Hot Chocolate Cookies are like a big warm hug. Snuggle up with a chewy soft chocolate cookie topped with a fluffy marshmallow and a fluff of chocolate frosting. Mmm, a favorite cookie all year long.
I love chocolate, so it's easy for me to enjoy a super simple easy chocolate cookie recipe.
But when you dress it up with a toasted marshmallow and a little frosting, you have a winning cookie recipe.
Hot Cocoa is a favorite during the cooler winter months and of course the Holidays but what about the rest of the year when it's too hot for a good hot cup of cocoa?
Welcome to my world where I enjoy Hot Chocolate Cookies Recipe all year long.
If truth be told my own mom made a version of these cookies years and years ago when I was little.
They still bring back memories of my siblings grabbing for a cookie or two before they were all eaten up.
Now I like to dress them up with a little fluff of chocolate frosting and even garnish with a chocolate curl or two. Aren't they just so cute?
Shopping List for Hot Cocoa Cookie Recipe
Dry Ingredients. Devils Food Cake Mix
Wet Ingredients. Eggs and Vegetable Oil
Additional Ingredients. Large Marshmallows
Frosting. Powdered Sugar, Cocoa, Butter, Vanilla Extract and Milk
Garnish. Chocolate Curls or Mini Chocolate Chips or any cocoa cookie toppings.
How to make Hot Coco Cookies
Believe it or not, this soft and chewy cookie is a cake mix cookie. Give it a try because you will be shocked how delicious it is.
Gather all the ingredients needed and lets make these cookies. I also like to gather a few supplies like a mixing bowl, hand mixer, silicone scraper, cookie scoop, baking sheets spatula, and cooling wire racks.
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, silicone mat or use baking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl combine cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil and mix using a hand mixer until fully combined. Cookie dough mixture will be thick and a little sticky.
Using a cookie scoop, scoop the dough and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place cookie dough 2 inches apart and bake at 350 degrees.
Cookies will be under done at this point. Quickly remove from oven and top with ½ of a large marshmallow and immediately place back into oven for a minute or two.
Marshmallow will melt and become lightly toasted. Remove cookies from oven when edges of cookies and marshmallow are set.
Allow baked cookies to cool on baking sheet for a minute or two before moving to wire racks to cool completely.
How to make Chocolate Frosting
In a separate bowl combine butter, powdered sugar and dutch process cocoa or cocoa powder together using a fork or pastry mixer. This helps to cut the butter down nice and fine for a smooth frosting.
Then mix with a hand mixture until combined. Add Vanilla Extract and a drizzle of milk a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Place frosting into a piping bag with a star tip or snip the corner of bag to decorate each cookie with a little fluff of frosting.
Immediately garnish with chocolate curl or mini chocolate chip. Sticky frosting will hold garnish if placed immediately.
Storage and Freezing
Store cooled cookies in a sealed container for up to 1 week. Cookies are best if enjoyed within 2-3 days. Do not stack cookies. They will stick together.
Freeze cookies for up to 3 months when stored in a sealed container. Do not stack cookies. They will stick together.
Cookie Scoop. I have used a small cookie scoop.
Baking Sheets. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, a silicone mat, or use baking spray to prevent sticking.
Cake Mix. Use a brand name cake mix. The results are much better.
Marshmallows. Use large marshmallows cut in half. Cut marshmallows with scissors for a quick and easy cut.
Baking Time. Cookies will be underbaked when pulling out of oven to top with marshmallows and will continue baking as marshmallows melt and toast.
Frosting. Add chocolate frosting to cooled cookies for best results.
I won't tell when you enjoy these Hot Cocoa Cookies with a delicious cup of Hot Cocoa. They are fun to dip too. As I mentioned above, I've enjoyed this recipe for many years and have even shared this recipe with my own boys.
Someday soon I hope to continue the tradition with my granddaughter and teach her how to dip a Hot Chocolate Cookie into a cup of cocoa too. That will be priceless!
Over the years I have tried substituting a chocolate cake mix in this recipe and it does work! I do love the texture a Devils Food Cake provides as it's so soft and chewy. A perfect cake mix cookie.
Mini marshmallows could also be used, you will need 3-5 mini marshmallows per cookie for best results. It can be a little tricky to add mini marshmallows quickly. So get yourself prepared and ready to top the hot cookies quickly.
More Cake Mix Cookie Recipes
Hot Chocolate Cookies
- 1 box Devils Food Cake Mix
- 2 Eggs Large
- 6 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 18 Marshmallows Large - cut in half
- 2 cups Powdered Sugar
- ¼ cup Cocoa Powder Dutch Process
- 3 tablespoons Butter
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1-3 tablespoons Milk
- Chocolate Curls Or Mini Chocolate Chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper, baking spray or silicone mat
- In a large bowl or stand mixer place Devils Food Cake Mix, eggs and oil and mix to combine
- Using a small 1 in cookie scoop scoop cookies onto cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes.
- Cut large marshmallows in half using kitchen scissors. Set aside
- Pull cookies out of the oven after 6 minutes and place 1 cut marshmallow on top of each baked cookie and place bak into the oven for 90-120 seconds. Marshmallows will be hot and melted
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on rack.
- In a small bowl sift powdered sugar and cocoa. Add softened butter into bowl and mix to cut butter into sugar/cocoa mixture.
- Add vanilla and milk. You want a thicker consistency so you can pipe on top of cooled cookies
- Place frosting in piping bag with star tip or use a Zip Loc Bag and snip a corner off. Place a dollop of frosting on top of each marshmallow. Garnish with Chocolate Curls or Mini Chocolate chips.