Each year for our gift exchange with my division, we build a gift exchange for $10-$15 around a specific theme. We have a recurring gift which ends up coming up and whoever finds the gift in their exchange determines the theme for the following year. This year’s theme was Warm and Fuzzy. Well, there was a lot of warm beverages (I gave the TeaSource‘s 20 Below tea, one of the few teas I prefer to drink warm) and a number of alcoholic beverages. And a lot of hot chocolate.
When I received hot chocolate, mugs, and more, I thought back to these cookies which I’d seen on pinterest throughout the past few months and decided it was time to try them myself. So, in the buildup to the holiday, even though there was no snow on the ground, I decided to try the Hot Chocolate Cookies. It came down to using the recipe I found on Averie Cooks, which is a fantastic blog, if you haven’t read it before.
Hot Chocolate Cookies
1/2 c unsalted butter
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 c brown sugar, packed
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 c cocoa powder
1 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
about 8 oz dark chocolate, diced
about 12 large marshmallows, cut in half
In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and chocolate chips and melt together. This will take 1-2 minutes and should be checked frequently to ensure the chocolate doesn’t start to burn. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
In a separate bowl, mix together brown sugar, eggs and vanilla, until blended. Combine with the chocolate mixture. Add cocoa powder, baking powder, flour, and salt. Beat until combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cooled and firm, about 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Make dough into balls and place on cooking sheet, flattening slightly. Bake for 10 minutes or until just set. Remove from oven and add one piece of dark chocolate to the top of the cookie. Press down and cover with the marshmallow half. Place back in oven and bake 5 additional minutes. Let cool and remove from cookie sheet.