This chewy Hot Chocolate Cookies recipe is so much fun from the marshmallow cream and hot chocolate mix to the milk chocolate chips and mini marshmallows!
Sometimes a new recipe is created by changing an old recipe, sometimes it comes about when someone suggests a new recipe idea and sometimes you stumble upon a new recipe accidently. This recipe for Hot Chocolate Cookies was created accidently. I was trying to make hot chocolate buttercream frosting for a recipe and the frosting turned out really grainy, but I didn’t want to waste all of those ingredients. So, I turned to the internet to see if you can make cookies with powdered sugar and sure enough, it turns out that shortbread cookies use powdered sugar. I tweaked the grainy frosting recipe, using my Best Sugar Cookie Recipe as inspiration, and ended up with these fabulous Hot Chocolate Cookies!
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Before we get to the recipe, I want to tell you about a super fun cookie exchange I was involved in called The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. There are 476 food bloggers, from 6 countries, involved in the 2015 cookie swap. In addition to sending cookies to three participating bloggers, we raised $1,790.44 for Cookies For Kids Cancer and with the matching donations from brand partners that total went up to $7,000! A big thank you to Land ‘O Lakes, OXO and Dixie Crystals for your donations and for the goodies you sent the participating bloggers.
I received these gorgeous shortbread cookies topped with white and dark chocolate, pistachios, cranberries and sugar crystals from Michele at Bacon Fatte. The combination of flavors was fantastic! Stop by her blog today for the recipe.
These fabulous Browned Butter Toffee and Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies came from Serene at House of Yumm. I loved the sweet and salty combo! Be sure to stop by her blog to find the recipe.
And these amazing Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies are from Starr at Chicago Foodie Girl! You know that peppermint and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations. You can find the recipe on her blog today!
I sent my Hot Chocolate Cookies to Rebecca from Sugar & Soul, Julie from Bread Booze Bacon, and April from Mama Loves Baking. Take a few minutes to visit their blogs to see what cookie recipe they are sharing today.
Now, onto the Hot Chocolate Cookies. To make the cookies, mix up the cookie dough and then stir in milk chocolate chips and mallow bits mini marshmallows by hand. Please note that I did NOT use regular mini marshmallows, I used Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits. They are crunchy little marshmallows like the ones you find in the packets of hot chocolate. They don’t puff up and completely melt in the cookies. You can find the Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits in some grocery stores near the marshmallows or sometimes with the hot chocolate. Or you can order them online here.
Use a tablespoon sized cookie dough scoop to make balls of dough and place on a parchment covered baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. Allow the pan to cool between batches.
Enjoy the Hot Chocolate Cookies with a warm mug of hot chocolate or a cup of coffee. These chewy cookies taste like hot chocolate and we love the milk chocolate chips and mini marshmallows in them.
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- ¼ cup shortening
- 2 tbsp marshmallow cream
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ cup powdered hot cocoa mix
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits
- Beat the butter, shortening and marshmallow cream.
- Cream in the granulated sugar and powdered sugar.
- Mix in the powdered hot cocoa mix and unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Add the egg and vanilla, mix well.
- Stir in the flour, salt and baking powder.
- Stir in the milk chocolate chips and mallow bits by hand.
- Use a tablespoon sized cookie dough scoop to form balls of dough.
- Bake at 350 degrees on a parchment lined baking sheet for 9-11 minutes allowing the pan to cool between batches.
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