The Speckled Palate
December 7, 2015

Hot Cocoa Cookies

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Like the classic winter drink, but in cookie form, these Hot Cocoa Cookies are chock full of chocolate-y goodness and topped with a toasted marshmallow. These dairy-free cookies are the perfect companion for a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of milk.

Like hot cocoa, but in cookie form, these Hot Cocoa Cookies are chock full of chocolate-y goodness and topped with a toasted marshmallow. These cookies are the perfect companion for a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of milk.

Whenever someone mentions Hot Cocoa, I’m transported back to one chilly winter evening when my family was visiting Ohio.

We were at my aunt and uncle’s house for a long weekend. My grandmother, who lived in West Virginia, had come in town, too, and we were all spending time together at their home.

I don’t remember the specifics of evening other than it was cold enough that Memother decided we all needed hot cocoa. Not the boxed kind that’s incredibly easy to mix up.

Nope. She wanted to make hot cocoa from scratch.

So she did.

Like hot cocoa, but in cookie form, these Hot Cocoa Cookies are chock full of chocolate-y goodness and topped with a toasted marshmallow. These cookies are the perfect companion for a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of milk.

I couldn’t have been older than 10 or 12, but I remember standing next to the stovetop as she carefully explained the method to her madness. She measured milk and cream into a large saucepan before adding some cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon sticks and vanilla.

Then we stood around, chatting while we waited for the cocoa to simmer, even though we all know a watchpot never boils. And then when it did simmer, we let it go for a long while, making sure it never boiled or bubbled over.

It felt like it was taking forever, but Memother assured me it was well-worth the effort.

Like hot cocoa, but in cookie form, these Hot Cocoa Cookies are chock full of chocolate-y goodness and topped with a toasted marshmallow. These cookies are the perfect companion for a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of milk.

Unsurprisingly, Memother was right.

The cocoa was absolutely worth the wait.

When she deemed it perfect, we removed the saucepan from the heat, then we carefully ladled the steaming liquid into mugs. We topped them with marshmallows, then we shared the hot drinks with our family members.

We settled in for some quality time on the screened-in porch, and I still remember the first sip of Memother’s hot cocoa. It was nothing short of magical, and I savored that entire mug as we all spent time together that evening.

Like hot cocoa, but in cookie form, these Hot Cocoa Cookies are chock full of chocolate-y goodness and topped with a toasted marshmallow. These cookies are the perfect companion for a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of milk.

That trip was a long time ago, but every time hot cocoa is mentioned, I remember the time I spent with Memother in my aunt and uncle’s kitchen.

And for today’s recipe, I wanted to create a riff on cocoa… in cookie form.

Like hot cocoa, but in cookie form, these Hot Cocoa Cookies are chock full of chocolate-y goodness and topped with a toasted marshmallow. These cookies are the perfect companion for a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of milk.

This cookie is quite simple and straightforward. It requires no time for chilling, which means you can immediately pop the cookies in the oven once the batter is made.

And the end result? The cookies are ridiculously delicious and the perfect consistency: crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside. The chocolate is dense and rich, and the marshmallows add a lovely fluffiness.

They are, quite shortly, hot cocoa in cookie form.

And it makes me so happy to share this recipe with y’all today because it brings back a lovely memory with Memother.

Like hot cocoa, but in cookie form, these Hot Cocoa Cookies are chock full of chocolate-y goodness and topped with a toasted marshmallow. These cookies are the perfect companion for a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of milk.

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Like hot cocoa, but in cookie form, these Hot Cocoa Cookies are chock full of chocolate-y goodness and topped with a toasted marshmallow. These cookies are the perfect companion for a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of milk.

Interested in making these for you and yours?

Here’s how you can do that this winter:

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Hot Cocoa Cookies
 
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Like the classic winter drink, but in cookie form, these Hot Cocoa Cookies are chock full of chocolate-y goodness and topped with a toasted marshmallow. These dairy-free cookies are the perfect companion for a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of milk.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 2 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. 60%-70% dark chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup 62% dark chocolate chunks
  • 12 regular-sized marshmallows, cut in half
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a large glass bowl, mix the coconut oil and sugar together until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour in the melted (and slightly cooled) chocolate, and stir until the chocolate is mixed in.
  5. In another bowl, measure in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together.
  6. Measure the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring until just combined.
  7. Measure in the dark chocolate chunks, and gently fold them into the batter.
  8. Using a cookie scoop, scoop 1" balls of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  9. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.
  10. Using the end of a spatula (or something round like a muddler), press rounds into the half-baked dough.
  11. In the rounds, place the halved marshmallows.
  12. Transfer the baking sheet back into the oven and bake for an additional 6-9 minutes, or until the marshmallows have browned.
  13. Remove from the oven, and cool slightly, then enjoy!
Notes
Do not chill the batter. The coconut oil will firm up and make it very hard to scoop the cookies, even when the batter comes to room temperature.

The marshmallows get a little hard when these cookies come to room temperature. To get the same gooey texture as the just-out-of-the-oven cookies, pop in the microwave for 5-10 seconds.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Cookies.

Like hot cocoa, but in cookie form, these Hot Cocoa Cookies are chock full of chocolate-y goodness and topped with a toasted marshmallow. These cookies are the perfect companion for a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of milk.

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40 Comments

  1. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    I love this story and these cookies! I bet that was the best hot cocoa you have ever had. It’s awesome that there is no chilling required and you can get straight to deliciousness without the wait!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Rachelle! It really was the best hot cocoa, and I think it was because we spent all that quality time together making it. Now, I don’t have her recipe or anything, but the memory of that cocoa warms my soul. And thanks! I love when you don’t have to wait for a cookie recipe to set up in the fridge!

  2. Stef

    OMG These look so deliciously amazing!!! What a fantastic recipe.

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Stef! These really ARE amazingly delicious… assuming you love both marshmallows and chocolate!

  3. Anne

    Oh, those look SO good! And I love the story with them.

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Anne!

  4. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    What a sweet story! I should definitely make hot cocoa from scratch & pair it with these awesome cookies – they are so gorgeous!

    I don’t have a cookie that evokes a memory, but holiday dishes do – my Grand Louise’s Cranberry Salad and Grandmother Vickie’s Sweet Potato Casserole!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Megan! And you absolutely SHOULD make hot cocoa from scratch and pair it with these cookies. It’d be amazing. (I also should have done this for the photos, but I did not. Alas.)

      I love that you have two holiday dishes that evoke memories! Do you eat them yearly? I hope so, and I hope they bring about good memories!

        • Erin

          LOVE that! It’s incredible how certain holiday dishes just bring back those memories and come from our grandmothers and grandfathers. We’ve got some like that, too, and I wish we got to enjoy them more often!

  5. Lindsey | Lou Lou Biscuit

    I’ve been looking forward to seeing this cookie recipe since I saw you post a teaser batch on Instagram! They look so delicious! I love the story of you and your Memother.

    • Erin

      Aww, I love that, Lindsey! And these cookies really are quite delicious and bring back a lovely memory. I love when food does that.

    • Erin

      Thank you, Michelle! Food that tells a story makes me so happy! And these cookies really are seriously amazing — the marshmallow breaks up the chocolate well! And I had so much fun photographing these cookies.

    • Erin

      Thanks, Raquel! And you’re totally right: Grandmothers’ cooking is unrivaled!

  6. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    Oh yummy! These look so ooey gooey and delicious! What a precious memory to have of your grandmother. Whenever I make my Mum’s Christmas spice cookies I remember the first time we rolled them out and decorated them about 23 years ago. And the memory makes them taste all the sweeter 🙂

    • Erin

      These really are ooey gooey and delicious, Amy! I love that you’ve got a similar recipe that you remember making with your Mum and that it makes the cookies even better. Food that brings back memories is the best… and I hope you make those spice cookies yearly so you can relive that first time y’all made it together! (I know I do with some of my family’s cookie recipes!)

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  9. Celeste

    These look AMAZING! Like I am ready to crawl through the screen to eat them. This is definitely going on my Christmas baking list!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Celeste! I wish there was a way to send cookies through the internet because WOULDN’T THAT BE AMAZING?!? No screen crawling necessary. 😉 Enjoy!

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  12. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    These are seriously fantastic!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Jocelyn!

  13. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    Grandmothers and marshmallows, for the win!

    • Erin

      Amen to that, Dorothy!

  14. Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    Oh my gracious!!! Santa would love a plate of these after his long night of delivering presents on Christmas Eve. I love these so much! PINNING!!

    • Erin

      Santa totally would, Renee! Thank you so much! I hope you and yours and SANTA enjoy these as much as we did. 😀

  15. Nancy | The Bitter Side of Sweet

    What a special memory to have! These cookies look so good, my kiddos would love them!

    • Erin

      It really is. Thank you so much. I have no doubt your kiddos (and mine!) would adore these.

  16. Meg @ With Salt and Wit

    These look so good! I need to go bake them up!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Meg! You totally should!

  17. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    Those look terrific and I love the inclusion of coconut oil, one of my most favorite oils for baking!

    • Erin

      Thank you! Coconut oil is one of my favorites for baking, too. So luscious and perfect for this kind of cookie. Happy baking!

  18. Cookin Canuck

    What cool little cookies! These would be so much fun to make with my boys.

    • Erin

      Thank you! We love them, and they would absolutely be fun to make with your boys.

  19. Cathy Trochelman

    I LOVE the way you did these! Definitely the perfect hot chocolate cookies!

    • Erin

      Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun creating this recipe, as well as eating it. A win-win if you ask me. 😀

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