Martha Stewart Surprise Cookies

Martha Stewart Surprise Cookies

The second recipe I’ve made from my new Martha Stewart Cookies cookbook are the Surprise Cookies, chocolate cookies with a melted marshmallow under a fudgy frosting. These cookies were absolutely delicious and were a big hit at a recent party. I’ll definitely be making these again.

Martha Stewart Surprise Cookies

Martha Stewart Surprise Cookies


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 12 large marshmallows, cut in half horizontally
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 t. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 T. milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

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.

Using a tablespoon or 1 3/4-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies begin to spread and become firm, 8 to 10 minutes. (I think next time I'll only bake them 7 minutes)

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 begins to melt, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Spread about 1 tablespoon of frosting over each marshmallow, starting in the center and continuing outward until marshmallow is covered.

Chocolate Frosting

Place confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk in butter and cocoa powder. Add milk and vanilla, and whisk until well combined.

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  1. Valerie Yoakum says

    My mother in law has been making these for over 35 years and I was totally surprised to see this recipe in a book! I put a little more cocoa in mine and drizzle the chocolate over mine instead of covering the entire marshmallow. My kids have always loved these! Thanks for posting!

  2. Lo & Go says

    YUM! These look great! I love cookies that have over the top stuff on them like marshmallows AND chocolate frosting! So delicious!

  3. Aggie says

    mmm…these look so yummy!

    Just found your blog from your comment on Picky Palate…you’ve got some great stuff on here! : )

  4. Jenny says

    Holy cow I wish I had a batch of these bad boys right now. They really do look perfect Barbara! Your picture is mouthwatering!

  5. ~Priscilla~ says

    this is funny but i made those exact cookies last month! they were delicious, but when i cut mine i didn’t get those pretty layers like you.:(

  6. Megan says

    This looks like a great cookie and easy too. perfect for using up those leftover marshmallows from camping! This recipe is tagged.

  7. HoneyB says

    These were so good! Yours look yummy! My MIL saw them on my blog and wants them for herself! Of course, she wants me to bake them for her! LOL