Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies are one of my favorite holiday cookies! Start with a delicious chewy chocolate cookie, topped with a warm marshmallow and chocolate frosting.

This is one of those recipes where people will FOR SURE ask for the recipe.  Kind of like with this Rocky Road Fudge and these easy homemade truffles!

Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies on a cutting board.

My great aunt used to make these amazing Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies, no one had her recipe so my mom helped me experiment to recreate them.  With some trial and error, we’ve done it and I am SO excited to share them with you. They are the ultimate chocolate cookie and perfect for Christmas!

How to Make Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies (an overview):

1. Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  Then add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

2. Combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the bowl with the creamed butter mixture and stir just until combined.

3. Scoop onto baking sheet.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto the pan.A bowl of chocolate cookie dough next to a cookie sheet with rolled cookie dough balls.

4. Bake, then top with a marshmallow.  Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and top with half of a marshmallow half (cut-side down). Return to oven for 2 minutes.

5. Cool and make frosting.  Allow to cool completely while you make the frosting.

6. Frost and enjoy!  Cover the tops of the marshmallow and cookie with frosting. Store leftover cookies in an airtight container, or freeze for later.

Baked chocolate cookies on a tray with a marshmallow in the center and the chocolate frosting smoothed on top.

You could also top the chocolate frosting with crushed candy canes or a nut. My great-aunt always added walnut on top.

Storing and Freezing Instructions:

Once cookies have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container on the counter for 3-4 days.  To freeze place them in a freezer safe bag or container and freeze for 2-3 months.

Cocolate marshmallow cookies with a bite taken out of one.

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Recipe

Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies on a cutting board.
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 30 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 15 large marshmallows , halved

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the butter and sugar to a mixing bowl and cream together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. 
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the bowl with the creamed butter mixture and stir just until combined. 
  • Scoop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto your cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and top with a marshmallow half (cut-size down). Return to oven for 2 minutes. 
  • Allow to cool completely while you make the frosting.

For the frosting:

  • Add butter to a mixing bowl and beat with electric mixers for 1 minute. Add the cocoa powder and milk and mix to combine. Add powdered sugar and mix for at least 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Add more powdered sugar if needed.
  • Once cookies have cooled, cover the tops of the marshmallow and cookie with frosting.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container, or freeze for later.

Notes

My Great-Aunt always added a walnut on top at the end. You could also add crushed peppermint candy, to make them festive for Christmas.
Storing and Freezing Instructions:
Once cookies have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container on the counter for 3-4 days.  To freeze place them in a freezer safe bag or container and freeze for 2-3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 70mgPotassium: 49mgSugar: 25gVitamin A: 210IUCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.8mg

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I originally shared the recipe December 2016. Updated December 2019 with step-by-step photos and instructions.

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  1. 4 stars
    These were really good. My husband loved them. Make sure when you make these that your marshmallows are fresh. My son likes a harder frosting. Next time I make these I will be making 3 sections. Mine, just the cookie, my husband’s with everything, and my son’s with a thicker, harder frosting.

  2. Delicious!! I subbed the flour for gluten free all purpose and it was still delicious! This reminded me of cookies we used to get from the bakery when I was a little child so it was especially meaningful for us this Christmas! Thank you for sharing!

  3. 4 stars
    Awesome cookies, shall make again and again and again…
    Can we make these with the marshmallow in the inside?

  4. Tastes Better From Scratch: with store-bought marshmallows? I have been looking for marshmallow recipes, and having trouble finding ones without gelatin included, whether to enjoy in its simplicity, or make into fondant. Have you ever made marshmallow from scratch? Come across any recipes?

  5. 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing!
    I didn’t add frosting because I didn’t think it was needed but I love this recipe I definitely will be using again.

  6. 5 stars
    SO GOOD. We love your jumbo chocolate chip cookies and make them regularly. We wanted to try something new and these are now our new favorite cookies!

  7. I was thinking this would be marvelous replacing the frosting with a chocolate dip!!
    chilling the cookie after the marshmallow was added and cookie cooled. And then dipping in a chocolate dip that has coconut oil so it hardens! Like an ice creme dipped cone

  8. I do not know if you realize it but you never wrote down the amount of salt for the recipe. I am guessing it would be 1/4 teaspoon. Could you please tell me if that is correct ??
    ??

    1. Hi Sandy, thanks for pointing that out! I updated the recipe to and I use 1/2 teaspoon of salt! I would love to know how they turned out for you!

  9. Your mother was telling me about these when we talked today. I may have to make them this year!!
    But I am FOR SURE making your Mint Chocolate Brownies for a wedding lunch tomorrow. It is the best Choc Mint Brownie recipe I have ever found!!!

    1. Thanks so much Ciel, you are so nice! I’m so happy you love the mint brownies! And I hope you get a chance to try these cookies!

  10. 5 stars
    Made these today for a cookie exchange. They are beautiful and DELICIOUS!
    Thanks so much for the idea and recipe.