Thursday, November 22, 2007

Hot Chocolate Cookies

I thought that these would be a fun holiday treat to make for Tony's kids who arrive on Friday afternoon for a week and a half visit! We CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup instant hot chocolate mix
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
12 T butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 t vanilla
24 large marshmallows, cut in half crosswise

1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
6 T unsalted butter
1/4 cup milk
2 T cocoa powder

Cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa mix, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until combined after each. Mix in milk and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop the dough onto cookie sheets. Bake until the cookies are set, about 8 minutes. Remove and carefully place a marshmallow, cut side down, in the center of each cookie. Place back in the oven and continue baking until the marshmallow begins to look puffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and let cookies sit on the baking sheet for 1 minute before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Glaze: Place powdered sugar in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, add butter, milk and cocoa. Cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil - let cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Pour mixture into the bowl of confectioners' sugar and beat until creamy. Immediately spoon a little of the glaze over each of the cooled cookies.

Tomorrow's Daily Special: Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Pie