ingredients, or so I thought, except a full bag of marshmallows. As I was digging, a box of dark chocolate cake mix caught my eye. It was laying on its side, proudly displaying a recipe for these cookies. They looked fast, simple, and best of all did not require a noisy mixer that might wake my sleeping children. I whipped some up and was pleased with the results. The best part is that my husband came home late from work last night and grinned ear to ear when he saw freshly baked cookies on the counter. Win-win. I like them even better today as I sit here with my afternoon cup of coffee.
Chunky Chocolate Cookies
*from the box of Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix!
- 1 stick of butter, melted
- 1 dark chocolate or chocolate fudge cake mix
- 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 c. chocolate chips
- 1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans (I had walnuts in the freezer so that's what I used)
In a large bowl stir together cake mix, melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla ,and eggs until smooth (I got a bonus arm-toning workout in this process). Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by tablespoon onto cookie sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees. Normally I am not a nut person when it comes to cookies, but I really liked the addition in this case and might even argue that you should add more than 1/2 cup. You peanut butter lovers could add Reese's Pieces instead of nuts (might be festive for Halloween), and M&M's would be a nice colorful option as well. Next time I'm going to stir in some toffee pieces because I think that would be absolutely magical. I got about 30 cookies out of this batch, so have lots of leftovers. My plan is to promptly make some individually-wrapped ice cream sandwiches to extend their life. Told you I loved dessert.