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Hot Chocolate Kiss Cookies

I've had a lot of good ideas, but this has to rank REAL high up there. Hot chocolate + cookies + marshmallows + chocolate chips = YES, PLEASE.

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Just ask Mila. I believe she's had about 20 of them.

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The idea was born from a quick run through Target. There are Hot Cocoa M&Ms and Hot Cocoa Hershey Kisses and they're both really good ideas. They are worthy all on their own, but they are even better when incorporated into something.

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Let's go ahead and talk about the Kisses first, mmkay? These look just like the Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies we all know and love, but they taste like a good cup of hot cocoa. Which, more really good drinks need to figure out how to become food. Because YES.

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Hot Chocolate Kiss Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 packages hot chocolate mix
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup dehydrated marshmallows (like the ones in hot chocolate mix)
1 package Hershey Hot Cocoa Kisses

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a few cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugars at low/medium speed until creamy. Add teh eggs and vanilla and mix some more.

3. In a medium mixing bowl,  combine the dry ingredients - flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and hot chocolate mix.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the stuff in Step 2 and mix at low speed until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and marshmallows.

5. Break off a small piece of cookie dough and roll it into a ball. The ball should be about 3/4" across. Roll the happy little ball in some granulated sugar then place on the parchment paper. By the way, 4-year old kids are AWESOME at coating little cookie balls in sugar.

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6. Once you have a cookie sheet filled with little balls, bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

7. As soon as you remove the cookies from the oven, top with a Hershey Kiss. You could use any Hershey Kiss, but I'm team Hot Cocoa over here because they have a little marshmallow center. It's the best.

8. Wait about a minute and then move the hot cookies to a cooling rack. The Hot Cocoa Kisses are a little more melty than the originals, so it may be worth moving them to a fridge or freezer to help set the Kiss quickly. (I didn't bother. Mine are a little flat. I DON'T CARE. The other way to avoid it would be to freeze the Kisses ahead of time, but who has time for that?)


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