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Everyone in our family has their favorite cookie, either one they have perfected or one that they have invented. Patrick, my fifth, and I worked on this hot cocoa cookies recipe together and I must say it’s an all time favorite. I usually make the best double chocolate hot cocoa cookies around Christmas or in the dead of winter.
Although chocolate chips can be used, we’ve found that chocolate chunks work best as the chips can melt a little too much into the cookie. (Of course the hot cocoa cookies are delicious no matter what chips are used!) Mini-marshmallows are a must-they create an ooey-gooey sensation and sometimes brown up a little and are caramelized around the edges of the cookie.
These cookies require unsweetened baking cocoa-usually found made my Nestle, or Hershey. I’ve always been confused by the labels-some just say baking cocoa and others say unsweetened chocolate powder. It’s the same! What you don’t want to use is just plain hot chocolate powder. I remember when I was younger thinking these were interchangeable and getting quite the bitter surprise after making hot chocolate from unsweetened powder!
I hope you enjoy these hot cocoa cookies as much as we do! They look wonderful packaged up and given as a gifts for the holidays!
The Best Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Cookies
- parchment paper
- 1 cup butter softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 1/4 cup white flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups chocolate chip chunks
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- With a mixer on medium speed cream together butter, sugars, egg and vanilla.
- Add flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa and blend together until well mixed.
- Add chocolate chunks and marshmallows and gently mix together on low speed.
- With a cookie scoop, or spoon, drop dough (about 2 TBS) onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.
- Let cool before removing from parchment paper.
Try some of our other favorite cookies! They are all simple, easy to whip up recipes!
The rest of our family friendly recipes can be found here. All of them can be put together quickly with “regular” ingredients.
My favorite cookie packaging for cookie gifts are these cardboard boxes tied up with baker’s twine. I also love these little individual cookie bags. Having these supplies in my pantry makes baking so much more fun-presenting that work and deliciousness is half the fun of baking!