These cozy cookies are basically hot cocoa in edible form, with the addition of broiled marshmallows and a sprinkle of Aleppo pepper. The latter lends a fruity, fragrant, and slightly salty piquancy to the sweet toasted marshmallow and deep chocolate flavors. Naturally, these make perfect partners to actual cups of hot chocolate, and a fun addition to any holiday cookie tray, though they are best eaten as soon as they’re baked. You can store them for up to 2 days, but in that case, wait until just before serving before topping them with marshmallows, popping them under the broiler, and finishing them with the pepper. Scooping out the dough with a 1-tablespoon cookie-dough or ice-cream scoop not only ensures uniform cookies, but keeps your hands clean. You should also check out Elisbet der Nederlanden’s Red and Green Icebox Pinwheel Cookies recipe and Red Velvet Crackle Cookies recipe.
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