These vegan hot cocoa cookies are the perfect winter treat. They combine cocoa powder and marshmallows for a delightfully simple sweet. Make these for your holiday potluck, or as a fun family dessert! These cookies combine cocoa powder and marshmallows for a delightfully simple sweet.

What’s in Hot Cocoa Cookies?

  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Sugar
  • Apple sauce
  • Butter
  • Cocoa powder
  • Marshmallow

How to Make Hot Cocoa Cookies

  • Combine your wet ingredients, plus sugar, into a mixing bowl.
  • To the same bowl, add the dry ingredients. Mix everything together well.
  • Add marshmallows and chocolate chips to the dough.
  • Chill the dough in the fridge for about an hour.

Substitutions and Modifications

  • If you want a thicker and more cakey cookie, do not melt your butter all the way or at all, and beat the wet ingredients using a mixer.
  • Instead of apple sauce, you can use yogurt or flax egg, if that is what you have on hand.
  • You can add chocolate chips for some extra richness.
  • Add peppermint extract or crushed candy canes to make these cookies extra festive!

I hope you enjoy these festive, comforting hot cocoa cookies. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Vegan Hot Cocoa Cookies

5 from 2 votes


  • 1/2 cup melted vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup marshmallows (mini or torn up large ones)
  • 3 tbsp chocolate chips (optional)


  • To a mixing bowl, add your butter, sugars, apple sauce, and vanilla extract. Whisk together.
  • To that same bowl, add flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Mix well.
  • Add marshmallows. You can add as many or as few as suits you.
  • Cover your bowl of dough in saran wrap and chill for about an hour.
  • Preheat your oven to 350
  • Once chilled, spray a baking dish and roll your dough into balls.
  • Bake for 10 Minutes
  • Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to cooling rack. Enjoy!!