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A family tradition my friends and I do every year is a Christmas cookie exchange. It’s simple, fun and creates lots of laughs for who has THE BEST cookie! I decided to whip up a new recipe for this year which was a hit with my kids…they were my taste testers. I knew if they loved it, then my friends would to. Needless to say, this will be a new staple on our cookie rotation list!

For the Cookies:

Large Marshmellows

1 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

3 Eggs

1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1 Stick of Butter (or 1/2 cup)

12 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1 1/4 cups Brown Sugar

1 1/2 cups Flour

For the Icing:

1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1/2 Stick of Butter, Melted (or 4 tbsp)

2 cups Powdered Sugar

1/4 cup Hot Water

Christmas Sprinkles

To make these delicious cookies, follow these steps:

1: In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate for the cookie base making sure to stir frequently. Once the chocolate is melted, you will want to set the pan aside for it to cool.

2: In a medium-sized mixing bowl such as this one HERE, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3: In a separate mixing BOWL, add the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract on low speed with an electric handheld MIXER until everything is combined. Now add in the melted chocolate and blend again until everything is well blended.

4: You will now slowly pour in the flour mixture making sure to be combining everything together with your MIXER while pouring.

5: Once you have a dough base, cover the dough and refrigerate it for 1-hour.

6: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. While the oven is preheating, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you want to bake two patches together, then go ahead and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. You will have enough dough to make two patches!

7: With a spoon, scoop the dough and roll into balls about the size of a golf ball. Make sure to place each ball about 2-inches apart from one another on the baking sheet. Using the spoon, gently flatten the dough ball. Bake the cookies for about 12-minutes.

8: While the cookies are baking, cut the large marshmallows in half across (not length wise). Once the cookies have fully baked, remove them from the oven and gently press a marshmallow half on top of each cookie. Place them back in the oven and bake for another 2-3 minutes.

9: Allow the cookies to cool and then move them to a cooling rack such as this one HERE.

10: Now it’s time to make the icing! Combine all the icing ingredients in a medium BOWL, and mix together with a whisk. Place the cooling rack with the cookies over a baking sheet and carefully spoon a small amount of icing onto the top of each marshmallow.

11: Using the back of the spoon, carefully spread the icing over the marshmallow making sure to cover majority, if not all, of the top. Add some Christmas sprinkles and enjoy!

I know this will be a hit with your family and friends just as it was mine! It’s a fun, festive recipe that everyone of all ages can enjoy. My kids even loved helping make a batch of these as well which worked great for some family bonding time. I would love for you to tag me if you give this recipe a try. Have fun baking friends!

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