Hot Chocolate Cookies


I’m not gonna make too much sense today.

Lemme ‘splain…


My family and I just got back from a weekend stay at Great Wolf Lodge, which is an exercise in humility at it’s very basic level.

Let me start by saying my kids had a fantastic time…

Myself on the other hand…well, I certainly enjoy seeing my kids having fun, but a waterpark person, I am not.

All the half naked wet people walking around bumping into you with their water tubes…yeah…


And can I just mention the stairs?  The STAIRSSSSS?

Climbing stairs while wearing a wet bathing suit over and over and overrrrr is probably my new least favorite thing to do.


And can I just say something to people who reserve 40 hundred chairs for their family of 3?  Don’t love ya.

And also, leaving an open Capri Sun doesn’t count as reserving a seat.  Your Capri Sun doesn’t need to rest it’s weary staircase-climbing legs.  You know who does?  This girl.


Sorry about the negativity here…I think the chlorine has killed all my patience cells.


In all attempts to regain some sanity, and because it’s still ridiculously cold here in the Northeast, I decided to make some cookies.

Hot Chocolate Cookies.

Hot Chocolate Cookies | Cookies and Cups

These are super easy.

Just make a simple cookie dough, and add some hot chocolate mix straight into the batter!

I actually only had hot chocolate mix with mini marshamllows, which is totally fine because you’re gonna add in some Marshmallow Bits at the end.
 photo IMG_7404_zps9eed2460.jpgThen chop up some milk chocolate into chunks.  You could also use milk chocolate chips, up to you!

 photo IMG_7411_zps0bc5df56.jpgHere’s where you add the Marshmallow Bits.  If you can’t find the Bits, I don’t recommend that you use Mini Marshmallows in their place.  What you could do is place a few marshmallows on top of the cookies when they are almost done baking so they will melt partially on top…just an idea.

 photo IMG_7414_zps1226612e.jpgHere’s how your batter will look…

 photo IMG_7420_zpsd7809505.jpgWhen they’re baked, let them cool on a wire rack.

These aren’t overly chocolatey cookies.  If you would like to up the chocolate factor here, you could sub in some cocoa powder for the hot chocolate mix.

 photo IMG_7427_zps4c3ca906.jpgBut I just love that they are a subtle chocolate flavor…just like hot chocolate.

Hot Chocolate Cookies | Cookies and Cups

If you’re feeling crazy you can top these cookies with some Marshmallow Buttercream.  It will just send them to a whole new level.




Hot Chocolate Cookies
makes 24 large cookies
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup hot chocolate mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2¾ cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped milk chocolate (or milk chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup Marshmallow Bits
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cream butter and brown sugar together on medium speed for about 1 minute until combined. Add in hot chocolate and continue mixing for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add in eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until incorporated.
  5. Turn mixer to low and add in salt, baking soda and flour. Mix until just combined.
  6. Finally, add in milk chocolate and Marshmallow Bits, stirring until evenly mixed in.
  7. Drop by heaping tablespoon onto lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 9-11 minutes, until edges are set and slightly golden.
  9. Transfer to wire rack to cool
Frost with Marshmallow Buttercream if desired

Store airtight for up to 3 days



Here are some more Hot Chocolate Recipes that I have done in the past:

Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake

Hot Chocolate Frosting

Hot Chocolate Popcorn

Hot Chocolate Krispie Treats

Hot Chocolate on a Stick



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Cookbook Queen
February 26, 2013 8:10 am

Water Parks are not my favorite. Nor are anything else involving half naked people, limited seating, crowds of children, and the risk of drowning. Wears a sister out, fo sheez.

These cookies though…they could be a favorite. Love hot chocolate!!

Colleen @ What

I love this idea of adding hot chocolate mix to the cookie batter! These cookies look like perfection, especially with that amazing sounding marshmallow buttercream on top. Wowzahs.

sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more
February 26, 2013 8:35 am

I feel ya, my kid loves that place, me well its not the worst place to go, but those stairs kill you! A few of these cookies and I would be fine though.

Heather @ Sugar Dish Me
February 26, 2013 8:51 am

Heyyyy— Great Wolf Lodge (in NC) is right up the road from me! But I’ve never been there. I would totally pass up a water park for cookies. Is that bad?

February 26, 2013 9:03 am

Reading this at work, just before lunch wasn’t the brightest idea I have ever had. Now I’m craving cookies!! Yum xx

Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker
February 26, 2013 9:27 am

Love this cookie concept! Also, I swore off water parks over 10 years ago when I saw some suspicious bathing suit malfunctions that left me a little queasy. I’m sure I’ll have to go to them again once I have kids, but for now I’m still boycotting! 😉

Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
February 26, 2013 9:30 am

That goodness for cookies to calm our nerves. That sounds oh-so-not fun. At least you now have cookies and the kiddies had fun! 🙂

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies
February 26, 2013 9:34 am

I love love love these. I need to pick up some more marshmallow bits. I might have eaten the last set straight from the tube..

Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection
February 26, 2013 9:52 am

Yum! I have tried a few different hot chocolate cookie recipes, but I’ve never thought to top them with Marshmallow Buttercream. Can’t think of anything else that would make these cookies even better!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
February 26, 2013 9:54 am

I don’t envy you for that vacation. At least the kids had fun! Love the possibilities with these cookies – so many tips! 🙂

Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
February 26, 2013 10:05 am

Oh my lord. Water parks. Yuck, right there with you. Although I love a good wave pool. The walking around with no shoes everywhere totally grosses me out! I love the hit chocolate cookie idea, I would probably add some cocoa powder for a more intense flavor.

Mimi @ Culinary Couture
February 26, 2013 10:43 am

Hot chocolate mix in cookies–that’s genius! By the way, you made a few changes to your site design right? I like it!

Annie @ Annie
February 26, 2013 11:07 am

I just spotted those adorable marshmallow bits in the store the other day and next time I’ll know to actually by them. These look delightful and I TOTALLY plan to slather them with marshmallow buttercream. Duh

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist
February 26, 2013 11:22 am

Ugh water parks are totally not ok. As a kid, I loved them. As an adult, I’d rather die. Plus, you’re not getting me down those tube slides, so there’s no point.
Love the cookies. I totally need one 🙂

Averie @ Averie Cooks
February 26, 2013 11:43 am

Shelly they look and sound awesome! I love that they’re just subtly chocolaty, not in your face, so the other ingredients can still shine. And the texture looks perfect!

February 26, 2013 11:48 am

Oh yes, please!

And ditto on the Capri Sun seat savers. Gah.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
February 26, 2013 12:12 pm

This sounds soooo good!

February 26, 2013 1:27 pm

Years ago, for my son’s 10th birthday, I drove 4 hours to the Kansas City Great Wolf Lodge with my son and 3 of his best buddies. We spent the night in one of their rooms that has a built in log cabin. The boys spent a ridiculous amount of time in the water park, while I paced anxiously watching that no one would knock themselves unconscious and drown. They had a blast. I had sleep deprivation and a chlorine headache. I could have used some of these cookies!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
February 26, 2013 2:19 pm

those are so fun!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
February 26, 2013 2:24 pm

Thankfully I haven’t been to a waterpark in years! Don’t really have an plans to go anytime soon, my poor kid 🙁
Love these cookies – I am all about anything chocolate right now!

Shiloh Barkley
February 26, 2013 2:32 pm

These sound like heaven, Shelley!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
February 26, 2013 2:46 pm

Looks like another winner!!! Love it!

Kasha the FarmGirl
February 26, 2013 3:10 pm

The thought of going to Great Wolf Lodge scares the bejeebers out of me.

Instead of a water park, I’m thinking I can woo my little guy with these cookies. Hot chocolate with marshmallows is like kid crack.

February 26, 2013 3:15 pm
My last experience at a H2O park was when I went down a slide and when I landed in the bottom pool, I jump out of the water looking for my husband (boyfriend at the time) thru my blurry chlorine filled eyes. I spotted him and he was staring at me from afar doing what I thought was a thumbs up at me. He was really doing a hand motion for me to cover up my exposed boob that had escaped from my bathing suit. I haven’t went down a slide since. And if I do, I will be wearing… Read more »
February 26, 2013 3:59 pm

Way to take one for the fam and go to Great Wolf Lodge.I have a feeling I would be feeling the same way. These cookies sound amazing though. 🙂

February 26, 2013 5:43 pm

How delicious!!!! I will add this to my recipies for cookies. I made peanut butter choc chip cookies last week

February 26, 2013 6:41 pm


But, these cookies seem like they`ll make up for you not having a good time! Sound and look wonderful!

Carla @ Carlas Confections
February 26, 2013 7:05 pm

I bet the marshmallow bits are off the charts amazing in this! I need to get my hands on some and make these!

February 26, 2013 8:59 pm

I have actually never liked water parks…all the wetness just seems so dirty to me…because everything sticks to you when you’re wet…or something like that. Anyways, I would totally need a batch of thee pose when I got home.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
February 26, 2013 10:36 pm

Water parks: walking barefoot up stairs in wet bathing suits. *shudder*

These cookies: *drool!!!*

Colette @ JFF!
February 27, 2013 1:32 am

Oh, no, you iced them AND stuck a piece of chocolate on top??


February 27, 2013 10:30 am

never enough cookies with marshmallows. as soon as my GD oven gets fixed these will be baked.

February 27, 2013 12:22 pm

From one NJ mom to another, I hear ‘ya! I can up you on on the Great Wolf – we went to Cocoa Key last long weekend…let’s just say it was very crowded and so very, very wet but my son had a blast and I guess that’s what counts. : ) These cookies look so comforting for this cold, long winter stretch. (First time visiting here…beautiful site!) : )

Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds
February 27, 2013 1:57 pm

I’ve spent all day trying to hide from my chocolate craving but looking at those has me hungrier than ever.

Holiday Baker Man
February 27, 2013 2:32 pm

ooooh yessssss!

February 27, 2013 2:39 pm I have to say, these weren’t my “first choice” when thinking of a recipe because I never have luck with marshmallows in recipes. But these….THESE COOKIES are heaven on a plate. OH.MY….. and that buttercream; well, that was what got me to try them. Buttercream, of any kind, is kind of like “my manna”…. These cookies rock! I baked them for only 8 minutes (don’t like crisp at all) and they were dense and soft and yummy and the frosting was just…gah! SO GOOD!!!!!!!! They were the perfect “snow day” cookie…I also plan on changing the name to Smores… Read more »
February 27, 2013 8:41 pm

These look amazing!!! One question: what effect do u think using Ovaltine vs. say, Swiss Miss, would have? Can’t wait to try these (with your marshmallow buttercream frosting, which I lovvvveee), thanks for always posting such amazing recipes!!

Michelle | Creative Food
February 27, 2013 9:36 pm

These look delicious!! Can’t wait to try them!

February 27, 2013 10:27 pm

These look FAB!

Mrs Deer
February 28, 2013 4:44 am

Oh so delicious!! Your cookies are fantastic!

February 28, 2013 4:26 pm

Ha! Waterparks…people with a LOT more self confidence than me walking around SHAMELESSLY in a bathing suit. I can’t decide if I envy them, or if I am mad that I cover myself for the sake of humanity and they let it all hang out…either way, I heart you, but you are bad for a dieter, LOL. I am HONGRY!

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
February 28, 2013 5:16 pm

Sounds like you need a vacation to recover from your vacation! My mom always used to say that and I finally understand…

That is some seriously chocolatey goodness!

March 1, 2013 4:24 pm

Omigoodness! Amazingness. I love hot cocoa cookies. There is a strong possibility of making these bad boys and dunking them in a steamy cup of hot cocoa.

Btw, I hate water parks too. I got stuck on a water slide once when I was a kid with my sister, you know one of those enclosed ones? Worst experience ever!

March 4, 2013 3:33 pm

I made these over the weekend – I think they are my boys’ new favorite cookies — just delightful! YUM!!!!!


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December 13, 2014 9:18 am

How should you store them if you add the frosting. I plan on making and sending to family out of town, just not sure how well they will keep. They sound delisious!