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Christmas Day, Part I and Hot Chocolate Cookies

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Ever been dying for a cup of hot chocolate on a gray and snowy winter afternoon and realized you just didn’t have the time to make one or maybe felt too lazy to go to the trouble?

In dem olden days before we had those little packets of mix, making hot chocolate required not only a fair amount of time but also a lot of patience because you had to heat the milk but not boil it. This was tricky business since it was hard to know when the milk was hot enough. You could stick your finger in there–I know, that’s kind of gross thinking about it, but at least the milk was, or would soon be, hot enough to kill any cooties–but after doing that about ten times either your finger was scalded or too numb to feel anything or both. Then, just before you were ready to take the milk off the burner, suddenly it would start to boil like crazy and you’d curse and either pour it down the sink or use it anyway–not a good idea as the slimy skin that rose to the top was not only unappetizing but would burn your lip when it stuck on there at the first sip. And now you had a burnt finger and a burnt lip, and you were wondering just why you’d ever wanted that cup of hot chocolate.

To spare you all that trauma–the kind that has set many a hot-chocolate-loving child on a path to reform school–or even the trouble of boiling water and the risk of spilling the mix all over the floor when you at first can’t open the packet then it gives way all at once, we’re passing along a recipe for the perfect kind of hot chocolate–made in advance and in solid form: Hot Chocolate Cookies!

Once you’ve made a batch (O.K., there is that step–but who ever said anything good didn’t require a little effort and planning?) you can have that wonderful taste and comfort anytime and anywhere you want–on the road, in the park, curled up on the couch watching a movie–without worrying about spilling anything or the cup getting cold or having that milk scum sticking to your upper lip like you were making an ad for a dairy product but not getting paid for looking stupid.

Give them a try and spare your finger and lip and any other parts of you that are at risk when playing around with scalding liquids.

hot chocolate cookie

Hot Chocolate Cookies

1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 of a stick)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 Tablespoons light brown sugar, packed

1 egg yolk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 packet hot cocoa mix (such as Swiss Miss)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup mini marshmallows

hot chocolate cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. (This is very important; otherwise, your cookies will stick to the baking sheet.)

Add the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar to a mixing bowl. Beat ingredients together until creamy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and mix until all ingredients are well blended.

In a separate bowl, add the flour, hot cocoa mix, salt, and baking powder. Mix ingredients together. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture and stir together. The cookie dough will be very thick. Gently fold in the mini marshmallows.

Roll the dough into eight cookie dough balls, making sure the mini marshmallows are almost fully covered by the dough and are not on the outside of the cookie dough ball. Place the dough balls on prepared cookie sheet. Bake cookies for 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool on a cookie sheet for 3-4 minutes, before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 8 cookies.

hot chocolate cookie bite

{Adapted from Heather’s French Press}

Click below to listen to or read Part I of “Christmas Day”!

Christmas Day, Part I, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Christmas Day, Part I, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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