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Chewy Chocolate Cookie Recipe

This Chewy Chocolate Cookie Recipe is easy and quick to make. Chances are, y’all have all of the ingredients there at home. The kids loved these cookies and kept coming back for more. The chocolate cookies are the perfect holiday treat.

Picture of cookies and milk.

These really are easy chocolate cookies to make. The kids absolutely loved them and asked for quite a few more. The insides are a bit gooey and rich, so they make the perfect Christmas exchange cookie. And well, the perfect cookie. Who needs to share? Let’s just be real. Ha!

I can’t believe we are halfway through October already. For the first time, the kids won’t be trick-or-treating this year. I’m ok with that. We’ll sit on the driveway and hand out candy (and eat these cookies).

But, with Halloween comes the holidays in a rush. We all know how it happens. It’s here and we’re unprepared. At least I am. I love to bake a lot during the holidays. It makes it feel homey and like Christmas is coming.

Cookie exchange parties are always a treat, and these are a hit. Plus, I love that they are so easy to make.

Recipe and printable instructions listed below


Picture of butter in a bowl

Add the butter to a large bowl and cream it a little for about one minute. It shouldn’t take long if you set it out to soften it. If you didn’t, just cream it a little longer.


Picture of sugar and butter in a bowl.

Next, pour the sugar into the bowl and cream with the butter. 


Picture of eggs, sugar, and butter in a bowl

Add the eggs to the bowl. My younger son, Ethan, helped with this recipe. He loves to bake things with me. We ended up making the recipe twice because I wanted to make a video for y’all, as well. So, we were covered up with cookies.

He is still a little nervous about cracking the eggs, but he did a great job and didn’t get a bit of shell in the bowl.


Picture of vanilla being poured into the bowl.

Pour the vanilla into the bowl. 


Picture of flour in a bowl

Add the flour to the bowl. You can mix after each step, or you can wait until everything is in the bowl. I usually mix after all of the wet ingredients, and then again after all of the dry stuff goes into the bowl.


Picture of cocoa and baking soda.

Finally, add the unsweetened cocoa, salt, and baking soda to the bowl. Mix everything together.


Picture of cookie dough in a bowl.

The chocolate cookie dough is going to be thick. It takes a minute or so to mix it all together. When you go to set the cookies on the baking sheet, you have a couple of options-you can scoop them onto the sheet, or you can roll them into a ball first.

If you roll them in a ball, they will bake up with a little bit of a smoother surface. They taste just the same, but are a little rounder.


Picture of cookie dough on a baking sheet.

I scooped these onto the baking sheet with a spoon. Set the cookies about 1-1/2 inches apart. They will spread a little bit.

Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. You might be super tempted to bake them longer, but they will get crunchy. I baked mine and then let them sit on the baking sheet on top of the stove for a few minutes.

If you take them out of the oven, it’s going to be a few minutes before you can use a spatula to get them off of the cookie sheet because they are so soft and gooey.

I like using a stoneware pan because it seems to transfer the heat evenly and I personally think the cookies bake better, without burning on the bottom.


Picture of cookies and milk

The recipe makes about 30 cookies per batch. Just be prepared, everyone in smelling distance is going to come runnin’!


Picture of cookies and milk.

Chewy Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This Chewy Chocolate Cookie Recipe is easy and quick to make. Chances are, y'all have all of the ingredients there at home. The kids loved these cookies and kept coming back for more. The chocolate cookies are the perfect holiday treat.


  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter (softened)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


Preheat oven to 350-degrees

  1. Add the softened butter to a bowl and cream.
  2. Add the sugar and cream with the butter.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix.
  4. Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt and mix.
  5. Spoon onto a baking sheet (about 1 tablespoon size per cookie)
  6. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for about 3 minutes. Set on a cooling rack.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 cookies Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 6.8gSaturated Fat: 4.2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 13.5gProtein: 1.7g

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Fran Fox

Tuesday 21st of November 2023

The cookies turned out great! I have searched for 2 years for a recipe like this one! Thank you so much! I added 5 ounces of Ghirardelli’s 60% cacao chips and it worked out nice.

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

Oh that's awesome! Glad to hear it!


Sunday 19th of November 2023

So good! I made them for my family and they loved them :) Thank you!!

Julie Pollitt

Monday 20th of November 2023

So glad to hear that!


Sunday 19th of November 2023

Hi, Help! These are delicious but my first batch came out completely flat and said I could “sell” them as chocolate crisps. I put the rest in the fridge thinking that would solve the problem but no luck. I reviewed the recipe and cannot figure what went wrong. I used a Made In baking sheet with parchment. I measured 240g flour on my scale. I used a high quality butter. I also added 1 teaspoon espresso powder. I was thinking I might try American butter next time which has a slightly higher water content I understand. What do you suggest? Thank you!

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 19th of November 2023

Did you use the unsweetened cocoa?


Friday 20th of October 2023

I made these today. Added a dash of almond extract and a dash of cayenne - delicious sheet pan 1. Second sheet pan, I sprinkled just a little coarse sea salt on top - really brings out the chocolate and hint of cayenne flavor. Third sheet pan, I added some chopped honey roasted almonds, mixed it all together again, then refrigerated for about 15 minutes. I formed the cookies into balls with my hands and rolled around in confectioners sugar. OMG, each slight variation is so good! (And I don’t really eat sweets! But this is going on my Christmas goodie list for sure!)

Julie Pollitt

Friday 20th of October 2023

Yum! That sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!


Friday 23rd of June 2023

Mine came out flat and bubbly, any clue what I might have done wrong?

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 24th of June 2023

Was the cookie dough thick when you were done adding all the ingredients? Did you use baking powder instead of soda?

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