Hot Chocolate Cookies

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Hot Chocolate CookiesLet me start by apologizing.  I have been making these cookies all winter, and now that spring is just around the corner I’m finally sharing this sinfully delicious recipe with you.  For those of you still experiencing winter weather (I know my folks in Michigan are!) then hopefully you can escape the cold to stay in and bake yourself a batch of these hot chocolate cookies.

My best friend first introduced these cookies to me about a year ago when we were visiting her in Indiana.  When she first described them to me earlier in the day, I just couldn’t picture what the heck she was talking about.  Then, later that evening, she made them for us and I couldn’t get them out of my mind for the longest time.  But, we quickly traveled back to our home in California, where the weather was hot and sunny leaving no room for such comforting cookies.  Nonetheless, winter weather finally hit and it was my turn to bake up a batch…and bake up a batch, I did!

Hot Chocolate CookiesI wanted to make some of these for my family in Michigan when I was visiting in January.  Unfortunately, something went wrong and the cookie dough ended up very dry and crumbly, although the cookies tasted fine.  I later figured out that I used too much of the hot cocoa mix.  The original recipe calls for 4 packages hot chocolate mix.  Make sure you do not use the type that is sugar-free or that includes marshmallows.  Or, you can substitute with homemade hot chocolate mix, which is what I now use and makes them even better!

Owl jarSpeaking of cookies… check out my new cookie jar that Ben surprised me with last weekend!  Does it look familiar to any of you Modern Family fans??  😉

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 3 1/2 dozen cookies

Serving Size: 2 cookies (c

Hot Chocolate Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 packages (or 1/2 cup plus 3 Tablespoons) Hot Chocolate Mix (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then blend in the vanilla.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, hot chocolate mix, and baking soda and salt. Slowly add to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Drop dough balls onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 7 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven. Working quickly, carefully add about 5 to 7 miniature marshmallows to the top of each cookie, and gently press. Return to the oven and bake an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until the marshmallows start to puff. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheets for 10 minutes before removing. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source: Adapted from Baked Bree


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  1. Oh these look so yummy!

  2. The cookies look and sound yummy, but please tell me where I can get tht okie jar!

  3. Love the new cookie jar!!!! And this recipe looks yummy! The name brings me back to being a kid 😉

  4. The cookies sound awesome! And, GAH! LOVE that cookie jar! Do you know where he got it?

  5. Do I have to use the homeade hot chocolate mix that you use or could I use my own?

  6. bergamot says:

    Wow these look good

  7. Just made these for my church bake sale and they are YUMMY, they should be a big hit, and they were pretty easy to make, thank you so much for the recipe

  8. omg these look so good! :), and now that the weather is trying to get colder (Arizona stays hot forever lol) I’m going to try them out with my homemade cocoa and some homemade marshmallows ^_^

  9. Hi,

    These look amazing, but do they travel well? Would I be able to stack them?


  10. I found this recipe through another bloggers site and made them last night. They were tasty, not super sweet. I decided to crunch up candy canes for the remaining batter. Delish! Peppermint hot cocoa anyone?

  11. Hi you mentioned that you used too much hot choc mix in your first batch. Is 4 pkgs the right amount for the recipe or should I cut it back to 3 . Thxs

    • 4 packages is typically right, but I can’t guarantee that all brands of hot cocoa mix have the same size packages. So, the best way to make sure you don’t use too much is to open the packages and measure out 1/2 cup plus 3 Tablespoons of the mix. 🙂

  12. These turned out great! They tasted better than I thought they would (I thought they’d be more for the kids) and are exactly like a cuppa hot choc in a cookie. The dough was a little hard to mix so I think I’ll cut out 1/4 c. or less of the flour next time (although I probably should have measured my hot choc packets – whoops!).

    Thanks for the recipe! And your new site & brand look great!

    • Thanks, Kari!! I love these cookies… as I’m eyeing some homemade hot cocoa mix right there on my counter that might get some use today! 😉

  13. I made these today to test before a cookie exchange and WHOA they were so. good. I was planning to have one and bring the rest to my students tomorrow but I keep eyeing them…

    • haha! I made them again during Thanksgiving week for our entire family and kept eating more than my fair share, too! 🙂

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