Hot Chocolate Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


5 dozen

Updated: Jan. 08, 2024
Using hot cocoa mix and marshmallow bits in the cookie dough really makes these hot chocolate cookies taste like the cozy drink. —Lisa Kaminski, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup instant hot cocoa mix (about 3 packets)
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup vanilla marshmallow bits (not miniature marshmallows)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa mix, baking cocoa, salt, baking soda and baking powder; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Gently stir in marshmallow bits and chocolate chips.
  2. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Hot Chocolate Cookies Tips

Can you use mini marshmallows instead of vanilla marshmallow bits?

While you can use mini marshmallows in place of marshmallow bits in this recipe, the visual effect and appeal may not be the same. Mini marshmallows are much softer and will melt while baking. Marshmallow bits are drier and hold their shape, making them easily identifiable in the finished cookies. Use your mini marshmallows in these tempting treats instead!

What kind of hot cocoa mix can you use to make hot chocolate cookies?

Always use instant hot cocoa mix, which you can often find in the coffee or cocoa aisle at your grocery store. Hot cocoa mix is primarily made of cocoa and sugar, which easily dissolve into either water or milk. Hot chocolate mix, on the other hand, is richer and may even contain flakes of chocolate.

How should you store hot chocolate cookies?

Baked cookies always store best in an airtight, lidded container at room temperature, where they should keep fresh for up to 3 days. Wrapped well, these hot chocolate cookies can also be frozen for up to 6 months. For best results, use these tips to keep in mind when freezing cookies.

Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 81 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.