Monday, December 3, 2012

Fudgy Cathedral Cookies

There WILL be sugar.

Consider yourself warned.  Yes, that's right.  I'm doing something that I rarely do.  All desserts (or sweet things).  All week long.  Starting right now.  If you're wondering why, well... it's because the season of sweets is upon us.  Holiday baking.  Cookie exchanges.  Cookie trays.  Tins filled with holiday cookies, candies, and chocolates.  Sugar, sugar, sugar!  You've probably noticed.

Now, I'm usually a last-minute-Louise.  I admit it.  I even gave it a go a couple of months back... you know... the whole "getting started with your holiday treats early"-thing?  I made it a whole week.  Hey, I consider that progress.  But to make up for ultimately being a holiday baking slacker, I'm shoving a whole week's worth of treats in your face all at once.  You're welcome.  Uh yeah, that was so Sadie of me.  And yes, I am way too old to be referencing Awkward.  What evs.
Where was I?  I get off track so easily.  See.  Is it any wonder that I made it only one week?  So.  This week.  All week long.  I'm teaming up with a group of tasty bloggers to bring you all the Christmas (or insert your holiday here) treats you can handle!  There's even themes - today's being 'cookies and bars'.  Now, how's about a cookie?

I have finally found a use for those awesome(-ly disgusting) little fruit-flavored colored marshmallows!  You know the ones?  You throw them in your cart every couple of years or so because they're so pretty and pastel.  And you've forgotten how bad they actually taste.  Well, when combined with fudgy chocolate, walnuts, and coconut - they rock!  That little bit of "citrus"?  Good!  And let me give you a tip - keep 'em in a freezer baggie...in the freezer...and pull them out only when you're ready to eat them.  It keeps the marshmallow "windows" all chewy and addictive.  Yes, the "cathedral" comes from the minor resemblance to stained glass windows.

Fudgy Cathedral Cookies

by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: dessert chocolate nuts marshmallows Christmas cookie winter

Ingredients (3-4 dozen)
  • 12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 c. miniature pastel marshmallows
  • ½ c. chopped walnuts
  • 1 c. flaked coconut
Instructions
Melt chocolate chips and butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Quickly whisk a little of the hot mixture into the egg and then return the whole mixture to the pan, whisking the whole time. Cook and stir over lowest heat for 1-2 minutes.

Pour into a bowl and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Carefully fold in marshmallows and nuts. Chill for 30 minutes.

Lay out a long sheet of waxed paper and plop mixture onto it. Form and roll into a log that is ~1½-inches in diameter. Place coconut on another sheet of waxed paper and carefully lift the log onto it. Roll and press a big to get as much of the coconut to stick as you can. Wrap in that piece of wax paper, twisting and sealing the ends tightly. Freeze for at least 4 hours, or up to overnight.

Remove wax paper and cut into ¼"-½" slices. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve or assemble cookie trays.

adapted from Best Loved Cookies & Candies
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Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Each day we will be celebrating a new holiday baking theme where each blogger makes a dish they love. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting Monday December 3rd and ending Friday December 7th.

Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Cookies and Bars”. Make sure you visit all the participating bloggers today to see what special dish they whipped up for you.

So, tell me, what are your favorite holiday Cookie and/or Bar recipes?  Feel free to leave links in the comments section.  Remember, all sweets all week long!