The Speckled Palate

December 10, 2014

Mississippi Mud Cookies

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A spin on the Southern pie, but in cookie form! These Mississippi Mud Cookies are studded with pecans and marshmallows and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.

A spin on the Southern pie, but in cookie form! These Mississippi Mud Cookies are studded with pecans and marshmallows and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.

Monday night, I joined some friends for a showing of Love Actually at a local theater. Embarrassingly, it had been a few years since I’d watched that movie, and I found myself falling in love with it all over again as we watched.

It’s not often that a film accurately portrays the beauty and the sadness of life in one fell swoop. More often than not, I find myself watching stories that wrap up so neatly at the end of the film, and while that’s perfect for many occasions, that’s generally not how life always is.

Sometimes, things work out. Other times, it’s incredibly messy and heartbreaking. And we all have experienced both in our own lives.

That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the various stories told in this movie, and I also came out of it with many new observations.

A spin on the Southern pie, but in cookie form! These Mississippi Mud Cookies are studded with pecans and marshmallows and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.

First and foremost, I’m totally on Team Karl.

Secondly, Karl and Sarah’s storyline makes me incredibly sad. I felt like crying for them both when their night turned super awkward after the Christmas party. And once he left, she went to spend time with her brother, who attacked her. Life just isn’t fair sometimes, and it broke my heart for both of them.

Third? I forgot Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Liam Neeson were in this film.

Fourth? Billy Mack makes me stupidly happy. (I’ve definitely got “Christmas is All Around” on a few holiday-themed playlists.)

And finally, I love the idea of speaking the truth, especially this time of year. As Mark puts it, “And at Christmas, you tell the truth.”

A spin on the Southern pie, but in cookie form! These Mississippi Mud Cookies are studded with pecans and marshmallows and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.

I’ve got a truth today for y’all about these cookies: They were supposed to be something else and were hijacked by a pregnancy craving.

Because of this, they sound like a weird addition to Christmas Cookie Week. I know.

The original thought was to create a cookie that tasted like hot cocoa — full of chocolate-y goodness and studded with marshmallows. But then I got to thinking and realized that pecans sounded amazing.

So I added them to the batter…

A spin on the Southern pie, but in cookie form! These Mississippi Mud Cookies are studded with pecans and marshmallows and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.

Another truth: These cookies are awesome.

I was set to call these chewy chocolate-y treats Rocky Road Cookies when Winston commented, “These taste like a Mississippi Mud Pie. I think you should call them that.”

Noted, husband dearest. And it’s true. So their name changed to Mississippi Mud Cookies. And while they might not sound like a recipe for the holidays, I promise they’re absolutely, decadently wonderful.

Here’s how I made them and how you can make your own:

Mississippi Mud Cookies
Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Mississippi Mud Cookies

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 27 minutes

A spin on the Southern pie, but in cookie form! These Mississippi Mud Cookies are studded with pecans and marshmallows and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, , softened
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup pecan halves, , roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, applesauce and sugars until fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture, and beat on low speed, until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Using a plastic spatula, fold in the chocolate chips, marshmallows and pecans. Stir until just combined.
  7. Cover the finished cookie dough with plastic wrap, and transfer to the refrigerator. Chill for at least an hour.
  8. Using a greased cookie scooper, form dough balls and place on the baking sheet about 3" apart from one another.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes or until puffed and slightly cracked.
  10. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before eating with a chilled glass of milk.

Notes

Adapted from last year's Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies.

Makes around 3 dozen cookies, depending on the size you decide to make them. (I used a 1" cookie scoop for mine.)

A spin on the Southern pie, but in cookie form! These Mississippi Mud Cookies are studded with pecans and marshmallows and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life. Do you adore Love Actually, too?

What’s your favorite storyline?

 

Christmas Cookie Week 2014 // The Speckled Palate


Want to take part in this sugar, butter and baked goodness celebration? Head over to the intro post to Christmas Cookie Week 2014 to get all the details about this week and share your new cookie post, and I’ll see y’all back here tomorrow for another gorgeous holiday-themed sweet recipe!


26 Comments

  1. Rachel

    Now I have to see “Love Actually.” But I am glad out of a craving came these cookies. I’m totally digging the combination of hot chocolate with marshmallow and the addition of pecans. YUMS! Perfect cookie for Santa!

    • Erin

      Yes! You MUST watch Love Actually, Rachel! It’s so good!

      I’m glad that these cookies came out of a craving, too. The combination is quite lovely… and I agree: these would be perfect for Santa!

  2. Christy

    I am a Southern girl and love everything Mississippi Mud Pie! This looks so good!

    • Erin

      You and me both, Christy! Thanks so much!

  3. Tiffany

    Oh My!! These have the best of all things yummy! Perfection.

    • Erin

      Thank you, Tiffany! These ingredients really are quite lovely. 🙂 Glad you agree!

  4. Chelsea

    Chewy cookies are the absolute best. These will be on my Christmas to-do list!

    • Erin

      Happy to hear these chewy cookies have made your Christmas to-do list! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

  5. Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife

    Now this is the most delicious cookie I’ve ever seen! YUM!

    • Erin

      What a compliment! Thanks, Meghan! These are some of my new favorites, that’s for sure!

  6. Amy | Club Narwhal

    These cookies really do look like ALL KINDS OF AWESOME!!! Bring on the chocolate (and the Love Actually screening).

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Amy! All the chocolate and Love Actually!

  7. Eileen

    These cookies sound so fantastic and rich! Definitely just what we need for the holidays. I am super looking forward to the rest of cookie week!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Eileen! They really are rich and decadent for the holidays. Happy you’re following along and looking forward to the rest of Cookie Week!

  8. Vashti (Veepeejay)

    These looks amazing! So rich and yummy. Now I’m hungry lol

    • Erin

      Thanks, Vashti! Thinking about these cookies makes me hungry, too…

  9. Stephanie Pass

    Gorgeous photos! Those look simply divine!!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Stephanie! Not gonna lie: These cookies are pretty divine. They were definitely what I wanted the day I made ’em!

  10. Lara

    I have never seen Love Actually, but I may have to see if it’s on nextflix. Also these cookies look delicious! I love hot chocolate so I’ll have to try these.

    • Erin

      Oh goodness, Lara! You need to watch Love Actually and ASAP. And I know for sure that it IS in Netflix because I was telling my neighbor about the screening, and I dropped by her home later that day to find her watching it on Netflix. 😉

      I love hot chocolate, too, and I really hope you like these cookies!

  11. Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake

    I can’t even with you and these cookies. Chocolate cookies are a fave of mine, and nutty hot cocoa cookies sound like something I would dream up. We’re on the same wavelength! This will be a great addition to a Christmas cookie repertoire!

  12. myriam / rhubarb! rhubarb! rhubarb!

    these sound totally yummy! you can never go wrong with more chocolate.

  13. Bec {Daisy and the Fox}

    I love that you referenced love actually 😛 i actually just watched it the other day – best movie everrr! 😀
    Im totally team Karl hehe and as for liam neesao? as i read from somewhere “liam neeson isn’t a actor, he’s a genre” – cracks me up cause it’s true haha
    and these cookies look absolutely to die for! just what i want this time of the year 😛

    So glad i stumbled upon your blog! you post the most delicious recipes and your posts are great! 😀
    x

  14. Cate @ Chez CateyLou

    I love this recipe! Your pregnancy cravings really lead to some delicious cookies! Love Actually is such a fun Christmas movie – you are making me want to watch it this weekend!

  15. Aleshea Dominique

    Oh my goodness these look so good and now I want them in my belly

  16. Susan Mahlburg

    Love these! I can’t use the pregnancy excuse (we just had our daughter on 12/4), but generally speaking my husband is down for baking as long as it meets one requirement: it MUST have chocolate!

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