Picture yourself enjoying these cookies on a cold day, snuggled up by the fire. Hot Chocolate Cookies are a chocolate treat that would turn any cold day warmer. Chocolate and marshmallows, these cookies have it all.
Hot Chocolate Cookies are easy to make and includes an all time kid favorite, hot chocolate.
I mean, surely you have memories of making hot chocolate at home after a long day of sledding with a best friend. I certainly do.
With marshmallows, without marshmallow (though with is better!), we enjoyed it.
So of course when the thought of putting hot chocolate into a cookie came to me, I thought, why not? It can become a winter favorite.
- brown sugar
- baking soda
- dry hot chocolate mix
- almond bark (for drizzle on top)
- Hershey hot chocolate kisses
The cookie base is a basic one and one that I have used before, like for my M&M cookies. However, the hot chocolate mix is added in as well as the Hershey Kisses.
Hershey hot cocoa kisses
The Hershey Hot Cocoa Kisses is around especially for Christmas, so if you can't find them and you want to make these cookies in January, use regular Hershey Kisses instead.
The hot cocoa kisses do have marshmallow inside of them so it does add a little something to the cookie. But the cookie is still great without them!
Can I use homemade hot chocolate mix instead of a packet mix?
Yes, you can! I would use ½ cup of homemade hot chocolate mix in place of the packets. Here is a recipe for homemade hot chocolate.
The steps for making hot chocolate cookies
First, you will mix up the margarine, egg and sugars.
Then, you will add the flours, baking soda and salt.
Next, the hot chocolate packets will be added.
Stir the ingredients together and now, time to add the Hershey Kisses.
What about the Hershey Kisses?
The Hershey Kisses go in the middle of the uncooked dough.
Scoop some dough out and roll into a ball. Then take an unwrapped Hershey Kiss and push it in the middle of the dough. Close the dough around the kiss. Set on a baking sheet and bake.
The cookie will spread like normal and make the cookie.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until cookie is cooked through. Remove from oven a let cool for about 3 minutes then place on a cooling rack.
You don't have to drizzle anything if you don't want to. I used melted almond bark. If you have a marshmallow cream, that would be good too. Regular frosting would taste great as well.
Melt one square of almond bark in a microwavable safe bowl for 45 seconds. Then stir. Heat the almond bark for as long as necessary 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each time.
When the almond bark is melted, take a fork and drizzle the bark on top of the cooled cookies. It makes a great pattern on the cookies.
After the frosting has hardened, store the chocolate cookies in an airtight container.
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Hot Chocolate Cookies
- 1 c butter (softened)
- ¾ c brown sugar
- ¾ c white sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 ¼ c flour (I use unbleached)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 120 grams hot chocolate mix about 3 envelopes
- 20 Hershey Hot Cocoa Kisses unwrapped
For the frosting drizzle
- 1 square almond bark
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Mix butter, sugars and egg in a large bowl.
- Stir in flour, baking soda, salt and hot chocolate envelopes.
- After mixing the dough, scoop out dough and roll it into a ball. Place an unwrapped Hershey Kiss in the middle and cover it with the dough. Place on a cookie sheet. Repeat until all the dough is used.
- Bake at 375* for 10 minutes
- Remove from oven and let cool for 3 minutes. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Melt almond bark in a microwave safe bowl. Melt for 45 seconds then stir. Melt 15 seconds longer then stir. And repeat until is completely melted.
- Using a fork, drizzle almond bark on top of cookies.
- Let almond bark harden and serve.