Hot Chocolate Cookies - Winter's Iconic Drink in Cookie Form
I was on Pinterest this week hunting designs for sugar cookies for Valentine's Day when I happened across an interesting sounding cookie - hot chocolate cookies. Are you as intrigued as I was? This cookie even has marshmallow bits in it just like a mug of hot chocolate! How cool is that?! With a winter storm moving into the area, these cookies sounded like just the ticket for a fun afternoon of baking.
This recipe was posted by Christi of Love from the Oven in November of 2014. There are two "specialty" ingredients in these cookies - hot cocoa mix and Kraft Mallow Bits. According to the post on Love from the Oven, you can use any flavor cocoa mix you like. I used Swiss Miss Rich Chocolate flavor although I was sorely tempted to use Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate flavor. These cookies were so good so next time I'll try the dark chocolate flavor.
The recipe also called for using Mallow Bits. Christi noted that you can also use mini marshmallows if you can't find the Mallow Bits in your grocery store. However, a baker who tried the recipe with marshmallows commented that the marshmallows melted all over the cookie sheet. Christi responded that she had better luck with the cookies when she used the Mallow Bits because they are dehydrated. Okay. Armed with that information, I was determined to use the Mallow Bits instead of mini marshmallows. But I had to find them first. My local grocery store didn't have them but Target did. On with the show; let's bake a batch of hot chocolate cookies.
In a bowl, whisk together 3-1/4 cups of AP flour, 4 packets of cocoa mix, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1-1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Set this mixture aside. In your mixer, cream together 1-1/4 cups softened salted butter, 1 cup of granulated sugar and 2/3 cup of light brown sugar. Once this mixture is light and fluffy, mix in two large eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Then stir in one cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and one cup of the Mallow Bits. My dough was quite firm but I would recommend stirring in the chips and Mallow Bits by hand rather than using your mixer to do it. I used my mixer and even though it was on low speed, a bunch of the Mallow Bits got broken. Cover the bowl and chill the dough for one hour.
While your dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. The recipe says to scoop two tablespoons of cookie dough for each cookie with a total yield of 48 cookies. I used my tablespoon sized cookie scoop and I got 54 cookies total. Just look at those cuties! The Mallow Bits really do like they are floating in a cup of cocoa; don't they?
Bake your cookies for 9 to 11 minutes or until they are lightly browned on the edges. Don't overbake them. I left a tray of cookies in a little too long and the cooled cookie was crisp, not soft like Christi says it should be. After you pull the tray from the oven, let the cookies cool on the pan for five minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
Here's your final product - hot chocolate cookies. The Mallow Bits held their shape beautifully through the baking process and are chewy after cooling. And how do these cookies taste? They taste amazing! Just like a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows. So if you want a different take on a chocolate cookie give Christi's Hot Chocolate Cookies a try. BTW, Christi's recipe for these cookies appears on the Mallow Bits container. Happy Baking and stay warm!