Hot Chocolate Cookies

Hot Chocolate Cookies are made with hot chocolate mix right in the dough! Load them up with milk chocolate chunks and mini marshmallows and you have the cookie version of everyone’s favorite hot beverage!

And make sure you check out my completely from scratch Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix!

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Hot Chocolate Cookies are thick, delicious chocolate cookie loaded with milk chocolate and mini marshmallows!

These Hot Chocolate Cookies are sweet, thick, chocolate cookies, that are so easy to make! The chocolate flavor is mild, but delicious, with ultra soft centers and slightly crisp edges. Imagine that creamy taste of hot chocolate in cookie form.

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

This chocolate cookie recipe is definitely great for a snow day, but I’d serve these cookies all year long, especially at the end of the season when you want to try and use up your hot chocolate mix!

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How do you make Hot Chocolate Cookies?

The dough for these cookies is super easy! It’s a simple cookie recipe that and you just add some hot chocolate mix straight into the dough! You don’t need to chill the dough, so these will be ready to eat in under 30 minutes!!

What Kind of Hot Chocolate Should I Use?

You can use any kind you want!! You can use the kind with mini marshmallows included, or not…because you add more marshmallows to the dough. I REALLY recommend you find the tiny dehydrated marshmallows (called Mallow Bits) They work perfectly in this recipe! I hav e found them at Target, Wal-Mart, my local supermarket, or on Amazon!

I linked to the ones I buy from Amazon in the shoppable image above!

What If I Can’t Find The Dehydrated Marshmallows?

If you can’t find them, I don’t recommend that you use Mini Marshmallows in their place, as they melt during baking and can create a mess. 

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.

Can You Use Milk Chocolate Chips Instead of Chopped?

Yes absolutely!! But as always, the better quality the chocolate, the better results (and flavor) you will have!

Hot Chocolate Cookies with milk chocolate and marshmallows

My kids go crazy for these cookies and I know you will too!

*I used Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate in this recipe, but you could use any brand!

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Hot Chocolate Cookies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Cookies
  • Method Method: Baking
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert


Delicious Hot Chocolate Cookies perfect for chilly days!



  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot chocolate mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 3/4 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


Store airtight for up to 3 days

Nutrition Information:

1 cookie
13.9 g
133.9 mg
11.3 g
26.3 g
2.9 g
35.8 mg

Keywords: hot chocolate, cookies, recipe, milk chocolate, marshmallows

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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December 7, 2017 8:56 am

Why not use actual mini marshmallows? Just Wondering.

December 7, 2017 8:55 am

Why not use actual mini marshmallows? Just wondering.

January 6, 2017 12:40 pm

Besides the fact that there’s LOTS of chocolate involved, these sound incredibly easy to make.

January 3, 2017 5:29 pm

We really need the Pinterest Button back …you used to always have It. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!!! Happy New Year!

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January 2, 2017 9:06 pm

Try Kalahari next time. Its much cleaner.

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!

March 4, 2013 3:33 pm

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

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!

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!

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!

February 28, 2013 4:44 am

Oh so delicious!! Your cookies are fantastic!

February 27, 2013 10:27 pm

These look FAB!

February 27, 2013 9:36 pm

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

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!!

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 »

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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