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Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups

Cookies: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup softened butter 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1/3 cup sour cream 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 cups flour 2 T. holiday sprinkles

Fudge Filling: 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1-14 oz can sweetened condensed milk 1 tsp vanilla extract

You’ll also need: 24 mini candy canes tiny marshmallows 1 T. white chocolate chips, melted

Instructions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Cream together sugar and butter. Add egg and vanilla.

In separate bowl, combine sour cream, salt and soda. Add flour and sour cream to butter mixture, beat until smooth. Add 2-3 T. holiday sprinkles and mix just until combined. Scoop dough out using a 2 T. cookie scoop and put one in each mini muffin cup.

Bake cookies 15-18 minutes, making sure they are not getting too brown at the end. Right after you take them out, use a small measuring spoon to push into the middle of each cookie cup, creating a space for the fudge filling. Make sure you create a big enough space. Let cool in pan for 10-15 minutes. Pop them out. Cool.

Cut the rounded part off the candy canes and adhere them to the side of each cookie cup with melted white chocolate (white chocolate serves as a paste). Just put white chocolate on the cut portion of the candy cane, press it to the side of the cookie cup, then set it down on the counter until white chocolate is solid.

After about a minute, the candy cane handle is well attached to the cookie cup! Your cookie cups are now ready for the fudge filling.

Fudge filling: Combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Mix lightly and microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Mixture doesn’t look melted, but give it a few gentle stirs and you will see it is heated well enough. Add vanilla and stir again until smooth.

Transfer 3/4 the fudge into a quart-sized ziplock bag. Squeeze fudge into a corner and snip the corner off. Pipe the fudge onto the cookie. The fudge will set up super fast. Fill the cookies well, so that the fudge goes above the cookie in the indenture. Place several tiny marshmallows on top.

Etc. — You can cut a small marshmallow for this recipe or purchase the “Marshmallows Lovers” hot chocolate packets. Inside can be found the package of the tiny marshmallows.

Also, if your fudge gets too solid, just pop it back in the microwave for 10-15 second. This may take you a while to prepare, but oh so cute... And above all, Santa will love them!

Merry Christmas to all our wonderful readers of the NC Gazette!

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