Paleo Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie

Being paleo is hard. I mean, for the most part, I enjoy it and it comes easy but sometimes you want something sweet and you don’t want it to be an apple.

You know?

You want a paleo cookie because paleo cookies are delicious, but you don’t want to make an entire batch because hello! You can’t control yourself around an entire batch of paleo cookies.

Not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything. I am the picture of willpower. I am never tempted by an entire batch of cookies or a whole pan of paleo cornbread or box of Larabars. Nope, never.

Ahem.

But anyway, I have the perfect solution for when you need a sweet treat! A Paleo Mug Cake!

I, on more than one occasion, have complained and complained about how much I hate all those mug cakes and brownies and such because they always turn out spongy and dense and just not good.
But the cookie works! These totally have a cookie texture after microwaving and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I am so into the texture of paleo baked goods that are made with almond meal. Plus a tiny bit of coconut flavor comes through which is always a good thing, and you can’t go wrong with dark chocolate! I can’t even tell you how many times I have made this recipe over the past few months. It really came in handy during our stressful move.

This is also super simple to make since it is made in the microwave. Plus, I always mix all the ingredients up in the mug so there’s really not much clean up either!

This recipe does make two servings (I know, I am so sorry!) but that just means you can share it with your BFF! Or save half of it for an hour later if you’re having one of those days. 

Paleo Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie

I’m the Paleo Fanatic over at Food Fanatic! This Paleo Mug Cake recipe is one of many I’m sharing over there so make sure you check back!

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It’s not often I blog about chocolate cookies. Especially chocolate cookies with more chocolate inside.

I like chocolate, I really do. But for some reason, I’d choose a shortbread cookie or a sugar cookie or even a chocolate chip cookie over a full-out chocolate cookie.

This cookie though? It’s more like a brownie.

Like, you know the crackly top of a brownie that’s pretty much the best thing ever? These are like that all the way around and with the soft brownie part inside.

I realize that made absolutely no sense but trust me, it’s like a brownie!

I’m kind of obsessed with them.

They’re gluten-free so they are the perfect treat for someone following a gluten-free diet. They’re also really simple and really delicious so you should probably make some soon even if you aren’t gluten-free.

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Watermelon Cake Mix Cookies - the cutest cookies for summer!

It’s Cinco de Mayo and I’m posting cookies.

I failed you.

I’m sorry.

But you better believe that I will be buying a Mango-Rita on the way home from soccer and I will be drinking it while watching Blacklist because omg, I need to know what Reddington and Tom are really up to.

Are you watching that? Because you should be.

Even my husband is into it. And he doesn’t like any show I like.

About the cookies! Aren’t they adorable?! If you can find that watermelon cake mix that I have never seen but I know exists, you should definitely use that for this. I used strawberry cake mix but I also spotted a pink velvet cake mix that would work if you aren’t a fan of strawberry.

My kids have been obsessed with watermelon for the last few weeks so they were pretty impressed. And then the neighbor kid spotted them and shouted “OMG YOUR MOM IS THE BEST COOK EVER!”

So yeah. Make them.

 

Watermelon Cake Mix Sandwich Cookies
Cookies from Taste and Tell, Frosting from Tasty Kitchen
Servings: 12 sandwich cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 box strawberry cake mix or other pink mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
For the frosting:
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • green sprinkles
Instructions
To make the cookies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat together strawberry cake mix, eggs, and oil until no lumps remain. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
  3. Drop by tablespoonsfuls onto the baking sheets. Bake 8 - 10 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through. Cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting:
  1. Whisk flour into the milk in a small saucepan over low heat. Continue whisking as it thickens to about the thickness of brownie batter. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool completely before proceeding.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add cooled flour mixture and beat until everything is combined and it looks almost like whipped cream. If it separates, you just haven't beaten it enough - keep going!
To assemble:
  1. Use an offset spatula to spread the frosting on a cookie and top with another cookie. Roll the cookie in sprinkles to cover the frosting.

Things you may need for this recipe:

 

Want more cake mix cookie recipes?

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Cake Mix Fudge Cookies

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Do you guys leave anything for the Easter Bunny?

I don’t remember leaving anything as a kid (maybe I did?) but my husband insists that he likes carrots and my oldest insists that he also likes hard-boiled eggs.

I’m hoping that maybe he’ll leave me a basket this year if I switch things up and leave these Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies for him instead of boring carrots and eggs.

If you are a carrot cake fan, you will love these whoopie pies. It’s basically just a rearranged carrot cake cupcake! They’re really good and for some reason, even though I know that it’s technically two tiny cakes stuffed with cream cheese frosting, I still feel like it’s just an innocent cookie and I don’t feel guilty eating more than one.

Two years ago: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Three years ago: Funfetti Blondies
Four years ago: Pugliese

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies
from Cooking Light
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded carrot
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar divided
  • 1/4 cup butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt plus a pinch, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine shredded carrots and 3 tablespoons brown sugar in a bowl; toss to coat. Place carrot mixture in a fine mesh sieve; let stand for 10 minutes. Discard liquid.
  3. Microwave 2 tablespoons butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl until melted, about 45 seconds. Add oil, orange zest, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and egg. Whisk until well combined.
  4. In a separate large bowl, combined flour, remaining brown sugar (about 1/2 cup), cinnamon, salt, and baking soda; whisk together. Add carrot mixture and butter mixture; stir until everything is incorporated.
  5. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. You should get 28 cookies. Gently pat dough down to form 2-inch circles.
  6. Bake for 11 - 13 minutes or until cookies are set. Let cool completely on wire rack.
  7. Combine cream cheese, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, remaining 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and milk; beat at a very low speed until combined.
  8. Spread about 1 tablespoon on flat side of 1 cookie, top with another cookie, flat side down. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.
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Dirt and Worms Chex Mix – chocolate Chex cereal coated with chocolate pudding mix and tossed with chopped Oreo cookies and gummy worms. So easy and so cute!

Dirt and Worms Chex Mix - chocolate Chex cereal coated with chocolate pudding mix and tossed with chopped Oreo cookies and gummy worms. So easy and so cute!

How was your weekend?

We had the best of both worlds. On Saturday we were eating watermelon in the backyard while wearing shorts and then Sunday we watched snow fall all day long!

Gotta love Colorado!

I’m assuming most of your had nice Spring weather so I wanted to share this Spring treat! I think it’s my favorite thing I’ve made in months.

Dirt and Worms Chex Mix - chocolate Chex cereal coated with chocolate pudding mix and tossed with chopped Oreo cookies and gummy worms. So easy and so cute!

How to Make Dirt and Worms Chex Mix

This Dirt and Worms Chex mix is so simple! It’s the perfect recipe for when the kids are begging to help in the kitchen.

It starts with Chocolate Chex cereal and that gets coated with a butter and chocolate pudding mix mixture. It gets baked (just 15 minutes!) so the pudding really coats the cereal and then it’s all tossed with chopped Oreo cookies and gummy worms.

I know it looks like it’s for the kids but I won’t lie, it hit all my weird cravings on Saturday night – sweet and crunchy, chocolate, sour, chewy. I mean, everything I could ever want all in one cute little bucket!

And my kids went nuts for it, of course! They’re boys so they like anything gross and eating bugs and dirt was pretty exciting for them.

It would be supe cute at a kids birthday party served in mini buckets with tiny shovels.

Dirt and Worms Chex Mix - chocolate Chex cereal coated with chocolate pudding mix and tossed with chopped Oreo cookies and gummy worms. So easy and so cute!

More Snack Mix Recipes

Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix – Chex cereal, crackers, and pretzels are coated in a delicious parmesan and ranch seasoning. This is great for parties!

S’mores Chex Mix – Chex and Golden Grahams cereals coated in chocolate and tossed with powdered sugar and mini marhsmallows.

Ranch Goldfish Snack Mix – 3 kinds of Goldfish crackers and pecans in a buttery, savory ranch mixture and baked until delicious. This is another one that looks like kid food but it’s always a hit with adults!

Dirt and Worms Chex Mix
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Servings: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Chocolate Chex
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate pudding and filling mix
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped Oreos
  • 2 cups gummy worms
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with oil.
  2. Place cereal in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter on very low heat (or in the microwave). Remove from heat and stir in pudding mix until pudding has dissolved. Pour over cereal and toss gently, making sure each piece of cereal is coated. Pour onto prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. Stir in Oreos and gummy worms. Spread mixture onto wax paper to cool completely before serving.

Dirt and Worms Chex Mix - chocolate Chex cereal coated with chocolate pudding mix and tossed with chopped Oreo cookies and gummy worms. So easy and so cute!

 

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