Merry Christmas! My Christmas wish is for everyone to enjoy a day filled with food, family, laughter and love. And COOKIES!
Today I'm sharing a special holiday cookie recipe that's vegan friendly and kid approved. I recently served these Hot Cocoa Crinkle Cookies as part of an all vegan spread at a kindergarten classroom holiday party, and they received such rave reviews from both parents and kids alike that I couldn't not share the recipe. Think of it as my little Christmas gift to you!
Serve these warm straight from the oven with a steaming mug of cocoa for the perfect wintertime treat. And don't skimp on the marshmallows in that cocoa, because there is no such thing as too many marshmallows.
makes about 3 dozen cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
2½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup dutch-process cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Several mini marshmallows
1. In a small bowl whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl or electric stand mixer combine cocoa powder, sugar, vegetable oil, applesauce and vanilla extract until well blended.
3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently knead into a ball of dough and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 2 hours.
4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Bake for about 9 minutes, then remove cookies from oven and carefully press a few mini marshmallows into each cookie. Continue to bake for another 3-4 minutes or until marshmallows begin to puff and turn golden brown (cookies will look slightly under baked). Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely.