I have the standard list of cookies I am required to bake out of tradition. I try to do something new every year. This one I made for my work cookie exchange, Hot Chocolate Cookies. It combines the chocolate flavor of hot chocolate with a dash of Espresso powder for little added kick. You could also add a bit of Cayenne for a added kick.
Hot Chocolate Cookies Yield 30 cookies 350 degrees
1 cup butter (2 sticks) room temp.
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. Espresso powder
3/4 cup hot chocolate or 3 packets with marshmallows
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1tsp baking soda
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup reserved choco chips for drizzle
Cream the butter with an electric mixer and add the brown sugar and eggs. Beat until incorporated. Add the Espresso powder through the baking soda. Add the vanilla and lastly the chocolate chips. Beat until flour is completely nixed in. I used a large Tablespoon for this. You can get 15 cookies per pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Use the bottom of a shot glass to make an indent on each cookie. Place 4 mini marshmallows per cookie and return to the oven for 2 minutes to melt the marshmallows. Microwave the 1/2 cup or chips for 30 seconds until melted mixing each time. Add a few drops of oil to make the cholate glisten and easier to apply. Use a spoon to drizzle on each cookie. Let cool and package.