Hot Cocoa Cookies Recipe {VIDEO}

Hot Cocoa Cookies are like drinking a cup of cocoa, except in cookie form. Chocolate oozes from the centers of these marshmallow-topped treats. Perfect for holiday parties and dessert trays!

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Raise your hand if you’re in full swing with crazed holiday baking. ME ME ME! Some of the tastiest little morsels of cookie-goodness have come out of my kitchen this week. I’m super excited to share a brand new cookie recipe with you later this week, but for now you are going to LOVE this updated recipe for the irresistible Hot Cocoa Cookies. This was one of the first cookies I put up on my blog a million years ago and it is one of the best cookies my lips have ever met. (This is say a lot considering the whole Cookie Remix thing.)

Here’s a tutorial on making your batch of Hot Cocoa Cookies!

Let me tell you a few important things about these Hot Cocoa Cookies:

  • Make sure you refrigerate the batter for a minimum of 1 hour before rolling into balls and baking. DON’T SKIP THIS STEP!

  • Use whole regular-sized marshmallows in a pinch, but if the jumbo variety is available please-oh-please use them.

  • For a more economical cookie, consider replacing the baking chocolate with equal amounts of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

What other cookies should I include on my holiday baking list?

Well you have come to the right place and you have asked the right person about Christmas cookies! Here is a list of just a few of my favorites:

Chewy Gingersnaps
Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Triple Chocolate Cookies with Peppermint Frosting
Chocolate Kiss Cream Cheese Cookies
The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Enjoy these yummy Hot Cocoa Cookies! Please leave a comment and let me know how they work out for you. Happy baking!

Hot Cocoa Cookies
cookies, holiday baking
Hot Cocoa Cookies cocoa in cookie form! Crinkly chocolate cookies are topped with a gooey marshmallow and there's a delicious little secret hiding in the center.
Yield: 30

Hot Cocoa Cookies

prep time: 1 hour and 15 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 1 hours and 55 mins

Hot cocoa in cookie form! Crinkly chocolate cookies are topped with a gooey marshmallow and there's a delicious little secret hiding in the center.


  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate baking squares, divided (6 oz. chopped for batter, 4 oz. cut into 1/2-inch squares, 2 oz. grated for garnish)
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 15 jumbo marshmallows, cut in half lengthwise


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and 6 oz. chopped chocolate, stirring frequently, over medium heat. Set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), combine the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the chocolate mixture and beat until just combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Gradually add to the batter and beat on medium speed until just combined. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line 3 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough and roll between your palms to form 1-inch balls. Arrange the balls 2 inches apart on each cookie sheet, flattening slightly using fingers. Bake until the tops of the cookies begin to crinkle, 10-11 minutes.
  5. Gently press one square of baking chocolate into the center of each cookie, followed by a marshmallow half. Bake for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until marshmallows are soft and puffy. Top with grated chocolate.
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