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I've never professed to be a good cook. While I'm armed with a few (and that's pushing it) recipes that make handsome hubby drool, I tend to lean on him for kitchen creativity.
On Sunday mornings, I love sitting at the table writing, surfing the net, or reading while he whips up an incredible breakfast.
Yeah, I'm lucky like that.
But from that jar of "all-about-me-hearts" beside me bed, I drew "Make cookies." I know, somewhat ironic for someone who spends three quarters of the year cursing Susie Homemaker.
The truth is, making cookies makes me happy. I like finding new recipes, and I love (love!) the smile on hubby's face when he sees that I've baked them. I could make the WORST cookies in the world and he makes me feel like a professional baker. Lucky, I know.
Yesterday however, I did not make bad cookies. I think, perhaps, I made the best cookies ever, mostly because I wasn't allowed to use the same-old recipes. Part of picking a "heart" for each day is to help me break out of my comfort zone. I know handsome hubby loves my soft peanut butter cookies, but making them felt too "safe."
These Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies? Now that was a risk!
The recipe isn't mine, and I admit, I didn't add the pecans (had none) and my icing didn't look quite as thick, but truly, these cookies rocked.
Sadly, due to my "other" resolutions, I can't EAT very many of them. Not to worry though, hubby had all but polished them off last night.
The Book In My Bag Today: Living Dead in Dallas, Charlaine Harris
Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 16 to 18 large marshmallows
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pecan halves
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg, milk and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; beat into creamed mixture.
- Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Meanwhile, cut marshmallows in half. Press a marshmallow half, cut side down, onto each cookie. Return to the oven for 2 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- For icing, in a small saucepan, combine butter, cocoa and milk. Bring to a boil; boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Cool slightly; transfer to a small bowl. beat in confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over the cooled cookies. Top each with a pecan half. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 246 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 201 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.