hot chocolate cookie recipeRemember when I made Hot Chocolate Cookies a few weeks ago?  I do, because I have been obsessing about them ever since I made them.  My husband deemed them “the best cookie that I have ever eaten”.  While they were a rather delectable cookie I just knew that I could improve them a bit.  And I did.  This time I added 1 cup of mini-chocolate chips and added marshmallows during the last two minutes of the cooking time.  I have a confession, I made them another time and I added the marshmallows to the batter and I don’t know why I thought that would work.  They melted all over the place and were a big ol’ mess.  Duh.  The addition of the marshmallow really does make this cookie fun and whimsical and even more delectable than they were before.

Here is the new ingredient list, the only things that changed were the addition of mini chips instead of white, milk, and semisweet chips and the mini marshmallows.  Detailed instructions can be found at the original recipe.

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 mini chocolate chips
2 cups mini marshmallows

hot chocolate cookie recipeBake as usual, but during the last two minutes of cooking time, add the marshmallows to the tops of the cookies.  You will need to press them in a bit and let them bake for another 2 minutes or until they start to puff.

hot chocolate cookie recipeThis week’s cookie packaging could not have been any easier.  I took a look in my craft closet and pulled these things out and in 5 minutes I was done.

hot chocolate cookie recipeThis is what I used to make the box:

1 Kraft paper Chinese take out box from Michaels
Glue Dots
White rickrack (thick)
3 red and green ribbons
Felties Snowman (I got this at Beverly’s which is a CA craft store chain, but I am sure that you can probably get them in most craft stores.)

cute cookie packaging ideasI would definitely wrap your cookies in something before you add them to the box.  You do not want any oil spots on your cute box do you?

cute cookie packaging ideasI added two Glue Dots to the each side of the box and wrapped the rickrack around.

cute cookie packaging ideasAdded the Snowman sticker.

cute cookie packaging ideasThen I tied three different ribbons to the sides of the box.  Cute, huh?

cute cookie packaging ideasAnd there you go.  5 minutes to turn a plain Chinese takeout box into a super cute gift.

cute cookie packaging ideasI added the “c” at the last minute to personalize the box a little for the person that I was giving these too.  I just think that the packaging is just as important as what is inside.

Week 2 Twelve Weeks of Christmas:


Hot Chocolate Cookies II [Week 2 of 12 Weeks of 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 mini chocolate chips
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows


  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. Add the chocolate chips to the cookie dough.
  6. Chill the dough for an hour. Oops.
  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.
  9. Bake as usual, but during the last two minutes of cooking time, add the marshmallows to the tops of the cookies. You will need to press them in a bit and let them bake for another 2 minutes or until they start to puff.

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97 Responses to Hot Chocolate Cookies II [Week 2 of 12 Weeks of Cookies]

  1. April says:

    Love the cookies!! Love the packaging!!

  2. Dangler says:

    Shut. It. Down. This is adooooorable! I can’t imagine who the C is for Cookie & Corky box is for. I threw my marshmallows right on in the batter, but they look cuter (and are probably easier to release from the cooling rack) atop each cookie. Mabes I will try torching the mallows a bit for toasted marshmallow. I just might rip your personalized boxes off and rock these for a few friends! Sooo cuuute!

  3. Sue says:

    What a perfect cookie for Christmas! Love your cute packaging!

  4. Lisa says:

    What a cute little box. Those cookies look delicious. With the marshmallows on top, they really do look like the top of a cup of cocoa.

  5. Trisha says:

    Bree, i love u’r blog and your packaging ideas are absolutely adorable … U’ve given me a whole bunch of ideas – thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Pam says:

    Great cookies, adorable packaging! I need to dig through my craft closet this season!

  7. Oh my gosh how cute! Can we skip October & November and get straight to December and full on Christmas cookie extravaganza!

  8. LOVE THOSE. I want to run out and buy hot chocolate mix right now. And then stop by Michaels for those adorable boxes. You are so creative!

  9. Tracy says:

    Love these! And the packaging, what a cute idea!

  10. Lina says:

    i wish someone would send me a box of THAT cookie in THAT packaging.

  11. Jeanna says:

    Wow, here I was already stocking up on Best Buy gift certificates.
    Amazing, amazing cookie with great presentation.

  12. Avril says:

    These cookies make me SO happy! I can not wait to make this recipe!!!!

    I also love, love, love the packaging you created to give away some of the cookies – adorable Bree!

    Wishing you a Happy Weekend!
    ~avril :-)

  13. Katherine says:

    So these are better than the original? Thats a bold claim, because those were killer! Do these taste more like hot cocoa???

  14. Heidi says:

    WOW!! These look awesome! Love the package too!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!


  15. megan says:

    Ok – stop – really – because you are making the rest of us look bad 😉

    Seriously – I missed the hot chocolate cookies, but will definitely check them out because the new improved version looks amazing!

  16. These are amazing, I love the theme of them. They’d be ever so perfect to warm up to with a cup of hot chocolate too! Lovely gift boxes too!

  17. Katrina says:

    What fun cookies. and LOVE that box!

  18. marcellina says:

    The name of these cookies intrigued me and when I opened your post I wasn’t dissappointed! I will be making these and the cute Christmas gift boxes! Fantastic!

  19. Jamie says:

    These cookies would be perfcet with a cup of hot chocolate. I love how you tweaked your recipe and added the marshmallows on top. I love the packaging idea. I really need to get to Michaels and pick up some of those boxes.

  20. Emily says:

    The cookies look amazing, and so fun! But jeez, that packaging is just perfect. So creative!

  21. Martha (MM) says:

    These cookies look great and I the little box you made! I think I just might have to steal your idea for my coworkers cookie boxes for this year. Thanks! :-)

  22. Bonnie says:

    This is darling packaging, and it makes your gift so special. The cookies look amazing.

  23. Vicki says:

    So, just reading through the directions and wanted to confirm that the 1 cup of Mini Choc-Chips replaces all 3 cups of the other mixed chips. Is that right? That’s a lot less, but I suppose the marshmallows add a lot of sweetness too.

    Lastly, I’m thinking of trying to package these for people in an actual coffee mug. A large one the cellophane it! Wouldn’t that just be so cute?

    Thanks for the cute idea!

  24. Julie says:

    These look seriously divine! I’d love to make these for everybody I know.

  25. megan says:

    These cookies are great and I love your packaging. So festive!

  26. Lauren Edvalson says:

    Bree you are amazing! I am going to atempt to make these :-) They look so delish!

  27. Michelle F says:

    These look SO delicious, I can’t wait to make them!! I just found your blog, the recipes all look great! You take really great pictures, and I love your cute packaging!

  28. MsNJohnson says:

    OMG!!! I can not wait to make these for my little nephews for Christmas. Your blog is simply AH-mazing. Im never leaving…, get out the extra blankets and prepare the spare room.

  29. MsNJohnson says:

    BRRReee, I made these cookies last night are they are absolutely DE-licious! My only problem is I need to learn the perfect cooking size because I think I made them too big. I even went to Micheals and purchased the Chinese boxes and ribbon. I never thought I would feel so passionate about being domestic. It’s almost like a new me is emerging! TY~

  30. angie says:

    have you figured out how to make them minus the hot chocolate mix – i know you can make hot chocolate mix from scratch and I’m sure we all have the ingredients (probably some combination of cocoa powder and sugar?) there’s some crazy ingredients in the hot chocolate mix I used that I can’t pronounce and would love if you had any ideas how to make the same cookie :)

  31. Lindsey says:

    I made these this afternoon — what a success!! They not only look great and festive, but my friends and I all love them! Thank you :)

  32. Stacey says:

    These look so great! But quick question….all I have is the Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa mix in a big container and not the packets. Any idea how much I would use just straight out of there? Would love to make these this afternoon but don’t have time to run to the store for the packets! :-) Thank you!!

  33. Shawna says:

    I am making these for a cookie exchange and just wondering how many cookies this recipe makes?

  34. Tami says:

    I just made your version above and have to say, they are awesome! The marshmallow idea was ingenious. I plan to take them to a party tomorrow and I know they’ll be a hit. Thanks for the recipe!

  35. Aisa says:

    LOVED IT! This was a hit at my cookie exchange I now have a new secret weapon for treats:)

  36. Shannon says:

    I loved your first recipe and also tweaked it a little – I added 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup of marshmallows. I put the marshmallows in the freezer first for a few hours so when they baked, they didn’t burn or anything. They were perfect!

  37. Erin Mowry says:

    OH my goodness!!! I made these right before Christmas and they are now, hands down, my FAVORITE COOKIE!! They taste just like a rich cup of Hot Chocolate. I am in love. Thank you so much for sharing…I love your blog!

    –Erin {}

  38. Katy belle says:

    I baked these today for a bake sale. Definitely a winner!

  39. Elizabeth says:

    Just found your site through a google search and made these cookies tonight – YUM! I didn’t have marshmallows so left those out and only had a bag of mini dairy/nut free chocolate chips so used those. Delicious! my first real Christmas baking this year! (and last year my son was a newborn so I didn’t bake AT ALL – this was a real treat to find) LOVE your blog! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Rasna says:

    What size package hot chocolate mix did you use? How many ounces? Thank you!

    • bakedbree says:

      I just used the regular packets that come in the box, and have used different kinds. Just make sure that it is not sugar free.

  41. After my best friend made these for us during a visit almost a year ago, I finally buckled down and made them myself. They’re wonderful little pieces of heaven, for sure! :) Next time, I’m going to try to make them with a homemade hot cocoa mix. To answer those who asked above, I believe the total amount of hot cocoa mix to use is 4 ounces (I read somewhere that each package includes 1 ounce of mix). Thanks for this recipe!!

  42. Rae says:

    So cool! Thanks for the recipe! Could you specify how much “4 packets of hot chocolate mix” is for those of us who buy a big ol’ tub of hot cocoa mix?

  43. SR says:

    Since I have a large container of hot chocolate mix rather than the small packages, how much mix should I measure out?

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