Hot cocoa cookies and a family dinner

Today is a federal holiday in Canada – “Good Friday” – so all the banks, grocery stores, and Dalhousie was closed.  Tim Hortons – surprise, surprise – was still open.  I guess Canadians need their timmies even on holidays!  I got a last minute invite to join my friends Dianne, Nichelle, and Janice for an Easter turkey dinner at their house tonight.  I asked if I could bring anything and they suggested that a dessert might be nice if I could manage it (again, the grocery stores were closed).  So I decided to give it a try.

I did have eggs, milk, gluten free baking mix, and sugar but not much to mix in with it – chocolate chips would have been nice and easy.  I did have honey, marshmallows, peanut butter, brown sugar, and hot chocolate mix though so I decided to it was time for a gluten-free baking experiment.  After thinking through a few different combinations I decided to try the more unique combination and make “hot cocoa with marshmallow” flavored cookies.  And they turned out great!  Dianne even went back for seconds 🙂

(I went for thirds but not sure if it counts since my dessert deliciousness meter has been set lower after cutting out gluten).

I tried to pay a little more attention to the amounts of ingredients this time so I could share:

1/2 cup butter (I actually used a combo of butter and margarine – probably ended up being about 70-30)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp vanilla

1 egg

1/3 cup hot cocoa mix

1 1/2 cups Pamela’s baking mix

After mixing that together, roll mini marshmallows (I did 3-5 per cookie) inside a chunk of cookie dough and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F.

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I also made some popcorn in the pot (pan? or maybe potan? – a little of both?) that I bought at the thrift store (we don’t have a microwave so we have to make it on the stove) and put some cinnamon and sugar on it with a little butter.  I think popcorn is probably also a little strange as a dessert but it was my only other good option for a backup plan in case the cookies didn’t turn out great.  Otherwise I only had some ice cream that I had already eaten a little of.

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Dinner was delicious and a perfect time to finish up my gluten-free stuffing I had made earlier.  They even had made little bunnies out of the napkins.

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Great food, great dessert, great company!

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