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I'm a sucker for toasted marshmallows. Whenever I'm out of cookies in the house, I'll grab a marshmallow and toast it right over my gas stove flame. Sometimes I'll do it for my kids too, and then eat theirs.
Hey, it's survival of the fittest at our house.
So when I set out to use a toasted marshmallow in cookie form, I knew it had to be the big, sturdy marshmallows. After a few
mistakes experiments, I realized the whole marshmallow was too much but cutting it in thirds worked perfectly. When I surrounded it with a cookie scented with malted milk, cocoa and a hint of cinnamon, I knew I had a winner. The kids confirmed it, declaring these The Best Cookies for Santa.
Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Cookies
I made these a little too big. I think they're cuter when the cookie is just a little bigger than the marshmallow, so follow the instructions below for a smaller cookie.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup malted milk powder
1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar
12 large marshmallows, cut in thirds
In a large bowl, beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar at medium speed until fluffy. Add egg, beating until incorporated. Add vanilla.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, malt powder, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture, and again beat well until combined. Chill dough for two hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat.
In a small bowl, stir together 1/3 cup of sugar and cinnamon. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, and then roll in sugar mixture. Place on prepared pans, spacing 2 inches apart. bake until cookies are set, approximately 8 minutes. Use this time to cut your marshmallows into thirds. Once your cookies come out, work quickly and press one marshmallow third into each cookie, cut side down. Eat the middle of the marshmallow since it will have two cut sides.
Set oven to broil. Watching carefully, broil until marshmallows are lightly toasted. Remove from oven and let cool.
Makes 24 small cookies or 16 larger.
Looking for more cookies? Find Lindsay's Holiday Cookie Countdown at Sugar Mama.
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