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Peppermint Melt-Away Cookies

Pam Spray
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
Large zip top bag
1 cup candy canes or Starlight mints (finely crushed) I use the canes
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 box Duncan Hines Classic white cake mix, divided
1 cup Nestle Premier White Toll House Morsels

Preheat oven to 350. coat baking sheet(s) with spray. Cut cream cheese and butter into small pieces, place in large bowl to soften. Crush candy canes (or mints) in zip top bag using meat mallet. Add to cream cheese and butter; egg, vanilla, and one half of the cake mix. Mix with electric mixer 1-2 minutes or until thoroughly blended. Stir in remaining half of cake mix, morsels and 1/2 cup candy until blended. Place remaining 1/2 cup crushed candy in shallow bowl. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and press tops of dough into crushed candy. Place on baking sheets, candy side up and 2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden and center is barely set. Let stand 3-4 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool.

Chris Hendrix