Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes plus cooling
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 12 servings
â€¢1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
â€¢1/2 cup canola oil
â€¢1 teaspoon vanilla extract
â€¢2/3 cup sugar
â€¢2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
â€¢1/8 teaspoon salt
â€¢1 cup 2% milk
â€¢1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
â€¢2/3 cup shortening
â€¢1/3 cup butter, softened
â€¢3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
â€¢1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
â€¢In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil and vanilla; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes (mixture will be sticky).
â€¢ Drop by 2 tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until edges are set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
â€¢ For filling, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and salt. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Transfer to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
â€¢ In a large bowl, beat the shortening and butter until fluffy. Beat in chocolate mixture and vanilla.
â€¢ Spread chocolate filling on the bottoms of half of the cookies, about 2 tablespoons on each; top with remaining cookies. Roll sides in miniature chocolate chips for garnish. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: about 1 dozen.