Christmas Baking: Hot Cocoa Cookies

Day 21 of 25 Days of Christmas

The Weekend Housewife - Countdown to Christmas - Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
25 large marshmallows

Icing Ingredients:
2 cups powdered sugar
4 T (1/2 stick) unsalted butter melted
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 t vanilla extract
Assorted sprinkles

In a medium saucepan melt butter and chocolate stirring frequently. Once melted set aside to cool slightly.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.

In a bowl of an electric mixer beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla on low speed until well combined.

Add the cool chocolate mixture and blend until just combined.

While mixing add the flour mixture slowly and blend until just combined.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl then cover the dough and refrigerate for about 1 hour. If making the dough a day ahead let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and add 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat type liner. Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough then roll the dough in your hands to create balls. Arrange the balls 2 inches apart on your baking sheets then flatten slightly. Bake cookies for 12 minutes.

While the cookies are baking cut the large marshmallows in half crosswise. When the cookies have baked remove from oven and press on marshmallow half (cut side down) into the center of each cookie. Return the cookies to the oven and bake another 2-3 minutes. Allow the pan of cookies to cool a few minutes then transfer cookies to cooling rack.

Prepare icing for cookies by combining all ingredients in a medium bowl and mixing together with a whisk. Place wire cooling rack (with cookies on it) over a baking sheet (to catch any excess icing). Spoon a small amount of icing onto the top of each marshmallow and use the back of the spoon to spread it a bit. After icing just a few cookies top with sprinkles before the icing dries.

Allow icing to set up about 30 minutes before serving.

This recipe was shared during my Cookie Exchange Party. They were SO delicious that I just couldn’t wait to share them with you.

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