Hot Chocolate Cookies

These Hot Chocolate Cookies are rich, fudgey and ultra chocolatey. Perfect for the holidays! They are everything you love about hot chocolate but in cookie form!

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Hot Chocolate Cookies

These Hot Chocolate Cookies are perfectly soft and chewy with tons of chocolate flavor. The technique for these cookies is similar to my Brownie Cookie. Melting the butter and chocolate together creates a rich extra chewy cookie. I also slightly under bake the cookies to get the nice fudgey texture inside.

When the cookies are almost done baking a marshmallow gets set on top then baked for a few more minutes until set.

After the cookies have cooled completely I drizzle them with an easy chocolate frosting. The cookies taste just like hot chocolate!

This hot chocolate cookie recipe makes a great dessert to bring to a holiday party. They also make a great Christmas gift!

For a fun twist top the cookies with crushed candy canes to make peppermint hot chocolate cookies.

How to brown butter

Browning the butter is easy and adds so much flavor to the cookies. Simply heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 5-7 minutes swirling the pan occasionally. I recommend using a lighter colored saucepan when browning butter. It makes it easier to tell when the butter is browning and helps from burning the butter.

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How to make Hot Chocolate Cookies

  • Make cookie dough: Start by pouring the browned butter into a large bowl along with the semi sweet chocolate chips. Stir until melted. Allow the chocolate to cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar, vanilla and eggs, one at a time until combined. Fold in the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Refrigerate the dough for an hour.
  • Bake (1st time): When you are ready to bake preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a non stick cooking mat. Roll out tablespoon size cookies and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10 minutes or until set.
  • Top with marshmallow: Remove from the oven and add half of a marshmallow cut side down to each cookie.
  • Bake (2nd time): Place back in the oven and bake for 2-3 additional minutes.
  • Cool: Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Make chocolate frosting: Add the butter, milk and cocoa powder to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes. Pour the mixture into a large bowl along with the powdered sugar. Whisk until creamy and clump free. Immediately spoon glaze over cooled cookies. The longer frosting sits out the harder it becomes.

Can these cookies be made in advance?

Yes! You can make these cookies up to 5 days in advance and store them in an airtight container at room temperature. Unbaked cookies can also be frozen for up to 3 months. These cookies are great to make ahead of time before the holidays. Just take some out of the freezer before guests come and bake as directed below!

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Hot Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Hot Chocolate Cookies. Everything you love about hot chocolate but in cookie form!

Ingredients

Hot Chocolate Cookies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Approximately 20 large marshmallows cut in half crosswise

Chocolate Frosting

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

Hot Chocolate Cookies

  1. Add butter to a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat. Cook butter stirring continuously until it turns golden brown and smells nutty. This takes about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Pour the butter into a large bowl along with the chocolate chips. Stir until melted. Allow the chocolate to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar, vanilla and eggs, one at a time until combined.
  4. Fold in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.
  5. Refrigerate the dough for an hour.
  6. When you are ready to bake preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a non stick cooking mat.
  7. Roll out tablespoon size cookies and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and add half of a marshmallow cut side down to each cookie.
  9. Place back in the oven and bake for 2-3 additional minutes.
  10. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  11. Once the cookies have completely cooled drizzle with chocolate frosting and enjoy!

Chocolate Frosting

  1. Add the butter, milk and cocoa powder to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture into a large bowl along with the powdered sugar. Whisk until creamy and clump free.
  4. Immediately spoon glaze over cooled cookies. The longer frosting sits out the harder it becomes.

Recipe Notes

Cookie recipe adapted from Glorious Treats. Frosting adapted from Land O'Lakes

Nutrition Facts
Hot Chocolate Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 26mg1%
Potassium 96mg3%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 163IU3%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Desserts, Holiday Baking, Holiday Recipes, Hot Chocolate Cookies

 

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  • Kayla

    So these are the first hot cocoa cookies I’ve made, and I’m not sure how I feel about them. They are okay- but the chocolate drizzle taste a little weird- and when I made the frosting, the chocolate and the butter kept separating. They are very fudgy, but just a little bit of a weird taste, and haven’t figured out what it is.

  • Hi Kayla,

    I am so sorry to hear that! I’m not sure what the weird taste could be either. Thank you for trying my recipe!

    Thanks!

    Kelley

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