Hot Chocolate Cookies

These easy Hot Chocolate Cookies are always a hit! Made with real hot cocoa, this is always a popular winter or Christmas cookie and is perfect for cookie exchanges. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, christmas cookies, cookies, dessert, hot cocoa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: Christi Johnstone


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 4 packages or 3/4 cups hot cocoa mix - NOT SUGAR FREE VERSIONS
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Mallow Bits mini marshmallows do not work the same and can be a bit of a sticky mess


  • Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with standing mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  • In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients. Gradually beat dry ingredients into butter mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and Mallow Bits*. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop 2 tablespoons dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets lined with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool.


*A simple hot cocoa mix works best with these. Flavored hot cocoa's can have other ingredients that impact the recipe. I typically make this recipe with either Swiss Miss or Trader Joe's Hot Chocolate. The Dark Chocolate Swiss Miss also works well. I have not tested it with other flavors or brands. 
*I’ve found that when chilling the dough for 30 minutes, sometimes it can cause the Mallow Bits to melt when baking. It’s not consistent, and I think it’s dependent on how fresh/dry the Mallow Bits are (it happens to me more when I’ve purchased from Amazon). One way to completely avoid this problem is to mix the Mallow Bits in AFTER you chill the dough.
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