These little cookies are some of my favorites! With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I was trying to think of a yummy “green” treat. Green isn’t exactly a color that I think of when it comes to dessert, but then I started thinking about mint . . . chocolate and mint are a match made in heaven, so I whipped up these little cookies. They start with a basic cake mix cookie, are covered with fluffy peppermint icing, and topped with a rich chocolate ganache (that is a fancy word for melted chocolate chips!). Don’t like mint? No problem! Just substitute vanilla extract for the peppermint extract . . . they still taste amazing!
1 Devil's Food Cake Mix (I like the ones with pudding in the mix the best)
1/2 cup oil
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 Tablespoons milk
2 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
Green food coloring (optional- I added about 8 drops to get the colors of green that I had)
2 1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 c. butter
Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs together (do not follow the directions on the back of the cake mix- disregard them completely). Drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-9 minutes (don't cook any longer than that! You don't want them to be overdone!). Let cookies cool completely.
Mix together all the ingredients (add more or less powdered sugar until you get the consistency you like). Spread on top of each cooled cookie.
Melt chocolate chips and butter together in a double boiler OR in a microwave (I usually microwave for 30-second intervals, then stir and repeat until the chips are fully melted). Spread melted chocolate on each cookie- I have found that it works best to use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate around.
*These little cookies are super rich! I think that if you didn't want them to be so rich, use a milk chocolate cake mix and milk chocolate chips.