Holiday Cookie Exchange – Chocolate Mountains

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I have a lot of baking to do!  There are so many yummy sounding cookie recipes being shared as part of our holiday cookie exchange and I want to try them all!!  I have tried to respond to everyone who has entered to thank you for sharing.  If I missed you, I apologize – please know how much I appreciate you and your fun cookie recipes.

If you haven’t had a chance to join in the fun you can still do so by posting your favorite holiday cookie recipe here.  You will also be entered to win one of my  “Handmade by Leigh Anne” holiday aprons!!  I promise it will be cute!

Today’s cookie recipe is one I have had for years.  I can’t remember where it came from but it may have come from my sister in law Tricia – the amazing cookie baker.  Years ago when Tricia and David (Jim’s brother) lived in Vancouver she and I both fell in love with these yummy chocolate/marshmallow cookies they sold at the mall.  I would drive 30 minutes to the Vancouver mall just to have one of those cookies.

We were both so sad when the store closed down and no more cookies!  I think Tricia may have found this recipe so we could make them ourselves at home.  Do you remember Tricia?

When Tessa got home from school  and sampled the cookies her response was “I could eat 50 of these!”

Beware:  they are rich and you may need to climb a few mountains after eating them to burn off the calories but they are worth it and it’s the holidays so calories don’t count!!

I hope you enjoy these yummy little chocolate mountains!  Yum!!!

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marsh mountains

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Holiday Cookie Exchange – Chocolate Mountains
  • ½ C shortening
  • ½ C evaporated milk
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 C flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ C cocoa
  • ½ C chopped walnuts, optional (I didn't put them in)
  • 24 large marshmallows, cut in half
  • ⅓ C soft butter
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • About 2 Tbsp milk
  • 6 Tbsp cocoa
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  1. Beat well shortening, milk, water, egg and vanilla
  2. Add remaining ingredients except marshmallows, blend well
  3. Drop by teaspoonful on greased cookie sheet
  4. Bake 350 degrees for 8 minutes
  5. Quickly place marshmallow half (sticky side down) on each cookie
  6. Let cool
  1. Combine frosting ingredients and beat until smooth
  2. Frost marshmallows like a mountain
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Carol – I hope the Chocolate Mountains were a hit at the party you took them to!

    Stephanie – I think climbing a few mountains after eating these cookies is a good idea! Burn off those calories!!!

  2. Cindy Stuewe says

    These cookies look so delicious! I have a question though. In the description area it says to “Beat well shortening, milk, water, egg and vanilla.” I don’t see water as an ingredient. Can you tell me how much water to add? THANKS so much! I’m planning on taking these to a cookie exchange that I’ve been going to for well over 20 years!

  3. says

    Cindy – Good catch – that 2 Tbsp should be water not milk. I will get it changed in the post. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Happy baking for your cookie exchange!

  4. Erin Kingrey says

    Any ideas on how to store these? I am frosting them as I type, and wondering if they weill get too hard…but they’re still to “wet” to layer… any tips? Thanks!

  5. Danelle says

    I dream of Grandma’s cookie shop at the Vancouver Mall and these were my childhood favorite. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Jessica says

    I just made these for a work function and I added a Sno-Cap to the top to enhance the moutain-look. they were a total hit! I’m going to use the basic chocolate drop cookie recipe and try a bunch of different things in it besides marshamallow. First on the list…Rolos!


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