Calling all lovers: this chocolate cookie recipe makes for the ideal Valentine's Day treat!
1 box devil's food cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso granules, dissolved in 2 teaspoons hot water (see note below)
36 dove strawberry swirl chocolates
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oil, eggs, vanilla and espresso mixture. Mix with an electric mixer on medium speed until fully incorporated.
Use a small cookie scoop (2 teaspoons) to drop dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
Remove pan to a cooling rack and gently press a Dove Strawberry Swirl Chocolate into the center of each cookie. Allow cookies to cool for about 5 minutes before removing them from the pan. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
Any variety of Dove Chocolate can be used in place of the Strawberry Swirl flavor.
Instant espresso granules are used to intensify the chocolate flavor. They can be found in the coffee aisle of most specialty supermarkets. If you cannot find the product or do not have it on hand, simply omit the espresso granules and water from the recipe