Hot Cocoa Cookies

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These Hot Cocoa Cookies are stuffed with a double dose of chocolate and fluffy marshmallows. They’re the perfect cookies to share with loved ones this holiday season! Vegan, Gluten-Free option.

These easy Hot Cocoa Cookies are tender and gooey in the center, crisp on the edges, and filled with just the right amount of gooey chocolate chips and mini marshmallows! It’s the perfect cookie recipe to bake when you’re hosting for the holidays or needing a cozy dessert to warm you up. Trust me, they won’t last long!

Table of Contents
  1. All About these Delicious Hot Cocoa Cookies
  2. Ingredients for Hot Cocoa Cookies
  3. How to Make Hot Cocoa Cookies
  4. Serving Suggestions
  5. How to Store Hot Cocoa Cookies
  6. Substitutions and Variations
  7. Recipe FAQs
  8. Vegan Hot Cocoa Cookies Recipe

All About these Delicious Hot Cocoa Cookies

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to eat a big mug of hot cocoa in soft, puffy, cookie form, these hot cocoa cookies are exactly that! Chocolatey cookie dough loaded with chocolate chips, then topped with big gooey marshmallows…need I say more? In fact, they’re so outrageously delicious they might outdo my Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Cookies as my favorite cookie of all time. 

They’re truly the perfect cookie to bake on a cold winter day, when a chocolate craving strikes, entertaining friends and family, hosting cookie exchanges, or when you could simply use a warm chewy cookie to nourish your heart and soul. I already know this recipe is going to be on repeat at our house this holiday season!

Ingredients for Hot Cocoa Cookies

You’ll need just 12 ingredients and 15 minutes of prep work to make these cookies. Here are a few key ingredients you won’t want to substitute:

ingredients for hot cocoa cookies in various sizes of white bowls laid out on a marble kitchen countertop
  • Flax “egg”: This egg substitute binds the dough together and adds necessary moisture and fat to the dough to provide structure. 
  • Butter: I used salted, dairy-free butter. If you are using unsalted butter, increase the salt to a 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Cocoa powder: Natural, unsweetened cocoa powder or Dutch-processed cocoa powder (lower acidity) is best for baking. 
  • Cornstarch: Another thickening and binding agent in the cookie dough that also helps to tenderize the cookies and yields the best, soft and chewy texture. 
  • Baking soda: Aids in browning and helps the cookies both rise and develop a deep, rich, golden brown color. 
  • Chocolate chips: Any dairy-free chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, or chopped chocolate bar of choice will do. I like dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips. 
  • Mini marshmallows: ​I like to use Dandies mini marshmallows, but Trader Joe’s also sells some mini marshmallows that are plant-based as well!

How to Make Hot Cocoa Cookies

side-by-side images of the baking process of hot cocoa cookies with the image on the left showing the cookie dough and the image on the right showing dough balls placed on a baking tray
  1. Make the flax “egg”. Set aside. 
  2. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, cream the vegan butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together until smooth. Add the thickened flax “egg” and vanilla extract and mix again. 
  3. Add in the flour, then sift in the cocoa powder. Add the cornstarch, baking soda, and salt and mix again with the electric mixer until a cookie dough forms. Stir in the chocolate chips. 
  4. Divide the dough into 12 equal cookie dough balls, then press extra chocolate chips into the top of each cookie.
  5. Bake for 7 minutes, remove from the oven, then quickly press 3 to 4 mini marshmallows into the center of each cookie. 
  6. Return the cookies to the oven and bake for an additional 2 minutes, to set the marshmallows. 
  7. Cool the gooey hot chocolate cookies on the baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Caitlin’s Cooking Tips

  • Don’t over bake! These fudgy chocolate cookies really only require 4 minutes of active oven time. As they sit on the baking sheets while you press in the marshmallows, they will continue to cook on the hot surface. 
  • Soften the butter 1-2 hours in advance. ​Using softened butter in these hot cocoa cookies is a non-negotiable. Before baking, plan on setting the butter at room temperature for 1-2 hours, depending on the internal temperature of your home, or until you can make an indent in the butter with your finger. If you’re short on time, or forgot this step, check out this Trick to Soften Butter Quickly.
hot cocoa cookies resting on a cooling rack

Serving Suggestions

These cozy cookies are delicious enough on their own, but undeniably good once paired with a glass of almond milk or a warm cup of coffee or tea. You can even enjoy with a cup of Hot Cocoa for the ultimate hot chocolate experience! Enjoy them any time of day – breakfast, afternoon snack, dessert. No judgment here! 

If you’re looking for more seasonal cookie recipes, you’ll also love these Vegan Gingerbread Cookies, these No-Bake Chocolate Turtle Cookies, and these Vegan Snickerdoodles!

How to Store Hot Cocoa Cookies

Baked hot cocoa cookies will keep best in an airtight container at room temperature for about 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month. 

If frozen, let the cookies thaw on the kitchen counter until room temperature again. 

Substitutions and Variations

  • Gluten-free option: Replace the all-purpose flour with a cup-for-cup gluten-free flour blend. 
  • Refined sugar-free: It is not possible to make these cookies 100% refined sugar-free because they contain sweetened chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, but you can lower the refined sugar by swapping the brown sugar with coconut sugar. 
  • Cornstarch substitute: ​Use equal parts arrowroot powder. 
  • Chocolate chips substitution: ​Replace half of all of the vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips with vegan white chocolate chips for a fun twist!
hot cocoa cookies served on a wide dotted plate with cookies placed on top of each other

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these hot cocoa cookies oil-free?

I have not tested an oil-free version of these cookies. The softened vegan butter is a vital component of the texture and spread of the cookie dough. If you are strictly oil-free, you’ll love these Healthy Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies or these Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.

Is cocoa powder the same as hot chocolate?

Cocoa powder and hot chocolate is NOT the same. Most notably, cocoa powder is a singular ingredient, and free of added sugars. Real hot chocolate mix is a beverage mix, usually made from mixing cocoa powder with milk solids (or non-dairy milks), and sugar. Please do not use these two interchangeably.

Are marshmallows vegan?

Most store-brand marshmallows are made with gelatin, which is not vegan (or vegetarian for that matter!). If making these cookies dairy-free and vegan like I did, read labels for gelatin and other non-vegan ingredients.

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Vegan Hot Cocoa Cookies

5 from 27 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
These Hot Cocoa Cookies are stuffed with a double dose of chocolate and fluffy marshmallows. They're the perfect cookies to share with loved ones this holiday season! Vegan, Gluten-Free option.



  • Prep: Preheat the oven to 350F and grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the ground flax with the water in a small bowl and mix well; let sit for 5 minutes, to thicken.
  • Cream the Butter: Add the butter, brown sugar, and cane sugar to a large bowl and use a hand mixer (or bowl of a stand mixer) to cream them together until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the thickened flax seed and vanilla to the butter mixture. Mix again until combined.
  • Make the Dough: Add the flour to the mixing bowl and sift the cocoa powder on top to prevent clumps. Add in cornstarch, baking soda, and salt to the bowl and mix well with a spatula. Add 1/2 cup of the chopped chocolate to the bowl and fold into the dough.
  • Roll: Divide the dough into 12 equal balls, roughly 3 tablespoons each. Place each cookie dough ball 2” apart on the baking sheet, then top with the remaining 1/4 cup (~40 g) of chocolate, pressing it into the top of the ball slightly so it sticks. Do not flatten the cookies on the baking sheet as they will spread when they cook.
  • Bake: Bake for 7 minutes, until the cookies have spread and are puffy. Remove the cookies from the oven and quickly press in 3-4 mini marshmallows per cookie; it’s ok if they flatten slightly as you decorate. Return the cookies to the oven and bake for an additional 2 minutes, to set the marshmallows.
  • Cool: Remove the cookies from the oven and let sit on the baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes, to allow them to set. Use a spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let them cool completely (or enjoy warm!)
  • Serve & Store: Let the chocolate fully cool and solidify before storing. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to one month.

Recipe Notes

  • Marshmallows: Most store-brand marshmallows are made with gelatin, which is not vegan. I like to use Dandies mini marshmallows, but Trader Joe’s also sells some mini marshmallows that are plant-based as well!
  • Gluten-Free: Replace the flour with a cup-for-cup gf flour blend!


Calories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.04gSodium: 160mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 360IUVitamin C: 0.003mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Keyword: best vegan chocolate cookie, chocolate cookie recipes, hot cocoa cookies, marshmallow cookies, vegan chocolate cookies, vegan hot cocoa cookies
Course: Dessert
Method: Oven
Cuisine: America, American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Hey there, I’m Caitlin! I make easy-to-follow, wholesome, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also an avid yogi, love the great outdoors, am chocolate-obsessed, and enjoy eating almond butter straight off of the spoon.

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  1. 5 stars
    These cookies are so cute! People’s eyes light up when they see the little marshmallows on top! I will say my cookies came out a little bit more doughy, but after they cooled, they held their shape nice the next day. So don’t freak out like I did, they will be great! (:

  2. 5 stars
    This was such a fun, tasty and unique cookie to bring to a holiday cookie party! Thank you, Caitlin – you did it again!!

  3. 5 stars
    This was so worth the trip to Trader Joe’s for mini marshmallows! I don’t bake very often, so I was a little nervous, but these were so easy (and forgiving—I accidentally started adding baking powder instead of baking soda, whoops) and they’re unbelievably tasty! I’m about to curl up with a plate of these, a mug of cocoa, and a holiday movie now 🙂

  4. Perfect year round cookies! I imagine bringing them camping or having them in the winter. I used dandies marshmallows and country crock sticks.

  5. 5 stars
    I love a good chocolate cookie and hot chocolate, and so making this for the holidays was so fun and a great way to combine both. I brought some to my coworkers (all of which are non-vegan) and it was a hit! Thanks for the recipe, looking forward to making more.

  6. 5 stars
    Yum! I used 1×1 gluten-free flour and 1/4 cup less granulated sugar and they turned out great! I also made some without marshmallows for my partner who doesn’t like them and they’re great as chocolate chocolate chip cookies, too. It’s a fun and easy recipe to make, perfect for the holidays.

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe turned out great! I found these very easy to prepare and they tasted delicious. I ended up using the Trader Joe’s mini marshmallows, great to know they are vegan. Can’t wait to make these again!

  8. Oh my goodness this recipe is amazing! I just bought a stand mixer and this was the first recipe I used it for. I used vego hazelnut buttons chopped up and they taste soooo good!! And they are so easy to make. I’ll be sure to make them again.

  9. 5 stars
    These were so easy to make and I loved the flavor and texture so much! I will definitely make these again, and am planning to add them to the cookie boxes I give out to neighbors every holiday season.

  10. 5 stars
    This is my first recipe from From My Bowl and it did not disappoint. I made it with my son and we had fun making memories. His first time using the hand mixer to cream the butter. That being said, the instructions are perfect and easy to follow. I substituted with the chocolate I had on hand, Eco’s Dark Chocolate Mint, for the chunks. If you like your cookies soft, cook them as instructed. Half of mine were soft and the other half were medium. Will definitely be trying other recipes after this. Happy Holidays!