Hot Cocoa Cookies are like enjoying a cup of hot chocolate, except in cookie form. Chocolate oozes from the centers of these marshmallow-topped treats. These rich cookies are perfect for holiday parties and dessert trays!
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 ordeal.)
HERE’S A TUTORIAL ON MAKING YOUR BATCH OF HOT COCOA COOKIES!
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HOW TO MAKE HOT COCOA COOKIES
These are a comforting batch of cookies to nibble on when its cold and you want to think about being warm and enjoy eating a cookie!
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and 6 oz. chopped chocolate, stirring frequently, over medium heat. Set aside.
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.
In a separate bowl, whisk together 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.
While chilling the dough, 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.
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. The melted chocolate will hold the gooey marshmallow. Top with grated chocolate.
RECIPE TIPS: MAKE THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATE COOKIES ON THE PLANET
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.
Replace the large marshmallow you place on top of each cookie with a few mini marshmallows.
Add 2 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix to the batter for an even more flavorful and delicious cookie.
SALTED BUTTER VS UNSALTED BUTTER
Ahh, the great baking debate. Many bakers use unsalted butter in their baked goods in order to avoid over-salting. I, however, believe that there is no such thing as “over-salting.” I always use salted butter in my baked goods (and for everything else under the sun) because it gives everything I make an extra touch of salty deliciousness. If you go the unsalted route, keep in mind that you may need to add a bit extra salt to the recipe!
WHY DO SOME RECIPES CALL FOR EGGS TO BE USED AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
Allowing your eggs to come to room temperature is important for a couple of reasons. One, they will mix better with your batter, and then let the cake mix raise better as it bakes. Also, the cake will take a little longer to bake if room temperature eggs are used but creates a perfect cake that has a great texture. If a cake has a high fat content, adding cold eggs could affect re-hardening the fat. Finally, eggs that are needed to be created into a foam for a recipe will have better volume if warmed to room temperature.
WHY ARE MY COOKIES FLAT
If your cookies are coming out of the oven looking flat, you either haven't used the appropriate leavening agents (baking powder or baking soda) or you have used too little flour. If the cookies are flat and greasy, you may have used too much butter. Follow baking recipes very closely to avoid making flat cookies!
HOW TO KEEP COOKIES SOFT
For optimal cookie softness, allow them to cool completely after coming out of the oven and store as stated in the directions. Some cookies store best in the fridge while others store well while covered at room temperature.
CAN YOU FREEZE COOKIE DOUGH
Cookie dough is PERFECT for freezing! It's one of the things I love most about it. Place prepared cookie dough into a resealable freezer bag and press as much air out as possible. Freeze for up to six months. When you are ready to make the cookies, allow the dough to thaw completely in the fridge overnight then bake as directed.
HOW TO CLEAN COOKIE SHEETS
If you have extra grimy cookie sheets, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over the surface and cover with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for 1 hour and scrub the surface using a dish scrubber. Wash with dish soap!
CAN DOGS EAT CHOCOLATE
Chocolate and cocoa products can kill a dog if eaten in large enough quantities. Theobromine is the part of chocolate that dogs are unable to metabolize which can build up in their systems and die as a result.
COOKIES FOR HOLIDAY BAKING
Add these delicious cookie to your holiday baking list, too!
WHAT TO SERVE AT A PARTY
I LOVE party food, so you have come to the right place if you are looking for recipes to make for your next gathering. Here are some options for you that will be easy, delicious and crowd-pleasing!
Fruit Pizza - The classic, crowd-pleasing Fruit Pizza has a cookie dough crust, dreamy cream cheese frosting and a colorful top layer of fruit and a tasty glaze. Great appetizer/dessert for parties of any kind, any time of the year!
Taco Ranch Pasta Salad - This delicious pasta salad gets totally devoured at gatherings, no matter the season.
Sausage Cheese Dip - Sausage Cheese Dip is easy to make (let your crockpot do the work for you!), cheesy, flavorful and totally irresistible! Serve as an appetizer at your next party and it won’t last long. Only 6 ingredients required for this delicious party food!
7-Layer Taco Dip - This is the best 7-Layer Taco Dip you'll ever meet! It's the perfect appetizer and party food and it is always the first thing to get devoured.
Crockpot Meatballs - These require only a few ingredients with only a few minutes of prep. They are SO EASY to make, totally packed with delicious flavor and great for game-day parties or holidays. Let your slow cooker do all of the work for you!
Spinach Artichoke Dip - This hot Spinach Artichoke Dip is a party staple! People always get excited about this dip and its so easy to make! It’s a filling, cheesy snack or appetizer that you can put on pita squares, crackers or chips. Let your slow cooker do all of the work for you!