The holidays are a busy time for families, between shopping for the perfect gift, hosting out-of-town guests, attending get-togethers and baking. Not only is baking a quintessential part of the festive season, but it is also a delicious way to spend a wintery day indoors with friends and family. Be ready to bake whenever the weather is cold or the kids need a fun activity by using Becel Sticks, a convenient 1:1 swap for butter that are ready to use straight from the fridge.

Perfect for little bakers, try this recipe for hot chocolate cookie cups. Inspired by a steaming hot cup of cocoa, these mini chocolate chip cookies are topped with marshmallows and finished with a pretzel “handle.”

Hot Chocolate-Inspired Cookie Cups

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Makes: 60 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups 550 mL all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp 5 mL baking soda
  • ½ tsp 2 mL salt
  • 1 cup 250 mL (2 sticks) Becel unsalted margarine sticks
  • 1 cup 250 mL firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup 60 mL granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp 5 mL vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup 170 mL chocolate chips, divided
  • 3 tbsp 45 mL cocoa
  • 1 tsp 5 mL ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups 375 mL mini marshmallows (3 per cup)
  • 30 mini pretzels

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190° C). Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Beat margarine sticks with sugars in large bowl. Beat in eggs and vanilla until blended. Gradually add in flour mixture; beat just until blended. Stir in ½ cup (125 mL) chocolate chips, cocoa powder and cinnamon. Drop by tablespoonfuls into greased mini muffin pans.
  3. Bake 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Quickly make a dent in the center of each and insert three marshmallows. Top each with one chocolate chip. Cool 10 minutes on wire rack; remove cups from pan. Break off curved part of pretzels to make a “handle” and press into side of cup to adhere; cool completely.

Source: (NC) www.newscanada.com

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