Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Happy Tuesday everyone! 
Hard to believe it's just over two weeks until Christmas!



This weekend, I spent some quality time in the kitchen baking Christmas cookies. This is one of my favorite things to do each year and, although I love making familiar favorites, I also love mixing it up and trying new recipes as well. I came across a few different recipes for Hot Cocoa Cookies on Pinterest, and since I love anything with marshmallows, I thought they'd be fun to try. A bunch of the links I found all seemed to use this original recipe from Rachel Ray as the source, so I decided to go with that. They came out even better than I was expecting, really rich and chocolate-y, plus they look pretty too! I know they'd be a huge hit at a cookie exchange or holiday party!


Hot Cocoa Cookies
Recipe Source: Everyday with Rachel Ray

Ingredients
1 stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter
7 3 1/2 ounce bars  semisweet chocolate12 oz. chopped, 7.5 oz. cut into 1-inch squares and the rest for garnish
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) light brown sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
30 marshmallows 

 

Directions
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla at low speed until smooth, 2 minutes. Mix in the cooled chocolate mixture just until blended. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, mixing on low speed until just combined. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour. (If making the dough a day ahead, let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping)

Position a rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat to 325 degrees . Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment. Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough and roll between your palms to form 1-inch balls. Arrange about 16 balls 2 inches apart on each cookie sheet, flattening slightly. Bake until the tops of the cookies crack, about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, snip 8 marshmallows in half crosswise and stick 1 square of chocolate onto each of the cut sides.  
 

Remove the cookie sheets from the oven; gently press a marshmallow half, chocolate side down, into each cookie. Bake until the marshmallows are just softened, about 4 minutes. Transfer the pans to racks to cool for 5 minutes; grate the remaining chocolate over the hot cookies. 


Using a spatula, transfer the cookies to the racks; let cool. Repeat the process with the remaining dough, marshmallows and chocolate. Bake each batch on a clean sheet of parchment.  


These cookies are best served warm right out of the oven when the marshmallow is all melty and delicious. However, they seem to keep well and are also really great when warmed up in the microwave for 20-25 seconds prior to serving!


It's been really chilly here in Portland this past week, so spending Saturday afternoon toasty warm in our apartment was especially nice. Plus, it was a really clear day so I got to enjoy incredible views of Mt. Hood out our window the entire time I was baking! They started out like this...


...and turned into this.


Seriously, I can't get over it sometimes.
So so beautiful.

I spent Saturday baking for a fun little Cookies & Cocktails party that Kelsey and I hosted. (Thanks to her and her bf for having it at their place!)  It was a fun evening full of delicious drinks, great food,and visiting with friends. I wish I would have taken more photos, but I was too busy enjoying the evening!

Just some of the cookies...
The roaring "fireplace" was a nice touch :)
There may or may not have been multiple cameras taking photos...ha.
Also, totally unintentionally, we ended up wearing variations of the same outfit which was too funny! Great minds think alike...obviously :)

Hope you're enjoying the holiday season so far!

15 comments:

  1. okay so thank you for posting this recipe because i'm basically dying now that i ate all those cookies. they made my life complete. heating them up? omg! must make immediately.
    and those pics look great! what a fun party
    kw, ladies in navy

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  2. Those looks DELIGHTFUL. Shoot I want one now.

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  3. Those cookies look amazzzzzzzzzing!!!!!

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  4. I'll definitely be making those cookies! Anything that is topped with a giant marshmallow is good in my book!

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  5. If these don't say Christmas, I don't know what does. I must make these!!!

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  6. these cookies look like perfection!

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  7. the cookies look yummy, and the plate you used for pictures is so cute!

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  8. Those cookies look amazing!! I just pinned them. I never thought about making/searching for a Hot Cocoa recipe but such a great idea!

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  9. Drooled on my keyboard over those cookies, plus amazing view while baking!

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  10. Those cookies look delish!! Wish you were bringing them to our C&C party this weekend! We'll miss you!! xo

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  11. I'm going to try these! My daughter is OBSESSED with hot chocolate. She'll probably love these too. Great blog. Pinning this recipe now.

    Tanya xx

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  12. Those cookies sound divine... and love the beautiful photos of Mt Hood. I can never get enough of seeing it!

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  13. Yum! Strongly considering these for my Christmas cookie plates this year.

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  14. I'm making these ridiculous cookies for my Christmas cookie exchange at work this week. Thanks SO much for sharing!

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Your sweet words make my day! :)

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