Now where on earth did I get the idea to make hot chocolate cookies?
The “inspiration” came from PC’s The Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies Flavour Hot Chocolate Mix. My store was out of my favourite hot chocolate so I picked this up instead. Just like PC’s The Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie, there was an overwhelming flavour of coconut which I really do not want in my hot chocolate. I had this big container and it was either use it or dump it.
So I got creative and started looking for recipes online and found this one. Perfect! It uses 3/4 cup of the mix for a batch of cookies.
Warning: This recipe makes a TON of cookies! I highly recommend either baking for a small army or dividing the recipe in half. It also requires 1 hour of chilling.
Cream together 1 1/4 cup softened unsalted butter with 1 cup of white sugar, followed by 2/3 cup of brown sugar. Cream together gradually and scrape down the sides of the bowl often.
Add two eggs, one at a time making sure the first egg is well incorporated before adding the second one. Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
Whisk together 3/4 cup hot chocolate mix, 1 tsp salt, 1 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp baking powder in a large bowl.
Very gradually add in the dry ingredients until your mixer wants to smack you silly for making it do this much work.
Once you have this crazy amount of dough, add 1 cup of chocolate chips. You can add mini marshmallows too if you like.
Cover and chill in fridge for 1 hour.
Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 9-11 minutes. I put about 2 tsp of dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet with lots of room for them to spread out.
These are very tender cookies so you want them to sit on the baking sheet for the first 5 minutes after coming out of the oven.
Then you want to transfer them to a cooling rack and let them cool completely.
These cookies are, in a word, FABULOUS! Unless you like dry crunchy cookies, then you will not appreciate their soft, luscious, ooey and gooey deliciousness. So chocolatey too, I can not believe how much I loved them.
I never got to make the whole batch though. It made so many cookies! I like to keep the dough in the fridge and then make fresh batches but seriously, how long does dough last in the fridge?
If you have a big family or need a recipe for a party, this is your cookie. Although because all hot chocolate mixes are different, do test them ahead of time to be sure.
I give this recipe five out of five wooden spoons.