Hot Cocoa Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

I am so excited to share these hot cocoa cookies with you! You may have seen this picture on Facebook already – they turned out just as I was hoping they would, and I was so happy with them I just had to share a picture right away. 🙂

These cookies are exactly what you’d expect – hot cocoa in cookie form. Complete with warm, runny chocolate and a melting marshmallow on top, they are absolutely delicious!

Of course they’re best warm out of the oven when everything is nice and gooey, but we found that just a few seconds in the microwave (or a few minutes in the oven if you’re serving a bunch) will bring back that perfect melty texture.

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Mike (who, by the way, will not actually drink hot chocolate without lots of mini marshmallows on top) absolutely loved these as well. I can’t comment on if anyone else liked them or not because, well, we didn’t exactly share. 🙂

*Note: These can successfully be frozen. I sacrificed for you and ate one from the freezer before posting this. A few seconds in the microwave and it was warm and melty. 🙂

P.S. You can see all of my Christmas treat recipes from over the years at this Christmas Cookies tag. Enjoy! And, as always, let me know if you try any and how you liked them.

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Yield: ~60 cookies


  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 12 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (packed) light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 7.5 oz. semisweet chocolate, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 30 marshmallows


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chopped chocolate, stirring frequently, over medium heat. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla at low speed until smooth, 2 minutes. Mix in the cooled chocolate mixture just until blended. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, mixing on low speed until just combined.
  3. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour. (If making the dough a day ahead, let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping.)
  4. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat to 325 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment. Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough and roll between your palms to form 1-inch balls. Arrange about 16 balls 2 inches apart on each cookie sheet, flattening slightly. Bake until the tops of the cookies crack, about 12 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, snip 8 marshmallows in half crosswise and stick 1 square of chocolate onto each of the cut sides.
  6. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven; gently press a marshmallow half, chocolate side down, into each cookie. Bake until the marshmallows are just softened, about 4 minutes. Transfer the pans to racks to cool for 5 minutes; Using a spatula, transfer the cookies to the racks to cool completely. Repeat the process with the remaining dough, marshmallows and chocolate, baking each batch on a clean sheet of parchment.

from Rachael Ray Magazine, December 2011

12 Days of Christmas Treats 2012 from What Megan's Making

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  1. I know a few kiddo’s who are going to be THRILLED when they see these coming out of the oven 🙂

  2. What a great idea for cookies! Love how melty the centers are!

  3. These look delicious, Megan! So “wintery” 🙂

  4. What a fun idea! They looks tasty. I am pinning these for later.

  5. Heaven in melty and gooey form – yum!

  6. So cool! Love that you always add your personal notes to the recipes! Thanks!

  7. I want to gobble that big gooey marshmallow right up!

  8. Oh dear…. running chocolate cookies with gooey marshmallow. I can’t wait to try some of these. I think I may just finish these all before my husband comes home. 😉

  9. these look incredible! love that melty center.

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  13. These look so good they are making me drool, that is why I have included you in our Mouth Watering Mondays post. Come on over to have a look at Cheers, Tara

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  15. Do you think these cookies would be ok for a cookie swap? I wasn’t sure since they’re probably better fresh out of the oven right? The swap is at work on Tuesday and I wanted to make ahead the dough today (Sunday). Is there a better recipe of yours that you reccomend? That works as a freeze ahead dough type?

    • They are definitely better warm, either out of the oven or microwaved, so probably not the best for a cookie swap. I’d recommend either fudge kiss cookies or chocolate truffle cookies – those are always popular!

  16. These turned out great! They are super duper rich, so one or two goes a long way. I used the same parchment paper for every batch and didn’t see or taste any adverse effects.

  17. These look amazing! I’m adding them to my Christmas cookie list!

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