Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Surprise Cookies

I usually don't get a very good mental image when a food title has the word "surprise" in it. Like it's a surprise because you really don't want to know what it is. But this is a good surprise. A fluffy, white, sticky surprise that goes wonderfully with chocolate. The surprise is a marshmallow! On top of a chocolate cookie, hiding under chocolate frosting. I also took some of these a little step further and added sprinkles and coconut to some. I liked it best with the coconut. You could also try nuts if you feel inclined. I thought these were better the next day after the frosting got a little stiffer.

Surprise Cookies
from Martha Stewarts Cookies book via Barbara Bakes
Ingredients: (Makes about 2 dozen)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
12 large marshmallows, cut in half horizontally

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg, milk, and vanilla, and beat until well combined. Add reserved flour mixture; mix on low speed until combined.
3. Using a tablespoon or 1 3/4-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies begin to spread and become firm, 8 to 10 minutes. (I think next time I'll only bake them 7 minutes)
4. Remove baking sheets from oven, and place a marshmallow, cut-side down, in the center of each cookie, pressing down slightly. Return to oven, and continue baking until marshmallows begins to melt, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
5. Spread about 1 tablespoon of frosting over each marshmallow, starting in the center and continuing outward until marshmallow is covered.

Chocolate Frosting
3 cups confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 t. cocoa powder
1/4 cup plus 2 T. milk
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk in butter and cocoa powder. Add milk and vanilla, and whisk until well combined.
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  1. Hi Tawny,

    Weren't these cookies great? I made them a couple of weeks ago and liked them so much I went on to make a banana version. I believe these and most marshmallow surprise type cookies are spin-offs of the old "Aunt Ann's Sundae Cookies" from years ago. It's an old Pillsbury recipe.

  2. yea they were! banana huh..thats different. chocolate covered bananas are good though so it probably would be a good combo! yea that recipe clipping looks older than martha's book :)