Hot Chocolate Cookies

Jennifer, Bake or Break

On a cold day, there’s nothing quite like treating yourself to a steamy cup of hot chocolate. With this recipe, you can get all the flavor of your favorite hot chocolate in cookie form.

Much like hot chocolate, these cookies aren’t overly sweet or rich. Instead, they offer a subtle sweetness and a smooth chocolate flavor. And, what would hot chocolate be without marshmallows? A simple marshmallow glaze is the perfect topping for the ultimate hot chocolate cookie experience.

Hot Chocolate Cookies
By Jennifer
Makes 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

For cookies:
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For glaze:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

To make cookies, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until combined.

Drop cookie dough by tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans, placing cookies 2 inches apart. Using the bottom of a glass, flatten each cookie slightly.

Bake cookies one pan at a time, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on pans about 5 minutes, then remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

To make glaze, place 1/4 cup butter in medium saucepan; melt over medium heat. Add marshmallows and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until marshmallows have melted. Stir until smooth.

Remove from heat. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar and milk until mixture is smooth. Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies. Allow glaze to set before storing in an airtight container.

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