Mini Hot Cocoa Cookies

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First of all, we would like to take a moment to say that our thoughts and prayers are with the families, community members, and everyone affected by the tragedy in Connecticut. There are no words. Make sure you hug your loved ones extra tight.

Are you a hot cocoa fan? Josh loves hot cocoa, but I am indifferent. I like a sip or two, but can’t drink an entire cup. I decided to make Mini Hot Cocoa Cookies for Josh…Christmas is right around the corner, I need to earn all of the bonus points I can get:)

I really wasn’t planning on eating these cookies, remember they were for Josh, and my cookie intake for December is off the charts. I decided to take a little taste to make sure they were edible. Big mistake! I should have never tasted these cute little cookies. I might not be able to drink a cup of hot cocoa, but I can down a dozen Mini Hot Cocoa Cookies.

These cookies might be mini, but they are not mini in chocolate flavor. They really do taste like a hot cocoa. There is actual hot cocoa mix in the cookies…along with two cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips. No wonder I liked them:) And you can’t have hot cocoa without marshmallows so I topped each cookie with a marshmallow and added a few Mallow Bits for fun. They turned out super cute and super tasty!

And if you are into the whole hot cocoa thing, dunk a Mini Hot Cocoa cookie into your warm cup of cocoa. Double the chocolate, double the fun!

I love it when a recipe surprises me. These Mini Hot Cocoa Cookies are a new favorite. I am going to make them all winter long.

And don’t worry, I did share with Josh. The cookies were for him after all. He loved them. In fact, he said these Mini Hot Cocoa Cookies are the best chocolate cookies he has ever tasted. I am thinking my pre-Christmas plan to earn bonus points worked:) I should be getting all of the items on my Christmas list this year and then some:) Just don’t tell him I ate a few…or a dozen:)

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Mini Hot Cocoa Cookies

Mini chocolate cookies made with hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows. These cookies make a delightful winter treat.
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  • In a small saucepan, melt butter and chocolate chips over low heat. Stir until combined and smooth. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, hot cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the brown sugar and eggs together. Add vanilla extract. Slowly add in dry ingredients. Mix in the melted chocolate. Refrigerate cookie dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Using about a teaspoon of dough, form cookie dough balls and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 6 minutes, or until cookie tops begin to crack. Pull cookies out from oven and place 1 mini marshmallow in the center of each cookie. Place a few Mallow Bits on each cookie as well. Bake cookies for an additional 4 minutes, or until marshmallows are soft and cookies are set around the edges, but still soft. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
  • Note-I buy the Mallow Bits at Target. If you can't find them, just use the mini marshmallows. They will still be tasty:)

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  1. Could your cookies be any cuter! I can see drinking hot cocoa and eating your cookies sitting in front of a fire place. I love the recipe!

  2. Thank you for this recipe! My 12 year old daughter proclaims herself a hot cocoa conneisseur and will likely want to be the poster-child of these cookies!

    Can you share what hot cocoa mix you used or make a suggestion (or hint at a suggestion, I’m not sure what the naming-brand-names rules are 😉 )

    Thanks again !

  3. Whenever I have a large, delicious cookie, I think they’re the best. Then I see a tiny cookie like these and change my mind! They’re adorable!

    1. Oops! Thanks for catching that. I updated the recipe! Mix in the dry ingredients before adding in the melted chocolate.

    1. I just updated the recipe. Sorry about that! Add in the dry ingredients before you add the melted chocolate.

  4. my hubby absolutely loves hot cocoa! i HAVE to make these for him. oh, and for me too. alright, alright… and maybe for our kids, as well. 🙂

  5. I wish I had mini marshmallows on hand! I’ve been wanting to make hot chocolate cookies for awhile now and your recipe looks so yummy.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families in Connecticut too, such a horrible loss.
    I love how these are mini! The kids always like when I make little cookies so they can have more then 1 or 2 and of course anything with marshmellows! These are very cute! I will have to try them out!

  7. It is so hard to think about cookies when such a tragedy has occurred in my state of Connecticut-Newtown is about 30 min away-but it is also good to be reminded to keep our routines for our children. Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.

    I think we may just try out this recipe.

  8. These look so yummy! They would make a great sweet treat to bring to a friend in need this time of year. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I’m the same as you – I like the flavor of hot cocoa, but not enough to drink a whole mug of it! These cookies really are super cute, and the perfect solution to our anti-hot cocoa sentiment 🙂

  10. MMMM. these look delicious. Maybe a way to bring hot cocoa into my life when it is FAR TOO HOT here in Australia to contemplate drinking it.

  11. I had my first cup of hot chocolate this season this past weekend and wasn’t enamored. I’d much rather have these cookies!

  12. i just started recently following you. I am from Kuwait and I enjoy your posts. My heart is with all the victim families . I just want to ask if the hot cocoa mix differ than the cocoa powder, since we dont have the hot cocoa mix here . Can I use the cocoa powder instead? we have hersheys and dutch processed cocoa powder only. Thanks

  13. I am a hot chocolate fan, but only the real (European) kind, not the powdered stuff. With that being said, I bet it works brilliantly in these cookies. They look magnificent!

  14. Mmmmm…. I think this year has proven that I’m a bit of a hot cocoa addict. And these are rocking my socks – – I love the mini marshmallows 🙂

  15. I love, love, love hot chocolate. In the winter I switch out my morning coffee with hot chocolate. Now I just need one of these to go with my cup.

  16. Oh how I love mini desserts! I feel SO much less guilty when I eat 5 cookies that way 😉 These look especially tasty and festive.

  17. Assuming I did everything correctly, the cookie dough is not super thick like most that I refrigerate. Is that how it is supposed to be and can I just refrigerate it in the bowl it is in?

    Thank you!
    Love all of your recipes!!!

  18. Is this recipe right? I had the same question as Carol. The dough seems really thin and then the cookies after cooking were very soft after 10 minutes of cooking but the marshmallows were melted. I must have done something wrong but I followed the recipe. Sending the rest of the dough back to the refrigerator for an overnight stay. I only waited 3hrs for the first batch.

  19. In retrospect, I cooked the second batch for more like 12 minutes and had more success. The 3hrs in the frig is fine. I checked the Rachael Ray recipe and her time is way longer than the 6 minutes too. I think you just have to wait until the cookies have kind of a cracked look before you add the marshmellows. Use high quality chocolate. Tasty in the end.

  20. I just tried these yesterday, and wanted to comment that my dough was thick unlike Carol and Colleen. I followed the recipe and instructions just as written above, allowing the dough 1-2 hours in the fridge before baking. My only issue is that they ended up seriously deflating after coming out of the oven and are quite flat. But nonetheless, they’re fun to make and taste good!

  21. Can’t I put cocoa powder instead of hot cocoa mix??? And how does the marshmallows stay put on the cookies????? Do you think these are good for a bake sale?????