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I love giving out cookies, bars and goodies to my friends and neighbors this time of year. It is especially fun if I can make the goodies adorable, delicious and memorable!
While I was at Walmart the other day, I noticed a new flavor of NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Dough, Hot Cocoa! The wheels in my head started turning and I thought how fun it would be to make a cookie in the shape of a hot cocoa cup, so I picked up a couple of packages.
NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Dough makes baking so easy, I was able to put my Hot Coca Mug Cookies together in no time. The printed recipe is below, but I will also talk you through the instructions here.
Place one precut cookie dough piece in each space of the muffin tin. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Quickly take the pan out of the oven and place a mound of mini marshmallows on top of each cookie. Place back in the oven and bake for an additional minute. This will melt the marshmallows slightly and help keep them in place. If you would like your guests to customize their own Hot Cocoa cookie cup with whipped cream, leave out the marshmallow step.
To make the handle is simple and easy. Purchase a bag of chocolate covered pretzel twists. With a serrated knife score down the middle of the pretzel before cutting. That will help keep the pretzel from breaking. Dip the cut edge of the pretzel in the melted chocolate chips and then gently press into the side of the cookie. Set on a lightly greased plate with the pretzel handle resting on the lip of the plate. I found that this helped keep the handle in place while the chocolate set.
I think they turned out marvelously cute. It was hard to stop taking pictures of them. The cookie cups topped with marshmallows are perfect to take and give to friends and neighbors. If you are serving them in your home or at a party you might like to leave some cookies without marshmallows. This way your guests can customize their cookies with whipped cream and sprinkles.
I recently served these at our annual caroling party with my famous hot cocoa for a crowd. They were a hit with all the guests. To make your cookie presentation really stand out it is easy to dress up your whipped cream bottle with a little wrapping paper to make it look more festive. My daughter took some of the Hot Cocoa Cup Cookies to school this week and everyone she shared them with thought they were so cute.
This year Nestlé has everything for your baking needs and some wonderful free printables to help package up your sweets. They have so many cute designs to print that you will be wanting to bake up a storm of the hot cocoa cup cookies and other Nestlé goodies so you can use all the printables!
NESTLÉ® has tons of great ideas for cookies and other treats. Please check them out on all their social channels for ideas on what you can bake:
I would also love to hear what you are baking this season. Please leave a comment below!
Hot Cocoa Cup Cookies
- 1 Pkg. NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Cookie Dough Hot Cocoa Flavor
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 24 chocolate covered pretzels twists
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350
Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray
Separate the cookie dough into the pre-sized portions
Place one cookie portion into each muffin place
Bake for 10 minutes
Remove pan from oven and place a mound of mini marshmallows over each cookie (if desired)
Return to oven for 1 minute
Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before trying to remove cookies from tins
Remove cookies from tin
In a small bowl melt the chocolate chips in the microwave stirring every 30 seconds until melted
With a knife score the pretzels down the middle and then cut in half
Dip the cut side of the pretzel half into the melted chocolate and then press into the side of the cookie
Place on a lightly greased plate using the rim of the plate to hold the pretzel handle in place
Place the cookies in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to let the chocolate set
Now you can serve at your next party