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Hot Cocoa Cookies

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Serves 3 dozen | Prep Time 40 mins. | Cook Time 15 mins.

Why I Love This Recipe

A friend posted a link to this recipe on line and said they were delicious so I decided to give them a try. They can be decorated for any occasion and will give those smores loving, sweet tooth people in your life a tasty treat.

Ingredients You'll Need

For the cookies-
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

25 (apx.) large marshmallows

For the icing -
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
( I modified the icing to bring down the sweetness by dissolving a teaspoon of instant espresso granules in a little warm water and mixed it in.)

Assorted sprinkles
(I used toffee bit on some of my cookies for a little crunch and salt flavor.)


Make the cookies-

1.) In a medium saucepan (or in a microwave safe bowl, using 50% power), melt the butter and chocolate, stirring frequently. Once melted, set aside to cool slightly.

2.) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

3.) In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla on low speed until well combined.

4.) Add the cooled chocolate mixture and blend until just combined.

5.) While mixing, add the flour mixture slowly and blend until just combined.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then cover the dough and refrigerate about 1 hour. If making the dough a day ahead, let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping.

6.) Preheat oven to 325*F. and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat type liner. Use a tablespoon (or a tablespoon sized cookie scoop) to scoop the dough, then roll the dough in your hands to create balls. Arrange the balls about 2 inches apart on your baking sheets, then flatten slightly.

Bake cookies about 12 minutes. (I recommend trying to bake them for 10 then put the marshmallow on the top and return them to the oven for 5 minutes. This softens the marshmallow a little more for easier icing application.)

7.) While the cookies bake, cut the large marshmallows in half (crosswise). (Next time I will try cutting them in thirds.) When the cookies have baked, remove from oven and press one marshmallow half (cut side down) into the center of each cookie. Return the cookies to the oven and bake another 2-3 minutes. Allow the pan of cookies to cool a few minutes, then transfer cookies to cooling rack.

8.) Prepare cookie icing by combining all ingredients in a medium bowl and mixing together with a whisk. Place wire cooling rack (with cookies on it) over a baking sheet (to catch any excess icing). Spoon a small amount of icing onto the top of each marshmallow, and use the back of the spoon to spread it a bit. After icing just a couple cookies, top with sprinkles before the icing dries.

9.) Allow icing to set up about 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe source- Cookie base adapted from Rachael Ray, final cookies by Glorious Treats

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