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Hot Cocoa Cookies

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5 from 2 votes

Fudgy chocolate cookies combine with Andes mints and gooey marshmallows to create the cookie equivalent to a warm, cozy mug of hot cocoa! Next time, try my Mexican hot chocolate cookies.

Hot cocoa cookies stacked on a small white plate

I'm a big fan of turning drinks into cupcakes. I've made alcoholic cupcakes for whisky lovers and fans of Kahlua, as well as a more innocent cupcake for those who are underage. But what I realized recently that I haven't done yet is make a cookie inspired by a drink.

I thought about it for quite a while, mulling over thoughts of eggnog and peppermint, and when the idea finally hit me it was so obvious: Hot Chocolate. Duh, Leslie.  

I decided to call them “Hot Cocoa Cookies” instead of “Hot Chocolate Cookies” because something about “cocoa” just gives me the warm fuzzies.

Hot cocoa cookies on a small white plate topped with piece of an Andes mint

I made two different batches of chocolate cookies. They were both delicious, but I decided that I prefer the fudgier version. It seemed more fitting and paired better with the mint and marshmallow placed on top.

And yes, I'm aware that hot chocolate isn't fudgy – just roll with me on this one.

I had a big bar of Hershey's chocolate on hand, but that felt boring to me. Predictable. I wanted to add a little extra flavor to these, so I started digging around the pantry to see what I had.

Deep in the depths of one of the baskets on a shelf that is almost out of my reach, I found a package of the Andes Jubilee mints.

Ingredients for hot cocoa cookies

  • Unsalted butter
  • Semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • Egg
  • Light brown sugar
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Andes mints, cut in half crosswise
  • Large marshmallows, cut in half crosswise

How to make hot cocoa cookies

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine butter and chocolate chips and stir constantly until they're combined and just melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  1. In a large bowl, combine egg, brown sugar and vanilla and beat on medium speed just until just combined. Add the cooled butter/chocolate mixture and mix on low until just combined.
  1. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and mix on low until just combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.
  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. Line a baking sheet with a non-stick silicon mat and use a small cookie scoop to place dough onto prepared baking sheet a couple inches apart (they will spread quite a bit). Bake for 10-12 minutes (I found 11 to be perfect).
  1. Promptly remove the cookies from the oven and place one half of an Andes mint on top of each cookie, and then place one half of a marshmallow on top of the mint.
  2. Place the cookies back in oven and bake for another 3-4 minutes. When you remove them, gently press down on the top of the marshmallows just to flatten them ever so slightly. Let cool on pan for about 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
Crackly chocolate cookies topped with marshmallows on a baking sheet

I once made a double batch and brought these into my office and the feedback I received ranged from “This is the best thing I've ever put in my mouth” to “ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME WITH THOSE COOKIES? I'm being totally serious when I say that those might be the best cookies I have ever eaten. Ever.”

If those aren't glowing reviews, I don't know what are.

Crackly chocolate cookies topped with marshmallows on a black wire cooling rack

So go make these immediately and bring them to a holiday party and promptly become everyone's best friend.

I'm just here to provide you with the goods – you're on your own to learn how to deal with your newfound popularity. 

Hot cocoa cookie torn in half to show the gooey melted Andes mint and marshmallow

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Hot Cocoa Cookies

5 from 2 votes
Fudgy chocolate cookies combine with Andes mints and gooey marshmallows to create the cookie equivalent to a warm, cozy mug of hot chocolate!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings: 18 cookies

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan over low heat, combine butter and chocolate chips and stir constantly until they're combined and just melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
    1/4 cup (56 ¾ g) unsalted butter
    6 ounces (170 g) semisweet chocolate chips
  • In a large bowl, combine egg, brown sugar and vanilla and beat on medium speed just until just combined. Add the cooled butter/chocolate mixture and mix on low until just combined.
    1 egg
    1/2 cup (110 g) + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and mix on low until just combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour or until it's not sticky and easier to work with.
    3/4 cup (93 ¾ g) all-purpose flour
    1/8 cup (10 ¾ g) Dutch process cocoa powder
    3/4 teaspoon (¾ teaspoon) baking powder
    1/8 teaspoon (⅛ teaspoon) salt
  • Preheat oven to 325° F. Line a baking sheet with a non-stick silicone mat and use a small cookie scoop to place dough onto prepared baking sheet a couple inches apart (they will spread quite a bit). Bake for 10-12 minutes (I found 11 to be perfect).
  • Promptly remove the cookies from the oven and place one half of an Andes mint on top of each cookie, and then place one half of a marshmallow on top of the mint.
    9 Andes mints
    9 large marshmallows
  • Place the cookies back in oven and bake for another 3-4 minutes. When you remove them, gently press down on the top of the marshmallows just to flatten them ever so slightly. Let cool on pan for about 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Serving recommendation: These can be served at room temperature, or you can do what I do and warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds to let the marshmallow and chocolate mint get a little melty.
Storage: Store at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe created by Leslie Kiszka

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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I’ve seen a variant of this with just bakers chocolate, but I love this change to use the Andes. Very fun to make and my 6-yo was very eager to help put the candy and marshmallows on.