As the snow falls outside this morning, what better way to enjoy some hot cocoa than in these warm, buttery hot cocoa cookies! These might be the easiest (and tastiest) cookies I’ve ever made. It’s hard to follow Strudel’s amazing checkerboard cake from last week incorporating chocolate!
But hopefully you’ll agree these super fudgy cookies with a hint of cinnamon and almond are a tempting successor (and ready to eat in about 25 minutes).
I took inspiration for my cookies from Cafe Delites. These are a one-bowl cookie that used up leftover hot cocoa mix (marshmallows included) I had in my pantry. Using a 1/4 cup scoop, these are BIG cookies. I don’t know about you but I feel extra special when someone gives me a BIG cookie. Admittedly, I don’t feel as special after eating the entire BIG cookie but that’s beside the point!
1 c. hot cocoa mix (I used Starbuck’s hot cocoa with marshmallows mix)
1 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
3/4 c. melted butter (unsalted)
1 t. almond extract
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
Pre-heat the oven the 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Prepare two baking sheets with silicon mats or parchment paper
In one large bowl combine the cocoa mix, sugar, cinnamon and butter and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Add in the egg and extract and mix until well combine again.
Add in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix just until combined.
With a 1/4 c. scoop, scoop dough onto baking sheet with 2 inches of space around each cookie. I scooped 6 cookies onto one sheet and 3 onto the other. Lightly press the dough down with your hand to flatten slightly.
Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave the cookies on the sheet for another 10 minutes and then remove cookies from the sheet to a cooling rack.
Strudel and Streusel are two friends living in different cities, sharing a love of baking (and butter) through this blog. With Streusel in Denver, and Strudel in Seattle, we've found our little site to be a great way to stay in touch, share recipes we love, and talk about experiences in our respective cities.