Dark Chocolate Cookies – Cookies and Cups

This dark chocolate cookies recipe combines the richness of dark chocolate with texture that is almost brownie-like. I’ve studded the cookies with chocolate covered candies that make these extra chocolate-y (and halloween inspired!)

This recipe is in partnership with my friends at Imperial Sugar. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL RECIPE.

Chocolate Brownie Cookies on a wire rack filled with orange M&Ms

Why Dark Chocolate Cookies?

  • Thick, fudgy, and brownie-like in texture! If you love chocolate, these cookies are perfect!
  • Easy To Make! I love a cookie recipe that is as easy as it is delicious, and this hits the mark. No chill time and simple ingredients make these a go-to!
  • Make them festive! You can see I used orange candies (like M&M’s) in mine, making them perfect Halloween Cookies, but you can use chocolate chips, or multi-colored candies instead all year long!
  • AND, dark chocolate isn’t just a treat; it’s a superfood with health benefits that include antioxidants, mood-enhancing properties, and potential heart health benefits. I’m not sayibng these cookies are “healthy”, but I will take any benefits I can…especially in chocolate!
Two chocolate cookies with M&Ms stacked and the top one broken in half showing the fudgy interior


For the full list of ingredients and full recipe, CLICK HERE.

  • Cold Butter: You can use salted or unsalted, it’s up to you. But it needs to be cold. The time-saving trick to thicker cookies in this recipe is cold butter, which mimics the same effect as chilling your dough. So this saves a few steps: bringing your butter up to room temp AND chilling the dough!
  • Sugars: Light Brown Sugar and Granulated Sugar.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: For this recipe you will use dark cocoa powder, like Hershey’s Special Dark, or even a Dutch Process Cocoa powder will do the trick. If you are in a pinch and don’t have dark cocoa powder, you can sub in regular cocoa powder.
  • Eggs: I always use large-sized eggs in my baking recipes, unless otherwise stated.
  • Vanilla Extract: You can use pure vanilla extract, imitation vanilla (if that’s all you have), or even a vanilla bean paste. All will work, and it’s just about enhancing the chocolate flavor!
  • Dry Ingredients: Baking Soda, Kosher Salt, and All Purpose Flour
  • Add-Ins: I used orange colored candy coated chocolates (like M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces) to make them festive for Halloween, but you can absolutely use chocolate chips, or multi-colored M&Ms.
chocolate cookie dough in a mixing bowl with orange M&Ms

How To Make Dark Chocolate Cookies

This cookie recipe comes together extremely easy and quick, which is the beauty of it! No chilling the dough, no waiting for butter to come to room temperature…and the result is thick, rich brownie-like cookies!

Like I stated before, using cold butter keeps the dough colder so the cookies will remain a bit thicker when they bake. It’s a similar result to chilling the dough, but much quicker!

I added in lots of festive orange candy for a fall-themed cookie, but don’t feel like you have to use orange candy. You can easily sub in chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, regular M&Ms, or even leave them plain!

Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes in a 350°F oven until edges are set. Centers might seem under-baked, but this is fine…you want them to stay soft!


Dark Chocolate Cookies with orange M&Ms on a wire cooking rack

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