S’mores Hot Cocoa


S’mores Hot Cocoa is the ultimate hot chocolate drink with toasted marshmallows and cookie butter melted directly into the chocolate. Top it off with a s’mores marshmallow.

S'mores Hot Cocoa with toasted marshmallow and cookie butter

Now that it’s finally October, the weather is staying cooler. When it’s chilly outside, I like to turn to comfort food. Comfort food not only warms your soul, it also is the cure for a bad day. What better way to bring family and friends together than with comfort food? Or perhaps you’re having a family night with movies or games and are enjoying the moment. You can treat everyone with a hot drink for comfort, like this S’mores Hot Cocoa. I love marshmallows and chocolate, but if you say toasted marshmallow, I’m sold. Doesn’t this just scream comfort – that deep, rich cocoa. Those ooey gooey toasted marshmallows both in and on the drink, covered with melted chocolate and graham cracker crumbs. A scoop of cookie butter in the cocoa to mimic graham crackers. All that you’re missing is the smell of campfire.

Murray The Cat

What does comfort food mean to you? People say you shouldn’t eat based on your emotions, but sometimes you can’t help it. Comfort food just makes you feel better. I haven’t blogged about him in awhile, but you may remember Murray D. Cat. My baby is 12 years old and now has a tumor growing in his jaw. There’s nothing we can do except make him comfortable, so you can imagine how stressed I am every day thinking about him. Nobody knows how long he has. Could be days, months, even years. My stress level caused me to actually melt toasted marshmallows into the drink as well as float them on top. Let’s face it – toasted marshmallows cure misery.

S'mores Hot Cocoa with toasted marshmallow and cookie butter

The point of this S’mores Hot Cocoa is to be simple. It’s not meant to use an already-made processed mix. It’s not meant to have a million ingredients from scratch. It’s not meant to make you buy powdered milk that you don’t have (and is quite pricey for something I will hardly use if you ask me). It’s meant for those nights you spent all day playing outside and want to warm up with something special. For those nights where nothing is going right and you just want to relax with a hot drink from scratch without spending much time in the kitchen. Sure this is some work involved with the toasted marshmallow, but really it takes an extra 5 minutes and is worth every sip.

S'mores Hot Cocoa with toasted marshmallow and cookie butter

Did you know there is a difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa? It’s not just a regional thing. Hot chocolate involves melting chocolate. Hot cocoa involves cocoa powder. Here I just thought it was whatever you felt like calling it, kinda like pop and soda or sub and hoagie. I tested this recipe with two types of cocoa – Dutch process cocoa and natural cocoa. Dutch process is more red in color and is treated with an alkali to neutralize its natural acidity. This means it does not react with baking soda because there is no acidity to cause a reaction. The flavor is more mellow than natural and dissolves easily into liquids. Natural cocoa powder has a more intense flavor and contains acid, which is needed to react with baking soda for the batter to rise. Because of the leavening agent in baked goods, they are not always interchangeable. I highly recommend using Dutch process because it has no acid, which results in a better tasting hot cocoa. However, most brands at the store are natural cocoa powder. Because you aren’t baking anything, you can substitute natural. Just keep in mind the drink won’t be as deep in flavor. I haven’t seen Dutch process in most grocery stores, so I buy mine from Penzey’s Spices. You can find a store near you or order online.


Lesson learned. If you put marshmallows under the broiler longer than a minute, you will set off the smoke detector. You need to literally stand there and watch them toast. If you can’t see with the oven door closed, leave the door open and watch. You won’t be letting the heat out since the broiler only heats from above. This is one time where I would prefer using a blow torch that I don’t have. Anyone want to buy me one for Christmas?

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I was trying to figure out how to get the graham cracker taste into the drink. Graham cracker crumbs didn’t work (please don’t do this! It was gross). Next idea was to try a scoop of cookie butter since it reminds me of graham crackers. Success! For the chocolate drizzle, I melted chocolate chips in a plastic sandwich bag in the microwave then piped directly from the bag. Easy clean up too. Just toss the bag when you are done. Sprinkle on graham cracker crumbs while the piping is still hot so they will stick better.

Yields 2

S'mores Hot Cocoa

20 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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4 regular-sized marshmallows
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons Dutch cocoa powder*
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoons cookie butter
1 tablespoon chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon graham cracker crumbs


  1. Place the marshmallows onto a broiler-safe pan. Broil until toasted (keep a very close eye on them). Remove from the broiler and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the milk until hot but not boiling. Whisk in the cocoa and sugar until smooth. Whisk in 2 toasted marshmallows and the cookie butter until smooth. Pour into 2 mugs.
  3. Place the chocolate chips into a plastic sandwich bag but leave the bag unsealed. Microwave until soft, roughly 30 seconds. Massage the chocolate until smooth. If needed, microwave in 10 seconds increments until completely smooth. Make a piping bag by pushing the chocolate into one corner. Cut a hole in the corner and pipe onto the 2 remaining marshmallows. Sprinkle on graham cracker crumbs. Garnish the drinks and serve immediately.


*Dutch process cocoa is highly recommended because it adds a little more depth to the drink. However, you can substitute natural cocoa in a pinch.



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  1. Easy and comfort should go together. How you managed to get all the flavors in a cup is great, I think even Murray deserves a sip! I hope he´s feeling better these days. And you too Carla! Happy Sunday!

  2. This is such a brilliant idea! I have been drooling since you posted a sneak peak. can’t wait to try it. :)

  3. First of all: give Murray a big big big kiss.

    As for the smores hot cocoa: sounds like the perfect company for sunday evening. [“loved” how you showed the burnt marshmallows – lesson learnt] ;)

  4. Look at Murray sitting there so sweet. I could not get my hounds to do that no matter how hard I tried (they freak out when the see a camera and it is a great mystery to me). I’m laughing at your burnt marshmallows…I would probably toast them using the flame from the stove burner because I can see me burning them with the broiler too.
    And when winter sets in and it is cold the one thing I crave is hot cocoa in the afternoons. I’m saving this recipe for one of those days.

  5. I’ll buy you a blowtorch for Christmas if you buy me one!

  6. I think hubby would LOVE this when we finally get a true cold snap here in Texas!! Pinned for a special surprise for him one damp, cold night. You kitty is so sweet…it’s hard to see them get sick, so just love on him all you can. He’s a cutie!

  7. This is pure genius. I’ve never had cookie butter, so I googled it just now, and it just went on my shopping list so I can make these. Gorgeous photos and recipe. And as an animal lover, I’m so sorry to hear about Murray’s tumor.

  8. Beautiful! I appreciate your “test kitchen” efforts as well. With the cooler weather, my kids have been requesting a lot of hot cocoa so I will treat them one day with a mug of this lusciousness. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love you. I want a big mug of this hot cocoa. Ultimate comfort, for sure!

  10. I never knew there was a difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa. Thanks for the education!

  11. This is just wrong…how am I supposed to resist hot chocolate with smores ingredients? I’ve been making smores cookies and brownies…looks like this hot chocolate is going to join the ranks.

  12. I really enjoyed reading this, like a good book, you’ve captured the recipe and made us drool!!!
    So sorry about your kitty :( I lost a wonderful dog after 12 years after a tumor. She even rode in the car all day long with me each day as I worked and was a true friend. We still have 2 cats and ‘yes’ they are just as spoiled as I bet your Murray is,,,,
    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and this heavenly drink!
    Everything in life is better with chocolate!

  13. LOVE this idea – looks so delicious, yum! :)

  14. O.M.G…..
    So I saw this on Foodgawker earlier and left the page up so I could go back and check it out after I was done w/ my comments. I had no idea it was a #SundaySupper! YUM YUM YUM. You took two of my favorite things and put it into one cup. Thank you for sharing (and congrats on the gawker!)

  15. I’m so sorry to hear about your kitty. They so become a part of the family the second they arrive, I have 3 fur babies myself. Just enjoy every day you have. As for this drink……….Holy YUM! What an awesome comforting creation!

  16. Love this hot cocoa!

  17. Gorgeous, and amazing!! This will be done in my kitchen very very soon!

  18. Amazing!! Your photos are gorgeous and I loved seeing Murray again. He is looking good! Your hot chocolate is a huge hit. You keep blasting them out of the park!!

  19. What is Cookie Butter???

  20. Look at Murray all famous like. He is a cutie.

    This hot chocolate has been on my brain since your sneaky peek. I’m craving that toasted marshmallow and chocolate filled hot beverage. Yum. Pinned.

  21. You had me at “smores.” I’m copying this recipe as soon as I post a comment. Wonderful idea.

  22. Goodness gracious…I have GOT to have a cup of that cocoa STAT! It sounds like perfection.

  23. This is such a fabulous post, Carla – there are so many things I want to comment on. First, I’m so sorry to hear about Murray, the poor thing. Second, thanks for all the tips on how to make the perfect cup of smores hot cocoa (cookie butter, melting chocolate in the bag for piping, gotta watch the marshmallows broiling – so much useful information!). And lastly, this sounds like a kick-ass cup of comfort. I love hot chocolate and I love smores – what’s better than bringing them together? Your photos are GORGEOUS as always.

  24. I have much empathy. We had two of our beloved pets get sick last year. Our 14 year old dog had a stroke and our middle kitty struggled for a year with kidney disease. All you want to do is make them better. I hope he sticks around comfortably for a long time Carla. They are the loves of our lives.

    This is the perfect way to get some comfort in the form of s’mores. You went above and beyond in the wow factor. Sometimes a big mug of yummy makes the world seem right again.

    If you ever need to vent hit my email. We’ve been through the wringer with our pets.

  25. I have to say, yours was the recipe I was most looking forward to as I scrolled through the preview pictures for this week. I cannot wait until it gets a little cooler here in Florida so I can try this out. On another note, I hope everything ends up for the best with your cat! He’s a cutie!!

  26. I could use a mug right now :) Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  27. Looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some.

  28. OMG, I LOVE this! Smores Hot Cocoa. Brilliant!!!! Love it!

  29. I have a soft spot in my heart for burnt marshmallows. This is the perfect pairing of summer time goodness and fall warmth.

  30. What a perfect recipe to capture memories of Summer camping in the middle of winter!

  31. In a few weeks I will be using your recipe to bribe my boys to go shovel the drive way! What a creative twist on hot cocoa!

  32. I love your pic – so beautiful! And of course, this hot cocoa is perfect for Fall/ Winter. I was actually dreaming of it over the weekend – it’s about time. Hope your baby feels better, sorry to hear that.

  33. So I’m usually a hot chocolate gal, but I think I need to give this a try. Looks absolutely amazing! Seriously, so good.

  34. I am so sorry about your kitty. It is so hard to say good bye to our fur babies that love us unconditionally. I love your recipe!!

  35. An extra delicious version of hot cocoa! I feel warmer already. :) And I’m very sorry to hear about your cat. We’ve been there and we understand…

  36. This is going to be perfect for this winter! I still can’t get over how much I LOVE those pictures!

  37. Yup, you’re a genius. It’s official. Yum!!!

  38. How very true Carla toasted marshmallow’s does in fact cure misery. I’m very sorry about your cat. I hope that he is comfortable for the time he has left.
    I can totally comfort my stress with this hot cocoa. I can feel my eyes rolling in to the back of my head already from it’s choclatey goodness.

  39. LOL on the burnt marshmallows. Happens to the best of us. This looks amazing though! I love smores and hot chocolate, so there’s no way this can miss!

  40. Ok save me a cup ! Coming right over. Your pics make me drooool and this is everyone’ s comfort food !

  41. I want to make this right now .

  42. This looks amazing. We recently tried cookie butter, and boy is that stuff addicting! Sorry to hear about your kitty–give him all the love you can, he will surely appreciate it. I lost my Zelda a few years ago to renal failure–she was a tough 21 year old though, and I was lucky to have her in my life.

  43. What the heck, this looks AMAZING!!!!!!!! GAH! I wish I could make it GF, but with the cookie butter, I’m not so sure….anyway, pinning to share :-)

  44. ohhh emm gee… I can’t even speak. I must drink. NOW
    UPDATE NEEDED: Did you ever get a kitchen blow torch?
    Oh, by the way, Hershey’s Special Dark is in most stores and it’s Dutch processed cocoa :)

    • Nope, I haven’t gotten a blow torch yet! I should really ask Santa this year. And thanks for the update on the cocoa! Didn’t know that.

  45. I hate my broiler! Ugh! But you recovered well ;) By the way, tell Santa I could use a torch too!!

  46. There are no words to describe how incredibility delicious this looks!

  47. Shirley Bass says:

    Sounds great! But, what is cookie butter?

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