Last week we got about five inches of snow, and when my husband asked if I was going out with the kids when they went to play in it I…well, I laughed. Snow is lovely and pretty and peaceful, but only when I’m inside a warm house, with a book in my hand, looking at it. My kids were so disappointed when I didn’t put on thirty different layers and snow pants and impossible-to-tug-on boots after I wrestled them into theirs. On days like that they want me to be outside with them, sledding and building a snowman and having snowball fights and all of that ruddy-cheeked nonsense that people who enjoy frostbite like to do.
See, here’s the thing: you have to not mind the cold to enjoy the snow. I don’t like to be cold. I think cold-enjoying is left to people who are either insane, or live in Wisconsin. So: inside I stay, where there are books to read and a fire to sit by and snacks that don’t require thawing out. I will make the requisite hot chocolate when the children come tumbling back inside, sure. But I can only make the hot chocolate if my fingers haven’t frozen into arthritic gnarled tree branches of hypothermic agony, so to my children I say, I’m sorry: you go play outside. Mama will be right here to help you wring the icicles out of your hair and peel the frozen socks from your feet when you come back in.
To assuage my guilt today (and to put off doing the vacuuming I said I would do), I had these cookies waiting for the kiddos when they came back inside from
Antartica the backyard. They’re ridiculously easy to make, other than the stuck-together fingers that come with cutting 15 stale marshmallows in half, and since nothing says “I love you” and “I’m sorry I hate freezing to death” like a bunch of baked sugar with some chocolate, I’m sure I’ll be making these again the next time we’re snowed in and I’m looking for an excuse to not be outdoorsy.
Winter is hard. Let these cookies make it better. You can thank me when you’re not outside making snow angels, too.
(from Genius Kitchen)
Yield: 30 cookies
For the cookie: Preheat oven to 350º F. Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add egg, then vanilla and milk and mix well. Add flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder and beat again until the batter just comes together. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Press a marshmallow half into the center of each cookie, then bake for 2 minutes more. Cool completely, then frost.
For the frosting: In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, milk and butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips until they melt completely, then cool until the mixture is thick enough to spread on top of the cookies.