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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Surprise Cookies


These are another recipe inspired by Pinterest, I stumbled across them while looking for ideas for a cookie swap I am going to next month. From what I have read, the original idea came from domestic goddess Martha Stewart. They are a lovely soft cookie and once iced you have no idea about the treat hidden inside!

2 cups flour
½ cup cocoa
½ teaspoon baking soda
sprinkle of salt
115 grams butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12-14 large marshmallows, cut in half horizontally

Basic Chocolate Icing
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
¼ cup cocoa, sifted
25 grams butter, softened
4-6 tablespoons of hot water

Preheat oven to 180C and line x2 baking trays with wax baking paper. 
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add egg, milk, and vanilla, and beat until well combined.
Sift in flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, mix on low speed until combined.
Using a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop, drop dough onto your lined baking trays, about 5cm apart.
Bake until cookies begin to spread and become firm, 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove baking trays from the oven, and place a marshmallow, cut-side down, in the centre of each cookie, pressing down slightly.
Return to oven for 2 minutes so that the marshmallows begin to melt.
Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
To make the chocolate icing place butter in a medium sized bowl with the icing sugar and cocoa, add hot water and stir with a large spoon to combine.
Place about 1 tablespoon of chocolate icing on the centre of each cookie (over the marshmallow), spread it outward until marshmallow is covered.

Surprise Cookies

These are easy, delicious and cute! If you wanted to do a gender reveal (and were having a baby girl or could locate/make blue marshmallows) and cakes aren’t your thing these would be a great alternative. Regardless of the reason for making them these special cookies masquerading as a run of the mill chocolate cookie are sure to impress!

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