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Hot Cocoa Cookies

     I’ve got another scrumptious cookie recipe for you!  These beauties were something that I decided to do at the last minute and I was surprised and delighted when they came out well!  These cookies are definitely not as healthy as some of my other recipes have been.  However, I think that sometimes a treat is a treat and should be enjoyed for what it is (unless of course you have allergies).
These cookies may be sweet, but they are also rich with dark chocolate flavor.  If you use a high quality cocoa powder, you will be baking wonderful antioxidants into your cookies!  Those are good for you, right? 😉
The chocolate chips and marshmallows really make these cookies what they are supposed to mimic: a comforting cup of hot cocoa.  I used Dandies brand marshmallows, which are wonderful.  They also recently updated their packaging and I think it looks amazing!  If you are looking for another great vegan marshmallow, try Sweet & Sara.  Those are also delicious and a little bit more gourmet since they offer more flavors.  If you’re gonna go out of your way to get a vegan marshmallow, you might as well go all out, right?  ^_^
I’m sorry if I’m pushy in this post.  I just really love these cookies and I want you to try them.  Now.
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Who could say “no” to that?
     The great thing about these cookies is that they are very easy to assemble.  They are really descendants from the humble yet outstanding chocolate chip cookie.  They bake up moist yet slightly chewy and a little crispy.  Perfect, right?
The marshmallows are used as garnish for the tops of the cookies only because I want them to be visible once the cookies are finished baking.  I tried making a batch with marshmallows baked into the batter and it tasted great, but didn’t look so good.  The marshmallows (as I’m sure many of you know from microwaving them) expand and morph when they cook.  The cookies looked a little warped when they came out of the oven!
I’m quite pleased with how the cookies came out in their final form.  If you need to make these ahead of time, you may do so.  Just refrigerate the dough until you need to bake them off.  I used a small ice cream scoop to portion the cookies out and then topped each one with 2-3 mini marshmallows.  What fun! ^_^

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Yield: approx 35 cookies
Free of: Gluten, Soy*, Nuts
*make sure to use soy-free chocolate, non-dairy milk, and marshmallows

Preheat oven 350 F.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup GF all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 c + 4 tsp tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or sub all vegan butter)
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegan sugar (or more coconut sugar)
  • 3/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 6 Tb aquafaba
  • 3 tsp Ener-G egg replacer powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • mini vegan marshmallows to garnish
Instructions

  1. ​In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the vegan butter/oil on medium speed to smooth out any lumps.
  2. After about 5 minutes, add the sugars to the mixer and cream them for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add the aquafaba, Ener-G powder, vanilla and salt to the mixer and beat on medium-high speed for about 3 minutes, or until it is smooth and shiny.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl one at a time on low speed.  Stop the mixer if you have to for larger amounts!  You don’t want more of a mess!  Save the chocolate chips for last and fold them in when the batter is completely combined.
  5. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
  6. Scoop desired size (I used about 1 Tb of batter) of batter onto your cookie sheets, giving them about an inch of room to spread.
  7. Top each cookie with a few mini marshmallows!
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes of until set in the middle.

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