On a recent trip to Target a new product jumped into my cart…
Kraft Marshmallow “Mallow Bits”. Clearly I had to buy some. They were available in both vanilla and peppermint, and were on the end of an isle, where all the products you can’t find seem to reside. While I’m sure they would be great to eat out of the container for lunch, I decided I would work them into a recipe. Hot chocolate cookies sounded like fun.
Don’t worry if you can’t find the Mallow Bits (I am guessing they may be a hard to find item unless you just stumble over them like I did). Simple replace the Mallow Bits with mini marshmallows.
I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular from these cookies. I mean the only difference from a regular cookie is swapping the cocoa powder for hot chocolate mix – no biggie. Well surprise surprise, these were GREAT. Both my daughter and a friend of ours agreed – while they knew they’d be good, they ended up being much better than expected. Woohoo! Here’s how to make them…
Hot Cocoa Cookies With Marshmallow Bits
adapted from Baked Bree’s Hot Chocolate Cookie Recipe
2 and 1/2 sticks room temperature butter (you only see two sticks in the photo, but I added another 1/2 stick)
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/4 cups flour
4 packages Hot Chocolate Mix (not sugar free)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup Marshmallow Bits (you could substitute mini marshmallows)
Cream together your butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. And in eggs and vanilla and blend well. In a separate bowl, mix together your dry ingredients, including your hot chocolate packets.
Add the dry ingredients a little at a time to your wet ingredients. I found that my dough was very dry – as in I had to almost knead it by hand to work in the chocolate chips and marshmallow bits.
Drop on to your cookie sheets. I sometimes had to “form” mine a bit, even when using my cookie scoop. Again, the dough was dry, but the end result was fabulous.
Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 8-11 minutes. Allow to cool for approximately five minutes then remove from cookie sheet. Enjoy!!!