Seriously guys. You will never need another double chocolate chip cookies recipe! This one is SO thick and fudgy, and basically what chocolate lover dreams are made of. It’s beyond soft, and so moist it puts some bakery cookies I’ve had to shame. Originally published August 10, 2017.

thick double chocolate chip cookie on parchment paper.
Table of Contents
  1. Bakery Style Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
  2. Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies ingredients
  3. Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe substitutions
  4. How to make Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
  5. Bakery style Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe tips
  6. How to store Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
  7. Double Chocolate Cookies Recipe FAQs
  8. Other great cookie recipes to try!
  9. Double Chocolate Cookies Recipe Recipe

So who else is up way past their bedtime watching the lamest possible movies on Netflix? That’s me right now. They have entire categories tailored just for me: “Movies from the 90s” and “Because you watched Mean Girls” and “Made for TV Movies.” << I SWEAR I’ve never watched any in that last category, but somehow Netflix just knows that I am a sucker for poorly acted, completely predictable movies. Extra points if it takes place at Christmas.

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thick rich chocolate cookie with a bite taken out of it.

I really do feel bad that Eric has to put up with me movie-wise. He is legit obsessed with movies, and I don’t just mean blockbusters. He likes the classic, the obscure, and the critically acclaimed. He even has a blog where he reviews movies he’s watched. He just reviewed “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” a French movie from the 60s that is 100% sung. (I know, what?)

a stack of thick soft chocolate cookies.

(Side note: I have over 600 posts on the blog. Sometimes I can remember that I told a story and want to find it, but can’t remember what recipe post it’s on. Luckily “charlatan” isn’t a very common search term, so if I can remember a few key phrases from the story and add “charlatan” at the end it usually comes up.

But for some reason when I typed in “charlatan eric movies japanese dead people” just now, Google failed me. What gives, Google? Why can’t you remember my story from 4 years ago about my husband watching weird independent foreign films? (I did end up finding it. Quote: “Do any of your husbands constantly watch really boring Japanese movies from the 60s? Well. Count your blessings.” In 10 years I will be writing about this topic again no doubt, and will search for “charlatan umbrellas Eric Netflix boring.”)

a thick rich chocolate cookie broken in half.

Bakery Style Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’ve ever heard of the Levain Bakery cookies this is what we’re talking about. Dark, deep, rich chocolate cookies packed with chocolate chips, so big that it’s almost unreasonable to expect you to eat one yourself. (Trust me, I don’t say that lightly…one cookie is not normally enough for me, because I have a wicked sweet tooth and a high tolerance for sugar.)

They’re enormous. They’re luscious. They’re illegal to eat without a full gallon of milk nearby (I mean not really but I’m just sayin’, be prepared). 

Ready to die and go to chocolate lover’s heaven? Let’s do this.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies ingredients

Here’s a quick shopping list to help you gather your ingredients. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients and instructions!

  • Salted butter
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • 50-60% dark chocolate (from a high quality baking bar or dark chocolate chips)
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cocoa powder (NOT dutched)
  • Chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark)

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe substitutions

Don’t want semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips? Choose peanut butter, milk chocolate, mini chips, or white chocolate chips instead. Otherwise I’d stick with the proportions of everything in the recipe, from the dark chocolate baking bar/dark chocolate chips to the cocoa powder. This makes for tender, deeply chocolatey cookies. You can’t just omit the chocolate or the cocoa powder or try to substitute them for each other without causing problems.

How to make Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m not gonna lie, it takes some real commitment to get through one of these cookies in one sitting. Not only is there 1/4 cup of dough in each cookie, but they are just so RICH. The level of chocolate in these cookies is insane. There is melted dark chocolate in the dough. There is 1 CUP of cocoa powder. And there are chocolate chips: semi-sweet, dark, or a mixture of both (I chose that last one). This choice depends on how sweet you like your cookies.

I offered some to the guys working in my kitchen today (remodel is mostly done!) and within two bites they were both like, “um, can I have some water? These are really chocolatey.”

Weighing out chocolate chips.

Here’s a quick overview of how to make these cookies. Scroll down to the recipe card for complete instructions!

  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the white and brown sugar and beat for 1 more minute.
  2. Add the dark chocolate to a small bowl. Microwave until it is getting smooth but there are still some lumps. Let it sit for 1 minute, then stir until it is completely smooth and beat the chocolate into the dough.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. 
  4. Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Stir the dry ingredients together so you don’t end up with any lumps of salt or soda in your cookies. Then beat the dry ingredients into the dough.
  5. When the dough is just starting to come together, add the chocolate chips. 
  6. Beat in the chocolate chips and mix until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated.
  7. Chill the dough using either:
    1. Method 1 – Cover the mixing bowl and stick it in the fridge. Wait 2-3 hours until completely chilled, then let it sit out on the counter until it is soft enough to shape into balls, then proceed with Step 10
    2. Method 2 – cover the mixing bowl and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes. Take it out and shape the dough as described in Step 10. Place the shaped cookies onto a plate, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
  8. To shape the dough into cookies, use a 1/4 cup measuring cup.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  10. Once you have completely cold shaped cookies, place them on a baking sheet and bake for 10-11 minutes. 
  11. Immediately after pulling the cookies out of the oven, press 3-4 chocolate chips on top of each cookie. Let cool on the pan for 5-10 minutes, then use a spatula to transfer them to a cooling rack.
Stirring melted chocolate in a white bowl.
melted chocolate dripping from a spoon into a white bowl.
Pouring melted chocolate into cookie dough.
packed cookie dough in measuring cup.
1/4 cup ftw.
shaping chocolate cookie dough on a baking pan.

Now, OF COURSE the recipe is going to be a little fussy. I didn’t call these “Quick and Easy Double Chocolate Cookies.” They are BAKERY style, and the fuss is what takes them from (shoulder shrug) good to (emoji eyebrows) NEXT LEVEL. This means that we’re going to use real melted dark chocolate in the dough, we’re going to freeze/refrigerate them so they are completely chilled, and we are going to make them so huge that you won’t even be able to finish one without breathing deeply or chugging milk. You may as well pay yourself $4 for every one of these cookies you eat, because that’s what you would pay in a bakery.

That being said, they’re really easy to make. There are no hard to find ingredients, and it’s not like there are any special techniques. Unless you consider patience a special technique. Which, I might actually agree with.

thick rich soft double chocolate cookies on parchment paper.

These cookies are perfect and I want them to turn out perfect for you too. Here are some of my best tips for making sure they’re everything you’ve dreamed of!

  • Use the “fluff and scoop” method to measure flour. Use a spoon to fluff the flour up, then gently scoop it into your measuring cup before leveling off the top. Flour should never be packed!
  • Use high quality chocolate. The type of chocolate you melt to use here will have a huge impact on the flavor of your cookies. Ghirardelli usually isn’t too expensive and it’s totally worth it!
  • Don’t over bake. When you pull the cookies out of the oven, they should still look soft in the middle and have just barely lost their shine. 
  • Chill the dough. I know it’s tempting step to skip, but if you want high rising, gorgeous cookies instead of flat sad puddles, chilling is essential.

How to store Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Store your cookies in a large Tupperware or ziplock bag. They will keep on the counter for 2-3 days. You can also freeze them in a ziplock bag, or even freeze the balls of dough and pull them out when you’re ready for fresh warm cookies. (And when are you NOT ready for fresh warm cookies??)

Double Chocolate Cookies Recipe FAQs

What makes chocolate chip cookies fluffy instead of flat?

There are so many things you can do to make sure that your cookies are beautifully shaped and not a sad, spread-our puddle of dough. Here are the most important ones:
Cream your butter and sugar. When you cream them (aka whipping them together for a few minutes at high speed) you’re creating little air pockets, which help the cookies rise higher and stay fluffy. 
Chill your dough. When cookie dough is chilled, the butter stays cold and doesn’t immediately melt in the oven. 
Use parchment paper or a silicone mat. These options ensure that your cookies won’t stick to the pan, and unlike butter or cooking spray, they won’t make your dough dissolve into a puddle.

What kind of chocolate chips are best for cookies?

I always just use regular Nestle semi-sweet morsels. If you want to get fancy you can buy Ghirardelli or Guittard chips (definitely a great experience, but not necessary for a slam bang chocolate chip cookie), and if you want to save money you can buy store brand (your experience may vary depending on the quality of the store brand). Some people prefer milk chocolate or dark chocolate, or a combination, or mini chips, and basically all of this is fine because it’s your cookie and you get to choose your own adventure. 

Are chocolate chip cookies better with dark or milk chocolate?

Are puppies or kittens cuter? Which movie is more classic, The Goonies or Clueless? 
C’mon, what kind of a question is this, seriously. Chocolate chip cookies are good because butter is good, and chocolate is good. If you like milk chocolate best, do that. If you like dark chocolate, do that. Generally I think semisweet chocolate chips are the best (especially because they hit the nostalgia button hard) but you decide. This is not a right or wrong answer situation.

How do you know when double chocolate cookies are done?

It’s hard to tell, right? Normally we’re looking for golden brown, but these cookies are richly chocolatey so we have to rely on other data. What we’re checking for is that the cookies are no longer shiny on the top, but they look soft in the middle. This normally takes about 10-11 minutes. If you’re not sure of your cookie-doneness-guessing skills, you can always bake a couple sample cookies by themselves, pull them out when you think they’re ready, let them cool, and adjust your full batches accordingly.

Enjoy! I’m going to go finish watching Cinderella Story. Because Hillary Duff is classic. (Eric, will you write a review for it on your blog??)

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Double Chocolate Cookies Recipe

4.84 from 18 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 18 cookies
The search is over guys! You will never need another double chocolate chip cookie recipe. This one is SO thick and fudgy and basically what chocolate lover dreams are made of. It’s beyond soft and so moist it puts some bakery cookies to shame. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 (4-oz) cup dark chocolate, (50-60%), melted ∞
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup cocoa powder, spooned and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips, dark or semi-sweet, or half of both

Instructions

  •  In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy, 2 minutes or so, scraping the edges.
  • Add the white and brown sugar and beat 1 more minute, scraping bottom and sides.
  • Add 2/3 cup (4 oz) dark chocolate (chop it with a knife if you aren’t using chips) to a small bowl. Microwave in 20-30 second increments until it is getting smooth but there are still some lumps. Let it sit for 1 minute, then stir until it is completely smooth. (See photos) Beat the chocolate into the dough.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and beat well, scraping the edges and bottom of the bowl. 
  • Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Stir the dry ingredients together a bit with a small spoon so you don’t end up with any lumps of salt or soda in your cookies. Then beat the dry ingredients into the dough.
  • When the dough is just starting to come together and there are still streaks of flour, add the chocolate chips. You can use semisweet chocolate, dark chocolate, or any combination of the two. You can also use a bar of chocolate that you have chopped. (12 ounces)
  • Beat in the chocolate chips and mix until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated. Don’t over mix! Stop the mixer as soon as it all comes together. 
  • At this point you need to chill the dough. It’s too sticky to handle right now, plus it has to be completely cold when it goes in the oven. Method 1: Cover the mixing bowl and stick it in the fridge. Wait 2-3 hours until completely chilled, then let it sit out on the counter until it is soft enough to shape into balls, then proceed with Step 10.
  • Method 2: Cover the mixing bowl and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes. Take it out and shape the dough as described in Step 10. Place the shaped cookies onto a plate, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes,
  • To shape the dough into cookies, use a 1/4 cup measuring cup. I really like using flexible measuring cups. Pack the dough into a quarter cup, then turn out and use your hands to shape them into a "tall" cookies. They should be taller than they are wide. See photos. 
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Once you have completely cold shaped cookies, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. You can put 8 cookies on each pan. Make sure there are at least 2 inches in between each cookie. 
  • Bake for 10-11 minutes. DO NOT over bake. They should still look pretty soft in the middle when you take them out, but shouldn’t be shiny anymore.
  • Immediately after pulling the cookies out of the oven, press 3-4 chocolate chips on top of each cookie.
  • Let cool on the pan for 5-10 minutes.
  • Use a spatula to transfer to a cooling rack. 
  • Eat one now. With a tall glass of milk.
  • When they are cool, store the rest in a large tupperware or ziplock bag. They will keep on the counter for 2-3 days. 

Notes

I adapted this recipe from Allrecipes.com.  The idea of adding chocolate to the dough is from Just So Tasty. Go check out her blog! It is awesome! She has tons of chocolate cookie recipes. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 348IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 316
Keyword: bakery, best, chocolate, chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookies, Cookies
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Comments

  1. Wow. These cookies are like chocolate heaven. I will definitely be making them again.
    Anywho. Small story. I happened to stumble upon this recipe a few months ago and failed to bookmark it. I remembered one line of text: “pay yourself $4 for every one of these cookies you eat”. So I typed that, along with “Chocolate chip cookie” into the search bar, and finally found it. I just think it’s fitting that you talk about google searches in this very post and I had to do the exact same thing to find it again. :)

    1. Ahaha!! This is my new favorite comment ever Pravar! I should change the name of these cookies to “Pay Yourself $4 Cookies” haha! I’m glad you were able to find it again and got to make the cookies. Thanks so much for reviewing! :)

  2. The double chocolate chip cookies super good and delicious.
    Do you have of red velvet cookies?

    Thanks

    1. I’m so happy to hear you liked the cookies Jennifer! I do not have any red velvet cookies, I should totally make some though!

  3. I’ve made these 5 times, and was waiting to try a few things before leaving a review. First, these taste absolutely amazing. If you love chocolate, these cookies are for you. Very rich, very chocolatey, very delicious! I love them. 

    I also wanted to address the issue of the cookie not flattening durning baking. This is a real thing. I’ve tried it with room temperature eggs (my usual), cold eggs (because the recipe doesn’t specify…), cold batter, and room temperature batter. In all cases, with a 1/4 cup of batter, the cookie didn’t want to flatten out. No big deal though – just don’t make them tall to begin with. For 1/4 cup what worked for me was using the flexible 1/4 measuring cup, turning them out, and then giving them a little smoosh to flatten them slightly. Perfect.

    Finally, if you want a smaller cookie, these work really, really well with a medium cookie dough scoop. If you fill it so that you have a heaping, rounded scoop and drop the dough onto the sheet as spheres, bake for 10 minutes, you get a perfect, 2 inch wide, 3/4 inch tall cookie.

    Thanks food charlatan!

    1. Thanks for all the tips Andrea! I think when I posted this I was using the same method: flexible measuring cup. Works like a charm! Then if they are tall I press chocolate chips on top. Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  4. Hi! I’m excited to try this recipe. Reviews sound great! I just didn’t see much comments if these are chewy… are the cookies chewy? I like my cookies super chewy. :)

  5. I was excited to make these, but they were kind of a flop. Like several other commenters, mine didn’t flatten at ALL – they stayed in exactly the ball shape I formed the dough in. They were also pretty crumbly. 

    1. So sad Ericka! I’m sorry the recipe wasn’t for you. I just remade these again this week to double check the recipe, and they turned out fine. One thing I always do that is not in the recipe though, is add chocolate chips to the top of each cookie at the end. Try that next time! I’ll edit the recipe.

  6. I made this “The Best Bakery Style Double Chocolate Chip Cookies”. They are so so so delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!!!

    1. Yay I’m so glad you liked it Sue! This has got to be one of my favorites. So glad you loved it too, and thank you for commenting!

  7. Just made a batch of these and threw in some caramel chips for half the chocolate chips. They came out so good, like the edges and top of a brownie. I had some blue jokes about the appearance of the dough and the residue on my hands after shaping them, but dang, these came out delicious!

  8. Thank you for such an incredible recipe! I made these cookies for the first time today and they were a hit at my Christmas party. I didn’t bring a large plate because I assumed these would be “too chocolatey” for most of my family. However, they were gone before I knew it!

    (I used Belgian dark chocolate chunks as well as semi-sweet mini chocolate chips in the batter).

    1. Ooh love the idea of using chocolate chunks and mini chips! That’s a great idea! And it turns out “too chocolatey” isn’t a thing. I guess your family learned that. ha! I’m kidding ;) So glad the cookies were a hit, thanks for commenting Sunaina!

      1. Haha Yes, the family is learning and making improvements! :) I no longer have to hear complaints of too much chocolate. (Not a thing).

  9. This recipe is almost exactly like the one my mom was given back in the 60s called “Ranger cookies” except, of course, there was no such thing as p’nut butter chips … so plain old p’nut butter was just in the dough. It also called for “Wheaties” cereal … anyone out there remember those? Anyway, they were the best cookies we’d ever tasted as far as we were concerned. Of course, with us being a family of 5, mom never made giant cookies either. Can’t wait to try your recipe … wish my brothers, mom & dad were still here to share them with me. Thanks for the memories.

    1. Hi Tillie! I think this comment was meant for the Texas Cowboy cookies? I’ve never heard of double chocolate chips being called Ranger cookies but maybe I just live under a rock ;) Enjoy the cookies and let me know how it goes!!

  10. I made these today—so yummy! But they don’t spread AT ALL. Next time I’ll shape the dough the way I want the cookies to come out!

    1. hi Jenna! I’m sorry yours didn’t spread! I think it’s a case of a bit too much flour :) Im so glad you enjoyed them!

      1. I was actually really careful about spooning the flour gently and not allowing it to pack. I think perhaps I didn’t let the butter soften for long enough. I whipped it after allowing it to sit out for and hour and half; I usually allow butter to warm on the counter for about four hours. Still yummy tho!

  11. These are the best ! i make them all the time and they are always a hit. They are a deeper and richer chocolate cookie than anything I’ve made.. And fyi – i’ve never written a review before – this is my first but these cookies are so good they deserve a review.

    1. Hi Joanne, I’m so glad you enjoyed the cookies! I agree, they have a deep, rich flavor; perfect description. Thanks so much for taking the time to review! Means so much to us food bloggers!

  12. Just wanted to chime in and say that I have made these cookies multiple times and they are a huge hit! Bringing a batch to Thanksgiving dinner tonight! Thank you for the recipe!

  13. Hi! I made these and they tasted so good! I used Dutch cocoa instead of regular because I prefer the flavor. However, I did have a bit of an issue naming them. I split my cookies into 1/8 cup, I suppose, and got about 28. After the first 10 minutes or so they were still raw :(. I had to put them back in for maybe 6 extra minutes. This might have been because of how thick they were and because I chilled them after shaping. Any advice for next time? 

    1. Hi Isabella! If the cookies turned out fine after increasing the baking time, I would just continue doing that! Every oven bakes different.

  14. I have made these cookies several times – they are so good! and the dough will keep in the freezer so you can make a few at a time, if you’re an empty nester like us now! 

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