Hot cocoa without the mug!

beautiful winter“Winter is the time for comfort,
for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand
and for a talk beside the fire:
it is the time for home.” Edith Sitwell

Brrrr. Winter is seriously in full force. Instead of getting upset, why not embrace the cold. Hot chocolate is the obvious choice on a cold winter’s day, but Sandman doesn’t conform to the norm. So instead of choosing just one yummy winter treat, we chose two: hot chocolate cookies. Yup, you heard that right. We literally put the taste of hot chocolate into a cookie.

Hot Chocolate Cookies

three cookies
A cookie twist on a classic cup of hot cocoa with a gooey marshmallow.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 package of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups of packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 20 marshmallows
  • a white or mill chocolate bar (we used both)

Directions

  1. Over a double boiler, melt the butter and chocolate chips on medium low heat, stirring often. Once melted, remove the chocolate from the burner and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.  Set aside.
  3. In a mixer, mix the eggs, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add the cooled melted chocolate. Then add the dry ingredients in two batches. The dough will be a thick cake batter. Chill the batter in the fridge for one hour. This is really important because if the batter is not chilled, it will be very sticky and difficult to work with.
  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Once the dough is chilled, line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on the tray. Flatten the tops slightly.
  6. Bake for approximately 12 minutes, or until the cookie edges start to crack. While they are baking, cut the marshmallows in half and stick on square of chocolate onto each of the cut sides.
  7. Once the cookies are done, remove them from the oven and stick the marshmallows chocolate side down onto each cookie. Put the cookies back into the oven and cook for another 4 minutes, or until the marshmallows are soft.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven and transfer them to cooling racks. Grate additional chocolate over the top of the cookie for garnish.
  9. Enjoy!

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