Hot Chocolate Cookies are made with your favorite hot chocolate mix and marshmallow bits right in the dough. Delicious on their own and when served with a mug of hot cocoa.
I can’t believe I’ve never thought to make Hot Chocolate Cookies before now. I love a cup of creamy hot cocoa on a chilly evening and a plate of cookies with it just makes it perfect. Who am I kidding? A plate of cookies is perfect by itself, too. Especially if they’re these delicious chocolate cookies with tiny marshmallows and extra chocolate chips throughout the cookies. This hot chocolate cookie recipe is great to add to your holiday baking lineup.
Table of Contents
- Christmas Cookies Week
- Here’s what I am sharing this week
- Hot Chocolate Cookies
- Can I use Mini Marshmallows in place of the Mallow Bits?
- Is Cocoa Powder the same as using Hot Chocolate Mix?
- How to Store Cookies
- Do I Need to Chill the Cookie Dough?
- How to Make Hot Chocolate Cookies
- Tips, Tricks, and FAQs
- Here are more #ChristmasCookies from my Blogger Friends
Christmas Cookies Week
Today is the last day for this year’s #ChristmasCookies event where over 20 of my favorite blogger friends and I shared our best and yummiest cookie recipes with you. Be sure to follow the hashtag to see any you may have missed on social media.
Here’s what I am sharing this week
- Monday – Chocolate Mint Pizzelles
- Wednesday – Whipped Shortbread Cookies
- Friday – Hot Chocolate Cookies (that’s this recipe!)
Hot Chocolate Cookies
This hot chocolate cookie recipe does require a couple of ingredients that you may or may not have in your pantry. We typically always have hot chocolate packets but rarely, if ever, the mallow bits used in the recipe. Those are the dried tiny marshmallows found in the hot cocoa mixes but you can buy an entire container of them.
These easy-to-make hot chocolate cookies with marshmallows are chewy and soft and taste like the perfect mug of hot chocolate. Hot chocolate cookies will delight chocolate lovers and become a delicious new favorite cookie.
Can I use Mini Marshmallows in place of the Mallow Bits?
Mini marshmallows will not work with this recipe as they will melt and become sticky. Using the mallow bits works perfectly.
Is Cocoa Powder the same as using Hot Chocolate Mix?
No, cocoa powder is not the same as hot chocolate mix. Instant hot chocolate packets are great to use for this recipe. This isn’t a cookie recipe that you can use baking cocoa in as you will get an entirely different cookie and flavor profile. Also, DO NOT USE SUGAR-FREE. The cookies will not bake up the same.
How to Store Cookies
Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to a week. You can freeze baked cookies for up to 3 months.
Flash-freeze the cookie dough balls on a baking tray in the freezer. Once the dough balls are frozen, toss into a freezer safe container or resealable bag and place in the freezer for up to a month. To bake: simply preheat the oven as directed in the recipe card, and bake. You may have to add a couple of minutes to the baking time.
Do I Need to Chill the Cookie Dough?
Yes, you do need to chill the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 4 packages hot cocoa mix or 3/4 cups hot cocoa mix (do not use sugar free)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup Mallow Bits (mini marshmallows do not work as they will melt and be too sticky)
How to Make Hot Chocolate Cookies
In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and combine well.
In a medium bowl, combine your dry ingredients: flour, hot chocolate mix, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and Mallow Bits.
Cover the bowl and chill for 30 minutes and up to 24 hours. (I chilled mine for an hour).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Using a cookie scoop, drop 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 9 – 11 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing and cooling completely on a wire rack.
Tips, Tricks, and FAQs
- Do not use sugar-free hot chocolate in this recipe. The cookies will not turn out the same.
- This is not a recipe to use cocoa powder.
- Mini marshmallows are the same as Mallow Bits. Mini marshmallows will melt and be sticky. You want the dried Mallow Bits.
- Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
- Dark hot chocolate mix would be delicious to use and will produce a darker cookie.
Hot Chocolate Cookie
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- ⅖ cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 ¼ cups flour
- 4 packages (or ¾ cup) hot chocolate mix (do not use sugar-free)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup Mallow Bits (do not use mini marshmallows)
- In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and combine well.
- In a medium bowl, combine your dry ingredients: flour, hot chocolate mix, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and Mallow Bits.
- Cover the bowl and chill for 30 minutes and up to 24 hours. (I chilled mine for an hour).
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Using a cookie scoop, drop a 1 1/2 tablespoon of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 9 – 11 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing and cooling completely on wire racks.
Here are more #ChristmasCookies from my Blogger Friends
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- Chocolate Caramel Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies by Red Cottage Chronicles
- Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Chocolate Thumbprints by Hostess At Heart
- Christmas Shortbread Cookie Bars by Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog
- Date Sugar Walnut Cookies by Magical Ingredients
- Earl Grey Snickerdoodles by The Spiffy Cookie
- Easy Cake Mix Biscotti by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies by Best Cookie Recipes
- Gingerbread Penuche Sandwich Cookies by That Recipe
- Ginger Molasses Cookies with Caramelized Ginger by Family Around the Table
- Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blossoms by Frugal & Fit
- Iced Gingerbread Bars by Art of Natural Living
- Maple Doodles by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Mini M&M Cookies by Palatable Pastime
- Oatmeal Shortbread Cookies by Shockingly Delicious
- Orange Ginger Refrigerator Cookies by An Affair from the Heart
- Peppermint Meringues by Cheese Curd in Paradise
- Peppermint Mocha Cookies by Sweet Beginnings
- Reese’s Macaron by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Sugar Plum Pinwheel Cookies by Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- Texas Sheet Cake Cookies by Jen Around the World
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Karen's Kitchen Stories says
These are sooo adorable! I love the tiny marshmallows.
Loving that you added in mallow bits and chocolate chips to these amazing hot chocolate cookies. I can’t wait to try them.
Wendy Klik says
I have a huge package of dehydrated marshmallows so I am happy for another recipe. Thanks
Dorothy Reinhold says
I love how these cookies look! They are big and show off all of that tasty goodness!
These are so fun! I love the little marshmallow bites! I need to buy some.
Chock full of yummy things in every bite! Definitely need to buy some marshmallow bits!
Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck says
Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? Especially when it’s in cookies! YUM!
These are perfect for Christmas! I love the mini marshmallows and how they taste like hot chocolate. I need to make these asap!
Never enough hot chocolate!
Wonderful cookies on their own and even better dipped into Hot Cocoa too! Yum
These cookies are heaven in every bite. These are favorites and I love your detailed post. Thanks for sharing.