Do you find yourself overloaded with tubs and bags of hot chocolate mix? Sure it hits the spot on the cold winter nights, especially near a roaring fire or with a hint of ‘holiday cheer’ aka ‘alcohol’. But have you found, much as my family has, that over years of hosting holiday parties or getting more mix because you thought you had run out (when in reality you hadn’t) you have got quite the stash of hot chocolate mixes together?
Have no fear, you needn’t drink all that Swiss Miss, instead make cookies! That’s right, these cookies are a sure hit with hot chocolate lovers everywhere. They are made with the hot chocolate mix that has been tucked away in your cabinet for the past who knows how many years and even have the classic marshmallow topping!
Now, I found this recipe and thought they sounded, and looked, fantastic. Yet, even after two batches of making the cookies exactly as the recipe called for, mine look MUCH different. They still taste good, like hot chocolate but as a cookie, and honestly I like mine better simply because they are sooooo cute!
Hot Chocolate Cookies with Marshmallows
2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup hot chocolate mix
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda2 cups mini marshmallows
Set oven at 350°f and prep cookie sheets with either parchment paper or silpats.
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
In a separate bowl, stir together flour, hot chocolate mix, salt and baking soda.
Slow add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture. Mix until well blended.
Place by rounded teaspoon, or cookie scoop, onto parchment or silpat lined baking sheets.
Bakefor 10 minutes or until slightly firm.
As soon as you remove the cookies from the oven, begin topping with marshmallows.
After cooling for a few minutes on the baking sheet, move to wire wrack until completely cool.
Notes: I tried putting the marshmallows on just a bit before the cookies were done baking, hoping they would toast a little in the oven. They did, but it wasn’t the effect I was going for. I suggest trying it, though, just to see what you think. Kristen, whom I got the recipe from, used her kitchen torch to add a little crisp to the fluffy bits of goodness and she highly recommends doing so.