Hot Cocoa Cookies

The only thing better than a steaming cup of hot chocolate, is biting into gooey hot cocoa cookies! 

Hot Cocoa Cookies
Make hot cocoa cookies from simple ingredients you most likely already have in your fridge and pantry!

Hot Cocoa Cookies Ingredients

Most of these ingredients are pantry staples, making this a fun recipe to make on a whim on a chilly day! To Make hot cocoa cookies, you will need: 

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup hot chocolate mix
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, milk or semi-sweet
  • ½ cup mallow bits 
Hot Cocoa Cookies
Line your baking sheets with parchment paper, and gather your hot cocoa cookies ingredients!

How to Make Hot Cocoa Cookies

Hot chocolate is one of my favorite winter drinks! Making hot cocoa cookies is a fun family activity for a chilly winter day, but it is also a fun way to be able to enjoy a winter favorite any day of the year! 

Kids especially love the marshmallow bits and chocolate chips in this recipe! They melt together deliciously in this rich cookie.

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Then, line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.

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Start with all of your dry ingredients (except for the brown sugar) in one bowl.

Next, in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and hot cocoa mix.

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Cream the butter and brown sugar together in a separate bowl.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until well combined and fluffy.

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Stir until well-combined.

Then, add egg and vanilla extract. Beat until well combined.

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Add the dry mixture a little at a time.

Gradually add dry mixture and beat until well combined.

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Try not to snack on all of the marshmallows and chocolate chips before the cookies are baked, ha!

Stir in chocolate chips and mallow bits.

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Using a cookie scoop makes it easier to form the cookies.

Scoop dough using a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon and place on prepared baking sheet.

Hot Cocoa Cookies
Hot cocoa cookies with marshmallows are a tasty treat to enjoy year-round!

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Hot Cocoa Cookies
It’s so easy to make gluten free hot cocoa cookies!

Are Hot Cocoa Cookies Gluten Free? 

The original hot cocoa cookies recipe is not gluten free, but you can easily swap a couple of ingredients out with gluten free substitutes.

Replace the standard all-purpose flour with a gluten free all-purpose flour that already has xantham gum in it (like King Arthur gluten free all-purpose flour).

Make sure that your baking powder is gluten free, too.

There are plenty of hot chocolate mixes that are gluten free, like Swiss Miss milk chocolate mix. 

Make sure that your marshmallows and chocolate chips are gluten free. Enjoy Life chocolate chips are gluten free, and Dandies marshmallows are gluten free and can be cut into mini marshmallows.

Also, double check that your vanilla extract is gluten free. I always double check the labels on any packaged food item, just to be safe!

Hot Cocoa Cookies
You can easily adapt this recipe to make vegan hot cocoa cookies!

Can You Make Vegan or Dairy Free Hot Chocolate Cookies?

This hot cocoa cookies recipe can be tailored to fit a vegan or dairy-free diet. 

Vegan: Replace the egg with an egg replacer from the store, or make your own by mixing 1/4 cup of applesauce with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder to make 1 “egg”. Replace the butter with a vegan butter. If you can’t find vegan hot cocoa mix at the store, you can make it with Enjoy Life chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and sugar, all blended together into a powder. Replace traditional chocolate chips with Enjoy Life vegan chocolate chips, and replace regular marshmallows with a vegan marshmallow, like Dandies. If they only have the larger size, you can cut them into smaller pieces. 

Dairy Free: Follow the vegan suggestions above, but you can add the egg back in if you want!

Yield: Makes 48-52 cookies

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Nothing beats a steaming mug of hot cocoa... unless it's a platter of delicious hot chocolate cookies!

Prep Time 10 minutes 5 seconds
Cook Time 10 minutes 8 seconds
Total Time 20 minutes 13 seconds

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup hot chocolate mix
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, milk or semi-sweet
  • ½ cup mallow bits

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and hot cocoa mix.
    4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until well combined and fluffy.
    5. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
    6. Gradually add dry mixture and beat until well combined.
    7. Stir in chocolate chips and mallow bits.
    8. Scoop dough using a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon and place on prepared baking sheet.
    9. Bake for 8-10 minutes 
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Easy Cookie Recipes For Kids 

As both an adult and a child, some of my best memories were made in the kitchen, baking cookies with my family. Here are some delicious cookie recipes your whole family will love! 

What is your favorite cookie? Comment below! 

 

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