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A great chocolate Christmas cookie! For added festivity you can roll them in sprinkles before baking.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
8 mins
total:
38 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

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  • In a medium bowl, beat together the shortening, egg and peppermint extract until smooth and creamy. Stir in the cake mix. Roll teaspoonfuls of dough into balls and place them 1 inch apart onto prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 8 -10 minutes in the preheated oven. Watch very closely. when they start to crack they are done.

Nutrition Facts

135 calories; protein 2g; carbohydrates 15.1g; fat 7.5g; cholesterol 12mg; sodium 161.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2008
Ok so a few changes were necessary but nothing too drastic. The basics were there. #1. Ignore the directions on the box & follow the recipe #2. Try 3/4 tsp of mint extract #3. Use 1/2 cup of milk after you whip the shortening and egg together #4. Stir until you get a sticky batter #5. If using a Silpat it will take 12-15 minutes depending on how many you are baking at one time. #6. Try putting a peppermint hershey's kiss in the middle of the cookie after it's cooled for appx. 1 min. Not too much longer though or you won't be able to press the kiss in. #7. One batch makes around 34-37(ish) cookies. Very easy and very quick to make. They were a HUGE hit a the cookie party! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2006
The name is unfortunately really misleading. I was looking for "balls" to make for my daughter's first birthday - I was going to build a pyramid. But these are in fact flat cookies. Delicious flat cookies but still not balls. Oh and I had to add milk because there was not enough moisture to form balls. Read More
(6)
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2008
Ok so a few changes were necessary but nothing too drastic. The basics were there. #1. Ignore the directions on the box & follow the recipe #2. Try 3/4 tsp of mint extract #3. Use 1/2 cup of milk after you whip the shortening and egg together #4. Stir until you get a sticky batter #5. If using a Silpat it will take 12-15 minutes depending on how many you are baking at one time. #6. Try putting a peppermint hershey's kiss in the middle of the cookie after it's cooled for appx. 1 min. Not too much longer though or you won't be able to press the kiss in. #7. One batch makes around 34-37(ish) cookies. Very easy and very quick to make. They were a HUGE hit a the cookie party! Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2002
Very easy and very good. Makes more than 24 cookies though! I put a little mint M&M in the middle right after I took them out of the oven and it made them look even more festive. Easiest and best Crismas cookie that I have ever made! Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2006
The name is unfortunately really misleading. I was looking for "balls" to make for my daughter's first birthday - I was going to build a pyramid. But these are in fact flat cookies. Delicious flat cookies but still not balls. Oh and I had to add milk because there was not enough moisture to form balls. Read More
(6)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2009
The dough will be dry. It will be necessary to work your shortening and egg yolk through it by hand. If you are in a hurry this probably isn't the best recipe for you to work with. I found they do come out as "balls" but it's time consuming. Also one swipe back and forth with PAM and wipe it all around your cookie sheet with a paper towel.. allow balls to cool for 15 minutes BEFORE removing from cookie sheet. Balls will crack when they are done in the oven. Allow balls to cool completely another 20 mns or so BEFORE rolling in confectioners sugar. I also upped the peppermint extract to 3/4 teaspoon. These are my husband's favorites. They turned out great! Read More
(3)
Rating: 1 stars
08/29/2002
The cookie dough was so dry I had to squeeze the crumbs into the balls and they tasted rather dry as well. I think there is something missing from this recipe! Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2009
Very very good I made mine with almond extract though because i didn't have peppermint. I will definately make this again!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2012
I followed the recipe exactly as it was written. I was way to dry to shape into balls so I took other reviewers advice and added a half cup of milk. The balls spread into more of a cookie shape but the taste was wonderful. The second time I made them I added half a cup of crushed candy cane along with the milk. Added nice color. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2016
Delicious tasted perfect no complaints they got devoured Read More
Rating: 1 stars
04/25/2008
Something has to be missing the cookies turned out VERY dry and just crumbled. Is the cake recipe suppose to be dry as directed? Or is is suppose to be prepared as directed on the box 1st? I followed the directions and was just very disappointed Read More