Visualize this picture in your head: the scene from The Polar Express (I think the book is soo far superior to the movie, just saying…) where Santa Claus holds up the bell that the (hero) boy has chosen for his gift and declares it the “first gift of Christmas”. Now, picture me standing in front of you holding up one of these cookies and declaring them the “first treat of Christmas”!
I feel like Christmas is coming up way too fast for me (a little deja vu from Thanksgiving) and I want to slow it down to snail speed!
I listened to my inner Scrooge this year, and waited until after Thanksgiving to get into full Christmas spirit (of which oddly enough, I’m still not in full spirit) but am now regretting it. Not so much for the music or even the treats but for the decorations. Thinking back on it, what would it have hurt, what with Thanksgiving being so late this year and all, to at least start decorating? I am very bummed over the whole thing – now we are just 21 (21!!!) days away and the house is still not fully decorated. Heck, the outside lights just got lit for the first time last night…
This is just one of those odd years where I’m not getting into the holidays for some odd reason and I can’t stand it – after all, it’s Christmas, my absolute favorite time of year!!
Well, now that I have thoroughly depressed you, I know you will be ready for these cookies! :)
Hot Cocoa Cookies are so fun, delicious, and would probably please a lot of people. And while they may not be Christmas specific, they are very winter specific and make for an awesome Christmastime snack.
In fact, to start a little advertising for my new home baking business, I made some to send with my sister to work and apparently, people really liked them. BIG score!!
While these cookies are THE BEST warm (oozing chocolate, gooey marshmallows…) they are still good at room temperature and could probably be warmed back up if so desired.
I think if you left some of these on Santa’s cookie plate, you might get an extra special gift… ;^)
Oh, and by the way… as a little side note and plead for help from any other fellow home bakers out there, I am really looking for ways to advertise (think little bags with pieces of peppermint bark or small cookies and a business card attached) and am wondering if anyone has any ideas of good ways or types of places (like school or church etc.) to leave my little advertisements with? Anyone? I would so greatly appreciate any help/advice you can offer me! Just leave a comment or contact me at sempredolceblog(at)gmail(dot)com.
Until the next Christmas treat, cottura felice!
- 1 2/3 C. semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 C. unbleached all-purpose flour
- ¼ C. unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder Hershey's Dark cocoa powder works in a pinch
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ C. 1 stick unsalted butter, slightly softened
- ½ C. packed light brown sugar
- ¼ C. granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar about 12 squares
- 6 marshmallows cut in half
- Additional chocolate for garnish if desired
Preheat oven to 350° f. and line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Place 2/3 C. chocolate chips in a heatproof container and place it over, but not touching, a pan of simmering water (a double boiler may also be used).
Stir chocolate until smooth and thoroughly melted.
Remove from heat and set aside.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and brown sugar until blended and smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
Switch the mixer to low and add in melted chocolate chips. Mix until blended.
Add in egg and vanilla. Mix for about 1 minute.
Add in flour mixture and mix until just blended.
Add in remaining 1 cup chocolate chips, making sure not to over mix.
Place heaping spoonfuls of dough onto lined baking sheets, spacing about 3 in. apart.
Bake cookies (one sheet at a time) for 13 minutes.
Remove from oven and place 1 square of milk chocolate bar on top followed by 1 marshmallow half.
Bake for another 4 minutes (if cookies are still doughy, it's okay to leave them in for about another minute).
Remove from oven and using the back of a spoon, slightly flatten marshmallows (if the did not completely flatten in oven).
Cool on sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
Garnish with chocolate shavings if desired.
Makes about 12 cookies.
Always, always remember when baking cookies that they may still look slightly underdone when you take them out, but they will continue to bake after being removed from the oven. These cookies even changed form while I was adding the chocolate and marshmallows!