Pumpkin Spice Cookies

These Pumpkin Spice Cookies are so easy to make. They are a cake mix cookie recipe which makes them extra tasty!

Pumpkin Spice Cookies ...A Cake Mix Cookie Recipe
Hey there! I am Mandy from Mandy’s Recipe Box and I am happy to be here today sharing a delicious cake mix cookie recipe with you all. Congrats to Kristy on her new little boy! I miss those newborn days so much, so be sure to inhale that baby scent while you can, Kristy. And while she takes a much needed break from blogging to snuggle her baby, I have a great cookie for you.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies ...A Cake Mix Cookie Recipe
Pumkin cookies are everywhere. I love them just as much as the next person. I’ve made Oatmeal Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Pudding Cookies and the good ol’ Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. And now I bring you Pumpkin Spice Cookies which is a fabulous cake mix cookie recipe. I love using cake mix in things besides making a cake. Like my Strawberry Chip Cookies. Be sure not to overbake these or they will turn crunchy. I used pumpkin spice extract that I found at Walmart, but you can also use Pumpkin Pie Spice.
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Chocolate Swirled Coconut Cupcakes for the Birthday Boy!

Chocolate Swirled Coconut Cupcakes-9On Friday, little Miles turned one.  How a his first year went by so quickly baffles me.  To think this time last year I was snuggling a very sleepy, very tiny, new born baby boy makes my heart burst a little.  I loved that new born baby stage.  

But one year old Miles is pretty incredible too.  And so much fun.  We still can’t get enough his forever giving smiles.  

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At one year old, he loves blueberries, and chomps at the bit when he sees them.  

He loves music, and scoots and twists around the room when it’s playing.  

He likes to pick on his older brother….I thought it’d would be the other way around.

He bear-crawls everywhere and is so dang speedy.  He shows no real interest in walking.

Or cupcakes either.  He never did eat the thing.  But sure looked cute looking at it.  Maybe just Owen 

chocolate swirled cupcakesI adapted the cupcake base from Your Cup of Cake (because Lizzy’s cupcakes are always amazing!).  I used a yellow cake mix with coconut oil to give them the perfect touch of coconut flavor!  It made them really soft and tender too.  Then I melted some chocolate chips and swirled into the cupcake batter as well.  Kind of fun! 

Chocolate Swirled Coconut Cupcakes-14A big old swirl of Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting with a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips just seemed like the right thing to pile on top of these babies.  And even though Miles wanted nothing to do with them, we celebrated my brother-in-law’s birthday last weekend as well, and they disappeared.  Thankfully.

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Key Lime & Coconut Cream Pushpops & a Duncan Hines Sweet Treat Giveaway!


My site got a little makeover over the weekend ! Do you like?  I’m loving the fresh, clean look! I’ve still got some tidying up to do but once that’s all done I’ll go over some of the new features with you:) But for today I’ve got a fun recipe and a fun little giveaway for you….

My friends at Duncan Hines sent me some samples of their new Spring Frosting Flavor Creations Mix-ins–Key Lime Pie, Peaches and Creme, Fruit Punch, and Pink Lemonade.  Have you tried any of their mix-ins before? They have some pretty fun flavors and make it super easy to take a normal cake (or cupcakes) and add some fun flavor to them.  Can’t you just see kids going crazy for Fruit Punch and Pink Lemonade flavored frosting piled high on a cupcake? Every kids’ favorite drink flavors in a cupcake!

I tried all four of the new spring flavors and my favorite was definitely the Key Lime Pie.


I used it to whip up these fun Key Lime & Coconut Cream Pushpops that are just perfect for spring.  They have that taste of warmer weather we’re all ready for right now.  They kind of whisk away to the tropics with each bite:)

Wilton provided me with a Whoopie Pie Pan and the pushpop set that made these super easy to make! I used a Classic Yellow Cake Mix to make the cake layers, and in between the cake is layers of sweet coconut cream cheese filling, topped with the Key Lime Pie frosting and little bit of toasted coconut.


These spring flavors are available for a limited time only so scoot on off to the store to find some! And stay tuned for some more fun {and I mean really fun} with Duncan Hines!

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Now for the giveaway!!  Duncan Hines & Wilton want to give one reader everything they need to try the new spring Frosting Creations Flavor Mix-ins and whip up some fun treats with them! This Sweet Treats Giveaway includes:


–       4 Duncan Hines cake mixes

–       4 Duncan Hines frosting creation starters

–       4 Duncan Hines frosting creations limited edition flavors: Pink Lemonade, Key Lime, Peaches and Crème, and Fruit Punch

–       Wilton 6 ct Treat Pop containers

–       Wilton Mini Whoopie Pie Pan

–       Wilton Pearlized Jimmies

–       “The Pastry Chef’s Companion” by Glenn Rinsky

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Disclosure: Duncan Hines provided product and compensation for this post, however all opinions and photos are my own. 

Chocolate Irish Cream Bundt Cake

If you’re like me, still stuck in the freezing cold weather and looking for warm comfort food (or, you just love soup) then you’ll probably love this Slow Cooker Chicken & Orzo Pesto Soup I’m sharing over at I Heart Nap Time this week…check it out!
Or, if you are like me and chocolate is the end-all, be-all comfort food, then you should probably make this Chocolate Irish Cream Cake.  I made it with St. Patrick’s Day in mind, but it’s so good I’d eat it anytime.   The chocolate cake is infused with  Irish Cream Coffee Creamer and then drenched in an Irish Cream Glaze, over and over until the cake is just soaked with it.

Seriously, people.  It’s amazing.  I don’t drink coffee so had never tried Irish Cream Coffee Creamer.  I can see how it’s probably a really good addition to a warm drink, but I think I’ll stick to putting it in my desserts. And all over the top of them…

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