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Soft Chocolate Cookies

My family expects the cookie jar to be filled with home-baked goodies year-round. They don't care for nuts but can't resist chocolate. So these cake-like cookies have become their favorite.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    5-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork if desired. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are firm. Remove to wire racks. Dust warm cookies with confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 121 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Abigail
    Jun 9, 2018

    This recipe is amazing! I made it for a party. All I'd recommend is to press down the balls of dough to get a nice cookie shape. I am adding this to my 'recommended' list.

  • tina
    Nov 18, 2017

    I love this recipe because it is easy to make and easy to 'halve' (for those times when you don't need 5 doz). I think that the recipe should say 'allow to cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to wire rack'. Otherwise, this recipe is perfect!

  • Donut Queen
    Sep 17, 2014

    Wonderfully soft and flavorful. Tastes like a brownie, only in cookie form!

  • awedacity
    Oct 23, 2013

    easy to make, very soft, and very good flavor

  • Amber A
    Jul 19, 2013

    These cookies are amazing, I make them and even my chocolate hating father loves them.

  • sazzlebury
    Jul 12, 2013

    Can't find anything negative to say about these. They are not overly sweet which from looking at the ingredients I wouldn't have guessed. The vanilla is a little prominant but I think it works.

  • amieefaith
    Dec 12, 2012

    add sugar. the directions dont tell you to. oops