This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Betty Crocker™ and Hershey’s® . The opinions and text are all mine.

We are just a few days aways from the big day! We are busy wrapping and baking and trying not to lose our minds! To help me not stress out, I start to a do a lot of baking. Imagine walking into a home that smells like homemade bread, cookies or cinnamon rolls.

The scent just envelopes you and makes you feel like a child again. It’s good for the soul. Not only because the aromas and flavors can take you back to childhood, but also because it can help you find focus and joy. 

This is a big reason why I like to get the kids involved. Children love to bake. And they love to eat too! Baking cookies and holiday treats is a big tradition in our family. We make sure to set aside a weekend to bake with together as a family. Everyone is involved in the baking decisions and process. Even the youngest children can contribute. They certainly have a favorite cookie and their decorating skills are unmatched!

So what are we baking this year?

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Holiday Peppermint Swirl Cake

A red swirled peppermint cake topped with luscious chocolate and creamy topping. Candy cane Kisses™ and chocolate sprinkle the top for an easy-to make holiday dessert. Mmm!

To make, you will need:

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Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13×9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.

Make cake batter as directed on box using water, oil, whole eggs and peppermint extract. Reserve 1 cup batter. Stir red food color into reserved batter; set aside.

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Pour remaining batter into pan.  Drop red batter by 12 generous tablespoonful’s randomly onto batter in pan. For marbled design, pull knife through batter and filling in wide curves; turn pan and repeat. 

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Bake as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Carefully spread chocolate spread topping evenly over cake. Spread whipped topping over chocolate. 

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Garnish with candies and sprinkle with chocolate. Store covered in refrigerator.

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Holiday Peppermint Swirl Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon red food color
  • 1 jar, 13 oz Hershey's™ spreads chocolate
  • 1 container, 8 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 15 Hershey's™ Kisses™ candy cane flavored candies or Hugs™ chocolate candies, unwrapped
  • 1 1.55 oz Hershey's™ milk chocolate candy bar, coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
  2. Make cake batter as directed on box using water, oil, whole eggs and peppermint extract. Reserve 1 cup batter. Stir red food color into reserved batter; set aside. Pour remaining batter into pan.
  3. Drop red batter by 12 generous tablespoonful's randomly onto batter in pan. For marbled design, pull knife through batter and filling in wide curves; turn pan and repeat.
  4. Bake as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  5. Carefully spread chocolate spread topping evenly over cake. Spread whipped topping over chocolate.
  6. Garnish with candies and sprinkle with chocolate. Store covered in refrigerator.

The ease and love are baked right in when you use Betty Crocker™ and Hershey’s® for your holiday delights. Find four NEVER BEFORE SEEN/NEW recipes from Acme, Betty Crocker, and Hershey’s. When shopping at Acme for my Holiday Peppermint Swirl Cake ingredients, I also grabbed some other Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes to speed up our Christmas cookie baking.  There were tons to choose from both classics and new options. This year, I am trying something a little new. 

Candy Cane Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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To compliment the Holiday Peppermint Swirl cake, we decided to make Candy Cane Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies! You’ll need:

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Mix together ingredients for cookies according to the package and bake. 

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Enlist the help of your children to unwrap and place Candy cane Kisses™ on top of the cookies right out of the oven!

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Share with your family and friends! These are too good to keep to yourself.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Betty Crocker™ and Hershey’s® . The opinions and text are all mine.

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