Imagine biting into a cookie that perfectly captures the essence of a warm cup of hot cocoa. Our Hot Cocoa Cookies do just that, blending the rich taste of chocolate with the soft, gooey delight of marshmallows. Each cookie is a mini celebration of flavor, making them the ideal treat for cold winter days or as a comforting snack anytime.
These cookies are not just delicious but also a joy to make. The process of melting chocolate, mixing the dough, and watching these little wonders bake to perfection is therapeutic. The final touch of a marshmallow and a drizzle of homemade icing transforms them into a visually appealing treat that’s as fun to look at as it is to eat. Perfect for sharing with loved ones, these cookies are sure to bring smiles and warmth to any occasion.
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Hot Cocoa Cookies Recipe
For the Cookies:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
- 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 25 large marshmallows (approximately)
For the Icing:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Assorted sprinkles
- Melting Chocolate and Butter:
- In a medium saucepan or a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate together. Use 50% power if using a microwave, stirring often. Once melted, let it cool slightly.
- Mixing Dry Ingredients:
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
- Preparing the Cookie Dough:
- Using an electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract on low speed until well mixed.
- Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the sugar mixture and blend until just combined.
- Gradually mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl, cover the dough, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour until firm. If preparing a day ahead, let the dough sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping.
- Baking the Cookies:
- Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to form dough balls. Roll them in your hands and place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets, then flatten slightly.
- Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes.
- Adding Marshmallows:
- While the cookies are baking, cut the marshmallows in half crosswise.
- Once the cookies are baked, remove them from the oven and press a marshmallow half (cut side down) into the center of each cookie.
- Return the cookies to the oven and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Let the cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack.
- Preparing the Icing:
- Combine powdered sugar, melted butter, cocoa powder, hot water, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Whisk together until smooth.
- Place the cooling rack with cookies over a baking sheet to catch any drips.
- Spoon a small amount of icing onto each marshmallow, spreading it slightly with the back of the spoon.
- After icing a couple of cookies, quickly add sprinkles before the icing sets.
- Finishing Touches:
- Allow the icing to set for about 30 minutes before serving.
Enjoy your delicious homemade Hot Cocoa Cookies, perfect for any gathering or as a sweet treat at home!
Hot Cocoa Cookies FAQS
How do you know when cocoa cookies are done?
Knowing when cocoa cookies are done requires a bit of observation. Generally, they are ready when the edges are set but the centers still look slightly soft and underbaked. This ensures that they are chewy and not overly hard once they cool. The baking time can vary depending on the recipe and your oven, but it’s usually around 10-12 minutes. It’s important to let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes as they will continue to cook slightly from the residual heat.
How long does homemade hot chocolate last?
Homemade hot chocolate can last in the refrigerator for about 2-3 days. It should be stored in an airtight container to maintain its quality and prevent it from absorbing other flavors from the fridge. Before consuming, give it a good stir or shake as the chocolate may settle at the bottom.
How long can hot chocolate sit out?
Hot chocolate should not be left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Like any dairy-based product, it can spoil and become a breeding ground for bacteria if left out for too long, especially in warmer temperatures. It’s best to consume it fresh or store it in the refrigerator if you intend to keep it for later.
Can you refrigerate and reheat hot chocolate?
Yes, you can refrigerate and reheat hot chocolate. Once it has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to drink it again, you can reheat it on the stove over low to medium heat, stirring frequently to ensure even heating and to prevent scorching. Alternatively, you can reheat it in the microwave, using short intervals and stirring in between, until it’s warm. Remember to check the taste and consistency, as you might need to add a bit more milk or water if it has thickened too much.