When a serious chocolate craving hits, these easy to make, Double Chocolate Cookie Bites will hit the spot!
One of my many Chocolate Cookies Recipes, these are bite-sized nuggets of chocolate delight, and perfect for a mid-afternoon sugar fix.
Pickings were slim. We were down to two M & M cookies, plus a few of my “funky” cookies (meaning stuff like coconut, toffee, or nuts were involved) in the freezer. Bill would soon be raiding the pantry for Oreos to munch on with his glass of Cherry Koolaid if I didn’t act quickly. I was saving this super chocolate cookie recipe from my friend, Patty, for an upcoming tailgate, but there was an urgent need at hand.
These came together so quickly. The brownie-like batter was packed with both bittersweet and semisweet chocolate. Nancy Baggett has fantastic recipes, and now I’m itching to buy her Simply Sensational Cookies to see her other must bake cookie recipes.
Why Are My Cookies Flat?
There are a few reasons for flat cookies. First, it could be the recipe. If the ratios of the ingredients are off, they may bake up flat. Or your cookie sheets could be too warm, which causes the dough to get soft and spread before they are fully baked. I like to chill my dough a bit before baking, then roll it into balls or scoop it with a cookie disher. Cold mounds of dough don’t spread as much as room temperature cookie dough.
Can I Use Regular Cocoa Powder Instead of Dutch Process?
In many cases, these two cocoa powders are interchangeable. But because of the complexity of food science, Dutch-process is usually paired with baking powder, like in this recipe, since it’s neutral on the pH scale. Regular cocoa powder is acidic. When leaveners like baking soda and baking powder are involved, it’s best not to substitute.
Tips for Making these Double Chocolate Cookies
- Use Dutch-process cocoa instead of regular cocoa in these cookies. You can find this at Penzey’s plus many supermarkets carry Droste brand in the baking aisle.
- Chill the dough before scooping. This will help prevent flat cookies.
- I use a cookie disher to scoop out evenly sized dough balls. Spray it
- PRO Tip: If you’re giving these cookies away or serving them to guests, roll them between your damp palms to give them a smooth exterior. They definitely look better after baking by doing this step. I wouldn’t worry about this if I was serving my family as they wouldn’t care or even notice.
- Another PRO-Tip: Reserve some of the chocolate chips to press into the cookies when they come out of the oven. It gives a more finished, professional look. Otherwise, the cookies will only look lumpy without a clue of what’s inside.
- To make round cookies, which can be hard when the dough is filled with chocolate chips, use a spatula to nudge them into rounds while still hot out of the oven.
More Chocolate Cookie Recipes
This recipe was adapted from Simply Sensational Cookies via Patty’s Food. Check out these Chocolate Earthquake Cookies, Double Chocolate Cookies, and these Hot Chocolate Cookies, too. Find more of my favorite Cookie Recipes and Chocolate Recipes in my Recipe Index.
This Cookie Bites recipe was first shared in November 2012. Photos and text were updated in 2020.
- 10 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons molasses
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate wafers or chocolate chips/chunks
- 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate wafers or chips/chunks
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line two baking sheets with parchment and set them aside.
- Beat butter until smooth. Add sugars, molasses, and vanilla and beat till well blended. Add egg and mix till combined.
- Sift in flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Mix till just incorporated. Stir in chocolate pieces. Let dough rest for about 5-10 minutes or chill for an hour to prevent flat cookies.
- Place rounded teaspoons of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake for about 9 minutes or till just firm. Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Total time does not reflect resting time.
A small cookie scoop takes about 9 minutes to bake. A medium cookie scoop takes about 12 minutes.
Droste is a brand of Dutch process cocoa powder that's usually available in supermarkets.
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Serving Size:2 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g