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Vegan Hot Cocoa Cookies

Vegan Hot Cocoa Cookies are soft, chewy and filled with gooey melted marshmallows. These cookies are not only vegan, but also gluten free and make for the perfect cookie to enjoy this holiday season!

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a plate full of hot chocolate cookies.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Vegan Hot Cocoa Cookies are soft, chewy and filled with melted gooey marshmallows.
  • No chilling time required!
  • Start to finish, these cookies are ready in less than 20 minutes.
  • As written, this cookie is vegan, dairy free, plant based, and gluten free.
  • Has a soft and gooey center but crispy edges.
  • A great way to use up any almond flour.
  • Great for DIY cookie gift boxes.
  • Santa will LOVE these cookies.
  • Check out my Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Cookies for another great holiday recipe!

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Vegan Hot Cocoa Cookies. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

Almond butter works as the healthy fat in this recipe and binds the ingredients together. You can sub for cashew butter, peanut butter or a nut-free butter like oat haus or sunflower seed butter.

Use pure maple syrup and not pancake syrup. Honey, date syrup or agave will work too.

Vanilla extract adds flavor to any baked good.

Almond flour is a grain free and gluten free flour that I love to use in my baked goods. You may sub for oat flour, however please note the texture will be different.

Gluten free flour blend such as Bob’s Red Mill, or King Arthurs is necessary to ensure this recipe stay gluten free. Otherwise, feel free to use all purpose flour instead.

Baking powder is going to help these cookies rise and have a fluffy, chewy texture.

Salt balances out all the flavors.

Cacao powder is going to give you a deep, rich chocolate flavor. You may sub for coco powder.

Be sure to use vegan chocolate chips, otherwise you can use milk chocolate chips, chocolate chunks or dark chocolate.

Vegan marshmallows don’t contain any gelatin. You may sub for regular marshmallows if you are not vegan.

all the ingredients that you need to make these cookies in individual bowls.

How To Make

ONE: Start by combining the almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract together in a large mixing bowl. Add in the cacao powder, almond flour, gluten free flour blend, salt and baking powder last.

TWO: Fold in the chocolate chips and using a single cookie scoop, scoop the dough and place in the palm of your hands. Mold a vegan marshmallow around the cookie, and place on a baking sheet that’s lined with parchment paper.

THREE: Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops of the marshmallows are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before enjoying.

Tips And Tricks

Use runny almond or nut butter that is smooth and creamy. Thick nut butter will effect the overall texture of these cookies.

If using a large marshmallow, cut it in half for each cookie.

May sub more mini marshmallows if preferred.

How To Serve And Store

Serve these Vegan Hot Cocoa Cookies warm and with a cup of milk, nut milk, coffee or tea.

Store in an airtight container and enjoy within 3-4 days.

Taste And Texture

Vegan Hot Cocoa Cookies are filled with a rich chocolate flavor and have a melted marshmallow in the center.

The texture is soft and chewy, but crispy on the edges. The marshmallow in the center is warm, gooey and perfectly golden brown.

a hand holding a Vegan Hot Cocoa Cookie that is broken in half to show the soft, chewy and gooey melted marshmallows center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use all purpose flour instead of the two flour mixtures?

I have not tested this recipe with all purpose flour only so I can’t say for sure.

Can I use butter instead of almond butter?

Yes, use softened butter and beat in an electric mixer.

Can I use regular marshmallows instead of vegan?

Yes, totally!

Other Recipes You May Like

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Vegan Hot Cocoa Cookies

Vegan Hot Cocoa Cookies are soft, chewy and filled with gooey melted marshmallows. These cookies are not only vegan, but also gluten free and make for the perfect cookie to enjoy this holiday season!
PIN RECIPE
PREP TIME:
10 minutes
COOK TIME:
15 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
25 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup runny almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanila extract
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup 1:1 gluten-free flour blend
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup vegan or regular chocolate chips
  • 5 large vegan Marshmallows, cut in half

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

9 cookies

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. 
  2. Combine the almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract together in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Add in the cacao powder, almond flour, gluten free flour blend, salt and baking powder last. 
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and using a single cookie scoop, scoop the dough and place in the palm of your hands. Mold a vegan marshmallow around the cookie, and place on the prepared baking sheet. 
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops of the marshmallows are golden brown. 
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before enjoying. 

Notes

  • Use runny almond or nut butter that is smooth and creamy. Thick nut butter will effect the overall texture of these cookies.
  • If using a large marshmallow, cut it in half for each cookie.
  • May sub more mini marshmallows if preferred.

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