Dark Chocolate Cookies

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I don’t always do dark photography, but when I do, I do sinfully good dark chocolate cookies too. And these are the best thick and chewy, loaded with dark chocolate cookies you’ll find!

These are the very best dark chocolate cookies! They are decadent and oozing with dark chocolate!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret, I have a really hard time branching out or doing things that go against ‘my style’ and my photography is no different. I like what I like and I know how to do what I do, but that’s it and that’s a pretty close-minded way to look at things, now isn’t it?

I was ‘challenged’ by a sweet friend to test the limits of my photography and, gasp, try something new. Go dark, she said. Humpf was my first reaction to this notion.

These are the very best dark chocolate cookies! They are decadent and oozing with dark chocolate!

We talked this over some more and I remained steadfast in my love of bright food images. It wasn’t until after she said ‘well, dark really isn’t your thing anyway’ that my who attitude changed. Huh? Challenge accepted, my friend. I thought to myself, ‘I’ll show you, I can do dark, I’m going to make dark photography my b**** (you know, as they say).’ 🙂

That whole you-don’t-think-I-can-do-it thing really got to me (and by the way, my friend knew this would eventually be my reaction and that’s exactly why she said it. She’s always pushing me to try new things because, well, she knows it’s good for me and that I won’t do it on my own).

These are the very best dark chocolate cookies! They are decadent and oozing with dark chocolate!

So after some careful consideration, I selected a recipe that I thought would fit perfectly with my new dark photography challenge, these dark chocolate cookies. And I should warn you that these cookies are so dark and sultry that you should probably eat them alone, in the dark, by candlelight. Just trust me on this one.

These are the very best dark chocolate cookies! They are decadent and oozing with dark chocolate!

If you are in any way a dark chocolate lover, these are the cookies of your people. They are made with dark chocolate cocoa powder as well as dark chocolate chunks. The dark chocolate melts into the cookie to create the most perfect, decadent, dark chocolate cookies ever! The edges of these cookies come out crisp and slightly crumbly, but the inside is soft and chewy, and oozing melty dark chocolate.

Remember what I said, alone, in the dark…

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These are the very best dark chocolate cookies! They are decadent and oozing with dark chocolate!

Dark Chocolate Cookies

By: Kristine Underwood
Thick and chewy dark chocolate cookies there are so good, you won’t want to share!
4.89 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Course Sweets & Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 202 kcal


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips, melted smooth
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl melt 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips in the microwave on 50% power, 30 seconds at a time until smooth, set aside.
  • In a medium bowl cream butter, sugar, brown sugar together.
  • Add egg, vanilla extract, and melted chocolate and mix until smooth.
  • In another bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.
  • Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Fold in 1 cup dark chocolate chips.
  • Using a 3 TBS cookie scoop, scoop dough onto prepared cookie sheets 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  • Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 23.4gProtein: 2.6gFat: 13.1gSaturated Fat: 7.9gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 163mgPotassium: 34mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15.8gCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.5mg
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  1. I can’t stop laughing!!!! I love you friend. And pushing your buttons. Hahahaha!!!!5 stars

    1. Haha, I knew you would! Thank you for pushing my buttons and me out of my comfort zone. I love you more than these cookies, and that’s a lot. 😉

  2. Gotta love a friend who pushes us out of our comfort zones! Also gotta love these cookies…yum!!!5 stars

  3. Forget about pushing buttons. I want some of these cookies. I love their color and the milk next to them looks perfect.
    Triple YUM!!!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much! Come on over, there are a couple left. 🙂

  4. Dark chocolate cookies my kids will go crazy for this one. Love it.5 stars

  5. Congratulations on wonderful dark shots and delicious looking cookies. It’s fun to expand our horizons and I’ve just started on the photography journey. Cooking and baking — now there I’m confident but DSLRs are totally new to me. I’m certainly glad your friend pushed you to expand. Have a great weekend.5 stars

    1. Thank you so much Marisa, I agree completely. The photography is definitely a learning process, but a fun one. I have truly enjoyed it and love the creativity it allows me! I hope you have a great time learning and progressing with your skills! 🙂

  6. I do enjoy trying dark photography. It’s fun to mix things up! And you couldn’t have picked a better first foray than to make dark chocolate cookies. Though I would be in favor of intensely chocolaty not too sweet cookies any day. Yum!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much Lisa, there’s a few left if you hurry! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Christina! I agree, a good challenge is healthy!

  7. These look so delicious, I love the look of the empty centre! Love your dark photos too!!5 stars

  8. Love the dark photography to match the cookies! I also always stick to one style of food photography and definitely need to branch out to some others!5 stars

    1. It was definitely hard for me to do Vicky, but I did really enjoy it! I think you should give it a try! 🙂

  9. Call me crazy, but I’m just not in to dark chocolate. Can I substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips and regular cocoa powder? (Would I need to adjust the sugar?)4 stars