1 box milk chocolate cake mix (15.25 oz)
1/3 C vegetable oil
1 1/4 C cubed butter, room temperature
2 T milk
2-3 C powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp orange extract
red and yellow food coloring (optional)
1 1/4 C semisweet chocolate ships
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, add cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil. Stir until well combined. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on un-greased cookie sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes, until cookies are puffed and set. Remove from baking sheets and let cool completely.
Prepare the orange buttercream filling in a medium bowl by beating 1/2 C of butter until smooth. Slowly add milk and then powdered sugar and beat until fluffy. Stir in orange extract. If desired, add a few drops of red and yellow food coloring to turn the frosting orange. Spread a generous amount of frosting on each cookie.
Melt chocolate chips and the remaining 3/4 C butter in the microwave for 2 minutes, stirring halfway through. Mix until smooth. Let this mixture sit until it firms up a little bit. Spread over orange frosted cookies.
Makes 36 cookies.
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