Sadly, I missed last week’s post, but this week I have what I believe is my best post yet!! J went bow-hunting on Sunday so I took advantage of that time to do a little baking. There’s nothing quite like the smell of chocolate baking in the oven, so I was definitely in heaven. I am not typically a marshmallow fan, so I planned these as more of a treat for my co-workers than anything else, but I always like to taste-test before passing anything that I’ve made off to others.
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- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
- 5 bars (4 oz. each) semi-sweet chocolate (3 bars (12 oz) broken into pieces, 1-1 1/2 bars cut into 1-inch squares, and the rest for garnish)
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Special Dark cocoa powder)
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 ¼ cups light brown sugar
- 3 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- ~30 marshmallows (I used 26)
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and the broken up 12 ounces of chocolate, stirring frequently, over medium heat. Let cool for 15 minutes.
- While the chocolate is cooling, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and whisk together.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl if you are using a hand mixer), add the sugar, eggs and vanilla and mix on low speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.
- Mix in the cooled chocolate mixture until just blended, then add the flour mixture in 2 batches, mixing on low speed until just combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with foil or parchment paper. Using a tablespoon (I used a medium sized cookie scoop), scoop the dough and roll between your palms to form 1-inch balls. Arrange balls 2 inches apart on each cookie sheet, flattening slightly (the number of balls you can fit on the sheet will depend on the size – I was able to get 20 on a large sheet, 16 on a medium sheet). Bake until the tops of the cookies crack, about 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, snip marshmallows in half crosswise and stick 1 of the 1-inch squares of chocolate onto each of the cut (sticky) sides. (Cut as you go, however many you need per sheet in the oven.)
- Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and gently press a marshmallow half, chocolate side down, into each cookie. Bake until the marshmallows are just softened, about 4 minutes.
- Transfer the pans to racks to cool for 5 minutes and grate the remaining chocolate over the hot cookies. Transfer the cookies to racks to cool completely. Repeat the process with the remaining dough, marshmallows and chocolate.