Hot Chocolate Cookies

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

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.  Also, check out these white chocolate chip cookies and these peanut butter cookies dipped in chocolate.

ingredients for hot cocoa cookies

Ingredients Needed

Hot Cocoa MixI 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.

Butter – Be sure to use unsalted butter for this one.

Brown Sugar – I like to use light brown sugar but you can use dark brown in a pinch.

Chocolate Chips – Use semi-sweet or milk chocolate for best flavor.

Pantry Staples – All purpose flour, baking powder, salt, large egg, vanilla extract.

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How to make hot chocolate cookies

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

Second: 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.

Third: 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.

Fourth: 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 chocolate mix?

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.

tray of cookies with text "hot cocoa cookies"

These hot chocolate mix cookies are quick and easy to make and full of cocoa flavor. Perfect for your cookie exchange or gift giving!

tray of cocoa cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

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.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 145kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and hot cocoa mix. Stir to combine.
  • 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.
  • Gradually add dry mixture and beat until well combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips and mallow bits by hand. Do not use the mixer as it will break up the chips and marshmallows.
  • Scoop dough using a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • 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.
  • Remove and place on a cooling rack and cool completely.
  • Enjoy!


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Serving: 1g | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g Content and photographs are copyright protected. Sharing of this recipe is both encourages and appreciated. Copying and/or pasting full recipes to any social media is strictly prohibited.

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  1. You use the words mallow and marshmallow interchangeably. They are not interchangeable. Mallow is a plant. Historically it was used to produce a variety of medicinal products. It also was used to make the first marshmallows, which were a throat lozenge. Modern marshmallows contain no ingredients from the mallow plant, but are made of sugar, corn syrup, gelatin, and air.
    Please don’t use the words incorrectly. If your recipe should have marshmallows, say marshmallows. If you want people to add chopped up bits of a plant, say mallow.

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