Weekend Cooking – Cookie Swap

I heard that Dawn of She Is Too Fond of Books is hosting a cookie swap so, at the last minute, I decided to join in the fun.  The thing is, I didn’t have on hand a few ingredients for my family’s favorite cookie.  So I’m sharing my secret go-to cookie:

Ghirardelli Chocolate “Milk Chocolate Shortbread Cookies”.  Each fall I pick up a box (three mixes inside) at Costco.  It’s the easiest cookie out there and I dare say one of the tastiest.  For one mix all you need is ¾ cup butter.

I don’t care for that after taste that can be found in many commercial mixes but I don’t taste it at all in this cookie.  So, from the back of the box:


¾ Cup (1½ sticks) Butter, Melted

1 Pouch Cookie Mix (enclosed)

1 Pouch Milk Chocolate Drops (enclosed)


Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Place melted butter and cookie mix in medium bowl.  Stir until dough forms..

Scoop dough by rounded tablespoons and shape into 1-inch balls.  Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 12-14 minutes or until light golden brown around bottom edges (top will be pale).

Remove from oven and immediately place a chocolate drop on each cookie, pressing halfway into cookie.  (For best results, press chocolate drops into freshly baked, hot cookies.) Transfer cookies from pan to wire rack.  Each batch makes 24 cookies.

* Variations for the recipe are included on the box (Quick & Easy Chocolate Shortbread Dessert Bars, Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies, Chocolate Pecan Dipped Cookies).

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Next week’s Weekend Cooking post will be my family’s favorite cookie.


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36 thoughts on “Weekend Cooking – Cookie Swap

    • I haven’t made any of the variations – the family likes the cookies so that’s what I’ve stuck with. Let me know if you find these at BJ’s. We don’t have one in my area.


  1. Costco rules in our house 🙂
    I do go there less these days now that my daughter is at college, but she’ll be home next week, so I’ll be making a Costco run early this week.

    These look delicious, and perfect for my choc-a-holic husband 🙂


  2. Until yesterday I would have turned my nose up at packaged cookie mixes (yes, I am a cookie snob) but I was making some cookies for The Big Guy’s club and went to make another batch only to find out I didn’t have enough of one ingredient. When I went to the grocery store, I picked up a box of Krusteaz peanut butter cookie mix because time was a crunch and I just needed to get it done. Never having used one of these before, I was amazed at how easy it was AND tasty. I will never make “real homemade” peanut butter cookies again. They tasted fantastic. Now I’ll be looking for the Ghiradelli mix. Thanks, Mary for highlighting this. Enjoy your week!


    • Haha, me too until I tasted these! Now I’m going to have to try the Krusteaz. I’ll bet they’re good because I’ve used their pancake mix for a while and like it. We love pb cookies at my house!


  3. Ooooo! YUM! I wonder if the mixes are at the regular grocery? I have been looking for something to bake for work and for the mailman and milk person.


  4. those cookies look divine! i wish i’d known about them before my sister and i started baking this weekend. we slaved away making dozens of doughs.

    i’ve purchased the brownie mixes at costco but haven’t seen these cookie kits. yum!


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