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Holiday cookies: Day 17 — Choco-Marshmallow Cookies

This recipe is from Annamaria Wikoff of Oakdale, Calif. She writes, “My mother-in-law, Barbara Wikoff, was invited to a cookie exchange on a midweek evening. Because she taught piano every afternoon, she had to bake and package the cookies in the morning. Her teenage son, now my husband, arrived home from school and sampled the extra cookies as his snack. It was a new recipe. He proceeded to interrupt his mom by announcing, ‘These cookies are terrible. Where are you taking them?’ Barbara explained and continued with her teaching, wondering why he didn’t like them. She decided not to expose her friends to the terrible cookies, so after her last student left, she hurriedly made some brownies from a mix and rushed out the door. Steve stayed home, enjoyed not only the cookies that he managed to keep for himself but reveled in the fact that he had outsmarted his mother. She didn’t catch on until she returned home and he laughingly confessed.”

CHOCO-MARSHMALLOW COOKIES

3-1/2 cups sifted flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2/3 cup cocoa

1 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup milk

36 large marshmallows, halved

1 can chocolate frosting.

Sift dry ingredients together and set aside. Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Blend in eggs, milk and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Mix well. Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for eight minutes. Remove cookie sheet from oven and press half of a marshmallow (cut side down) on each cookie. Return sheet to oven and bake two to three minutes until puffy. Cool. Frost the marshmallow with chocolate frosting.

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