Surprise Cookies Recipe

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Surprise Cookies

I think my daughter is finally trying to take after mom. While I am the one that is normally in the kitchen baking sweets, my oldest daughter has been surprising the family lately with her interest in the kitchen too!

Just a couple days go, my daughter surprised us by making the Surprise Cookies that she found on the Martha Stewart website. I was pretty impressed with the results and I couldn’t eat just one.

Here is the recipe for those that want to try:

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Surprise Cookies Recipe
Recipe type: Cookies
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 12 large marshmallows, cut in half horizontally
  • Chocolate Frosting
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg, milk, and vanilla, and beat until well combined. Add reserved flour mixture; mix on low speed until combined.
  3. Using a tablespoon or 1¾-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies begin to spread and become firm, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Remove baking sheets from oven, and place a marshmallow, cut-side down, in the center of each cookie, pressing down slightly. Return to oven, and continue baking until marshmallows begin to melt, 2 to 2½ minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  5. Spread about 1 tablespoon of frosting over each marshmallow, starting in the center and continuing outward until marshmallow is covered.

If you are wondering why these are so dark, we only had the Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa which made the cookies this color.

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About Stefani Tolson

The author of This Mom Can Cook and the owner of many other websites & blogs for moms. Stefani Tolson is a multi-tasking mom of 4 from the Sacramento area, PR friendly, a freelance writer, web designer, cook & more!


  1. These sound awesome and I betcha that my boys would love them! I am going to give these a try soon!!

  2. I love a surprise, especially when it’s a food surprise! Now I’m dreaming of the things I could put in the middle of these cookies…yum!

  3. That looks delicious. Just what I want with my next cup of coffee.

  4. those look delish! we have a ton of marshmallows left over from holiday baking

  5. These look amazing! I may have to encourage some baking in my house! It usually isn’t me that bakes but these may change that.

  6. What an interesting recipe! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of surprise cookies before, but they look (and sound) delicious!

  7. Mmm, these sound great. It’s awesome that she has taken an interest in baking too!

  8. Those look awesome! I bet my dad would love them! Pinning this for later!

  9. Are you kidding me with these? I couldn’t stop at one or even four!!! They look so good!

  10. These would get me into a whole lot of trouble! They look too good.

  11. These look so good! Perfect as a gift or for ME!

  12. What’s the surprise? Is it the marshmallows? Yummy!

  13. Yummy! I don’t eat a lot of sweets, but I love, love homemade goodies. I’ve pinned for later use.

  14. I have to assume the surprise is the marshmallow in the recipe? They look delicious and now I need to get a few cookies from the pantry! lol

  15. Although I love to cook I’m definitely not a baker. I would like to give these a try though.

  16. Surprise cookies indeed. Those look scrumptious!

  17. These cookies look absolutely amazing. I am on a diet and did not get any Christmas cookies. My mouth is watering.

  18. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Wow, I think these look so good, and I’m totally not even a cookie girl!

  19. These sound great. I pinned it. I will have to substitute the flour and couple other things but I think they will still taste good.

  20. These look soooo good. You should be so proud of your daughter, looks like she might give Martha a run for her money 😉

  21. I think it is nice that your daughter was able to go find a Martha Stewart recipe to folllow. The cookie do look delicious.

  22. Those look really good! I like the name too! It makes it seem so mysterious!

  23. Fred Klonin says:

    Using these cookies to make or recreate a moon pie cookie using marshmallow fluff. Two cookies with the fluff in between. No need to cut marshmallows or to ice


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