Peppermint hot chocolate cookies with a golden brown marshmallow, melted chocolate and crushed candy canes on top of cookie, dark teal background and crushed candy canes all around cookies

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies For Christmas

Peppermint hot chocolate cookies are bursting with loads of peppermint flavor and holiday cheer in every bite.

For all your hot chocolate lovers out there, these peppermint hot cocoa cookies will automatically become your new favorite Christmas cookie!

Nothing is better than a mug of warm peppermint hot chocolate on a cold winter day…

Well, except for these insanely delicious hot chocolate peppermint cookies! Just the cookie part alone is so pepperminty and fudgy.

Adding the rest of the hot chocolate components to this cookie really bring it over the top though

These chewy chocolate peppermint cookies have a chocolate square pressed into them, golden marshmallow on top, and are finished off with a chocolate drizzle and crushed peppermint candy.

Hot Chocolate cookies on a dark blue background. Chocolate fudge looking cookie has a marshmallow on top and drizzled with Hershey's chocolate and topped with crushed Christmas candy canes, crushed holiday peppermint candy spread out in background.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookie Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients are pretty simple and straight forward. Here’s what you’ll need to make these yummy Christmas cookies.

  • Butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • Brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • Peppermint extract
  • Cocoa powder
  • Baking soda
  • Flour
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate bars
  • Peppermint candies or candy canes

How To Make Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies

Scroll down to the recipe card below to get the full recipe.

Making these hot chocolate cookies couldn’t be easier!

Putting All The Ingredients Together

First, microwave the chocolate chips and butter together in a large microwave-safe bowl.

Mix in brown sugar, eggs, peppermint extract, and cocoa powder. Blend everything together until smooth.

Then, stir in baking soda and flour. You’ll notice the dough is pretty thick (as you can see in the picture below).

These cookies end up more on the fudgy side which is really amazing with all the other hot chocolate fixings.

Peppermint hot cocoa cookie dough in a clear mixing bowl on top. Below image of hot chocolate cookie dough in balls on a metal cookie tray, next to that image are hot chocolate peppermint cookies on a metal baking sheet with Hersheys chocolate square pressed into them.

Chilling The Dough

The longer you chill the dough, the fudgier your cookies will come out. At a minimum, chill the dough for at least an hour.

If you aren’t short on time and want a super fudgy cookie, chill the dough overnight.

Whether you chill the dough for an hour or overnight these cookies turn out amazing.

Getting Your Cookies Ready For Baking

Take your dough out of the fridge and roll into 30 equal balls. Place the balls of dough spaced out on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Pop your holiday cookies in the oven and bake at 350° for 12 minutes.

Take the cookies out of the oven and press one piece of a chocolate bar into each cookie.

For the chocolate that gets pressed into the cookies, I used regular sized Hershey’s chocolate bars and broke off a little rectangle for each cookie.

For 30 cookies, that came out to about 3 regular sized Hershey candy bars.

You can use another brand if you like and just tear off a little square to add on top of each cookie

After you press in all the chocolate pieces into the cookies, place a large marshmallow on top.

Broil your cookies in the oven for 1 minute. Your marshmallow will turn a lovely golden brown color.

Taking Cookies Out of The Oven & Adding Toppings

Remove your cookies from the oven and press each marshmallow down a little bit with the backside of a spoon.

No hot chocolate is complete without a little bit of chocolate drizzled on top, so now it’s time to prep the chocolate.

Microwave chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl until melted. It’s best to to this in 20-second intervals until everything is nice and melted together.

The intervals are a must because it prevents you from burning the chocolate.

And now the fun part…

(Although making this recipe is pretty fun already.)

Finish the cookies off with a drizzle of melted chocolate and a sprinkle of crushed peppermint candy on top.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

Hot chocolate peppermint cookies on a dark blue background drizzled in chocolate with peppermint pieces in the background

A gooey golden marshmallow floats in melted chocolate on top of a fudgy hot cocoa peppermint cookie.

Topped off with more melted chocolate and crushed peppermint candy, these peppermint hot chocolate cookies really are the best winter cookie ever!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

Hot chocolate peppermint cookies taste just like a mug of hot chocolate in cookie form and are perfect for a cold winter day.
These Christmas peppermint hot chocolate cookies are topped off with a golden marshmallow, yummy melted chocolate and crushed peppermint candy.
So bundle up, get cozy and enjoy!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 17 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Chill Dough 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 30


  • ½ cup melted butter
  • cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 30 large marshmallows
  • 30 small squares torn apart from 3 regular sized chocolate bars (about 3 oz)
  • ½ cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies


  • Microwave 2 cups of chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl on high for 1 minute. Be sure not to overcook and burn.
  • Stir the chocolate chips until completely melted. If not fully melted, microwave in 20 second increments until fully melted.
  • Mix in brown sugar, eggs, peppermint extract and cocoa powder.
  • Stir in baking soda and flour.
  • Chill dough for at least 1 hour (you can do this overnight as well and it makes the cookies even more fudgy).
  • Roll into 30 even balls and place on a parchment lined tray.
  • Bake at 350° for 12 minutes.
  • Remove cookies and press 1 piece of chocolate bar into each cookie. Then, place a marshmallow on top of each cookie.
  • Put cookies back into the oven and broil for 1 minute. Be sure to keep an eye on the cookies so they don’t burn.
  • Take cookies out of the oven and press each marshmallow down.
  • Microwave 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 20-second intervals until chocolate is completely melted, being careful not to burn it.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate on top of the cookies and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy or candy canes.

How To Serve Hot Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

You can serve these cookies warm or at room temperature.

As you might have guessed, my favorite way is to serve them warm because they really do taste like peppermint hot chocolate this way.

Of course, they are really tasty after they’ve cooled down as well!

Peppermint holidays cookie on a white background, very close up, words that read "peppermint hot chocolate cookies" in right corner

Prepping & Storing These Peppermint Cookies

Holiday time can be pretty chaotic sometimes. You can definitely make the cookies ahead of time and have them on hand when you need an easy Christmas dessert.

These cookies can be store in a sealed container for about three days.

You may be able to store them a little longer but I recommend only a few days to ensure the cookie is just as chewy and delicious as the first day you made them.

Another option is just prepping the dough ahead of time. Store the dough in the fridge for 2-3 days or for about two months in the freezer.

Best Holiday Cookies for Your Christmas Cookie Exchange

This year a lot of you may not be participating in Christmas cookie exchanges.

But, just know these peppermint hot chocolate cookies are awesome for future Christmas cookie exchanges in the years to come.

Both kids and adults will love this cookie!

How did these peppermint hot chocolate Christmas cookies turn out?

Comment below and let me know how this recipe turned out! I’d love to hear your feedback and any helpful tips you have for my readers.

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This is a holiday recipe you’ll want to make again and again.

If you made these cookies, don’t forget to snap a pic and save it to this pin here to show off your holiday baking!

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  1. Judy Palermo says:

    I’m wondering if this cookie is made prior to the holiday, how do you store them? How does the marshmallow taste? Wouldn’t it be hard unless you eat it right away? Thanks!

    1. They keep for about two days in a sealed container. The marshmallow and chocolate on top will harden but they are still very yummy this way. You could always microwave them in 10 second intervals until the marshmallow and chocolate are to your liking.

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