Hot Cocoa Cookies

hot-cocoa-cookies-recipe Another year, and another cookiepocalypse is in the books. I baked my tail off all weekend, and the result is a ginormous plethora of sweet treats. Watch out neighbors, these have your names on them!

Kicking off my annual festivities are these fudgy, double chocolate, hot cocoa cookies. Majorly delectable, and the perfect southern California interpretation of the warm drink. I’ll admit that it’s definitely cold enough outside to warrant ACTUAL hot cocoa, but I’ll take it in cookie form any day.

hot-cocoa-cookies-recipe-serving I HIGHLY recommend warming these babies in the microwave for 10 seconds before serving. This will ensure those marshmallows are nice and gooey.

Hot Cocoa Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used homemade bourbon vanilla extract I was gifted)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 T espresso powder or instant coffee
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition. Add in vanilla extract.
  3. In a large bowl combine the flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Turn the mixer to the lowest speed and gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until fully combined. Fold in the chocolate chips
  5. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes until set.
  6. Remove from the oven and immediately top warm cookies with several mini marshmallows.
  7. Cool on wire racks.
  8. Microwave cookies for 10 seconds before enjoying to ensure gooey marshmallow deliciousness!

Does anyone else out there do an annual holiday bake-a-thon? What are your FAVORITE, must-have, holiday treats?

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