Hot Cocoa Cookies {Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap}

Dec 11

This is the second year that I have participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, and I am so excited that all the bloggers and our sponsors have raised $13,778.40 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Last year, I sent cookies to the same three people who sent me cookies, but this year, I sent cookies to different people than I received cookies from– so I was able to interact with six bloggers instead of three- yay!!!

Here are my cookies (and my cork Christmas trees):

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I sent cookies to Tammy at Yours, Mine, and Ours, Morgan at Being the Secret Ingredient, and Mercedes at Satisfy My Sweet Tooth.

I received cinnamon cardamon cookies from Stacy at What the Cupcake, Muddy Buddies from Emily at Carolina Homemade, and Dark Chocolate Truffle Stuffed Peanut Butter cookies at Nels Nook.

All the cookies were amazing– AMAZING. I tried my best not to eat them all at once. And I was very good until last Saturday when I was in a Christmas parade and didn’t eat anything until 2 pm. Then all bets were off– and I devoured many of these cookies. The perfect breakfast/lunch/snack,

I made hot cocoa cookies, and the recipe was adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod. I love marshmallows! And these cookies were great because they were small but still packed with flavor and soft in the middle.

Yay for another successful Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup hot cocoa mix (this was about three packets)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 bag mini marshmallows
  • Servings: about 50 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy

Directions

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare baking sheets and set aside.

Melt butter and chocolate chips over low heat in a small saucepan (you can microwave the two to melt too). Stir until combined and smooth. Set aside to cool.

In a mixer, cream together brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly add in flour, hot cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Mix in melted chocolate.

Refrigerate cookie dough for about an hour (or overnight).

Using a small cookie scoop, scoop cookies onto baking sheets, leaving some space between them. Bake for about seven minutes (the cookies should start to crack at this point).

While the cookies are baking, cut some mini-marshmallows into smaller pieces of different sizes. I rough-chopped about 1/4 of the marshmallow bag.

Take cookies out of oven. Press in one whole mini-marshmallow and a couple other mini-pieces. Bake cookies for about another four minutes.

Let the cookies cool and enjoy!

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Comments: 56

  1. I love the great food blogger cookie swap! I did it last year, but with the little one here, I decided to bow out this year. I’m definitely doing it next year though! :)

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:40 pm Reply

      Fair enough— feel free to send baked good treats to me!

  2. Pam Dec 11 at 9:12 am Reply

    I didn’t realize they had a great cookie swap. I need to do this next year. The cookies look delicious.

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:40 pm Reply

      Yes- you need to do this next year!

  3. brett Dec 11 at 9:31 am Reply

    what’s NOT to love about these? Chocolate, hot cocoa AND marshmallow!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:42 pm Reply

      Thanks Brett- it is a delish cookie!

  4. Dude. Your cookies look cute. Your CORK TREES look insane!!!! I love it!!

    So glad you got to participate!!

    happy cookie day fellow SRC’er! (is there any better day???)

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:43 pm Reply

      Thanks :) LOVE the cork trees too- they were a great winter craft!

  5. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef Dec 11 at 11:21 am Reply

    these cookies sound wonderful, elizabeth! i love marshamallows in cookies. too cute.

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:43 pm Reply

      Thanks Sarah!

  6. Heather Lawrence Dec 11 at 12:52 pm Reply

    I have never participated in a cookie exchange but it looks like it would be so much fun!
    I wonder if I could convince some of my girlfriends to give it a go.
    It’s not too late!!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:44 pm Reply

      Definitely sign-up to join us next year!! Or if you want to do it each month, join the leftovers club!!!

  7. Debbie Denny Dec 11 at 2:10 pm Reply

    Those look really good and bet they taste fantastic!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:44 pm Reply

      Thanks Debbie– they were a hit in my house!

  8. Jennifer B Dec 11 at 4:36 pm Reply

    These look amazing! I love cookies of all kinds!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:44 pm Reply

      Thanks Jennifer!

  9. Virginia @thatbaldchick Dec 11 at 5:20 pm Reply

    I enjoy cookies, and I enjoy hot cocoa, so I’m fairly certain I would enjoy these!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:44 pm Reply

      I KNOW you would enjoy these cookies :)

  10. Tina Ashburn Dec 11 at 6:56 pm Reply

    What fun! Next year add me to the cookie list!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:47 pm Reply

      Yes- definitely sign up for the swap next year!

  11. Milena Dec 11 at 7:23 pm Reply

    Sounds great. I haven’t heard of this event before! These cookies look so yummy!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:47 pm Reply

      Thanks Milena!

  12. Dawn Lopez Dec 11 at 7:31 pm Reply

    Oh so yummy, what a fabulous and tasty idea! My mouth is watering. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:47 pm Reply

      Yay cookies! Sorry to make your mouth water…

  13. Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom Dec 11 at 7:48 pm Reply

    YUMMM.. these look amazing and I can’t wait to make them for our cookie exchange this weekend..thanks for sharing

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:47 pm Reply

      Thanks Melanie!

  14. Malia Dec 11 at 8:41 pm Reply

    A cookie swap sounds like a fun idea! your cookies look delicious.

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:48 pm Reply

      Thanks Malia- I think they were pretty tasty 😉

  15. Amy Lynn Desrosiers Dec 11 at 8:47 pm Reply

    Very cool recipe! Thanks for the yummy, chocolaty idea!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:48 pm Reply

      Thanks Amy!

  16. trisha Dec 11 at 8:48 pm Reply

    Cookies are good for breakfast, lunch and dinner! HA!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:48 pm Reply

      YES– every meals needs a cookie!

  17. Cynthia L Dec 11 at 9:41 pm Reply

    I don’t think I have ever head of hot cocoa cookies, but I think I would really like them!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:49 pm Reply

      I’m sure you would :)

  18. Shannah @ Just Us Four Dec 11 at 9:45 pm Reply

    These sound delicious. I love the marshmallows on top.

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:49 pm Reply

      Thanks Shannah!

  19. Lisa Dec 11 at 10:35 pm Reply

    My kids would love those cookies!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:51 pm Reply

      Lisa- I’m sure they would!

  20. Deborah Dec 11 at 10:49 pm Reply

    Never would have thought of hot cocoa cookies, but it actually makes sense!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:51 pm Reply

      They are delish- a great combo!

  21. Chrishelle @ Cheer MamaDrama Dec 11 at 11:01 pm Reply

    Hot choco. late in a cookie. This would definitely be a kid favorite. Sign me up for the cookie swap.

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:52 pm Reply

      Yes- sign up next year!!

  22. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell Dec 11 at 11:13 pm Reply

    Oh I do like the sounds of these treats. Yes, yes, and yes!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:52 pm Reply

      Thanks Liz!

  23. Dawn Dec 12 at 12:34 am Reply

    Hot Cocoa Cookies! That just sounds divine! My husband would love these.

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:54 pm Reply

      Thanks Dawn- I’m sure they would!

  24. Mama to 5 BLessings Dec 12 at 12:40 am Reply

    what a clever idea, sounds yummy!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:54 pm Reply

      Thank you :)

  25. Hot cocoa cookies! The perfect treat for a cold winter day! YUM!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:54 pm Reply

      They would be perfect on a cold day– with hot cocoa 😉

  26. Debbie Lamb Dec 12 at 8:27 am Reply

    These look so tasty! Pinned so I do not forget the recipe. Cookie Swap is a GREAT idea!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:55 pm Reply

      Yay! Let me know when you make them!

  27. Harvey Morris Dec 14 at 12:53 am Reply

    Your cookies look great. I could use a hot cocoa cookie on this cold winter night.

    This was my first year participating in the Cookie Swap; I made Soft-Baked Gingersnap Molasses Cookies, 3 ways. Had great fun and enjoyed getting exposed to so many other passionate food bloggers.

    Happy holidays!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 8:55 pm Reply

      Thanks Harvey- I love the cookie swap too!

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