Chocolate Marshmallow Surprise Cookies

surprise cookie recipe

Chocolate Marshmallow Surprise Cookies – a soft chocolate cookie base with a marshmallow sursprise covered in a chocolate glaze.

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

Surprise Cookies

Surprise Cookies

Yield: makes 2 dozen

Surprise Cookies - these are a favorite. A chocolate cookie base with a marshmallow baked into the top. Coated with a chocolate glaze to hide the surprise.

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.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 63 Comments

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    These are beautiful Bree!

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Katrina! These are pretty popular around here. 🙂

  2. Noelle (@singerinkitchen)

    These look really easy to make!

    1. bakedbree

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

  3. Julie

    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!

    1. bakedbree

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

  4. Ashley @ C & A Event Planning

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

    1. bakedbree

      They are! Your family will love them.

  5. Lilly

    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.

    1. bakedbree

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

  6. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    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

    1. bakedbree

      Crazy! Isn’t it?

  7. melissa

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  8. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}

    Oh yeah! They look soooo flippin good!

    1. bakedbree

      these really are! Very dangerous to have around.

  9. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats

    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!

    1. bakedbree

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

  10. marina prins

    Your cookies look great, pinned it!

    Marina # 6

    1. bakedbree

      thanks for pinning!

  11. Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      Thanks Brenda! And thanks for hosting.

  12. Mandy

    These look amazing!!

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  13. Stephanie

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

    only 12 weeks till Christmas!

    1. bakedbree

      Isn’t that crazy?

  14. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

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

    1. bakedbree

      I have made them 3 times already!

  15. Valentina

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  16. DEZMOND

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

    1. bakedbree

      Yum! White chocolate would be great too.

  17. Tracy

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  18. Kayla

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  19. Elizabeth @Food Ramblings

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  20. Renee

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      I bet that you were pretty popular at work!

  21. kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      Seriously! It snuck up on me!

  22. Kat

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

    1. bakedbree

      2 dozen.

  23. valen

    Hi,

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

    1. bakedbree

      unsweetened.

  24. kari

    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.

    1. bakedbree

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

  25. ShazinNV

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      Because they are so delicious! I would SQUEE too!

  26. Sabrina

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

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad! And welcome!

  27. leeann

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  28. laurasmess

    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

    1. bakedbree

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

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