Winner of the 2007 Rio Americano High School Holiday Bake Off, these bad boys helped me win my first holiday cookie contest. Actually, that is the only baking contest I have ever been in, so I guess that means these cookies are undefeated in the cookie contest world. They are my favorite holiday cookies. A moist little chocolate cake, a melty marshmallow middle, and a delicious fudge frosting topping – need I say more?
(adopted from Martha)
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 12 large marshmallows, cut in half horizontally
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar + 2 tablespoons
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
for the cookies:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add egg, milk, and vanilla, and beat until well combined. Add reserved flour mixture; mix on low speed until combined.
- Using a large spoon to scoop 1.5″ balls of dough. Drop dough onto ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
- Bake until cookies begin to spread and become firm, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Remove baking sheets from oven, and place a marshmallow, cut-side down, in the center of each cookie, pressing down slightly. Return to oven, and continue baking until marshmallows begin to melt, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
for the frosting:
- Place confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl.
- Melt butter and coco powder in a medium saucepan on low heat.
- Add butter mixture to confectioners’ sugar, and immediately whisk in vanilla and milk.
- Spread about 1 tablespoon of frosting over each marshmallow, starting in the center and continuing outward until marshmallow is covered.