Last updated on April 8th, 2019
Do you ever completely brushed off very obvious warning signs for trouble, insisting “it’ll be fine” but then it’s definitely not fine? We’ve all ignored the weather channel’s rain prediction, leaving the umbrella and sensible shoes behind because it looked SO IMPOSSIBLY SUNNY, right?
Halfway through making a test batch of these peppermint chocolate marshmallow cookies, I did just that. It was past midnight (when one does test baking, obviously) and I was spent. I carelessly dumped the powdered sugar into the mixer only to watch the whipped egg whites deflate. Their airy structure collapsed on itself and ignored it. Convinced it wouldn’t really matter (but mostly lacking the patience to re-whip egg whites) I charged ahead defiantly.
But it did matter.
My pillowy soft cookies with their delicate cracked crisp exterior baked up instead as gobs of dense cakey chocolate. I’m convinced that even with the exact same mass of ingredients, those lumps actually weighed more than my do-over cookies the next day (according to my unofficial human hand scale metric).
Notes to future self:
- Have patience and trust your gut, especially when there’s nearly 6 ounces of invaluable bittersweet Guittard chocolate involved.
- Heads up, marshmallow fingerprints attract ants en masse.
- Also, maybe don’t bake cookies after midnight.
- Scratch that, don’t be ridiculous. Midnight cookies are always a good idea.
These peppermint chocolate marshmallow cookies are my latest wintery midnight jam. There’s nearly a tablespoon of chocolate in each cookie (that’s not even counting the deep dark dutch-processed cocoa powder), but bake up like soft chewy clouds with a flakey slightly crispy shell and a hint of holiday (aka peppermint). The sticky marshmallow topping uses a technique I picked up from Maryanne where you beat whole marshmallows in a stand mixer until they melt from the friction. Top the peppermint chocolate morsels with that melty marshmallow drizzle and crushed candy canes and it just got vvvvery festive in here. Cue the holiday music.
Cookie month is in full swing and Holly & Natalie from The Modern Proper are bringing folks together to share their favorite cookies – head over to their post for a full list of cookie inspiration or browse (and drool over) #calmandbrightcookienight!
Pinhole Press Holiday Bake-Off
Head over to the blog post on Pinhole Press to read the complete rules for participating in their Holiday Bake-Off to win prizes for baking cookies! Did you make this cookie? Then you’ve already done the first step to enter!
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