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Ultimate Chocolate Comfort Cookies

Yield 4 dozen
Chock-full of all your favorites--chocolate chips, pecans, even marshmallow--these cookies offer something to everyone!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa or regular cocoa
  • 1 cup marshmallow cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (11-ounce) package semisweet chocolate mega-morsels or white chocolate morsels (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries (we tested with Craisins)

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg, beating well. Add melted chocolate, milk, and vanilla; beat well.

  2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture, beating well. Stir in marshmallow cream and remaining ingredients, mixing well.

  3. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 325° for 13 minutes or until done. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire racks and cool completely.

Christmas with Southern Living 1999