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Hot Chocolate Cookies Recipe

This Hot Chocolate Cookies recipe is like having a cup of hot cocoa, except in cookie form. Perfect for holiday parties or dessert trays!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 30
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Megan Porta


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


  • 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, 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.
  • 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. Top with grated chocolate.


  • 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 or marshmallow bits.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix to the batter for an even more flavorful and delicious cookie.


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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