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Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies

I need an excuse to bake. If I don’t have a specific reason to get out the mixer, I won’t. As much as I love being in the kitchen, my threshold for baking is on the low end. I’ll get the urge about every 2 months or so to try and create something new and delicious and slightly healthier than the normal version. My bf is always asking, “is this for me to eat or are you sending it away somewhere?” Most of the time it gets sent away. Sorry Will.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is an excellent excuse to bake. Basically, it’s a Secret Santa for food bloggers. You bake a dozen cookies and send them to 3 bloggers around the country and you get 3 dozen cookies back. You only have to make one kind of cookie, but you end up with 3 different kinds. Score. And of course they’re all awesome because these are food bloggers we’re talking about. Plus, not only are you meeting bloggers from all over and sharing recipes, all the proceeds go to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, an organization that helps raise funds for treating pediatric cancer. Double Score.

This is my 2nd year doing the swap. Last year I made these Maple Gingerbread Cookies with real maple syrup from trees that my dad tapped on the farm.


This year I sent my new creation, Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies, to Krystal at Home Made Austin, Meriem at Culinary Couture, and Lauren at Hall Nesting. I wanted to put the taste of peppermint hot chocolate into cookie form, complete with marshmallows. I’ll admit they aren’t the prettiest cookie I’ve ever seen and I didn’t take the best pictures, but I was in a hurry to eat them, ok?

hot cocoa cookies

In return, I got to try Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies from Hye Thyme Cafe (she made her own marshmallows, what?!), Peppermint Chocolate Cookies from Pickles Travel Blog and Almond Joy Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Debbi Does Dinner Healthy & Low Calorie. Somehow they all got the memo that I love chocolate, especially mixed with peppermint at this time of year.


And no, this recipe is in no way “healthified.” I expect the bloggers I send cookies to are somewhat alarmed when they see their baked treats are from “Nutrition Awareness.”

Sometimes it feels good to go all out.

peppermint hot cocoa cookies

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies


  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature (grass-fed is best!)
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2/3 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • Crushed peppermint candy pieces for topping


  1. Cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Beat in eggs, vanilla and peppermint.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Beat the flour mixture to the wet ingredients slowly until incorporated.
  3. Fold in the chips and the marshmallows. Refrigerate the dough for one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Form dough into balls and place onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 11 minutes, remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.

4 responses to “Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies”

  1. These were such a tasty, fun treat to receive, thanks again! Can’t wait to bake up my own batch of these :)

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  3. Greta @ Pickle Travel Blog says:

    Wow! These look absolutely amazing! Combining hot cocoa and a cookie is a stroke of genius! I will definitely have to try making these. :c)

  4. OK, I’m not sure if this is funny or kinda creepy … do Lindsay and Julie have some weird psychic thing going on pairing me, you, and Pickles Travel? We all had the same chocolate/peppermint/marshmallow thing going on. Happy holidays! :) Oh, and by the way, homemade marshmallows are super easy and awesome to play around with. Next time you get that sweet tooth, you should try whipping up a batch. #fbcookieswap

  5. sonaly says:

    Great post and images. Very very good!! A million times better than the normal hot chocolate.thanks for sharing.

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