Hot Chocolate Santa Hat Brownies

I know. Thanksgiving is in two days. I know you are frantically searching the web for the perfect turkey brine and sweet potato casserole.

But here’s the thing. I’m not cooking this year. So, my mind is already focused on Christmas.

Hot Chocolate Brownies with cute Santa hats made of Cool Whip frosting!

And I know there are some of you who don’t live in the US, and don’t celebrate Thanksgiving…so today, this post is for you!

These soft brownie bites are made with hot cocoa mix. And the frosting? It’s Cool Whip Vanilla Frosting. Have you tried this yet? Seriously good. And totally easy.

The creamy cool whip is a perfect pair with the hot cocoa brownies. And I think Santa would approve, yes?

If you enjoyed this Hot Chocolate Brownie recipe, you may also enjoy these recipes….

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Hot Cocoa Cupcakes– the most adorable chocolate cupcakes with Cool Whip, and cute peppermint garnish! by Hoosier Homemade

Hot Chocolate Santa Hat Brownies

Yield: 30-36 brownie bites

Hot chocolate mix is the star of these brownies. Top them with delicious Cool Whip Frosting for the perfect Santa Hat treat!


  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Swiss Miss milk chocolate hot cocoa mix
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tub (10.6oz) Vanilla Cool Whip Frosting, thawed
  • sprinkles
  • mini marshmallows


  1. In a large mixing bowl, blend the sugar, flour, hot cocoa, cocoa powder, melted butter and eggs together. Mix until completely combined.
  2. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper. Pour batter into parchment paper. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 22-25 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
  3. Remove brownies from pan by lifting parchment paper. Place on cutting board. Using a 1 1/2 inch circle cookie cutter, cut brownies (save scraps in freezer for trifles!). Top each brownie with a swirl of Cool Whip frosting. I put my frosting in a pastry bag with an open tip and piped it onto each brownie. Immediately sprinkle with red sugar. Top with one mini marshmallow.
  4. Eat immediately or store in refrigerator until ready to serve. ENJOY!

Hot Chocolate Santa Hat Brownies- hot cocoa mix in the brownies, topped with #coolwhipfrosting #santa #christmas

39 Responses to “Hot Chocolate Santa Hat Brownies”

  1. posted Nov 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Oh my gosh, these are the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I hear you…I’m not cooking this year, so I’m totally on to Christmas stuff. I’m loving these–and I’ve got to get my hands on that Cool Whip frosting.

    • posted Nov 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      The Cool Whip Frosting is amazing. Totally amazing. Thanks for stopping by Ashley :)

      • kelly
        posted Mar 28, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        can i please ask what cool whip is as i am in new zealand and we dont have that was wondering what i can use to make these?

        • Diane
          posted Oct 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm

          Whipped cream. Cool whip is a non dairy replacement for it.

          • kelly
            posted Oct 8, 2013 at 5:07 am

            Thank you Diane for that i have to try these for the kids table this year :-)

  2. posted Nov 19, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    These are adorable…and it’s never too early for holiday baking!

  3. posted Nov 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Oh my how cute and I know they are tasty!

  4. posted Nov 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    These are adorable! And I bet really yummy too!
    Thanks so much for including my hot cocoa cupcakes!

    • posted Nov 20, 2012 at 7:43 am

      Your cupcakes are so adorable, I’m so glad to have found them!!! Thanks for the sweet comment Liz!

  5. Liz
    posted Nov 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    These are too cute! Thanks for thinking of your non-US friends because I’m totally all ready for the Christmas recipes! 😉

    • posted Nov 20, 2012 at 7:44 am

      Liz, I actually thought of you specifically when I posted this…no joke!!

  6. posted Nov 20, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Hot cocoa mix in brownies?! I Love it!

    • posted Nov 20, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Thanks Jess, I was surprised at how good they were too…as I proceeded to eat a dozen!

  7. posted Nov 20, 2012 at 4:51 am

    You’re SO creative, Aimee! They’re adorable!

  8. posted Nov 20, 2012 at 6:54 am

    hot chocolate brownies! are adorably clever Aimee! And the cool whip frosting – I have got to try that! the circle shape, the sprinkles, the marshmallow tip. I agree with Averie – you are SO darn creative!!

    • posted Nov 20, 2012 at 7:49 am

      The Cool Whip frosting is simply divine. And you KNOW I love to make my own everything…this frosting is just so creamy, and it stands up to piping! Thanks for the sweet words, Sally!

  9. posted Nov 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I love that you added hot chocolate to the brownies. I recently made hot chocolate cookies and they were to die for. I’ve gotta try this brownie version since these are so darn cute! Btw, where do you find the Coolwhip frosting? I’ve looked at my local grocery store and they don’t carry it yet. I might try Target this weekend to see if they have it!

    • posted Nov 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Elaine, I have found the Cool Whip Frosting at Kroger and Walmart. It’s in the frozen food section, right next to the regular cool whip! Good luck, I hope you find it :)

  10. posted Nov 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

    These are so fun! Love the idea of hot chocolate in brownies!!

  11. posted Nov 20, 2012 at 11:32 am

    These are SO adorable, Aimee! So genius. I heart Cool Whip!

  12. posted Nov 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I so need to get that frosting. These are adorable Aimee!

  13. posted Nov 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm


    These are adorable. Cuteness to the nth degree.

  14. posted Nov 20, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    These are so super cute and sound yummy! Great idea :)

  15. posted Nov 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    These are adorable! I’d love for you to share this at Tuesday’s Table for the Holidays –

  16. posted Nov 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm


  17. posted Nov 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I am loving the tall piped cool whip hat covered in sugar…sooooo stinking cute;-) And hot chocolate in a brownie…oh yeah, that sounds awesome!!!

  18. posted Nov 27, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Oh my lanz, I love this idea!

  19. posted Nov 29, 2012 at 9:47 am

    These are SUPER cute! These will absolutely be added to my Christmas baking list. I’m going to try to make them vegan as well.

  20. posted Nov 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    This is the best of both worlds, hot chocolate and brownies, and for the holiday’s! YUM!
    Wanda Ann

  21. posted Dec 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    These are just too darn cute! Love brownies, and the idea of hot chocolate with them is perfect!

  22. posted Dec 12, 2012 at 9:37 am

    These are absolutely adorable! What a cute dessert idea that also functions as decor!

  23. posted Nov 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I love these!

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