Last Thursday, both Bo and Anna were home from school sick. Anna was coughing and had a fever on Wednesday and Thursday, and Bo was coughing too. Clara trotted off to school all by herself like a big girl, while the sickies attempted to entertain themselves while I worked.
By mid-day, Bo and Anna were both a bit stir-crazy, so after lunch we decided to make some Christmas goodies to surprise Clara with as an after-school snack when she arrived home. However, since they were both sick, I didn’t really want them touching and sneezing on the ingredients, which they weren’t thrilled about – they like to be right in the middle of my baking creations. Bo and Anna sat at the bar and I gave them each spoons of cookie dough while I pulled these cookies together. The recipe they are based on was from Pinterest (where else?) and comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I also halved this crockpot hot chocolate recipe so it would fit in my small crockpot to accompany the cookies – it was VERY sweet hot chocolate!
As soon as Clara was in the car, Bo and Anna were both excitedly telling her about the special treat we had at home — and everyone enjoyed sampling the cookies and hot chocolate. After our snack, we wrote our letters to Santa — luckily, the trio has been pretty good this year so I think they’ll get several items off their lists.
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup sprinkles (or more -- original recipe called for a full cup, but that seemed like a lot)
- Preheat oven to 350. Line three cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, baking powder, eggs, oil, and vanilla by hand. Mix well until a soft dough forms. Fold in the sprinkles.
- Using a melon baller, drop balls of dough onto baking sheets. Bake for 9 minutes -- the cookies will not brown. Allow to cool on the sheet for a few minutes and transfer to a cooling rack. Makes approximately 25 cookies.