Hot Chocolate Cookies

hot chocolate cookie recipe

Hot Chocolate Cookies – a chocolate cookie made with hot cocoa mix and lots of white, dark, and milk chocolate chips. These are so delicious.

The 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 cookie recipe

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Yield: makes 2 dozen

Hot Chocolate Cookies - hot chocolate mix cookies with white, milk, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.


  • 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.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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This Post Has 103 Comments

  1. The Blue-Eyed Bakers

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

    1. bakedbree

      lots and lots of chocolate. But I keep thinking about your carrot cake. Yum.

  2. Suzelle

    I go to a cookie exchange every December. I think I just found my cookie πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      you will be the most popular girl there. I promise.

  3. Dangler

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

    1. bakedbree

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

      1. Dangler

        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. Emily @ The Happy Home

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      that cracks me up, they are the EXACT color of a weimaraner.

  5. joythebaker

    hooooly yumtown! these look amazing!

    1. bakedbree

      they are yumtown. My husband thinks that they are the best cookie he has ever eaten. And he has eaten a lot of cookies.

  6. Silviu

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

    1. bakedbree

      I would hope that my photography style is my own, I have been a professional photographer for many years. πŸ™‚

  7. Michelle

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

    1. bakedbree

      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

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

    1. bakedbree

      make them STAT.

  9. Tiffany

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      That makes me happy Tiffany! Hope your son’s teachers like them as much as I did.

  10. Beverly

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

  11. Anna

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      Happy Autumn indeed! Sounds delicious. Can we be neighbors?

  12. Carolyn

    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?


    1. bakedbree

      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

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

    1. bakedbree

      I def need to make them again with mini-marshmallows. And a hint of cinnamon. That is how I like my hot chocolate.

  14. Kelly

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      I am so happy that you found it too. Thank you for reading. I appreciate it.

      1. Kelly

        One question. My girlfriends and I are having a get together in a few days over food and drinks (best kind of get togethers…) I want to bring an appy but am having trouble deciding what to bring (you have too many good things to choose from). There are a couple of foodies there and I want to wow them…any suggestions?

          1. Michael Wiluz

            Wow, these are home baked?

            1. bakedbree

              Yes they are.

  15. Stephanie

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

    1. bakedbree

      Yes, they really are. Top 10 favorite cookie of all time.

  16. rose silver

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      Is there really a bad time for chocolate?

  17. Cory

    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

    1. bakedbree

      My pleasure! I need to make them again with the marshmallows.

  18. Melanie Plush

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      No one can be grumpy after being given a homemade chocolate cookie. Is there anything better?

  19. Britanie

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      Absolutely the best combination in the world!

  20. Mel Schoenhut

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      You are welcome. My kids loved these.

  21. Hil

    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?

    1. Hil

      Nevermind… I think I found it!! Approximately 2 Tablespoons of mix are in each packet… I’ll give it a try and see how it works out. πŸ™‚

    2. bakedbree

      Glad that you figured it out!

  22. sara

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Sara. Hope that you had fun making these.

  23. Sheila

    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. πŸ™‚

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      Sounds delicious Sheila! I will have to try that.

  24. Alison

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

    1. bakedbree

      love it! And I am glad that you like the lemon cake.

  25. diana

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      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

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

  27. kim

    so i just found your site tonight……i’m already in trouble! πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      Welcome Kim!

  28. Sindy

    I made these last night and they were sooo good, thanks so much for sharing. love this site and your photos! πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      Great! Thank you Sindy!

  29. Kristen

    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 πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Kristen! I love these cookies. So do my kids.

  30. Katie

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      I think that they are 1 ounce.

      1. Katie

        Thanks, looking forward to them! πŸ™‚

        1. bakedbree

          no problem!

  31. Kate

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      that sounds good, but I don’t put peanut butter in my hot chocolate. I’d give it a whirl though.

  32. Demetria

    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. πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      great Demetria! I loves these too!

  33. DeAnn

    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. πŸ™‚ ???

    1. bakedbree

      I don’t see why not. I would try it, and then bake them to make sure first before I gave any away though.

  34. Laurie

    Super excited to try these!

    1. bakedbree

      I promise, you will love them!

  35. Willa@ArmstrongFamilyFare

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


    1. bakedbree

      thank you and welcome!

  36. Cyndi

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      the original recipe says 30 cookies, but it depends on what size scooper you use.

  37. Jill

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Jill! And welcome, I am glad that you like it here. πŸ™‚

  38. Megan

    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!!!! πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      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

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      Oh No! Hope you got to make these.

  40. Lindsey Timms

    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!!!!

    1. bakedbree

      1 ounce.

  41. Deedee

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      I think 1/4 cup is closer.

  42. Kaylie

    Do you know approximately how many one batch makes?

    1. bakedbree

      2 dozen, depending on the size of the cookies.

  43. ellie

    what about the milk?

    1. bakedbree

      I am not sure what you are talking about, there is no milk in this recipe.

  44. Heidi

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

    1. bakedbree

      These are one of my all-time favorite cookies.

  45. Elizabeth

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      A few days in an airtight container.

  46. TammyJo Eckhart, PhD

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      2 Tablespoons. FYI – this has been asked and answered quite a few times in the comments. πŸ™‚

      1. TammyJo Eckhart

        Thank you… I was looking through the comments but didn’t see that question at all.

        If you went back and edited your recipe to include the information it shouldn’t be asked again. The ability to edit like that is one of the things I like about online publishing personally.

        1. bakedbree

          It has been edited. I can also be googled.

  47. sarah

    I come back to this recipe year after year. It’s become a standard for me each winter. They are unique and delicious. There are lots of recipes that call themselves hot chocolate cookies, but very few that include hot chocolate mix. It gives it that distinctive hot chocolate flavor that gets it rave reviews! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Bree Hester

      I am so glad! I love this recipe too, and I agree, it needs the mix in it.

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