Hot Cocoa Cookies

Y’all, this hot cocoa cookies recipe is amazing! The only thing better than a steaming cup of hot cocoa, is biting into gooey hot cocoa cookies! 

Hot cocoa cookies recipe, cookies on a rectangle plate with pink marshmallows with chocolate chips in them with 2 cups of hot cocoa in the back
These hot cocoa cookies are amazingly easy to make and super delicious to eat!

Hot Cocoa COokies Recipe

With the weather being on the chilly side and the holiday season here, I’m in the mood to bake! And what better recipe to make than this hot cocoa cookies recipe.

They’re easy to make and a lot of these dry ingredients, and even wet ingredients, you’ll probably have already.

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.

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Related: You have to try making this 2 minute hot chocolate mug cake!

Ingredients Needed To Make These Delicious Hot Cocoa Cookies Recipe

supplies needed to make hot cocoa cookies- flour, sugar, cocoa, marshmallows, chocolate chips, vanilla, butter, egg, salt, and baking powder
Make hot cocoa cookies from simple ingredients you most likely already have in your fridge and pantry!

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- step 1- line your baking sheets with parchment paper and grab the rest of your ingredients
Line your baking sheets with parchment paper, and gather your hot cocoa cookies ingredients!

How to Make These Yummy Hot Cocoa Cookies

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Then, line a cookie sheet or two with parchment paper or silicone mat.

Hot Cocoa Cookies- step 2- add all the dry ingredients into your mixing bowl sans the brown sugar
Start with all of your dry ingredients (except for the brown sugar) in one bowl.

Step 3

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

Hot Cocoa Cookies- step 3- cream brown sugar and a stick of softened butter into a bowl
Cream the butter and brown sugar together in a separate bowl.

Step 4

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

Hot Cocoa Cookies- step 4- cream sugar, vanilla, and egg together in a bowl
Stir until well-combined.

Step 5

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

Hot Cocoa Cookies- step 5- beat the dry ingredients a little at a time into the wet ingredients
Add the dry mixture a little at a time.

Step 6

Gradually add dry flour mixture and beat until well combined. Make sure you use a low speed at first to avoid the dry ingredients flying everywhere. 

Hot Cocoa Cookies- step 6- stir in the chocolate chips and the mini marshmallows to the mix
Try not to snack on all of the marshmallows and chocolate chips before the cookies are baked, ha!

Step 7

Stir in chocolate chips and mallow bits.

Hot Cocoa Cookies- step 7- scoop the cookie dough onto a pan
Using a cookie scoop makes it easier to form the cookies.

Step 8

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

Hot Cocoa Cookies  on a raised  cake plate on a marble counter top with cookies on the counter as well as a blue and white towel, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips with 2 cups of hot chocolate
Hot cocoa cookies with marshmallows are a tasty treat to enjoy year-round!

Step 9

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Hot Cocoa Cookies on a rack on a marble counter top with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips all around with a red towel to the side
It’s so easy to make gluten free hot cocoa cookies!

Step 10

Let your cookies sit for a few minutes on the pan and then let them cook on a wire rack.

Note:

Store these delicious cookies in an airtight container. If you’re giving these cookies as a gift or in a cookie exchange an airtight container is best. They’ll last longer.

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 on a plate on top of a marble counter top with pink marshmallows with chocolate chips next to a pink towel with 2 cups of hot cocoa
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. 

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. 

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 

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! 

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