Sunday, March 7, 2010

Surprise Cookies

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, were on television tonight- so I invited a few friends over to watch, but in reality we all know they came for the pre-show and to critique outfits.  Naturally, these gatherings mean I will bake.  So I decided to try a recipe I'd been meaning to get to ever since my aunt gave me the Martha Stewart's Cookies book.  These Surprise cookies create a great combination of flavors with a moist chocolate cookie, gooey marshmallow, and smooth chocolate frosting.  We all thought they were Oscar worthy.  I hope you think so too.

Surprise Cookies
adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cookies


For the cookies:
1 ¾ cups flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
½ cup whole milk (I used skim milk)
1 tsp vanilla extract
marshmallows, halved crosswise

For the frosting:
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup whole milk (I used skim milk)
½ tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. 

Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix on medium speed until pale, about 2 minutes.  Reduce speed to medium-low, mix in the egg, milk, and vanilla.  Mix in the flour mixture in small batches, until combined.

Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart.  Bake cookies for about 8 to 10 minutes. (While the cookies bake, cut each marshmallow in half.) Immediately press a marshmallow half on top of each cookie.  Bake another 2 to 3 minutes more. 

Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks. 

To make the frosting, put the confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl.  Melt butter with the cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.  Add the butter mixture to the confectioners' sugar.  Whisk in milk and vanilla.

Spread about 1 tablespoon of frosting on top of each cookie to cover the marshmallow.  Let stand until set about 10 minutes.  Cookies can be stored in a single layer in containers at room temperature for up to 2 days.

1 comment:

  1. THE BEST COOKIES EVERRRRR - well at least top 5!!!!!!!!