First off, congratulations to the winners of the Little Shop Artisan Box Giveaway: Peter Hayes, Bonnie Zeng, and Divya Bhat. I’ll be reaching out to you all individually to ship the Holiday Foodie Box to you!
I don’t know why I’ve been on the crispy cookie train lately, but I’m into it, especially when those cookies are literally overflowing with holiday cheer. And ESPECIALLY-especially when those cookies are the size of my face.
Why are these cookies so big (as you wonder before you still eat the entire thing)? Apart from the baking soda and baking powder, which are both leavening and therefore expanding agents, I added a bunch of marshmallows into the batter because why not. Since Trader Joe’s doesn’t carry marshmallows (something which really should be corrected, Mr. Joe), the next logical input was chocolate-covered peppermint marshmallows.
When I say that these cookies are big, I mean they are BIG. I wouldn’t put more than 3 cookies on a tray at a time or they’ll squish into each other while baking and then you’ll end up with a peppermint glob of a cookie – not that it’s a bad thing. The cookies also spread out a bit awkwardly depending on where the marshmallows are in the dough. The solution: use a spatula to nudge them back into a circle and nobody knows the difference.
Bigger is better.
Giant Peppermint Florentine Cookies
(adapted from this fantastical book)
- Using a serrated knife, cut chocolate-covered marshmallows into fourths and set aside in a bowl.
- Put the candy canes in a Ziploc bag and crush them using a rolling pin. They don’t need to be super fine make sure there aren’t any huge chunks.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat for another 5 minutes.
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl and dump them into the butter mixture. Stir together with the mixer on low speed until just combined.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and add the marshmallows and crushed candy canes. Stir until evenly distributed.
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, scoop out batter into 1/4 cup-sized portions, placing them close together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or else they will fall apart when you bake them.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Roll the dough into even balls and place them, 2-3 at a time, on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Bake for 13-14 minutes – the cookies will puff, crackle, and spread.
- If the cookie are unevenly spread apart because of the marshmallows, use a spatula to gently push them back together. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute and then transfer over to a wire rack to cool completely.
Omg I WANT THESE. Make them for our dinner party? We should just have a momofuku dinner party!!! Except I also want to make these goat cheese black pepper honey popovers that I just saw. Carbs for dinner?
I’m so ready for your popovers, hehe. Not a euphemism at all. Our dinner is going to be great! These would make great dinner party favors, so maybe we can create small care packages for everyone?!
I love how these cookies are the size of your face! Haha..
Consuelo @ Honey & Figs says
Oooohhh these cookies are truly huge, I looooove them! ;–)
Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says
excited for that box of goodies 🙂 and bigger cookies are always better.
These are LARGE and in CHARGE! I’m super enamored.
Amy @ Elephant Eats says
Oh my, those are big cookies! They look amazing!!!
Two Red Bowls says
Haha oh my gosh, I love that they are LITERALLY the size of your face! Those are the best. And I absolutely love crispy cookies. Yum. I’ve never made florentines but now I want to try.
People would only take half a cookie and then realize how thin they are and take the rest. It’s not hard at all to make these as long as your space out the cookies enough cus they SPREAD!
Bonnie Z. says
totally got the box of goodies over the weekend! 🙂
i love face-sized things…and now you make me want a peppermint mocha
I’m so happy to hear that! Let me know what you think of all the goods, and send a picture if you can!
Jenny @ BAKE says
These look incredible! I love that you used your face to show scale that made me chuckle!
Hahaha I couldn’t think of a better way to scale the cookies than my face! Although it was difficult not to eat them as I was having the photo taken!!
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
These cookies are giant in size and flavor! Looks amazing!
Chocolate, peppermint, marshmallow, can’t go wrong right?!