Everything is Better with Cocoa

It may just be the easiest, tastiest cookie you can make. I barely measure and they still turn out perfectly. I found the recipe years ago tucked away in the wonderful world of Pinterest. Really who doesn’t love a cookie – add chocolate = better, add melted, gooey chocolate = best, throw a marshmallow and more chocolate shavings on top = Amazing!!

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 9 Hersey Milk Chocolate Bars (3.5 oz. each)
  • 1 stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter
  • 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 packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bourbon vanilla extract
  • 30 marshmallows
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Instructions:

Melt the butter and 7 of the chocolate bars over medium-low heat until silky. Remove from heat and let cool.

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In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.

Using a hand blender, beat the brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla in another bowl until smooth and fluffy.

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Then add the cooled chocolate mixture and stir until everything is blended. Add the flour mixture slowly, mixing on a low speed until dough is formed. Place in refrigerator for a least one hour.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets by placing a piece of parchment paper on them.  Roll out one inch balls of the dough and drop them on the paper.  Do not press. Bake for 12 minutes.

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While the cookies are baking, cut large marshmallows in half. Cut the remaining chocolate bars into small pieces and press a piece of chocolate into each marshmallow.

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After 12 minutes the cookies should appear crinkled. Remove from oven, place a marshmallow, chocolate side down, into the cookie and return to the oven for another 5 minutes.  When Marshmallow has slightly expanded, remove from the oven, let cool (slightly), dip in a mug of milk and enjoy the ooey gooey delight hidden inside this wonderful little cookie.

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I get requests for this recipe every year. For a new spin, use a candy cane or mint chocolate bar to press into the marshmallow.

These cookies are best warmed. If you are giving these cookies as a gift, add a little hand written note with instructions to warm these up for 8-10 seconds before indulging. Because, hot cocoa, even cookie form, is better served warm.

Have yourself a very Merry Christmas!!

Cheers,
Kelly

 

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