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Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies

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I mean, we're talking, like, THICK. and FUDGY. A chocolate lover's utopia.

These cookies are my chocolate dreams coming true right in front of my face. They turned out completely different than what I thought they were going to be, which is just par for the course when you put, uhh, myself in the kitchen with “creative license” to play with recipes. The good news -> even though they weren't quite what I was expecting, they turned out even better than I was thinking they would. Thick, soft, like a brownie, chocolate cake, and a big soft cookie all in one.

Sometimes fails are just wins in disguise. Slash chocolate is not a fail, ever.

Chocolate cookie dough in a mixing bowl.

This weekend we spent some time with family and extended family out on a small Minnesota farm, celebrating Easter and doing things like the Grown-Up Kids' Easter Egg Hunt. It was an Easter-rific blast. And the fun won't stop - today marks one week until my birthday! So yay. That's kinda fun.

And as you might have guessed from me just mentioning it, I might be one of those people who has a birthday week. Okay, fine: it's a birthday month.

This year is extra special - it's going to be my golden birthday. Sparkly shiny gold glittery birthday. What do adults do for their golden birthdays? Do their spouses secretly plan extended vacations involving sun, sand, and poolside nachos with extra guac? Or are they awoken by a baby pug on their birthday morning? Or are they surprised by a remodeled attic turned dreamy master suite? Bjork, I'm so excited to see what you're cooking up. Wink wink hint hint mwah.

Double Chocolate Cookies stacked on each other on a drying rack.

Remember love languages? Well, not like remember them like they're gone, they're definitely still around and people are still giving and receiving love in the way that best fits them. I know. But remember how there were all these different love languages, like quality time, physical touch, and acts of service? I am the person whose love language is gifts. No, like, PRESENTS. Might as well slap the Material Girl label right on my forehead because that's kinda what it feels like to say that my love language is gifting.

But, just think about it. Trinkets. Jewelry. Music. Flowers. Books. Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies. I feel the love big time when I get and give gifts and I want to take you to the dark side with me. All the pretty things. Sparkllllles.

Double Chocolate Cookies on a drying rack.

Speaking of dark + gifts, I had to gift these Thick and Fudge Double Chocolate Cookies to our friends who are expecting a baby immediately after making them. The transfer from the cooling rack to the container was just a blur - I couldn't even let myself think about it. Don't think just do do do do. It you keep these around your house: Danger Zooone. Not if you're pregnant (extra cals, doh), but if you're a regular person trying to not go into Double Chocolate Cookie coma in 60 seconds flat, you might need to gift these. They are sneaky - you'll turn around and five cookies will be missing. And you'll be the only one standing in the kitchen. And, wait a second...

I wonder if I'll ever find a dessert I love more than a big, soft, freshly baked, chocolate chip loaded cookie.


Double Chocolate Cookies on a drying rack.
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Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies

  • Author: Skillful Cook
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18-20 very big cookies 1x


These Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies are rich, decadent, and perfect with a glass of cold milk. I'll take 50, please!


  • 1 cup salted butter (melted and cooled - directions in step one)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons strong coffee
  • 2 2/3 cup all purpose flour (more if it's too sticky)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips


  1. Prepping the Butter: Melt 1/2 cup butter in the microwave for 30-45 seconds or until completely melted. Transfer to the refrigerator or freezer and cool until solid, about 30 minutes. Leave the other 1/2 cup butter out on the counter to bring it to room temperature. If the butter is rock solid (usually from the freezer) I stick it back in the microwave for 10 seconds to get it workable again. See notes for more info.
  2. Dough Part One: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. With an electric mixer (I usually just use a hand-held one), cream the melted/solid butter, room temperature butter, sugar, and vanilla until creamy and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix until just incorporated.
  3. Dough Part Two: In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamy butter mixture and mix until incorporated, adding the coffee gradually as you go. The dough should be thick and sticky, but dry enough to touch with your hands without making a huge mess. If it's still too sticky, add more flour. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Baking: Roll the dough into even balls (I got about 20 out of the whole batch) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack right away. They will be underdone and super puffy, which makes them perfectly soft, thick, and fudgy when cooled.


The butter melting and cooling is something I always do for my cookies (see Tips for Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies) and I would strongly recommend that you take the extra time to do that part, even though, I know, it's annoying, you just want the cookies right now. I get it. But if you don't melt and cool the butter as directed, I can't guarantee that the cookies will turn out correctly because it affects the amount of flour needed and ultimately the thickness and fudginess of the cookie.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: double chocolate cookies, fudge cookies, chocolate cookies

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I TOTALLY have a birthday month too..I mean, WHY NOT?! I totally remember love languages….the hubby and I had to do all sorts of exercises on them when we went through Pre Marital counselling at our church.
    Now about the cookies: HOLY THICK COOKIE BATMAN. I want them. I need them. I wont give them away.
    I’ll just go to the gym after. Cool right? Pinned.

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      This recipe looks incredible! I can’t wait to make them. I was wondering what type of chocolate chips are best for this recipe (milk, dark, semisweet, etc.)?

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        Totally up to you, Sharon! We usually use semi-sweet in our cookies, but I think any variety would be great!

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    these look amazing!!!!! I have been celebrating my birthday for a while now too 🙂 It was on Thursday, but we celebrated through the weekend with friends in Austin.

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    This post reminded me of something I saw on Instagram the other week.

    Chocolate is made from Cocoa
    Cocoa grows on Trees
    Trees are Plants
    Therefor Chocolate is a salad

    Just saying….

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      Making these now, and need some clarification. When you wrote “3 T strong coffee”, is that liquid (brewed) or ground? Since it is in after the wet and dry mixtures were combined, I would guess liquid, however when I initially prepped the recipe, I put aside 3 T ground coffee. Could someone let me know what’s meant to be used in this recipe? Thank you!

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    Wow these cookies look so fluffy! I just started melting and cooling my butter and the results were remarkable.
    And yes, I view love in present form too and tell my husband he has 6 months to start planning my birthday.

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    OMG x 1,000,000 exponentally to infinity! I needed to stretch to thirty for teacher snacks. Worked, just smaller. I believe they will be kissing my feet after tasting these. They are the best cookie I have ever tasted, hands down. Need more chips I make with my kids. Then I will be the Best Mom Ever! I used unsalted butter, because that was all I had. Then I doubled the salt. Probably not the best way to do it. But I think it worked considering THEY ARE THE BEST COOKIE EVER IN EXISTENCE!!!!!!!

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        I cannot wait to tey these. I dont have or drink coffee though. Can i replace with somehing else?

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          You can leave the coffee out(maybe add a tiny bit of water) and it is 100% aMAZING!

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    I remember going through the five love languages way back when I was a newlywed, I secretly wished my love language was gifting, but alas I am a quality time girl. These cookies look delicious.

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    Excited to hear what your golden birthday entails! My golden will be my 30th, I’ve had high expectations, but we’ll see what happens, 4 years to plan!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      How perfect that it will be your 30th! It’s like everything important about birthdays – golden, landmark – all at once!

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    Happy April birthday to you! I just finished celebrating mine. Between my birthday and Easter, it was eat-eat-eat! I may need to take a little break for some vegetables before I start on the thick and fudgy chocolate cookies. They look super yum!

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    Birthday Greetings!

    I love April birthdays….so special.

    But how could you post this recipe the day after Easter?! The temptation. As if I didn’t pound enough chocolate yesterday from the kids baskets =)

    Adult Easter egg hunt…..why didn’t I think of that!!!

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    Ah! Happy birthday month. I totally have one of those too. These cookies look absolutely delicious. You’re making me want to bake at 10am in the morning.

    And btw I wouldn’t be able to give these cuties away.

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    Okay, firstly–
    I am a gifts love language girl, too–it took me awhile to embrace it, but it’s true, so I totally get you.
    secondly–birthday months for the win, the celebrating should be enjoyed for more than a day and i am all about the spreading out the celebrations! happy golden b-day to you!!
    thirdly–i am going to make these cookies this afternoon, just because they look amazing and i just can’t wait to try them.