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Surprise Cookies [Week 1 of 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats]

surprise cookie recipeSurprise! There are 12 weeks until Christmas!

How is that possible? Didn’t I just put the beach chairs away?

This is my 3rd year participating in the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, and I look forward to it every year. I love looking through my cookbooks and finding inspiration around the Internet and planning out what I am going to make. This year, I am starting with Martha Stewart’s Surprise Cookies. I have had this recipe pulled for a very long time, and finally got around to making them this afternoon. They were amazing, and going to be very hard to top. My family thinks that these might be the the best cookie I have ever made for them. That is saying a lot!

The cake is crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, and it is covered with a smooth chocolate frosting. Which is pretty great all on its own, but when you take a bite, you find a marshmallow center. This is going to be your new favorite cookie recipe.

surprise cookie recipe1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 marshmallows, cut in half

Frosting:

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 Tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

surprise cookie recipeMix together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.

surprise cookie recipeCream together butter and sugar until light and creamy.

surprise cookie recipeAdd egg, milk, and vanilla.

surprise cookie recipeAdd the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.

surprise cookie recipeLine baking sheets with parchment paper. Using an ice cream scoop, drop batter about 2 inches apart.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

surprise cookie recipeTake the cookies out and press the marshmallow half into the cookie.

Put the cookies back into the oven for another 2 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.

surprise cookie recipeMake the frosting by whisking together sugar, butter, cocoa, milk, and vanilla.

surprise cookie recipeTop with frosting and cover the marshmallow.

surprise cookie recipe
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Surprise Cookies


Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 marshmallows, cut in half

Frosting:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Cream together butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients. Mix until combined. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using an ice cream scoop, drop batter about 2 inches apart.
  2. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Take the cookies out and press the marshmallow half into the cookie. Put the cookies back into the oven for another 2 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.
  3. Make the frosting by whisking together sugar, butter, cocoa, milk, and vanilla. Top with frosting and cover the marshmallow.

If you would like to be a part of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, you can find the information at Meal Planning Magic. Sign up and get baking!

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  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    September 27th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    These are beautiful Bree!

  2. bakedbree

    September 27th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    thanks Katrina! These are pretty popular around here. 🙂

  3. Noelle (@singerinkitchen)

    September 27th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    These look really easy to make!

  4. bakedbree

    September 27th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    they really are easy to make, but they look like they took little effort.

  5. Julie

    September 27th, 2012 at 11:11 am

    These look delicious. I’m sure the kids would love the marshmallow-y goodness in the middle. I’m pretty excited about the 12 weeks of Christmas cookies!

  6. bakedbree

    September 27th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Me too. I love doing it every year. I hope that you will follow along.

  7. Ashley @ C & A Event Planning

    September 27th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I cannot wait to make these for the next family function! Delicious!

  8. bakedbree

    September 27th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    They are! Your family will love them.

  9. Lilly

    September 27th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I love these cookies! Thank you for posting this, I will have to make them again soon! Your cookies look so nice, especially the frosting. Did you thin the frosting or warm it up first? I don’t remember mine looking so smooth.

  10. bakedbree

    September 27th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I didn’t thin it or warm it. I think that next time I would add a smidge more sugar to tighten it up.

  11. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    September 27th, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    These are so pretty! I bet they’re soo good right out of the oven. And 12 weeks till Christmas already?! It’s still 95 degrees here! Agh

  12. bakedbree

    September 27th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Crazy! Isn’t it?

  13. melissa

    September 27th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    these look so yummy! i have been looking for more cookie recipes so i am excited about your series!

  14. bakedbree

    September 27th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I have two years to look through also! Glad that you are following along.

  15. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}

    September 27th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Oh yeah! They look soooo flippin good!

  16. bakedbree

    September 27th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    these really are! Very dangerous to have around.

  17. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats

    September 27th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Oh my god I can’t believe there are only 12 weeks until Christmas! This is so exciting. I love celebrating all the holidays, especially christmas 🙂 The weeks are going to just fly by, I know it!

  18. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I know! I have barely wrapped my head around school starting and now we are talking about Christmas.

  19. marina prins

    September 28th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Your cookies look great, pinned it!

    Marina # 6

  20. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    thanks for pinning!

  21. Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic

    September 28th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I bet these would be pretty popular around my house too! I love that they are simple but look so fancy–perfect for a holiday spread. Thanks for shariing and glad you’re part of the hop again this year! Cant’ wait to see what goodies you come up with along the way.

  22. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks Brenda! And thanks for hosting.

  23. Mandy

    September 28th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    These look amazing!!

    It’s so hard to believe it’s only 12 weeks away.

  24. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Tell me about it! I have no idea how that happened.

  25. Stephanie

    September 28th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Oh wow these look amazing! I love cookies that are both cute and tasty.

    only 12 weeks till Christmas!

  26. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Isn’t that crazy?

  27. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    September 28th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    This cookies have all the ingredients to become a favorite. Great recipe!

  28. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I have made them 3 times already!

  29. Valentina

    September 29th, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Bree, what fun cookies! I love that you’re planning Christmas cookies already. It’s never too soon! 🙂

  30. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Nope! Never too soon. This is my 3rd year doing this and I love it even more every year.

  31. DEZMOND

    September 29th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    such true delight, Bree, very creative and utterly divine! Bravo! I’m already imagining these with white chocolate 🙂

  32. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Yum! White chocolate would be great too.

  33. Tracy

    September 29th, 2012 at 10:43 am

    These cookies look so yummy!! Does the frosting harden nice or is it best to eat them warm?

  34. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    It hardens. I prefer them chilled, but it hardens on its own.

  35. Kayla

    September 29th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    These look amazing. Your photos are gorgeous. I found your blog through the hop and am so excited to explore all your posts 🙂

  36. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    thank you Kayla! I look forward to seeing what else you make for the hop.

  37. Elizabeth @Food Ramblings

    September 30th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    My mom makes these, and we put cherries in the marshmellows!

  38. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Even more fun! Will have to try that next time that I make these.

  39. Renee

    October 1st, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I made these little pieces of heaven yesterday to bring to work. OMG they are so yummy! They are a hit! So easy too! I am looking forward to week 2!

  40. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I bet that you were pretty popular at work!

  41. kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    October 1st, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    How can it only be 12 weeks until Christmas? I gets me every year!! These look amazing. I can see why your kids love them. My kids love anything with marshmallows!

  42. bakedbree

    October 2nd, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Seriously! It snuck up on me!

  43. Kat

    November 29th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    How many cookies does this make?? They look great just subscribed to your feed.

  44. bakedbree

    December 2nd, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    2 dozen.

  45. valen

    December 7th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Hi,

    I’m wondering if you use sweetened or unsweetened cocoa in the chocolate surpise cookies! Thank you

  46. bakedbree

    December 8th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    unsweetened.

  47. kari

    December 17th, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I made these with my 8 yr old son to give to his teacher for Christmas. He enjoyed pushing in the marshmallows and he was very excited about his teacher finding the surprise. They turned out great and were so delicious. I will definitely make them again.

  48. bakedbree

    December 19th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    How cute is that? I love making these cookies too. And my husband loves eating them!

  49. ShazinNV

    January 20th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Bree, my mom made these when we were kids and they were definitely the family favorite. When I bring them to family gatherings, some 50 years later, they still get a big SQUEE.

  50. bakedbree

    January 22nd, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Because they are so delicious! I would SQUEE too!

  51. Sabrina

    February 17th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    These cookies are delicious! Found your page coinsidencly, I´m a big fan of your recipe´s! Greetings from Sweden!

  52. bakedbree

    February 21st, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I am so glad! And welcome!

  53. leeann

    November 3rd, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Can these be frozen and/or kept in the fridge until Christmas time? They look very yummy! Thank you.

  54. bakedbree

    November 4th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I assume so. I have never frozen them before, they never lasted that long.

  55. laurasmess

    December 9th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Just found the link via Eat Your Heart Out (thanks Stephie!) and had to follow it. These look incredible Bree! Yum! Love the little chocolate ‘fried egg’ look that they have. Even more adorable x

  56. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you! I love these cookies. So much fun.

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