December 2014

Hot Cocoa Cookies – A Recipe Making the Rounds

Chocolate and Marshmallow CookieThis recipe for Hot Cocoa Cookies is making the rounds. It was emailed to me and I thought you might enjoy it. They are a big hit! -Kimberly

Hot Cocoa Cookies
Rich and delicious; these are a perfect cookie for Christmas or any time of year!
Yield: Makes about 50 (small) cookies



For the cookies-
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
1 1/2 cu
ps flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
25 (apx.) large marshmallows

For the icing -
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Assorted sprinkles

Make the cookies-
1.) In a medium saucepan (or in a microwave safe bowl, using 50% power), melt the butter and chocolate, stirring frequently. Once melted, set aside to cool slightly.
2.) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
3.) In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla on low speed until well combined.
4.) Add the cooled chocolate mixture and blend until just combined.
5.) While mixing, add the flour mixture slowly and blend until just combined.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then cover the dough and refrigerate about 1 hour. If making the dough a day ahead, let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping.
6.) Preheat oven to 325*F. and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat type liner. Use a tablespoon (or a tablespoon sized cookie scoop) to scoop the dough, then roll the dough in your hands to create balls. Arrange the balls about 2 inches apart on your baking sheets, then flatten slightly.

Bake cookies about 12 minutes.
7.) While the cookies bake, cut the large marshmallows in half (crosswise). When the cookies have baked, remove from oven and press one marshmallow half (cut side down) into the center of each cookie. Return the cookies to the oven and bake another 2-3 minutes. Allow the pan of cookies to cool a few minutes, then transfer cookies to cooling rack.
8.) Prepare cookie icing by combining all ingredients in a medium bowl and mixing together with a whisk. Place wire cooling rack (with cookies on it) over a baking sheet (to catch any excess icing). Spoon a small amount of icing onto the top of each marshmallow, and use the back of the spoon to spread it a bit. After icing just a couple cookies, top with sprinkles before the icing dries.
9.) Allow icing to set up about 30 minutes before serving.



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NEW Listing: Rolando Village Corner Lot – San Diego Real Estate for Sale 92115

254001 Hope Street – A NEW listing for sale by Blend Real Estate in Rolando Village, ZIP code 92115, a sweet area about two miles south of San Diego State University, north of College Grove, west of the 805.

This property is a traditional sale on a large corner lot. 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sold to include all updated appliances including washer and dryer. A classic mid-century ranch, this property has a wall of windows in the living room looking to the expansive backyard. Lots of small quiet streets and dead end streets, this neighborhood is close to shopping, freeways and dining.

1,136 SF and it feels bigger. Classic workshop in the backyard and two driveways, one carport.

Saltillo tile flooring and carpet, updated paint, dual paned windows throughout. Plantation shutters through most of the home, and the living room uses “up/down” cellular shades to control the light from the top or bottom. Super easy to use.

Beautiful open kitchen – very nicely upgraded!

The home has full solar electrical, owned free and clear. There will be no lease payment for the buyer to assume. Air conditioning and wall heat. Reverse osmosis water filtration throughout. Slightly elevated lot – flat and usable.

Priced competitively in a range of $390,000 – $410,000, the seller is ready to sell. Contact Kimberly Dotseth today for a showing, financing questions or more photos. Phone (858) 452-2599 or email

4001 Hope Street

San Diego, CA 92115

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