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Chocolate Gooey Marshmallow Cookies

Hey everyone. Hope you are all having a great weekend. Mine has been both relaxing and fun. Alex got tickets to the bulls game from work on Friday night. Last minute sporting event? I’m in! It was a great game and a bulls win! Love my Chicago sports.

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Saturday was spent being lazy around the house for the most part. I did go shopping with my sister and out for lunch. It was absolutely beautiful outside and we had wanted to get our first Black Dog Gelato of the year but they didn’t open until 2pm and it was only noon. Instead we went to a fabulous little boutique to look for bridal shower and rehearsal dinner dresses. This place is awesome and I left with two beautiful dresses. I cannot wait to wear them. Since we didn’t get our gelato, Amanda and I went next door to Frasca for a pizza and skillet cookie out on their patio. It is so nice to see the outdoor seating areas open. Everywhere was packed outside.

Today was spent cleaning up the house. I am in full out spring cleaning mode. Our front door/steps area was driving me insane. There were pine needles from our Christmas tree, sand from last summer, and leaves everywhere. Not to mention all the dirt, salt and everything else dragged in all winter long. This area is cut off from the rest of our apartment so it was easy to ignore by closing our inside front door but with the nice weather today I wanted to tackle this problem. I swept all the way down then hand scrubbed each of the steps to get off all the grossness. It is amazing how different it looks. I should have taken a before and after picture! Alex helped me clean up the inside of the house. There is nothing better than starting the week with a nice clean house.

To celebrate the nice weather and our hard work cleaning (aka I was looking for an excuse), I decided to make some cookies. I love anything chocolate and marshmallows are currently my obsession. I was perusing pinterest and found a recipe for rocky road cookies. It sounded good but I didn’t love the recipe so I made my own. I have these delicious cookies to share with you today. I could not wait to share this recipe with you. They are chocolately, gooey, soft, delicious. I could keep going but I won’t. Feel free to adapt to what you have. Add peanut butter chips instead of chocolate. Don’t have one of the nuts, use what you have! Don’t like nuts? Leave them out. Don’t leave out the marshmallows though. They make this cookie what it is. They melt down into almost a burnt caramel flavor and stay gooey at the same time. Just try it.

I started by creaming 2 sticks of butter, 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar in my stand mixer. Then the eggs were added one by one and the vanilla extract with the second egg.

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Then I whisked together 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour with 1 tsp each of baking powder and baking soda and 1/2 cup cocoa powder. This was gradually added to my butter mixture until combined. Note that this dough is very sticky and takes a bit of effort to combine well. Once the flour is all in, mix in 1 cup chocolate chips, 1 cup nuts (I used almonds and walnuts), and 1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows. I mixed this with my hands because it wouldn’t incorporate well with the mixer.

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Then I rolled the dough into about 2 Tbsp balls or about the size of a ping pong ball. Make them bigger or smaller as you would like. These do not spread out a lot in the oven so you can put them relatively close together.

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Bake for 13 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Let sit on the cookie sheets for 2-3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

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Chocolate Gooey Marshmallow Cookies (Makes ~3 dozen cookies)

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or sub all purpose flour)

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 sticks salted butter

1/2 cup granulate white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts (i used almonds and walnuts)

1 1/4 cup mini marshmallows

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream room temperature butter and both sugars together

2. Add the eggs one at a time, incorporating well before adding the second. Add the vanilla extract

3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder.

4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter, mixing well to combine.

5. Once all the flour is combined, add in the chocolate chips, nuts, and marshmallows. Mix together.

6. Roll into 2 Tbsp balls (about the size of a ping pong ball)

7. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets and bake for 13-14 minutes

8. Remove from oven, let sit for 2-3 minutes before moving the cooling racks to cool completely.

9 Store in an airtight container. Or eat them all right away. Sharing with friends is optional

I hope you all enjoy these cookies as much and Alex and I did. We could not stop eating them fresh out of the oven. Some are getting sent with him to work tomorrow to get them out of the house. Let me know what you think when you make the cookies.

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My Holidays in Pictures

Here is a quick idea of what the holidays looked like for my family and me (and loved ones).

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1-5. Baking cookies with my siblings. So many cookies! We still have some hanging out around the house.

6. Our Christmas tree with all the presents. It was so pretty this year.

7.  My dinner plate minus the veggies that I had forgotten about when making my plate. Imagine a nice heap of roasted root vegetables there

8.  Christmas poppers with paper crowns are a family tradition

9. “frogger” our new family drinking game. Grandma and I got plastic frogs in our poppers which my aunt immediately turned into a variation of quarters.

10. Family outing downtown for dinner at Bandera (post to come sometime this week) and to see Potted Potter.

11. Diners Drive-ins and Dives lunch and dinner in KC. Pizza with chili, nacho cheese and tator tots at Grinders and Alex’s Dead Texan at Swaggers

12. Alex and I before heading out for New Year’s Eve in Kansas City. This is the only picture I have from the night. It was a lot of fun.

13,14. Zoo lights at Lincoln Park Zoo. This actually happened before Christmas but I never got the post together. 😦

 

There you have it. My holidays in pictures.

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And So It Begins: Christmas Baking

For Christmas each year we usually “adopt” a child off the tree at my church. Unfortunately we missed the bus this year. Instead, we were able to adopt a senior through a program at my dad’s work at Walgreens. We picked out a little 86 year old woman who wanted a gift basket with cookies, candy, and makeup. Mom and I decided to make some of our family’s 8 trick butter cookies. These are our traditional Christmas cookies. We have made them every year for as long as I remember. Our true holiday baking day is this coming Saturday in which we will spend a good 4-8 hours baking hundreds of 8 trick butter cookies and kolacky.

True to it’s name, these cookies can be made in at least 8 different ways. We tend to roll it out and cookie cut them with Christmas shapes and decorate them with sprinkles. For the sake of time, we made the dough, rolled it into balls, pressed into sprinkles and then pressed down. They turned out pretty tasty. Definitely tasted a little different and had a different texture than I’m used to but still delicious. 20121215_154749

We packaged them into a pretty Christmas tin (and had enough for some presents for someone else). I am still making the basket but will post it on here before we send it off with my dad.

8 Trick Butter Cookies

1 C room temp butter

1 1/2 C sifted powder sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 C sifted flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 tsp salt

1. Beat butter and sugar together.

2. Once light and fluffy, add one egg. Beat well

3. Add vanilla

4. Mix flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt together.

5. Add in 1/3 of flour to butter mixture, mix well. Continue to add flour in thirds until well incorporated

6. Transfer dough onto saran wrap. Form into a block and refrigerate overnight (at least 2 hours). The cookies do not hold their shape as well if you do not refrigerate overnight.

7. Next day, preheat oven to 400 degrees

8. you can roll out to 1/4 in thickness and cut with cookie cutters or take 1 Tbsp balls and flatten to a little thicker than 1/4 inch.

9. Decorate with sprinkles, keep plain, add sugar.

10. Bake 4-6 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Do not overcook!

Store in air tight container/tins.

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