Hot Cocoa Brownies

Hot Cocoa Brownies - chewy brownies packed full of hot cocoa and tiny marshmallows bits!

Hot cocoa brownies using packets of hot cocoa! I loveeee hot cocoa. The kind that’s just powder and in a mug with liquid. Seriously. Cold milk, a couple envelops of hot cocoa and a spoon. That’s all I needed in my life. At least as a child it was until my Gram would realize what I was going to town eating on. Then, I would get a talking to and begin my planning of how I would get away it it the next time. She was the best Gramma. <3

So the thing I think I adore the most about these brownies is the crispy, shiny crust and the bits of marshmallows. If I had the entire pan of brownies to myself, I could see myself scraping the tops off the brownies and eating them first. Don’t worry, I didn’t have a chance with other family members in the house scarfing them down.

Hot Cocoa Brownies - chewy brownies packed full of hot cocoa and tiny marshmallows bits!

These brownies aren’t a rich dark brown color because I didn’t load it up with cocoa powder. I wanted the hot cocoa flavor to shine through so I just added more hot cocoa instead of cocoa powder. I also added the tiny mallow bits into the batter and I think that added another layer of chewy.

Hot Cocoa Brownies - chewy brownies packed full of hot cocoa and tiny marshmallows bits!

Hot Cocoa Brownies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9 brownies
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 (.73 oz) hot cocoa envelopes without marshmallows
  • 1 + ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ cup + 2 T tiny mallow bits
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and drape the parchment over two opposite sides of the pan. This will provide a handle to pull out the brownies. Then spray the parchment with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add in the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Using a hand mixer, beat for 2 minutes until the mixture turns pale and becomes thick and fluffy.
  3. Add in the baking powder, hot cocoa envelopes and flour. Mix with the hand mixer on low until incorporated. Scrape down sides and give a quick mix to incorporate.
  4. Stir in ½ cup of mallow bits into the batter.
  5. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Make sure to spread to all of the edges and corners.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of tiny mallow bits on top of the brownies.
  7. Place into the oven and bake for 35 minutes or until done. Place a toothpick into the center of the brownies and if it comes out clean or with moist crumbs, it's done. If there's still batter, let bake a little longer.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  9. Cut into squares and serve!

Do you enjoy a cup of hot cocoa? Does it bring back childhood memories for you?


  1. lorraine says

    These look amazing, I can’t wait to make them! My only question is that the ingredients list doesn’t have any baking powder, but it’s in the instructions in step 3?

  2. Lorraine says

    Amazing! But how much baking powder is there meant to be? It’s mentioned in the method but it’s not in the ingredients

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