I received a message from a friend the other day that said that she and her daughter have enjoyed the recipes that she finds here...so that was all the motivation I needed to pull out the cocoa, the stools, and the kids.
I was clearing out some magazines, which is a major undertaking for me. I have always wanted to save every magazine I have ever bought or received in the mail. I'm always afraid that I will through away some great idea or beautiful picture or inspiring article and regret it for the rest of my life. The most valuable of my magazines are my Cottage Livings (no longer in print. poo.). The second most valuable are my Martha Stewarts (I can't believe I just put Martha in second place. What is the world coming to?). Years ago they published a Martha Stewart Baby and a Martha Stewart Kids publication. At that time I had no kids, but I still bought each magazine. She could put her name on encyclopedias and I would buy them all.
I thumbed through a couple of the Kids magazines this afternoon and tore out the pages that I wanted to save. The rest went into the recycle bin. Poo again. I found a cute project for the afternoon with a couple of modifications.
The recipe calls for made-from-scratch chocolate cookies with a marshmallow squished in the middle, hidden by a chocolate frosting. I scratched the made-from-scratch part. My kids aren't picky. I picked up a box of cake mix and made the cookies while the kids cut large marshmallows in half.
Ignore the table behind Anna Jane. It's an optical illusion. In real life it is spotless.
There hasn't been a lot of scissor practice around here since the drama.
To make cookies from a cake mix, use one box of cake mix (I used fudge chocolate), one stick of softened butter, two eggs and 2 Tbs of water. Mix thoroughly and drop onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes.
Remove from the oven and have the kids smoosh 1/2 of a large marshmallow into the middle of each cookie.
Stick the marshmallow-topped cookies back in the oven for 2-3 minutes. The instructions said they would melt a little. We didn't see that happen, but I stuck each batch back in there anyway. Maybe you'll have better luck.
Let the cookies cool completely while you mix up the frosting.
3 cups confectioners' sugar
6 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
4 1/2 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
6 Tbs milk
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
Place sugar in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter with the cocoa, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Pour mixture into the bowl of sugar. Add milk and vanilla, and whisk.
Spoon (or spread if thickened) the frosting over the cookie, hiding the marshmallow. Before the frosting sets, sprinkle with decorations.
The marshmallows were no surprise to us, but they were yummy anyway!
(If you talk to Martha, don't tell her about the mess on the table!)