Dec 23, 2010
Hillary

Surprise Cookies!

Surprise Cookies complete and ready to eat!

With it being a few days before Christmas, I felt now was a great time to add some of my family’s favorite Christmas cookies! I know my family is not alone in the annual cookie baking marathon but I have to say, I look forward to it EVERY year! We never get to make every cookie we wanted to but we never fail to have more cookies than we know what to do with! When I was in grade school and high school my mom made Christmas cookie tins for all my teachers. Needles to say, my mom being the amazing baker and cook that she is, made many teachers happy each year!

With an abundance of cookies these days there then of course comes the time after each meal where you actually have to make a decision on which cookie to eat! Do you go for chocolate or short bread or both?! The bottom line is that no matter what you choose you cannot loose! The cookies are all delicious and the time spent in the kitchen with my family are some of my favorite holiday memories!

Here’s what you’ll need to put together surprise cookies!!

Ingredients:

(From Martha Stewart Cookies. Makes a little more than 24 cookies.)

Cookies:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (whatever you have handy)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 15 marshmellows, halved

Frosting

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup and 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

(Preheat your oven to 375.) The first place to start is with the cookie dough. In a mixer combine the butter and granulated sugar until it is completely combined. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and let this beat for another minute or so. Pour in the milk and mix. Those are all your wet ingredients combined and now you can add your dry ingredients. Add the cocoa and mix until you get a chocolatey mixture and then add the salt and baking soda. The last thing to add is the flour. Add a little at a time until everything is completely mixed.

I like to use a cookie or ice cream scoop when making the cookies and dropping them on the baking sheet. This way they will all be the same size and will cook evenly. Leave about 2 inches between each cookie and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. After time is up take the cookies out and immediately press half a marshmellow onto the top of the cookie. If you haven’t guessed, this is the surprise part of the cookie!

The cookies are done and the marshmellows are on and ready for a quick roast in the oven!

With the marshmellows on top of the cookies, and stick the baking sheet back in the oven. It’s only going to take about 2 minutes for the marshmellows to start melting so keep a close eye on things! When they are nice and toasty remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely on a cooling rack.

While your cookies cool, put together your frosting. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you CANNOT beat homemade icing! It is too easy and too delicious to opt for the canned or pre-made stuff! Try it once and you’ll be sold! All you have to do is put the butter, confectioners’ sugar, and cocoa powder in a bowl. With a hand mixer mix together these three ingredients and then add the vanilla extract and the milk a little bit at a time until your frosting consistency is perfect!

When your cookies are completely cool you can add the frosting to the top of each cookie. It’s important you don’t do this step too early because you may have some melted icing if start spreading too early! But this is the best step to the cookies! You want to apply a thick enough layer to completely cover the marshmellow so that the lucky person who is about to take their first bight has no idea that a marshmellow is quietly hiding under all that delicious chocolate frosting! Who knows, maybe you’ll even knock their socks off with this cookie! A chocolate cookie, chocolate frosting AND a marshmellow! How can you say no to this cookie? You can’t! For now, that’s surprise cookies…in the shell of a nut!

Surprise cookies!! Enjoy!

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