Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Cookies
Each year when the snow starts falling we hurry to the store to stock up on hot cocoa. Stephen and I usually pick out a few new flavors along with the classics. One of our new favorites is salted caramel. We’ve tried both the Ghirardelli brand and the Starbucks, they’re both really good! I’m kind of addicted to the combo now! I wanted to bake a batch of cookies the other day and just happened to have everything I needed to make these salted caramel hot cocoa cookies. I started off by mixing up a bowl of chocolate hot cocoa dough in my stand mixer. While the cookies baked I made a saucepan full of the most beautiful amber color caramel I’ve ever seen! As soon as the cookies came out of the oven I covered them in marshmallows, miniature chocolate chips, caramel and sea salt. They were warm, rich and gooey- my kind of cookie! Definitely perfect for dunking in a hot glass of cocoa! Enjoy!
- ½ c. brown sugar
- 8 tbsp. (1 stick) salted butter, room temperature
- ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. milk
- 1 large egg
- 1¼ c. all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ c. hot cocoa mix*
- ¼ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ c. miniature marshmallows
- ½ c. miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- ¼ c. salted caramel sauce
- Salted Caramel Sauce:
- ½ c. granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp. salted butter, room temperature
- ¼ c. heavy whipping cream, room temperature
- ½ tsp. salt
- Preheat oven to 350℉. Line one baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, cream the brown sugar and butter until fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add the vanilla extract, milk and egg, mixing until just combined.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, hot cocoa mix, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing on low to combine.
- Place balls of cookie dough (approximately 1½ tbsp. in size) onto the prepared baking sheet. Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are set on the edges and barely firm in the centers. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately top with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Allow the cookies to cool for 3 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Meanwhile, to make the caramel sauce, heat the granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning. The sugar will begin to form clumps and will eventually melt and turn brown. Once the sugar has melted completely, add the butter. The mixture will bubble, continue stirring for 2 minutes or until the butter has completely melted, then add the cream. Boil for 1 minute then remove from the heat and add the salt. Allow the caramel to cool for 8-10 minutes before using. Drizzle over the cool cookies, garnish with a sprinkle of finishing salt.
Recipe source: Life Made Simple