The best christmas cookies are fudgy, chocolate cookies! Who needs hot chocolate when you live in sunny southern California? Make hot cocoa cookies instead.
Another year, and another cookiepocalypse is in the books. For those who aren’t familiar, cookiepocalypse has become a holiday tradition around these parts. It’s a day I set aside each year to bake a gajillion christmas cookies to package up and gift to friends, neighbors, mail person, UPS guy, etc.
My friend Jen joins in and together we bake 8-9 different types of cookies, usually a combination of traditional favorites, and new recipes. It takes all day, there’s usually wine involved, and we both walk away with more than 100 cookies to divvy up between our loved ones. It’s a pretty fun way to spend a day.
Last weekend was the big event and I’m calling this year a success. 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 lately it’s definitely been cold enough outside to warrant ACTUAL hot cocoa, but I’ll take it in cookie form any day.
I HIGHLY recommend warming these babies in the microwave for 10 seconds before serving. This will ensure those marshmallows are nice and gooey.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- 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.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt.
- 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
- Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes until set.
- Remove from the oven and immediately top warm cookies with several mini marshmallows.
- Cool on wire racks.
- 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? If you’re looking for more holiday treats and tips, check out the links below.
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