Hot Chocolate Cookies

Secret Recipe Club is going through a transition period right now. So you might not see as many posts this month as you normally do for SRC. I decided I definitely wanted to participate even though it was optional in January. Once again, I was lucky enough to “meet” a new Blogger. Kate blogs over at Kitchen Trial and Error.

After browsing through her archives, I once again had a handful of recipes that looked appetizing. I chose the Hot Chocolate Cookies because they seemed fitting this time of year. They’re basically chocolate cookies, filled with a variety of chocolate chips, but instead of using cocoa powder, you use hot cocoa mix in the cookie dough. I used this Ghirardelli Double Chocolate mix, because it’s really good (not as good as Homemade Hot Cocoa, but definitely a close second).

I used a total of four different kinds of chocolate chips. I just pulled out a bunch of bags that were almost empty and finished them off. I ended up using 3/4 cup of both white chocolate and milk chocolate chips, then 1/4 cup of both bittersweet and semisweet chocolate chips. I loved how each of these cookies was jam packed with a ton of chocolate chips and every bite brought a new combination of chocolates.


I am submitting this for January’s What’s Baking, hosted by Melissa of I was Born to Cook. This month’s theme was Snowday Treats!

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Hot Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 5 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

3 1/4 cups flour
4 ounces hot chocolate mix (not sugar free)
1 tsp Kosher salt (or 1/2 tsp table salt)
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups of chocolate chips - any variety

Directions:

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa mix, salt, and baking soda together. set aside.

In a separate bowl, use a mixer to cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about three minutes.

Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter mixture and mix until combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet, a bit at a time, until incorporated.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Chill the dough for one hour.

Preheat your oven to 350F. line two baking sheets with parchment paper. drop by rounded teaspoons on about 2 inches apart.

Bake them one sheet at a time, for about 10 minutes. let cool on the sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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18 Responses to “Shipping Cupcakes in a Jar”

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    CB — November 9, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I love it! Where did you get the jars? Now I totally wanna do this for xmas gifts!
    /Clara

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    Jen — November 9, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I looked everywhere and just couldn’t find them. I ended up ordering them from Amazon. They weren’t very cheap so that was a bummer…

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    CB — November 9, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Ah bummer. What size are the jars? I wonder if Ikea would have them? Whats the amazon link?
    /Clara

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    Jen — November 9, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I ordered them from here. You want the wide mouth jars so the cupcakes fit and the 1/2 pint size is perfect.

    The yellow cupcakes didn’t rise much so I added more frosting to fill the jar and the chocolate ones rose quite a bit so they had less frosting. My sister said that the chocolate one had the perfect amount of frosting or could use a smidge more, so you want a cupcake that has at least a small dome.

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    ttfn300 — November 9, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    haha, i’ve never seen that before 🙂 love it!

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    Katie — November 10, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    OH FUN! I’ve seriously always thought about doing this and never did. I’m starring this post to remind myself at Christmas. Too cute!!

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    Janna — November 11, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    I have been dying to try this ever since I saw it last year on someone else’s blog. They actually baked the cake in the jar and then iced it like a cupcake. I am going to have to order some of those iddy jars! Too cute!

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    Beth — November 16, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Hmmm…might have to do this for Christmas instead of those “ingredients in a jar” thing we were thinking of.

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    Renée — March 12, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I really want to try this, but I keep reading online that you shouldn’t put frosting in the jar because it will get moldy by the time it reaches its destination. I’m sure you would have heard if it was moldy when it got to your friend right? I would just be so embarrassed if that happened. Any help?

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    Jen — March 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Renee – I’ve done this twice and both times haven’t heard of any mold. I froze the cupcakes/frosting in the jars prior to shipping them. I also shipped in the winter. My one sister even didn’t go get her package from the office until a week after it arrived and it was still good. I would guess she ate her cupcakes about 10 days after I sent them. I’m not sure if shipping in warm weather will have an impact on potential mold…

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    Renée — March 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Alright I’ll definitely give it a try then. It will make for a very good Easter present for my faraway friends =)

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    Jen — March 12, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Oh that’s a good idea!! I might have to order some more jars and do the same myself…

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    Hillary — June 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    What a clever idea! I would love to get a cupcake in the mail! 🙂 Maybe I’ll send out Valentine’s Day Cupcakesnext year!

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    CuteCupcakesAllTheTime — May 6, 2010 at 5:39 pm

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    CuteCupcakesAllTheTime — May 6, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Love these!! We have featured you on our blog. http://cutecupcakesallthetime.blogspot.com

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    Pat — February 16, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Did you freeze them before shipping? The jars looked frosted…

    • beantownbaker — February 24th, 2013 @ 10:21 am

      I did freeze them. They defrosted as they were shipped. I’ve done it with and without the freezing depending on the weather and whatnot.

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    PinkSuga — October 27, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    What shipping method did you use? Overnight or Express???

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