Soft and Chewy Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies

These soft and chewy dark chocolate sugar cookies are so rich and full of chocolate flavor!
These soft and chewy dark chocolate sugar cookies are so rich and full of chocolate flavor!

Guess what? Today is my birthday! I am 31 years old today, which sounds so incredibly old to me that I can hardly believe it. I know in the grand scheme of things that I’m still very young… most of the people at my work are in their eighties and nineties, after all. But 31 sounds like an age where you’ve got it all figured out, and I certainly don’t. Maybe I’ll have life figured out at 41? 🙂

Anyway, I always find that a treat is important for every occasion (and every non-occasion) so I’ve got some delicious cookies for you today! These cookies are so rich and chewy. The texture is amazing, and I love all that dark chocolate flavor in every bite. I had fun making these with my little Abby and letting her roll all the balls of dough in the sugar. She did an awesome job (as you can see). I’ve made these three or four times now since I discovered the recipe a couple of months ago, and they have turned out beautifully every time I’ve made them. Try them and love them like I do!

Soft and Chewy Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies
adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350. Put the sugar on a plate or shallow dish and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt until well combined. Add the egg and egg yolk, and mix until combined. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix until just combined. The dough should be relatively stiff. Roll the dough into 20-24 balls (about 2 tablespoons each). Roll each ball in the sugar, then place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass. Bake 12-14 minutes, or until the cookies have puffed up and cracked.

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  1. Happy Birthday! This is my very favorite baking blog. and I am not just saying that because it's your birthday. haha. 31 is a great age because you can be as old or as young as you want to be. I hope that makes sense.

  2. I am currently about to graduate from nursing school and I LOVE to bake! I just stumbled across your blog today and got really excited to find that we share common loves. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. I cannot wait to try them!


  3. These cookies are incredible! A friend gave me this recipe saying she made them three times in one week over the holidays and that they are her new favorite cookie. Now I know why!

  4. Made these tonite and they are awesome! I got 2 trays out of the recipe! Have to buy more butter and Im making triple batches tomarro….some to leave out and some to freeze! Thanks so much for the great easy recipe!!!!!

  5. I just made these and used locally made lavender vanilla extract. Perfection! And I used my small (?) pampered chef cookie scoop and got 3 dozen exactly. Thank you for this recipe! Hope everyone loves them tomorrow at a potluck as much as my husband and I!

  6. This was one of the best cookie recipes, by far, I have ever tried! I was very reluctant after finishing the batter because it seemed too soft and not thick enough. I tested 2 cookies and it had the best mix of chewy and soft I have ever had. I made them for my landlords as they were shoveling the snow off our roof. They truly enjoyed them as did we all! Thanks!

  7. I just made these and they are fantastic! Mine spread quite a bit so they are not thick and chewy, but instead thin and chewy. Although I don't normally like thin cookies, these are really good and very lovely. I think next time I will increase the flour just a bit so they will be thicker. I used sanding sugar to roll them in, so they sparkle beautifully.

  8. I made these. My dough was too soft to roll into balls so I dropped them into sugar and baked the blobs lol. Next time I will chill the dough so it will make balls. After eating a few and discovering just how wonderful they were I decided to top with a tiny bit of ganache and then sprinkled a few grains of coarse kosher salt on them. This put them over the top! Amazing. The young man who walks my husky is going to be over the moon when he is gifted them today. He is a chocoholic and these are too dangerous for me to keep in my house. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I am not new to cookie baking. I was looking for a chocolate cookie and found this recipe. I followed your directions . I never scoop flour and I do not over mix. The batter looked as described and they were chewy and delicious. I stored them in an air tight container by themselves and less than 24 hours later they were hard as hockey pucks. I will put a piece of bread in the container to try and restore some moisture, I am so disappointed.

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