High School Culinary Arts students, under the leadership of their teacher, Ms. Lindsay Hale, held a second annual holiday cookie bake-off on December 17. Another class engineered gingerbread houses for competition. Hot Chocolate Cookies were a slam dunk with judges! Below is the winning cookie recipe, courtesy of Love from the Oven blogger:
Hot Chocolate Cookies
- 1 and 1/4 cups butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 1/4 cups flour
- 4 packages (or 3/4 cups) hot cocoa mix
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup Marshmallow Bits (you could substitute mini marshmallows)
Heat oven to 350°F. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with standing mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.
Combine next 4 ingredients. Gradually beat into butter mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and Mallow Bits. Cover and chill 1 hour.
Drop 2 tablespoons dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool.