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Today I wanted to share about baking cookies with the boys. For their Cub Scout pack meeting, there was a cookie exchange. Everyone brought 2 to 4 dozen cookies and the boys each picked about 20 cookies each to bring home.
A few families forgot to bring anything, but there was no shortage of cookies. After the boys had their selections and siblings had a chance to pick up a few of their own, the rest got bundled up for the fire house. Those fire fighters like to eat yummy food when they are not out doing their jobs and I suspect we just helped add a little to their waistline.
I was hoping to snap some photos of the cookie table, but we got there a little late and I missed the opportunity. I even forgot to snap pictures of our finished cookies. But, I did get a few of D helping me make a new recipe we tried… Hot Chocolate Cookies! (Here’s the recipe, from the book Favorite Brand Name 100 Best Holiday Cookies:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup chocolate chips, melted (we used semi-sweet while the recipe called for milk chocolate)
1 cup all purpose flour (we did half all purpose and half WW pastry flour
mini-marshmallows, cut into small pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper. (I have silicone mats for baking that we used.)
Beat butter, sugar and salt in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/4 cup melted chocolate; beat until well blended. Gradually add flour, beating after each addition.
Shape dough by level tablespoonfuls into balls. Place 2 inches apart and flatten to 1/2 inch thickness. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until firm. Cool on cookie sheets 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.
Spread about 1 teaspoon of remaining melted chocolate onto each cookie. Sprinkle with marshmallow pieces, pressing gently into the chocolate. Refrigerate 1 hour, or until set. (We set ours outside on the deck for 5 minutes at below freezing temps.)
It makes about 2 dozen cookies.