hot chocolate cookie recipeThe other day I was perusing the Tasty Kitchen website looking for some inspiration.  I was looking for some new dinner ideas and what I came away with was this incredibly simple and downright perfect cookie.  I literally stepped away from my computer and walked directly to the pantry and got to work.  It is a stretch to even call it work really, cream some butter and sugar and put some dry ingredients in the mixer.  But I won’t tell if you won’t tell.  I gave some of these cookies away (because I cannot keep stuff like this in the house, I have no self-control) and all came back to talk to me to about “the cookie”.  I packed a cookie in each of the kid’s lunchboxes and as soon as they got home they were asking me for more of this chocolate piece of cookie heaven.  That, my friends, is what you call a keeper.

After I made these, I got an inspired idea.  Why not replace the chocolate chips with mini marshmallows?  Next time that is so what I am doing.

hot chocolate cookie recipe2 sticks room temperature butter
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/4 cups flour
4 (1 oz) packages Hot Chocolate Mix (not sugar free)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup each white, milk, and semi-sweet chocolate chips

hot chocolate cookie recipeCream together both sugars and the butter until light and fluffy.

hot chocolate cookie recipeIn another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

hot chocolate cookie recipeMix in the eggs and vanilla.

hot chocolate cookie recipeSlowly add in the dry ingredients.  I did this in stages, scraping the bowl each time.

hot chocolate cookie recipeGorgeous.  I love the way chips look.  They are so cute.

hot chocolate cookie recipeAdd the chocolate chips to the cookie dough.  This part gave my Kitchen-Aid a bit of a workout.  The recipe says to chill the dough for an hour.  Oops.  I forgot to do that.  They were still wonderful.

hot chocolate cookie recipeDrop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. I used my favorite tool for the job.  My trusty ice cream scooper.

hot chocolate cookie recipeBake them in a preheated 350 degree oven for 9 to 11 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.

hot chocolate cookie recipeAdmire their beauty.

hot chocolate cookie recipe

Pour yourself a big glass of milk and sit down for a treat.  If I liked milk, this is what I would do.  Since I don’t, a big Diet Coke will do.

hot chocolate cookie recipeSo much chocolate.  So much happiness in one little cookie.  You could make a lot of new friends with this little cookie.

hot chocolate cookie recipe

Hot Chocolate Cookies


  • 2 sticks room temperature butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 4 packages Hot Chocolate Mix (not sugar free)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup each white, milk, and semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Cream together both sugars and the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. I did this in stages, scraping the bowl each time.
  5. Gorgeous. I love the way chips look. They are so cute.
  6. Add the chocolate chips to the cookie dough. This part gave my Kitchen-Aid a bit of a workout. The recipe says to chill the dough for an hour. Oops. I forgot to do that. They were still wonderful.
  7. Drop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. I used my favorite tool for the job. My trusty ice cream scooper.
  8. Bake them in a preheated 350 degree oven for 9 to 11 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.

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109 Responses to Hot Chocolate Cookies

  1. Whoa. There is a lot of chocolate in that cookie. And hot chocolate. We might be making these tonight. We heart chocolate.

  2. Suzelle says:

    I go to a cookie exchange every December. I think I just found my cookie :)

  3. Dangler says:

    Um, where have these been all of my life? I must have one. Or six.

    • bakedbree says:

      oh yes, you NEED these in your life. How did the brioche turn out?

      • Dangler says:

        Since I can’t get these little numbers out of my head, I am making them today. Will have with a glass of wine or coke since I also cannot stand milk. Btw, I am nixing the white chocolate to add mini marshmallows. Will keep you posted.

  4. those are so pretty! they remind me of cookies i used to make, which i called “nola cookies.” it sounds weird, but the chocolate i used to flavor made the cookies the same color as my friend’s weimaraner, who was named nola!

  5. joythebaker says:

    hooooly yumtown! these look amazing!

  6. Silviu says:

    I see your photography style is very much inspired by The Pioneer Woman!

  7. Michelle says:

    So creative! I can’t wait to try these. I’m adding the mini marshmallows for sure.

    • bakedbree says:

      I cannot take the credit for these. Totally made them from a post on Tasty Kitchen. Let me know how the marshmallows turn out.

  8. Stephanie says:

    I saw this recipe too! Your cookies look outstanding. I love chocolate chip cookies.

  9. Tiffany says:

    Just realized at 9:30 at night I needed to take a baked good to my son’s school tomorrow for the teachers. I remembered seeing your recipe early this morning and thought these would be perfect. Just popped the first one in my mouth and all I have to say is amazing! I know these will be a big hit and you were right…super easy!

  10. Beverly says:

    Made these last night!! They were AMAZING! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  11. Anna says:

    Delicious. I used only milk chocolate and butterscotch chips because it was what I had on hand, and my three year old called them “Happy Autumn” cookies. Took your advice and shared with the neighbors, it is a happy culdesac tonight!

  12. Carolyn says:

    Oh wow, these look amazing, and so easy to make (even in a dorm kitchen with very limited resources!).

    When you say “stick” of butter, how many tablespoons are you talking? The butter I buy comes in sticks of 8 tablespoons. 16 tablespoons seems like a whole lot for these cookies – plus the sticks in your picture look shorter. I could be wrong though!

    Also, do I need a mixer, or can I stir the dough with a wooden spoon?


    • bakedbree says:

      Yes, 16 Tablespoons is right. This recipe makes a lot of cookies. You most definitely make these by hand, just make sure that your butter is really, really soft.

  13. Dangler says:

    So, I rocked these gals, but substituted mini marshmallows for the white chocolate chips. Divine! And supercute as well!

  14. Kelly says:

    Ohhh…I am SO happy i found your blog. These look absolutely delectable, I am going to try them tonight, and there are SO many other recipes I NEED to try.
    Thank you, thank-you, thank-you!

  15. Stephanie says:

    Wow!! These are to die for…yummy!!

  16. rose silver says:

    Reading your blog makes me thirst of milk and chocolate chips. I just want to eat them right now! You really make me hungry. I miss eating this one when I was a child. That is really a great combination. Chocolates are the best especially when you are stressed.

  17. Cory says:

    I made these yesterday and used the mini marshmallows instead of some of the chocolate chips and they were AMAZING!

    Thanks for a great recipe

  18. There is no bad time for chocolates! But I truly agree that chocolates are the best cure for cheering up stressed people. I always eat a lot of chocolates whenever I feel bored and disappointed of something. Actually, I used to eat chocolates even if my tooth is aching. Lol.

  19. Britanie says:

    Yay for the pairing of diet coke and cookies, honestly the best in the world! I’m excited to try these cookies, they look delish!

  20. Cookies are my favorites! Thanks for this simple recipe. I will surely try this one and add some cream on the top and sprinkles. My kids will enjoy making this cookies of yours.

  21. Hil says:

    I am making these today! They look absolutely delicious, I can hardly wait. I don’t have packets of hot cocoa, just the big container of it… any clue on how many Tablespoons are in one packet of swiss miss?

  22. sara says:

    i happened upon your blog a few weeks ago and i am so sad i didn’t find it sooner! i love it! i have been eyeing these cookies and as soon as my 3yr old wakes up from a nap we are going to make them! love all your ideas and recipes!

  23. Sheila says:

    Bree, these are my family’s new favorite cookie. I took these to a family get together last weekend, and everyone was raving. Yum, yum. I have made many batches in the last couple weeks, and my hips are cursing you. :)

    My kids and I are a bit bizarre and like cookies without chocolate chips. So tonight, I omitted the choc chips, added cinnamon and nutmeg, and made Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies. So good, too!

  24. Alison says:

    Glad you like my recipe! I just tried your lemon crumb cake and it was delicious!

  25. diana says:

    Hi Bree! I love these cookies and have made them several times already. The batch is so big, though. If I want to refrigerate the dough, do you know how long I can keep it in there? Same with freezer and if I do freeze it, should I though it or bake from frozen? Thanks!

    • bakedbree says:

      A few days in the fridge and you can also freeze the dough. Freeze the dough in balls and then bake from frozen. You have a few freshly baked cookies whenever you want it.

  26. diana says:

    Just noticed I wrote though instead of thaw….sorry:)

  27. kim says:

    so i just found your site tonight……i’m already in trouble! :)

  28. Sindy says:

    I made these last night and they were sooo good, thanks so much for sharing. love this site and your photos! :-)

  29. Kristen says:

    I made a variation of these inspired by your blog post and posted about them today. Such a great idea for a cookie. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  30. Katie says:

    These look super amazing! Do you know the weight or measure of a hot chocolate package? I have hot chococlate in a container and would love to know how much I need to use to equal 4 packages! Thanks!

  31. Kate says:

    These were so good and so easy! One suggestion from my husband: replace all the chocolate chips with peanut butter chips. That’s the only combination that beats chocolate + chocolate in my house!

  32. Demetria says:

    This is officially my FAVORITE cookie recipe. The cookies were so moist and chocolaty. I only used 2 cups of chocolate chips instead of three. I didn’t add a cup of milk chocolate chips since the semi-sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips were enough. I also added some marshmallows. These cookies were DELICIOUS and I plan to make them again. :)

  33. DeAnn says:

    Hello, I just saw your hot choc cookie recipe, and was wondering if this cookie could be used as a cookie in a jar recipe, if of course i dont put the butter, egg and vanilla in the jar. :) ???

  34. Laurie says:

    Super excited to try these!

  35. Just found your site. These look incredible! Thanks for sharing!


  36. Cyndi says:

    Hi! I love your site and your recipes! I just baked these cookies and they taste DIVINE! I will have to take them into the office and let them be my ‘taste testers’. I am baking them for a Christmas cookie club exchange this Sunday, so I had to try a batch before Saturday to make sure they were GREAT! (And, yes, they ARE!) I have to make 11 dozen. (1 dozen for each of the other guests at the cookie club event.) Do you know how many dozen 1 batch makes? Thanks a ton! And I am excited about finding more recipes on your site!

  37. Jill says:

    Your site is amazing! I am making these as I type. Found your blog before Thanksgiving by accident, what a fortuitous accident, and made your pumpkin bread and banana bread. My daughters friends at collage raved about it and my sisters kids at a whole banana loaf Thanksgiving morning! It’s after midnight, got home from work around ten and I made some gluten free brownies(Daughter has a friend recently diagnosed with celiac) and I promised to make something she could eat. But now I feel bad cause I decided to make these for the rest of the dancers and I’m sure they are going to way out shine the brownies. Thanks for all the beautiful photos and amazing commentary … I do get lost reading your stuff so that’s not good, but throughly enjoy both reading and eating(Yum) all of your recipes. Thank you again!

  38. Megan says:

    I’m a high school student and you definitely inspired me to bake. I’m just learning the basics of the kitchen, so do you have any tips for first-time bakers? I’m absolutely going to make these cookies for my teachers as Christmas presents. Judging by the amount of people raving over this recipe, I don’t think it will be a problem winning over my family’s hearts over these cookies. Thanks for your fantastic website!!!! :)

    • bakedbree says:

      Hi Megan,

      I so glad that you are getting into the kitchen. Here are a few tips. Make a recipe as written at least once before you start to make changes to it. Room temperature ingredients (butter, eggs) make a better end product, and measure when baking. The most important thing is to remember that the worst that can happen is that something doesn’t work or taste good, do not be afraid to try new recipes and foods. If it doesn’t work, just try again.


  39. Gena says:

    Hi! Just stumbled on your site! These look amazing! Unfortunetly after I dropped the computer, jumped over the dog, slipped on the rug and shocked myself on the lightswitch getting to the kitchen to start making these I realized I only have 1 cup of flour left! (made the boyfriend potato rolls over the weekend!) Too cold and snowy to run to the store tonight…..looks like I got a project for after work tomorrow!

  40. Lindsey Timms says:

    Sound ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! However, I buy my hot cocoa in a large can…. How much is 4 packets equal to???? I want to make these tomorrow!!!!

  41. Deedee says:

    Made your cookies tonight. I’m not sure where you live… I’m in Canada and there’s a solid 1/4 cup of hot chocolate in each packet of mix. I didn’t see the above thread that says that its only 2tbsp (presumably you’re in the States?). Oops. I ended up having to add an extra egg and another 1/2 cup
    of butter. The consistency was right and the cookies turned out great. I know for next time. lol.

  42. Kaylie says:

    Do you know approximately how many one batch makes?

  43. ellie says:

    what about the milk?

  44. Heidi says:

    These are in my oven RIGHT NOW! I can’t wait to get em out 😀

  45. Elizabeth says:

    How long do these cookies stay good? I want to try them for my Christmas give aways, but don’t want to make them too early.

  46. You say 4 packets of hot cocoa mix but do you happen to know how much cocoa that is? I’m looking for a recipe to try this cocoa mix I was sent but it isn’t in tiny packets, it comes in a canister.

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