Every December, my family and I like to make and give treats to our neighbors for Christmas.  In the past, we have done everything from homemade gingerbread cookies hand dipped in white chocolate and marshmallow caramel popcorn to white chocolate chip and peppermint shortbread cookies.  This year, however, I now have three little chickies to look after and have thus, learned the importance of simplification.  So, I decided this time around I would make and give my all time favorite  Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake-Mix Cookies; which, not only taste phenomenal, but only require 5 ingredients and take less than 30 minutes to make.

Here's what you need:

*1 Devil's Food Cake-Mix-Any will do.  I just happened to have a Pillsbury one on hand this time.

*2 Eggs

*1/2 c. oil

*1/4 tsp. mint extract

*1 bag chocolate chips

Here's what you do:

1) Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

2) Mix together the cake-mix, eggs, oil and mint.

3) Add only half of your bag of chocolate chips.

4) Using a cookie scoop or something similar, place your cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes.

5) Allow cookies to completely cool on a cooling rack.

6) Enjoy

Now, when it comes to wrapping up these little goodies, I like to keep it simple with a a bit of a festive flare.  So, all I do is place the cookies in a brown or white paper lunch sack, fold over the top and punch a hole through it with a paper punch, then tie it shut with some yarn or string and attach a Christmas tag made out of some festive cardstock paper.

And there you have it.  A homespun, homemade gift for your neighbors that wont take an entire afternoon to make but is still overflowing with holiday cheer.

Loves and Hugs,

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