Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies with Pecans
A spin on the Southern pie, but in cookie form, these Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies with Pecans strike a beautiful balance. With a chocolate cookie base, mini marshmallows and pecan pieces, these Mississippi Mud Cookies are perfect for the chocolate lover in your life. Makes 36 cookies.
Chocoholic? Don’t miss Peppermint Brownie Drop Cookies, Peanut Butter Chocolate Waffle Sandwiches and Strawberry Chocolate Cake!
Back when I initially wrote this post, I basically wrote an essay on Love Actually before delving into the actual part about cookies.
Here are some highlights:
- I like Love Actually because it’s messy. While there’s something comforting in a TV show/movie/book that ends happily, that’s not always how life is. And I like how not everything was wrapped up with a bow at the end.
- I’m on Team Karl. (And Karl and Sarah’s storyline makes me incredibly sad.)
- I forgot Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Liam Neeson were in this film.
- Billy Mack makes me really happy, and I’ve got “Christmas is All Around” on a few holiday-themed playlists.
And finally, I love the idea of speaking the truth, especially this time of year. As Mark puts it, “And at Christmas, you tell the truth.”
So let’s speak truth… about cookies.
Why I love this recipe:
These Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies with Pecans were supposed to be something else, but my pregnancy cravings got the best of me, and we ended up with this.
The original thought was to create a cookie that tasted like hot cocoa—full of chocolate-y goodness and studded with marshmallows. But then I threw in some pecans, too. (However, I did end up making Hot Cocoa Cookies, in case those are on your radar.)
Another truth: These cookies are awesome.
I was set to call these chewy chocolate-y treats Rocky Road Cookies when Winston commented, “These taste like a Mississippi Mud Pie. I think you should call them that.”
So here we are!
Other cookies you might enjoy this time of year: Chocolate Wafer Cookies with Mint Chocolate Ganache | Quebec Maple Pecan Drops | Peppermint Brownie Drop Cookies | All-Butter Tea Cake Cookies
Love cookies? Find some more baking inspiration at my Cookie Recipe Index.
What you need to make Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies with Pecans
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- Sheet pan
- Nonstick baking mat or parchment paper
- Stand mixer or hand mixer
- Large mixing bowl
- 2 tablespoon cookie scoop
- Wire cooling rack
In addition to these tools, you’re going to need some ingredients, as well.
- All-purpose flour—I use unbleached, but the regular ‘ol kind of great!
- Unsweetened cocoa powder—not Dutch process
- Baking soda
- Kosher salt
- Unsalted butter
- Granulated sugar
- Dark brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Bittersweet or dark chocolate chips
- Mini marshmallows
- Pecan halves
How to make Mississippi Mud Cookies
In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set ’em aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy.
Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until combined, then sprinkle in the flour mixture. Beat on low speed, until just combined. Do not overmix.
Next, use a plastic spatula to fold in the chocolate chips, marshmallows and pecans.
Cover the finished cookie dough with plastic wrap, and transfer to the refrigerator. Chill for at least an hour.
When the cookies have chilled, preheat the oven. Line two baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper, and set aside.
Using a cookie scooper, form dough balls and place on the baking sheet about 3″ apart from one another. These cookies spread out, so they need space.
Bake for about 12 minutes or until puffed and slightly cracked.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before enjoying.
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips
‘Tis the season for cookie decorating parties and cookie exchanges!
While these Mississippi Mud Cookies aren’t ones you’d want to make for a decorating party (because they don’t require decoration), they would make a lovely snack at one. They’re also excellent for a cookie exchange because they hold up well and can travel.
If you’re wanting to do a cookie exchange, keep these things in mind:
- Bake your cookies early! You don’t need warm cookies to do an exchange, and cookies actually transport better if they’ve cooled completely.
- Bring a plate or a platter to display your cookies on… and have a plate to take cookies home on, too!
- Make cookies that make you happy… but also try to have a little something for everyone. For example, if someone at your cookie exchange has a nut or dairy allergy, make sure they can eat some of the cookies that will be there. Also, label the cookies so no mistakes are made!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use a different type of nut or omit them completely?
If you’d prefer a peanut or a walnut, you can substitute the same amount here! If you don’t eat nuts, you can leave out the pecans all together.
How do I store these cookies?
Store them in a food storage container at room temperature for 3-4 days.
Can I freeze these cookies? Can I make the dough and freeze it?
You can freeze these cookies! I suggest making the cookie dough, scooping it into balls on a lined baking sheet, and freezing them that way. Transfer them to a freezer storage bag, and bake for an additional 1-2 minutes straight from the freezer!
How do I reheat these cookies?
Heat them in 10 second increments in the microwave until gooey and delicious!
Do these cookies ship or travel well?
Yes! These cookies are pretty sturdy, so they ship and travel well! Just be sure to package them with lots of padding so they don’t break in the journey.
What are some other Christmas cookies that I could send in care packages this season?
- All-Butter Tea Cake Cookies
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Potato Chip Cookies
- Ginger Rosemary Shortbread Cookies
Here’s how I made them and how you can make your own:
Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies with Pecans
A spin on the Southern pie, but in cookie form, these Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies with Pecans strike a beautiful balance. With a chocolate cookie base, mini marshmallows and pecan pieces, these Mississippi Mud Cookies are perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.
- 1 ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 ¼ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 cup pecan halves, roughly chopped
- In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, applesauce and sugars until fluffy.
- Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
- Add the flour mixture, and beat on low speed, until just combined. Do not overmix.
- Using a plastic spatula, fold in the chocolate chips, marshmallows and pecans. Stir until just combined.
- Cover the finished cookie dough with plastic wrap, and transfer to the refrigerator. Chill for at least an hour.
- When the cookies have finished chilling, preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
- Using a cookie scoop, form dough balls and place on the baking sheet about 3" apart from one another.
- Bake for about 12 minutes or until puffed and slightly cracked.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before eating with a chilled glass of milk.
Adapted from last year's Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies.
Makes around 3 dozen cookies, depending on the size you decide to make them. (I used a 1" cookie scoop for mine.)
If you want to make your cookies a little softer, replace half of the butter with ½ cup unsweetened applesauce.
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Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 122mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
Now I have to see “Love Actually.” But I am glad out of a craving came these cookies. I’m totally digging the combination of hot chocolate with marshmallow and the addition of pecans. YUMS! Perfect cookie for Santa!
Yes! You MUST watch Love Actually, Rachel! It’s so good!
I’m glad that these cookies came out of a craving, too. The combination is quite lovely… and I agree: these would be perfect for Santa!
I am a Southern girl and love everything Mississippi Mud Pie! This looks so good!
You and me both, Christy! Thanks so much!
Oh My!! These have the best of all things yummy! Perfection.
Thank you, Tiffany! These ingredients really are quite lovely. 🙂 Glad you agree!
Chewy cookies are the absolute best. These will be on my Christmas to-do list!
Happy to hear these chewy cookies have made your Christmas to-do list! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
Now this is the most delicious cookie I’ve ever seen! YUM!
What a compliment! Thanks, Meghan! These are some of my new favorites, that’s for sure!
These cookies really do look like ALL KINDS OF AWESOME!!! Bring on the chocolate (and the Love Actually screening).
Thanks so much, Amy! All the chocolate and Love Actually!
These cookies sound so fantastic and rich! Definitely just what we need for the holidays. I am super looking forward to the rest of cookie week!
Thanks, Eileen! They really are rich and decadent for the holidays. Happy you’re following along and looking forward to the rest of Cookie Week!
These looks amazing! So rich and yummy. Now I’m hungry lol
Thanks, Vashti! Thinking about these cookies makes me hungry, too…
Gorgeous photos! Those look simply divine!!
Thank you, Stephanie! Not gonna lie: These cookies are pretty divine. They were definitely what I wanted the day I made ’em!
I have never seen Love Actually, but I may have to see if it’s on nextflix. Also these cookies look delicious! I love hot chocolate so I’ll have to try these.
Oh goodness, Lara! You need to watch Love Actually and ASAP. And I know for sure that it IS in Netflix because I was telling my neighbor about the screening, and I dropped by her home later that day to find her watching it on Netflix. 😉
I love hot chocolate, too, and I really hope you like these cookies!
I can’t even with you and these cookies. Chocolate cookies are a fave of mine, and nutty hot cocoa cookies sound like something I would dream up. We’re on the same wavelength! This will be a great addition to a Christmas cookie repertoire!
these sound totally yummy! you can never go wrong with more chocolate.
I love that you referenced love actually 😛 i actually just watched it the other day – best movie everrr! 😀
Im totally team Karl hehe and as for liam neesao? as i read from somewhere “liam neeson isn’t a actor, he’s a genre” – cracks me up cause it’s true haha
and these cookies look absolutely to die for! just what i want this time of the year 😛
So glad i stumbled upon your blog! you post the most delicious recipes and your posts are great! 😀
I love this recipe! Your pregnancy cravings really lead to some delicious cookies! Love Actually is such a fun Christmas movie – you are making me want to watch it this weekend!
Oh my goodness these look so good and now I want them in my belly
Love these! I can’t use the pregnancy excuse (we just had our daughter on 12/4), but generally speaking my husband is down for baking as long as it meets one requirement: it MUST have chocolate!