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: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • 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

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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  1. 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!) : )

  2. 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.

  3. 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 a turtleneck!

    He stilled married me! But only for my cooking! These cookies look great!

  4. 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!

  5. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    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.

  6. 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! 😉

  7. 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!!

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