Easy Chocolate Cookie Recipe & January In Review

January is finally over! I was not a fan of January, to be honest. It felt kind of like that in between, purgatory part of the year. After being sick for most of it, I feel like I didn’t get off to a very good start. However, I’m starting February off with this easy peasy chocolate cookie recipe and getting my groove back!

I love that this month is starting off on a Monday! It’s like two fresh starts all in one! Today, I’m looking back at January, sharing my February goals, and (the showstopper) an easy chocolate cookie recipe that can be dressed up for almost any occasion. 

A pile of chocolate cookies drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkled with red and pink sprinkles sit behind the words 'Month In Review and Easy Chocolate Cookie Recipe'
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A Look Back At January

Honestly, there isn’t much to share about January!

I started the month dedicated to the Ultimate Reset, a program I’ve done the last couple of years. It didn’t go as planned. For the first time, my body didn’t start feeling better after the initial sugar and caffeine detox. I actually started feeling so much worse. But. I continued to lose energy and the ability to focus. When I started sleeping 15+ hours a day, I knew I had to change some things. 

I tweaked my nutrition for a few weeks, and I’m feeling so much better. I have much more energy! Every time I do the Ultimate Reset, it’s a learning experience and this was no exception. I learned how much my energy drops if I have a lot of fruit at breakfast and more about which carbs give me sustainable energy during the day.

On a lighter note, I grabbed some new shoes last month that I’m obsessed with! I was surprised by the Sketchers sandals. They are so comfortable and honestly, I want them in every single color. I keep raving about them on my Instagram stories. I’m equally excited about my sparkly Docs, to be honest. I grabbed these new for only $44. A legit steal, yea?

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February Goals

I’m excited to complete 21 Day Fix this month as I start working out more consistently. I truly love how I feel when I work out & intentionally move my body 6-7 days a week. I sleep better, my body is less achy overall, and after a few weeks, I have more energy. 

But, my main focus this month is on work.

Due to being sick so much of January, I haven’t gotten any real work done this year. I need to step up my game! I’ve created a daily focus and a block schedule that will help me accomplish more work. 

I also want to get into the kitchen more and share some fun recipes with you guys. I miss cooking! Which brings me to this . . . 

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Ridiculously Easy Chocolate Cookie Recipe

I’ve seen some variation of this recipe on Pinterest for years, but a friend of a friend recently made a lemon version and they were so yummy. When she gave me the recipe, I decided to try them with chocolate because that’s what I had on hand. You could easily switch it for strawberry because Valentine’s Day!

Aside from the cake mix, this is filled with ingredients that most of us have in our pantries. The typical recipe calls for canola or vegetable oil, but I made it with coconut oil. It was all I had on hand. They still turned out pretty tasty.

I split the batch up. I made half the original way. One quarter I mixed with chocolate chips and the other quarter I made with peppermint chips. I know it isn’t Christmas anymore, but I had peppermint chips left over from holiday baking and it’s my favorite.

I drizzled some of these chocolate cookies with melted white chocolate and pretty sprinkles, but they taste yummy plain, too.

This easy chocolate cookie recipe will quickly become a staple. These cookies are perfect to send to work with Cody for a midweek pick-me-up for him and his coworkers. I imagine in a post-COVID world, these would be great for those last-minute potlucks and group dinners that sometimes spring up.

I can’t wait to try them in lemon, strawberry, and maybe even funfetti. 

Easy Chocolate Cake Cookies

Whip up these cookies any day with pantry staples.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Dessert, Easy Recipe, One Bowl
Servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 package Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ cup Oil (vegetable, olive, coconut, ect)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips Optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease cookie sheet. You can also opt to use a silicone baking mat.
  • Mix all the ingredients together until fully combined, without clumps. If adding chocolate chips, fold them in.
  • Roll cookies into matching balls, about 2 tablespoons in size. You can also use a cookie scoop or mini ice cream scoop.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are fully set and start to brown.
  • Cool for a few minutes and transfer them from the cookie sheet to another plate.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

I rolled my dough balls and then refrigerated them for 5-10 minutes. This resulted in fluffier, rounder cookies. If you don’t refrigerate the dough, the cookies will spread and be thinner. Both ways taste great! 
A chocolate cookie is broken in half. The cookie is drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkled with red and pink sprinkles sit behind the words 'Month In Review and Easy Chocolate Cookie Recipe'

Three Q’s For You

Have you made this type of cookie before?

What is your favorite type of cookie?

One great thing that happened in January?

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