In the winter months, there’s nothing more I crave than coming in the cold, making myself a cup of hot chocolate and setting in with a book or a good Hallmark movie if it’s the Christmas season! It doesn’t get much better than that—unless you have a great snack to go along with that cocoa. Minty treats of all kinds with that chocolate is a classic combination, but that’s just not enough for me. I want my hot cocoa with a side of hot cocoa, which is why I just had to figure out a way to make hot chocolate cookies.
And when I say hot chocolate cookies, I mean more than cookies that just have chocolate and a few marshmallows inside. I wanted these cookies to taste like the real deal! So I got down to work in my kitchen using real hot chocolate mix, real hot chocolate mini marshmallows and a whole lot of chocolate chips. The results, well, let’s just say they were holiday magic (not to mention super simple!). Check out how you can mix them up fast so you can be enjoying your treat by the fire in no time.
Hot Chocolate Cookie Recipe
- 2¼ cups flour
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup hot chocolate mix (or three packets)
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup marshmallow bits (not mini marshmallows)
A word on your marshmallows
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Before you start this recipe, be sure to take a good look at your pantry. You’ll want to make sure you’ve got marshmallow bits for this recipe—not mini marshmallow. Mallow bits are just like those itty-bitty crunchy marshmallows you get in a packet of hot chocolate. You can find small containers of Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits in your supermarket’s baking or hot beverage aisle—or you can always snag them online if you can’t track them down (I found that they sell out quickly close to the holidays). And if you’re at a total loss for finding these marshmallow tidbits, just be sure that the hot chocolate your choose has some included. Those will work just as well!
If you’re unable to find those tiny mallow bits, I know it can be tempting to opt for mini marshmallows instead, but resist! Mini marshmallows are just too soft to include in this dough and will melt too easily in the oven causing a big, sticky mess. And no one likes to deep clean their oven if they don’t have to—though we’ve got some tips for when self-clean just isn’t enough.
Stirring up the cookies
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Making these hot chocolate cookies is a cinch. Just follow the standard cookie-making procedure (AKA the creaming method). Cream together your softened butter, sugar and brown sugar. Then add in your eggs and vanilla. Once those are incorporated, just add in the dry ingredients—save for the marshmallow bits.
Because these little marshmallows are a bit fragile, you’ll want to stir them in by hand or with the lowest speed of your mixer. After all, these are the star of the show—you don’t want them broken down into marshmallow powder.
Baking your hot cocoa cookies
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These cookies are just as easy to bake up as any classic chocolate chipper. Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, portion out cookies onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes at 375ºF. When they’re done, just set them on a rack to cool—though I thought they tasted best a little warm!
The cocoa-filled results
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This cookie is so simple to make and the results are absolutely mouthwatering. First off, these cookies have that just-right slightly chewy texture to them which makes them great for soft cookie fans like myself. Then you’ve got all those hot chocolate flavors courtesy of a good hot chocolate mix (these are our staff’s favorites), chocolate chips and those teeny tiny marshmallows. Let’s be honest—those mini marshmallow bits are what truly take these cookies over the top. What’s a hot chocolate—or a hot chocolate cookie—without plenty of marshmallows?
But do you want to know the secret for making this treat even better (yes, it is possible)? Dunk your hot chocolate cookie right into your hot chocolate. It might seem like too much, but gosh is it ever good!
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