Dark chocolate cookies topped with peppermint crush frosting and marshmallow.
Happy New Year to all of you. Hope you all enjoyed some time off with your loved ones. May all your dreams come true this year, and may you all enjoy peace, love and positivity.
I’m still dealing with this never-ending cold, so I had a very nice, very quiet, super glam New Years with the Argentinian and the Sidekick; it involved a couple glasses of red wine, Netflix, jammies and copious amounts of cough medicine. My kind of New Years! I’m not sure if it was the blend of cough mixture and wine, or just the general good vibes in the air, but I was in a very, very happy place.
But enough about my highly irresponsible use of cough medicine. Let’s get to these cookies!
So, the backstory…. My Sidekick is currently taking skating lessons. Although I use the word “skating” loosely. It’s more about an epic battle to stay upright, maybe even take a few tentative steps, then arms waving wildly, body bending back and forth, down he goes. Me and the Argentinian clap, smile and wince in equal measure, offering enthusiastic thumbs-up from our vantage point in the stands.
Get back up, skate a few steps, wipe-out and repeat….
Luckily there’s a smile on his face the whole time – “Mama, did you see me skating!!!” His cheeks are bright pink with the effort and I know he’s sweating up a storm under that mercifully well-padded snowsuit. After all that exertion, he’s always asking for a cup of hot chocolate after his lessons and more than deserving of one.
Unfortunately, his future career in the NHL came to a screeching halt as his skating lessons were cancelled recently. There was a fire at the arena and the damage is going to take over a month to fix. With no Saturday lesson I had a bit more time on my hands and I was inspired to whip up these adorable cookies based on our favourite post-skating treat.
Full of rich cocoa flavour, the cookies are a nice cake-like texture with just enough crispness to balance out the marshmallow topper and creamy frosting (which by the way is soooo delicious that it’s hard not to eat it all before the cookies are cooled – don’t say I didn’t warn you).
Hot chocolate holds memories for all of us. From coming in from the cold after a long day of sledding or skating, to cuddling by the fire on a chilly winter’s night, hot chocolate is that perfect little treat to warm your heart and soul (and a shot of Bailey’s doesn’t hurt either).
Add a little mint flavour and your hot chocolate goes next level.
Mint Hot Chocolate Cookies
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 14 teaspoon salt
- 12 large marshmallows, cut into halves
Peppermint Crush Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons mint extract
- 2-3 drops green food colouring (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Cream butter with sugars until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter mixture, mixing just until combined.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Lightly flatten each spoonful, pressing down gently.
- Bake 10-12 minutes, remove to a wire rack to cool
- While the cookies are cooling, prepare the frosting. Sift the powdered sugar into the butter, beating until smooth and creamy. Add in the mint extract and food colouring, until the desired consistency and colour is reached.
- Once the cookies are cooled, spread them with the frosting.
- Microwave the marshmallows, two halves at a time, for 7 – 10 seconds, until just barely gooey inside. Place one half on a cookie, pushing down slightly.
*Don’t microwave too many marshmallows at once – I only do two halves at a time. Do a test batch first as every microwave is different – if you don’t put them in long enough they won’t get squishy, if you put them in too long they’ll be a gooey mess.