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Come Party With Me: Cookie Party — Menu (Part II)

The cookie party I am planning in honor of National Cookie Month is more than just a party. It is also a challenging bake off where everyone's cookies will be judged and voted on. Although DearSugar says the hostess can not win her own contest, I still want to have some amazing cookies. To entertain guests, make cookies that are a little harder to find or feature fun ingredients. Marshmallows and dulce de leche are my secret ingredients, and my Mississippi mud cookies and butter cookies with dulce de leche will surely be a hit. You know you want the recipes so,

Mississippi Mud Cookies
From Southern Living magazine
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1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. miniature marshmallows

  1. Microwave semisweet chocolate morsels in a small microwave-safe glass bowl at high 1 minute or until smooth, stirring every 30 seconds.
  2. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Beat in vanilla and melted chocolate.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in chopped pecans and 1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels.
  4. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Press 3 marshmallows into each portion of dough.
  5. Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks for cooling.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Butter Cookies With Dulce De Leche
From Gourmet magazine

3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup cornstarch
3/4 to 1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon Pisco or regular brandy
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
About 1/4 cup dulce de leche*
Confectioners sugar for dusting

  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a large baking sheet.
  2. Whisk together cornstarch, 3/4 cup flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then beat in egg yolks, Pisco, and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until combined, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons flour if dough is sticky. (Dough should be soft.)
  4. Form dough into a disk and roll out into an 11-inch round (1/8 inch thick) on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin. Cut out 32 rounds with cutter (reroll scraps if necessary) and transfer to sheet, arranging rounds 1/2 inch apart.
  5. Bake until firm and pale golden around edges, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool 10 minutes.
  6. Sandwich cookies with about 1/2 teaspoon dulce de leche. Dust with confectioners sugar.

Makes 16 sandwich cookies.

*Available at Latin markets and many supermarkets.

Make ahead: cookies can be made, but not filled, 3 days ahead and cooled completely, then kept in an airtight container at room temperature.

iMpErFeCtIoNs iMpErFeCtIoNs 10 years
Can't wait to try the mississippi mud cookies. Sounds heavenly.
JananaJo JananaJo 10 years
I just made the mississippi mud cookies last night. They were yummy, but could be more "chocolatey." I also love marshmallows and wish they were was a way to get more than 3 or 4 on top. I used a cookie schoop so you really can't fit a ton on top of the batter even though while the cookie cooks, it'll spread. It's still a great recipe though!
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
I loooooove alfajores! (that's what those dulce de leche cookies are called in most countries) It's one of my favorite cookies and just two go perfectly with a really good cappuccino.
JLew1982 JLew1982 10 years
I made the Mud cookies a few weeks ago since I get Southern Living mag. They're fab! :) I used more than 3 marshmallows per cookie, though.
Diana172 Diana172 10 years
They look too delicious to eat!
sgdish sgdish 10 years
I need to do this!
skinnyforme skinnyforme 10 years
ooo yummy!
Food Food 10 years
aimeeb - you'd be surprised how many people end up wanting to do this! my friend hosted one a few years ago and most of the folks weren't really bakers, but they all loved the idea of getting together and eating cookies!
tati33 tati33 10 years
Dulce de Leche!!
BlairBear BlairBear 10 years
Those sound Yum, even with the pecans in the Mississippi Mud cookies :P
aimeeb aimeeb 10 years
I wish more of my friends enjoyed baking like I do!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
The Mississippi Mud cookies sound fabulous!
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