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Hot Chocolate Cookies: A Delicious Wintery Treat!

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Hot Chocolate Cookies, also called Hot Cocoa Cookies, are easy to make treats perfect for chilly winter days. Packed with decadent chocolate, reminiscent of your beloved mocha, and tender, gooey marshmallows. For an extra kick, you can add a touch of espresso to take these cookies to the next level!

Closeup side view of stacked Hot Chocolate Cookies with mini marshmallows.

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Hot cocoa and chilly winter days belong together. And if I’m being really honest, I might say that even the hint of chilly days to come also deserve hot chocolate. For me, it’s anywhere from September onward. I’m a winter lover.

Hot Chocolate Cookies

When I first began putting this recipe together, my husband was wandering through the kitchen late one evening. “Taste test?” I questioned, to his delight. He’s always up for taste testing.

Before I even told him what the cookies were (other than the obvious chocolate), his first comment was, “It tastes like hot chocolate.”

I knew then the family would love these. And they do!

Most of us have our “regular” cookie recipes we can make in our sleep. Like chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, snickerdoodles, and for sure, cut out cookies.

Hot Chocolate Cookies brings a new twist to chocolate cookies. And the marshmallows on top leave no doubt about what these delicious cookies will taste like!

Oh! And if you’re a hot chocolate fan and love to have batches on hand, you might also love 3 Ingredient Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix or consider a quick and easy hot chocolate gift idea from your kitchen!

Hot Chocolate Cookies Ingredients

If you love to make cookies, specifically chocolate chip cookies, these Hot Cocoa Cookies will be very similar, much like my Espresso Dark Double Chocolate Chip Cookies or Double Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. Simple ingredients and easy to make!

Here’s what you need:

  • Butter softened to room temperature.
  • Sugars: Both brown sugar and granulated sugar are used for the perfect sweet flavor
  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (or Dutch-process cocoa powder).
  • Baking soda and salt
  • Large eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows: You can also use dehydrated mini marshmallows.
  • Optional ingredient: instant espresso powder to elevate the chocolate flavors!
Closeup side view of stacked Hot Chocolate Cookies with mini marshmallows.

How to Make Hot Chocolate Cookies

When I said the cookies were simple and easy, I meant it! There is no chilling of the dough needed. You can if you want to make them ahead, but it isn’t necessary. And believe me, I’ve made these dozens and dozens of times both ways.

Here’s how to make these easy chocolate cookies– begin by preheating the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 1: Chop the marshmallows and freeze

Roughly chop the mini marshmallows and place them in the freezer while making the cookie batter. This helps keep them from spreading too quickly and melting into the cookie batter. For this reason, I keep the cookie dough chilling in the refrigerator between batches.

Cream the butter and brown sugar together in a stand mixer and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until creamy.

Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into the butter mixture. Beat until just blended. Fold in the chocolate chips and slightly frozen chopped marshmallows.

Step 3: Scoop and Bake

Drop 2 tablespoons of dough (a cookie scoop (affiliate link) helps!) onto the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until the edges are set and lightly browned. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.

Chocolate Cookies

We have several options on the site if you are looking for a similar chocolate cookie to indulge in, bake for the holidays, or bring to a cookie exchange. You might like Peppermint Mocha Chocolate Blossom Cookies or Mexican Chocolate Cookies.

If you love a chocolate nut cookie, Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies are similarly easy to make and so delicious.

For more cookie recipes, we have a page for that!

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Closeup bite view of Hot Chocolate Cookies on a wooden board.
Side view of stacked Hot Chocolate Cookies with mini marshmallows and a red and green plaid mug of hot cocoa.

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Hot Chocolate Cookies for chilly winter days! Perfectly indulgent, much like a favorite mocha with gooey marshmallows – try adding a touch of espresso for an extra kick!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Author: Stephanie Wilson

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter room temperature (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows chopped

Instructions

  • Roughly chop mini marshmallows and place them in the freezer while making the cookie batter.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cream the butter and brown sugar together in a stand mixer and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until creamy.
  • Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into the butter mixture. Beat until just blended. Fold in the chocolate chips and slightly frozen chopped marshmallows.
  • Drop 2 tablespoons of dough (a cookie scoop (affiliate link) helps!) onto the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until the edges are set and lightly browned. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.

Nutrition

Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: hot chocolate cookies, hot mocha cookies

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