Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hot Cocoa Cookies ~ It's the Improv Cooking Challenge!

When I discovered that the 2 ingredients for today's Improv Cooking Challenge were chocolate and marshmallows, I was excited! They are two great items and my head was spinning with ideas. But then I saw this recipe for Hot Cocoa Cookies in Food Network Magazine, and I had to make them. I'm so glad I did. You will love them! They just scream "Merry Christmas"!
Hot Cocoa Cookies
2 1/4 cups Cake Flour
1/4 cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 sticks Butter, softened
3/4 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 cup Marshmallow Cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together the cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda,
and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Beat the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. 
Add the egg and vanilla  and beat until incorporated.
Add the flour mixture, a little at a time until just mixed.
Divide the dough in half, wrap it in plastic and 
refrigerate for at least one hour, up to 1 day.
Take 1 piece of dough out of the fridge at a time.
Dust it generously with flour, and roll it out between
2 sheets of parchment paper. Roll to 1/8" thickness.
Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cut out your shapes with cookie cutters.
Refrigerate your cookie cutouts while on the baking sheet
for 30 minutes. Refrigerate the scraps until the dough is
firm again, then reroll and cut out.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Let cool completely.
Sandwich cookies with the marshmallow cream.

Thanks for joining me today.
Check below for all the other great recipes from the Crazy Cooking Challenge.

5 comments:

  1. Cookie sandwiches are completely irresistible. This is a great idea for the Improv.

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  2. What a great recipe for this month's Improv Challenge. I loved the ingredients we had to work with. I've been seeing hot cocoa cookies everywhere lately but I love your addition of marshmallow filling. Yum!

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  3. Adorable cookies, but I think you mean the Improv Challenge, not the Crazy Cooking Challenge. Love the tree shapes. So cute!

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  4. Terry, these are so cute! And just the kind of cookie my family loves! Merry Christmas!

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