Christmas is such a fun time in our house! It’s beautiful and filled with so many beautiful decorations, old and new. Everyone is, usually, in good spirits and excited! Christmas is first and foremost, in our house, about the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. That comes before all the presents, food, lights and everything else. Jesus is the most important and comes above all else.
With that being said, it wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa. My kids absolutely love Santa and they were never even afraid of him when they were little. And I credit that to the ‘Santa Clause’ movie. We have watched that every year since they were little. It’s one of our top 5 favorite movies to watch at Christmas time. There is just something about this movie that captures the warmth, love and magic of Christmas. One of my favorite parts of this movie (when I was a kid) was when Charlie is in the sleigh and he gets a fresh cookie and hot cocoa out of the cookie dispenser and hot cocoa dispenser. That was the coolest thing to me! So I wanted to create something that reminded me of that! And these cookie cups filled with rich hot cocoa pudding do just that!
Grab a blanket, curl up on the couch and enjoy a taste of the North Pole!
Ingredients for the Cookie cups:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp hot water
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk chocolate
1 cup dark chocolate
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup corn starch
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup butter, cut into pieces
2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°.
Spray regular size cupcake tin with non stick spray.
Cream butter, add sugars and cream well.
Beat in eggs singly.
Stir in vanilla.
Dissolve baking soda in hot water, then add to batter.
Add salt, flour and chips.
Take a cookie scoop or just use a spoon to scoop 2 tbsp of batter into cupcake tins.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until cookies are slightly browned and almost set.
Remove from oven and immediately use the end of wooden spoon or small jar to press down in the center of the cookie to create a well.
Then place on wire rack to cool.
While cookie cups are cooling, make your pudding.
In a medium sauce pan mix sugar, cocoa, corn starch and salt. Whisk together.
Gradually stir in milk and cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring constantly until pudding boils and is thickened.
Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla and stir until butter has melted.
Pour pudding into large bowl and cover surface, directly with plastic wrap to keep skin from forming.
Cool for 2-3 hours.
Once cool fill each cookie cup with pudding and top with mini marshmallows.