Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Surprise Cookies

I bought the Martha Stewart cookie book a couple months ago. I am very impressed with all the interesting cookie recipes the book has to offer. I have only made one recipe from the book but I do have a list inside the front cover of more of the cookies that I would like to make. With the holiday seasons upon us, I know I will be do a lotof baking and this recipe book will come in quite handy for that. These cookies turned out very delicious and they hold a surprise inside when you take a bite. I enjoyed two cookies with a tall glass of milk.

For the cookies:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1/2 cup whole milk (I had only fat free)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

About 15 marshmallows, halved crosswise

For the frosting:

3 cups confectioners' sugar

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk (I used fat free)

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat theoven to 375 degrees. Make cookies: Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl.

2. Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. I had to use my hand held mixer. I do not have a stand mixer but I am hoping to get one soon. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low; mix in egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix in flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, until combined.

3. Using a 1 3/4 inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately press marshmallow half on top of each cookie. Bake until marshmallows begin to melt, 2 minutes more. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.

4. Make frosting: Put confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl. Melt butter with the cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Add butter mixture to the confectioners' sugar. Whisk in milk and vanilla.

Spread about 1 tablespoon of frosting on top of each cookie to cover marshmallow. Let stand until set, about 10 minutes. Cookies can be stored in single layers in airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

1 comment:

HoneyB said...

I made these too and loved how soft they were. Grumpy didn't care for them so I probably won't make them again unless its to take to work because I should not be eating the whole recipe by myself! Did Randy like these?