To say that I’m unrealistically busy on any given day is an understatement, but never more so than at this time of year, as evidenced by the fact that as I read what I just wrote, I clearly started mid-conversation. That is what happens when you are busy and trying to multitask. You write, talk, think in mid-sentence as you move from one mandatory task to the next.
But here I am for the moment with you. Ah. This is nice. I’m just gonna sit here for a second and enjoy the stillness of a white page and possibility.
Okay, I’m good.
Listen peeps, we've got no time for sitting and contemplating this time of year. Know why? One word: cookies. That’s right, it’s not gifts, it’s not fun with friends, it’s not hustle or bustle, it is about killing it at the holiday party with your fabulous cookies and making beautiful stinkin’ memories with your babies while you’re making those cookies.
Now, I know what you are thinking: “But Melanie, we, like you, are so very busy. I ate some loose-floor popcorn for dinner while conducting a conference call as I scrubbed my kids with damp paper towels and convinced them that was legit their bath. How on earth will I find time to kill it with the cookies and make memories to last a lifetime?”
Because, friends, I got you. I have the mother of all cookie recipes. I’ve seen grown adult professional people eat these cookies and weep, come to fisticuffs even, over who would get the last one. (Okay, well not so much. Had this happened in the Midwest, where I’m from, that likely would have happened. But here in New England, everyone just politely eyeballed the last cookie ‘til their eyes watered a little. But I could tell they wanted to fight.)
Moreover, these are crazy easy (they literally take 15 to 20 minutes start to finish) and cheap (like under $5 total) to make, which is how you will actually be able to find time to make these cookies with your kids. And it won’t make you crazy because there are only four ingredients, one of which is cake mix. Add a little holiday tunes to the mix and bingo, bango, bongo: MEMORIES! And cookies. Which they will love. You’re welcome.
I wish I could take credit for this recipe, I can’t. I wish I could even say I found it on my own, I did not.
A friend of mine found it on a blog and passed the secret on to me. Now, as I pick floor popcorn out of my teeth, I shall share it with you. Please use these newfound powers only for good (unless it’s to show up someone else who is sort of unpleasant and gloaty and always rubs their darn cookie recipes in your face. In that case, use these to Take. Them. Down.)
Without further ado, I give you the Andes Mint Cookies Recipe (with all the proper attribution of where it came from). Happy holidays, friends!
1 (15.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix
½ cup vegetable oil
1 package Andes mints
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, oil and eggs. Roll the mixture into balls and place on a baking sheet.
Bake for 6-9 minutes.
Take baking sheet out of oven and while cookies are still very hot, place an Andes mint on top of each cookie.
In about 5 minutes, the mint will be melted. Take a spoon and smooth out each mint like frosting.