These easy cookies taste exactly like a cup of hot chocolate – marshmallow included!
Soft chocolate cookies are topped with a marshmallow, and enrobed in a rich fudgy buttercream. This recipe doubles beautifully if you’re serving a crowd too!
Hot Chocolate Cookies:
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, divided
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 6 – 7 tablespoons whole milk, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
- 1 cup flour
- 8 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons malted milk powder, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 12 – 15 regular size marshmallows
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- Raw or sanding sugar (optional)
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees; line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a mixer beat 4 tablespoons of the butter with the granulated sugar till light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and add the egg, 4 tablespoons of the milk and 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla. Beat again. Add the flour, 6 tablespoons of the cocoa powder, the baking soda, 1 tablespoon of the malted milk powder and the salt and beat till combined.
Scoop the batter in tablespoon-sized mounds spaced 2” apart onto your baking sheets. Bake for 8 minutes. While the cookies are baking cut the marshmallows in half.
After 8 minutes slide the racks out of the oven and carefully place the marshmallow halves – cut sides down – onto the cookies. Return the cookies to the oven and bake for 2 more minutes.
Remove the pans from the oven and transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool. Clean and dry your mixing bowl and attachment.
Beat the confectioner’s sugar with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of malted milk powder till well combined. Add the remining 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and 2 tablespoons of milk and beat till a smooth consistency is achieved, add more milk if necessary.
Use a small angled spatula or knife to spread the frosting over the tops and sides of the marshmallows, covering completely. Sprinkle with the sanding sugar if using and let set.