Hot Chocolate Cookies {from cocoa mix}

These hot chocolate cookies are soft-baked chocolate cookies that are full of hot chocolate flavor and mallow bits in every bite—a hot cocoa cookie that is great for your family, cookie swaps, and more. 

plate of cookies

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Bring together a cookie and the delicious flavor of hot chocolate!

Soft and slightly chewy hot cocoa cookies that are full of chocolate chips and mallow bits. Using homemade hot chocolate mix in cookies gives it that creamy chocolate flavor!

We made a batch of these cookies, and the family gobbled them right up. Even if it isn’t winter, this cocoa cookie recipe is great to make.

Let me share tips and tricks when it comes to baking this recipe. 

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ingredients for hot cocoa cookies

Ingredients For Hot Chocolate Cookies 

Hot Cocoa Mix – I like to use homemade hot cocoa mix but if you want to use some packets from the store, that works great too!

Marshmallow Bits – If you don’t have mallow bits, just take some scissors and snip some marshmallows into small pieces before adding to the cookie dough.

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How do you make hot chocolate cookies?

STEP ONE: Start by preheating your oven to 350, and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat, cooking spray, or parchment paper. 

STEP TWO: Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and set aside. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, combine the wet ingredients until light and fluffy.

STEP FOUR: Add the dry ingredients to the wet in batches until flly combined. Now you will cream together your butter and sugar. Add in your eggs and vanilla and mix, scraping down the sides as needed.

STEP FIVE: Bake tablespoon amounts on prepared baking sheets for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are set. Remove and cool completely.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

tray of cookies and hot cocoa

Can you use hot chocolate for baking?

You absolutely can use hot chocolate for baking. This hot chocolate cookie recipe uses hot chocolate powder. Now you can buy your favorite brand of powder or make homemade chocolate powder to mix in. 

The choice is up to you! For ease, I went ahead and used store-bought since I had some in my pantry. 

Can I use cocoa powder instead of hot cocoa powder?

You are welcome to use cocoa powder instead of the hot cocoa powder mix. The only difference is you will lose some of the hot chocolate flavors to the cookies. But with the chocolate chips and mini mallows it will help bring in the cocoa flavor of a warm cup of cocoa. 

What’s the difference between hot cocoa and cocoa powder?

Cocoa powder is used for baking, and hot cocoa is a mix made with cocoa powder and other sweetened ingredients. You mix in with water or milk for a sweet drink. While you can use the two to interchange recipes, their flavors alone are not the same.

Can I make these sugar-free?

You are more than welcome to use the sugar-free ingredient to replace it. You would need a brown sugar alternative, sugar-free hot chocolate mix, and sugar-free chocolate chips, and marshmallows. 

Just make sure to measure the ingredients right to convert. 

Storing Cookies 

These cocoa cookies can be stored at room temperature on the counter. Just let them cool down until fully cooled then transfer to an airtight container. The cookies will store for 4-5 days on the counter.

Then in terms of freezing your cookies, you can freeze the cookies for 3-4 months in the freezer. Then you can thaw on the counter or place them in the fridge for a slow thaw overnight.

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

chocolate cookies with text "hot cocoa cookies"

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Hot Chocolate Cookie Recipe

tray of cocoa cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup hot chocolate mix
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, milk or semi-sweet
  • ½ cup mallow bits


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and hot cocoa mix. Stir to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until well combined and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
  4. Gradually add dry mixture and beat until well combined.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and mallow bits by hand. Do not use the mixer as it will break up the chips and marshmallows.
  6. Scoop dough using a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon and place on prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are set. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  8. Remove and place on a cooling rack and cool completely.
  9. Enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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