I have turned into such a bum. I have a green basket fully of papers that need to be dealt with and floors that need to be swept. Plus, the turtles need a clean tank. Instead I’ve been watching The Office nonstop and am completely distracted. I’ve seen the show plenty of times, yet I’m not getting any work done and still laughing out loud.
I’ve almost made it through three seasons; I’m currently watching the one with Phyllis’ wedding and I hate it when Pam goes home with Roy. My heart breaks for Jim each and every time. The season finale of season two always makes me cry. Speaking of crying, I had to suspend my Olympic-watching due to extreme emotional responses.
Watching the Olympics usually makes me tear up, but after the Women’s gold-medal hockey game I was a wreck. It was such a great game and I was in a happy mood baking and running in to see all the exciting plays; and then the last 4 minutes happened. And once the game ended and they showed all the crying faces, I was done. I can’t imagine the physical and emotional toll of playing at level and how those women felt. Despite the outcome, it was a great game of hockey and through my tears I was proud of the US ladies!
These cookies were made in an effort to use up all the odd and end ingredients I have in my stock; specifically peppermint bits and extra chocolate chips. It has been so cold and snowy these past two months I’ve been drinking a lot of cocoa. Hot cocoa is best enjoyed with a splash or two of peppermint schnapps, hence the peppermint bits.
And obviously hot cocoa needs marshmallows. These cookies are not the prettiest I’ve made, they are a tad flat, but still super chewy. The cookies are rich and chocolatey. There are plenty of chocolate chunks and peppermint bits, the marshmallows really add the hot cocoa flavor. These cookies were hard to stop eating; literally, I couldn’t stop eating them! Before winter is over, you should make these cookies!
Two Years Ago – White Russian Cupcakes
Mint Hot Cocoa Cookies
Adapted from Pioneer Woman
Yield – 30 cookies
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (or whatever you have on hand)
3/4 cup mini dried marshmallows + extra for topping
1 cup peppermint bits
- Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line three cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar until pale yellow. Scrape the bowl and beat in the vanilla and egg; mix until well combined.
- Sift together the flour, cocoa, soda, and salt. Add to the creamed butter on low speed and mix until just combined. Beat in the chocolate chips, dried marshmallows, and peppermint bits.
- Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough. Add dried marshmallows on top.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes until just done. Let cool completely on a wire rack.