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Hot Chocolate Cookies II [Week 2 of 12 Weeks of Cookies]

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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  1. April

    October 8th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Love the cookies!! Love the packaging!!

  2. bakedbree

    October 8th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Thank you April!

  3. Dangler

    October 8th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    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!

  4. bakedbree

    October 8th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Corey left my house last night with many treats. We had a nice birthday feast for Wes’s 34th.

  5. Sue

    October 8th, 2010 at 9:19 am

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

  6. bakedbree

    October 8th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Thank you Sue!

  7. Lisa

    October 8th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    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.

  8. bakedbree

    October 8th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    They are delicious! Thanks for reading.

  9. Trisha

    October 8th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    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.

  10. bakedbree

    October 8th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Thank you Trisha!

  11. Pam

    October 8th, 2010 at 9:38 am

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

  12. bakedbree

    October 8th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Thanks Pam! My goal is to use as much of what I already have as much as humanely possible.

  13. The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    October 8th, 2010 at 11:07 am

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

  14. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Wouldn’t that be nice?

  15. amanda @ fake ginger

    October 8th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    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!

  16. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I am not very creative, but thank you for thinking so.

  17. Tracy

    October 8th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

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

  18. Lina

    October 8th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

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

  19. Jeanna

    October 8th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

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

  20. Avril

    October 8th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

  21. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you Avril!

  22. Katherine

    October 8th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

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

  23. Heidi

    October 8th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

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

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!


  24. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    You are welcome Heidi!

  25. megan

    October 8th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Ok – stop – really – because you are making the rest of us look bad πŸ˜‰

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

  26. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Hardly! There are a ton of amazing cookies this year.

  27. Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread

    October 8th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    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!

  28. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    They are fun and cute!

  29. Katrina

    October 8th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    What fun cookies. and LOVE that box!

  30. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you Katrina!

  31. marcellina

    October 9th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    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!

  32. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I hope that you do!

  33. Jamie

    October 9th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    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.

  34. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you Jamie!

  35. Emily

    October 9th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

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

  36. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Thank you Emily!

  37. Martha (MM)

    October 10th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    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! πŸ™‚

  38. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    It was easy and cheap! A perfect gift for coworkers.

  39. Bonnie

    October 10th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

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

  40. bakedbree

    October 10th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you Bonnie!

  41. Vicki

    October 13th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    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!

  42. bakedbree

    October 13th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Yes, 1 cup of chips and 2 cups of marshmallows makes up the 3 cups.

  43. bakedbree

    October 13th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    and yes, super cute! I tried to find cups but I couldn’t find any that I really liked and I ran out of time.

  44. Julie

    October 13th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

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

  45. bakedbree

    October 13th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    they will be very happy if you do.

  46. megan

    October 14th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

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

  47. bakedbree

    October 14th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    thanks Megan.

  48. Lauren Edvalson

    October 15th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Bree you are amazing! I am going to atempt to make these πŸ™‚ They look so delish!

  49. bakedbree

    October 20th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Thank you Lauren! They are amazing.

  50. Michelle F

    October 29th, 2010 at 7:58 am

    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!

  51. bakedbree

    October 31st, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Thank you Michelle!

  52. MsNJohnson

    November 4th, 2010 at 8:12 am

    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.

  53. bakedbree

    November 4th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Welcome! I am so glad to have you!!

  54. MsNJohnson

    November 5th, 2010 at 5:30 am

    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~

  55. bakedbree

    November 6th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    that is what I like to hear! I use an ice cream scoop. All of your cookies will come out the same size.

  56. angie

    November 28th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

  57. bakedbree

    November 28th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    No, I haven’t tried to make them without the hot chocolate mix.

  58. Lindsey

    December 5th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

  59. bakedbree

    December 6th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    good to hear!

  60. Stacey

    December 9th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    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! πŸ™‚ Thank you!!

  61. bakedbree

    December 12th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    email sent.

  62. Shawna

    December 10th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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

  63. bakedbree

    December 12th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    About 3 dozen cookies.

  64. Tami

    December 18th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I used a cookie scoop for and it made 3 dozen, plus a few more.

  65. bakedbree

    December 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 pm


  66. Tami

    December 18th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    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!

  67. bakedbree

    December 22nd, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    thank you Tami!

  68. Aisa

    December 19th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

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

  69. bakedbree

    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    So glad Aisa!

  70. Shannon

    December 23rd, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    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!

  71. Shannon

    December 24th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    …and by added, I mean used!

  72. bakedbree

    December 27th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Sounds good!

  73. Erin Mowry

    December 28th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    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 {erinink.etsy.com}

  74. bakedbree

    December 30th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Thank you Erin! Aren’t they crazy good?

  75. Erin Mowry

    January 8th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Yes! CRAZY GOOD! I made them to give away at Christmas and then kept them and made something else to give away. πŸ™‚

  76. bakedbree

    December 30th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    P.S. Your etsy shop is adorable! I love paper.

  77. Erin Mowry

    January 8th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you so much!!! πŸ™‚

  78. Katy belle

    November 10th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

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

  79. bakedbree

    November 13th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Aren’t these delicious? I haven’t made them in awhile. I need to soon, they are a favorite at my house.

  80. Elizabeth

    December 14th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    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!

  81. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Welcome Elizabeth and I am glad that you like the cookies.

  82. Rasna

    December 18th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

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

  83. bakedbree

    December 22nd, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    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.

  84. Nikki @Pennies on a Platter

    January 10th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    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! πŸ™‚ 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!!

  85. bakedbree

    January 17th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks for helping out Nikki!

  86. Rae

    July 20th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    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?

  87. bakedbree

    August 6th, 2012 at 11:32 am

    1 ounce.

  88. SR

    January 16th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

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

  89. bakedbree

    January 16th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    This has been answered already, it is 1 ounce packages.

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