Hot Chocolate Meltaway Cookies

Hot Chocolate Beltway Cookies – Buttery, chocolate meltaway cookies topped with chocolate ganache, mini marshmallows, and crushed peppermint sticks! Everything you love about hot chocolate in a melt-in-your-mouth cookie!

Hot Chocolate Meltaway Cookies | Creme de la Crumb

I tried. I tried sooooo hard to wait until after Thanksgiving to post Christmas-y cookie recipes. Really, I gave it my best shot. But there’s Christmas stuff in the stores, and Christmas songs on the radio, and we even have snow on the top of the mountains around here which, by the way, I can see from my window at this very moment so…. I’m throwing in the towel.

Christmas cookies are happening.

Hot Chocolate Meltaway Cookies | Creme de la Crumb
As a side note, I have sat down about 17 times to write this post today, only to be interrupted every single time by a crying baby. Or two. Because my 5 week old twins really love my undivided attention and “guys, this cookie recipe is really incredible and it simply must be shared with the world” just doesn’t mean all that much to them.

Someday they’ll understand. When they can eat cookies you know?

Bottom line, the kidlets and I have been all over the place today so this post might be all over the place too.


Hot Chocolate Meltaway Cookies | Creme de la Crumb

But if the babes could eat these cookies, then they would tell you that they are without a doubt a must-make this holiday season. They are buttery and chocolatey and rich and covered in hot chocolate-ish goodness. It’s everything I love in a cup of hot cocoa rolled into one delicious cookie.

Hot Chocolate Meltaway Cookies | Creme de la Crumb

Between shots with my camera I may have snuck a bite or two…..

Okay I snuck a whole cookie or two.

Or 6.

Try them, you’ll get it.

Hot Chocolate Meltaway Cookies | Creme de la Crumb
Hot Chocolate Meltaway Cookies
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Buttery, chocolate meltaway cookies topped with chocolate ganache, mini marshmallows, and crushed peppermint sticks!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 12 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ⅓ cup mini marshmallows
  • ¼ cup crushed candy canes
  1. Whisk together flour, corn starch, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder. Add butter, vanilla, and milk and mix to combine. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Roll dough into 1½ inch balls and place 2-3 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Gently smash the dough balls with the palm of your hand to flatten slightly (they should be about ¾ inch tall now, they will not spread much while baking.)
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet.
  4. Once the cookies have cooled, prepare the topping. Microwave chocolate chips and milk in a microwave-safe bowl on half power for 2 minutes. Stir, then return to microwave on half power for 20 seconds at a time, stirring after each, until smooth. Spread over cookies.
  5. Top with mini marshmallows and crushed candy canes. Store in airtight container at room temperature.
Prep time does not include 30 minutes of chilling time.


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We just made these. My daughter and I ate five cookies before they even cooled enough to put the topping on. They are thick yet delicious. Perfect for having a cup of milk with! Thank you for this recipe! We will definitely be making these over and over again, probably even without the topping since the cookies are good enough on their own.

    Yay! I am so happy to hear you and your daughter liked these cookies!!!

Could these be made in advance and frozen?

These are beautiful and yummy looking! So fun and festive too – awesome job!

Does this recipe need to be edited for high altitude baking? I live at about 5,000 ft (Denver). I know many recipes require increased baking temp and decreased baking time.

    Hi Blair, I live at pretty high altitude as well in Salt Lake City so I doubt there will be much of a difference for you!