Peppermint Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

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Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies feature tender, caky, peppermint chocolate cookies with a marshmallow hidden under a fudgy homemade chocolate frosting.

chocolate marshmallow cookie with candy canes

Every year around the holidays, you’ll find festive peppermint swirl marshmallows. They are so fun and pretty with their pink swirls that I can’t resist buying a bag or two. Years ago, I started adding them to my classic Marshmallow Surprise Cookie recipe for a seasonal twist. You can’t go wrong with the classic combination of chocolate and peppermint with a colorful surprise inside.

Update: I’ve updated this post with new photos and tips so you and your loved ones can enjoy these pillowy peppermint chocolate marshmallow cookies this holiday season. 

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How to Make Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

There are three layers to these Christmas cookies. First, a fudgy, cake-like chocolate cookie on the bottom. Then, the surprise layer of a fluffy peppermint marshmallow. And finally, a smear of fudgy homemade chocolate frosting. As a result, every bite of homemade cookie has the perfect balance of texture, sweetness, and seasonal flair. 

Despite these three beautiful layers, these cookies are impressively easy to make. The frosting comes together in one bowl with five simple ingredients. 

steps to make peppermint marshmallow surprise cookies

What Kind of Marshmallows Should I Use?

These chocolate marshmallow cookies will work with most seasonal marshmallows. I usually find fun holiday marshmallows at Target or Walmart, or wherever Jet-Puffed marshmallows are sold. 

baking steps for chocoalte marshmallow cookies

If you can’t find colorful or flavored marshmallows, you can also use plain jumbo ones. The jumbo ones are better, as you’ll slice each marshmallow into two rounds. Even with plain marshmallows, you’ll have a seasonal touch of peppermint flavor from the extract in the cookie dough.

chocolate cookie dough on a baking sheet

This year Kraft only sold the peppermint swirl mini marshmallows, which will work as well, just put a few minis on top of the cookie instead of half of a jumbo marshmallow.

Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, one of our readers found a homemade marshmallow recipe to make these cookies 100% from scratch!

Tip: When baking cookies, use a scoop to portion out the dough and get perfectly round, even size cookies.

chocolate cookie base topped with a marshmallow and frosting

How Will I Know the Cookies are Done?

With chocolate cookies, it can be trickier to know when they’re done baking. You won’t see the same golden color cues as you get from sugar or chocolate chip cookies. And with this recipe, you want to be sure not to over-bake the cookies the first time around. 

Remember, you’ll be putting the cookies back into the oven for another 2 to 3 minutes with a marshmallow slice on top. I recommend pulling them when the edges are set and the center has started to firm up. I err on the side of less cooking and usually remove them after 7 minutes. 

finished chocolate marshmallow cookies with peppermint candy

More Holiday Cookie Recipes

chocolate marshmallow cookie with candy canes

Peppermint Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Chocolate Marshmallow cookies with peppermint swirl mallows and peppermint extract are the perfect festive holiday treat to bake at home. 


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 30 peppermint swirl marshmallows, sliced in half


  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoon milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg, milk, and extracts, and beat until well combined. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined.
  4. Using a tablespoon or 1 3/4-inch ice cream scoop (#40), drop portions of dough onto ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies begin to spread and become firm, 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and place a marshmallow, cut-side down, in the center of each cookie, pressing down slightly. Return to the oven and continue baking until the marshmallows begin to melt, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.
  6. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting. To frost, spread about 1 tablespoon of frosting over each marshmallow, starting in the center and continuing outward until the marshmallow is covered.


  1. Place confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk in butter and cocoa powder. Add milk and vanilla, and whisk until well combined.


slightly adapted from Martha Stewart

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.

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