Well, this is an odd recipe to post on January 6th, isn't it? Hot Chocolate Cookies with a ceramic Christmas tree in the background seems like like the wrong kind of thing to be posting at the start of a new year.
Well, I suppose you're right but then again I'm going with what I want this year and less of what is expected.
Is this pushing the envelope to far? I think not. I mean it technically may be January 6th but I've still got my Christmas decorations up at home and well, I still like cookies so.... yeah....
You know why I don't feel guilty about posting cookies at the beginning of January?
Well, one reason is because I'm not really eating these in January (only because I made these back in December and they're all gone haha) but also because we've been working on having a better/healthier lifestyle for the past 365 days....so thinking about cookies in January isn't so bad.
It's not like if you eat a cookie in January that is has more calories than it did in December. People just freak out more in January.
Eat 2 cookies in December and you're just having a bit of holiday cheer and comfort food, eat two cookies in January and you're going to damn your life to couch potato mode.
Don't look at me like that, you know it's true. haha. ;)
Give it about a month and everyone will be indulging on Valentines Day and not thinking a thing about "Healthy January" haha.
See, this is why you need to just have a healthyish lifestyle...that way you don't have to feel like a total failure if you indulge a bit. :)
Look at me, trying to tell you about keeping a healthyish lifestyle while I'm shoving cookies at you.
Yes, I totally just hashtagged in my blog post.
But don't worry, I've got something pretty healthy to share with you a little later this week. ;)
But another little reason that I wanted to share these cookies with you is because today is my brother's birthday!! My little brother is turning 26 today!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ADAM!!!!
Ok, I know, I know, what does my brother's birthday have to do with Hot Chocolate Cookies?
Well last year Thomas and I went to Disney World and we took my Brother and my future Sister in Law with us. I don't know if you know this or not but when you stay at the Disney Resorts you can buy these Disney Refillable mugs and then when you're in the food courts or lunch type restaurants at the resorts you can just fill up your mugs with drink for free. (Well it's not free, because you had to pay for that stinkin $15 mug but you know what I mean...)
Well, my brother fell in love with the hot chocolate there and every time we turned around he was walking back to the restaurants in the resort to re-fill is mug with hot chocolate.
I found this pretty funny because Adam isn't normally a big sweets person and he's also one of those people that likes to hang out at the gym. haha. ;)
Random, I know, but now every time I think about anything that has to do with "Hot Chocolate" I picture Adam scurrying off at Disney to find more hot chocolate.
Ok, haha sorry, just a little family memory but I'll like it when I look back on these posts in a few years. ;)
Also, let me say that these Hot Chocolate Cookies are slightly adapted from the Hot Cocoa Cookies from Glorious Treats. My cousin Crystal made these right before Christmas and I got to try them when I went over to her house for a day of Christmas cookie making and Christmas crafts!
They were super good and I had to really work on showing some restraint around them! Crystal gave me a a few tips and methods on what she did differently with these cookies and then I changed up a few measurements based on cookies that I'd made in the past.
I upped the brown sugar a bit, changed out the large marshmallows for mini ones plus I added chocolate extract instead of vanilla to the cookies and glaze.
Crystal had mentioned that the chocolate glaze on top was super sweet and it was. While the old me would have been all over that, the new me had to step back a bit because it was so sweet that it made my teeth hurt haha.
I made the recipe for the glaze and while I wanted to add less sugar I couldn't get it to thicken up nicely without it. So I made the glaze and then we just didn't pour quite as much onto each cookie. I tried to get just enough on there to mainly cover the marshmallows.
So there you have it, Hot Chocolate Cookies at the beginning of January. You're welcome. ;)
Hot Chocolate Cookies
By: Angie Barrett - BigBearsWife.com
Makes: 45 cookies
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons chocolate extract (or vanilla if you can't find chocolate)
- 135 mini marshmallows
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1 teaspoon chocolate extract (or vanilla if you can't find chocolate)
- 2 cups powdered sugar