Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies

Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies - so rich and decadent, like a brownie, chocolate cake, and a big soft cookie all in one. |

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.

Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies - so rich and decadent, like a brownie, chocolate cake, and a big soft cookie all in one. |

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.

Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies - so rich and decadent, like a brownie, chocolate cake, and a big soft cookie all in one. |

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.

Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies - so rich and decadent, like a brownie, chocolate cake, and a big soft cookie all in one. |

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.


Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies - so rich and decadent, it's like a cross between brownies, chocolate cake, and a big soft cookie. |

4.7 from 22 reviews
Thick and Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies
Serves: 18-20 very big cookies
  • 1 cup salted butter (melted and cooled - directions in step one)
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons strong coffee
  • 2⅔ cup all purpose flour (more if it's too sticky)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  1. Prepping the Butter: Melt ½ 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 ½ 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.



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  1. Those look so good! I wish I saw those before I made brownie cookies yesterday :-)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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….

  5. Omg. Thick and fudgy… I’m in love!!! Making these today so C can take some on his long flight tomorrow. Also… so I can eat the other half 😉

  6. couldn’t agree more… birthday months are a non-negotiable in our household! =)

  7. Yummm these look fantastic. I love a good fudgy chocolate cookie! :)

  8. Wow these are a chocolate lovers dream!!!! Looks amazing!!

  9. 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.

  10. Jennifer Fernandez says:

    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!!!!!!!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. YUM! I’ve been looking for a new chocolate cookie recipe lately. Might have to put this on the list of recipes to try!

  15. 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!!!

  16. These are my version of heaven.

    Happy Golden Birthday Month!! I celebrated mine a couple years ago. Just eat more birthday cake than usual because duh… you deserve it this year.

  17. Happy Golden B-Day month! I missed mine when I was 1 year old. Do you think I can get a redo, complete with thick fudgy cookies? Please say yes!

  18. These will be on my make and take to work list! That way I’ll eat a more “acceptable” amount :)

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. These look so freaking awesome. LOVE this recipe!

  22. Is it wrong that I would totally dip these in the peanut butter jar? No? Awesome :-)

  23. Happy Golden Birthday, Lindsay! I celebrated mine about 9 years ago – boy that was awhile ! Gorgeous photos and gorgeous cookies – yummy!

  24. These look delicious! I will be trying them soon…

  25. These thick chocolate cookies!! <3 <3

  26. Seriously, nothing beats a freshly baked cookies. These look so perfect!

  27. What were you attempting to make when you ended up with these? Because these look like perfection on a plate! […cooling rack.] Happy birthday week!! Birthday weeks/months are the best.

    • I was just thinking they’d be less like big muffin top cookies and more like normal cookies. lol. but most importantly they are totally fudgy (not cakey) which is just how I wanted them. WIN!

  28. Starting off the day after Easter with something thick, fudgy and double chocolate? I like your style!

  29. There’s nothing wrong with gift giving being your love language, I happen to love gift giving as well, and there’s something so much deeper than it just being a tangible thing you give someone, you spend time thinking of the perfect item that person would love, and that’s where the love is! I’d say these cookies would more than do the trick, they look seriously decadent.

  30. Goodness those are thick cookies. There is always the little kid in all of us looking for the biggest cookie. This would be a very satisfying cookie for that part of us. Plus fudgy chocolate cookies are THE best. I bake a lot of cookies, so I will give this a try.

  31. Girl! Stop it! These look amazing! I’ll just scoot right over to my email to send you my address so you can send me a few of these! I speak your love language! 😉

    Happy birthday month! You crack me up! Hope you get that remodeled attic or the tropical vaca! It’s my Golden B-day in a few weeks and I just don’t even know what to do with myself.

  32. How have I made it this far in life and not known what a Golden Birthday is? Well thanks to you and to google I now do and I am bummed that I missed celebrating my own!!! Ha! Glad you can enjoy a fantastic golden birthday celebration. These cookie are perfection.

  33. Happy golden birthday week!! These cookies are totally a reason to celebrate. Pinned and shared :)

  34. I am all about having a month worth of celebrations for your birthday! Absolutely. I wouldn’t mind mine starting with these cookies. thick. fudgy. double chocolate. Yep, I am sold.

  35. Hi Lindsay! Long time reader, first time poster. I love, love, love your recipes, and so many have become staples for me and my family (rustic broccoli penne pasta, skinny spinach lasagne, butterfinger monster cookies, and on and on!), so thank you! I have one quick question about this one, though — when you say 3 tablespoons of strong coffee, do you mean coffee that’s actually been brewed, or instant crystals? Dumb question, I know, but I have seen it both ways in recipes. Thanks in advance! :)

  36. 1.) Aww I totally remember love languages! My mom introduced them to me waaaay back when I was in high school. I’m definitely a physical touch person (ohmygosh I love-need-want-crave hugs all the time), and thankfully my guy is the same way. If he was a words of affirmation type, we’d be in trouble… I’m an introvert and rarely talk! 😉

    2.) HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY!!! If your love language is gifts, you deserve to open as many presents as you are years old. Even if it’s, like, a set of earrings divided into 2 packages. If only I could send subliminal messages to Bjork — I’d definitely have fun coming up with gifts! And you also deserve a day off from work — teaching, blogging, recipe developing (maybe Bjork would cook for you; that fish he made a while ago looked incredible!), and everything else. 100% pure relaxation for an entire day!

    3.) Oh. My. GOSH! These cookies. Lindsay, you’re killing me over here! Chocolate is my vice, my best friend, my everything… And brownies come right after. Then cookies. There is no way I’d share a single one of these cookies with anyone. Call me selfish, but those extra 10 pounds would be totally worth it!!

  37. Are you sure tomorrow (eh, maybe today, depending on when you read this) isn’t your birthday and you’re not my long lost twin? And I’m a total gift person too. I felt bad about that once upon a time, but I’m learning to embrace it. My husband?…not so much.
    Love your blog!! :-)

  38. You put the YUM in Pinch of Yum.

  39. Lindsay, you did it again, I’m gonna make these to send em to the young one’s, they’re away on the farm, they will love them. Sooo didn’t know what a golden birthday was either, mind you I would have been four. Have a great birthday, keep up the great work.

  40. These cookies are responsible for the drool puddle at my keyboard – totally delicious – Happy Birthday Month!

  41. These look over-the-top decadent!

  42. These look so rich! Love the addition of coffee :)

  43. I absolutely have a birthday month! My husband used to make fun of me, but now he also gets his own birthday month so I think he realizes the importance of spreading out the day :)

    These cookies look amazing! Can’t wait to make them!

  44. Well well well Lindsay… do you realize we have a problem? I have the glasses of milk and you have the cookies! Come over and let’s cheer at your birthday :)

  45. Thick and fudgy cookies for the win! These look awesome. Giving gifts is my number one love language too :)

  46. 1. These look like the best thing EVER.
    2. What a teeny tiny world! Word on the street (Facebook) is that you took these to Heidi, who I know through my sister-in-law. Now I’m extra jealous.

  47. oh Wow!!! Decadent with capital D
    must show this post to my monster cookie daughter and get her to make this 😀

  48. Ooh, I’ve never heard of a Golden Birthday before (just looked it up) but it sounds like a great excuse for extra pressies!
    As for the cookies, well what a happy little accident. Super moody photos, too!

  49. I am a choco-holic. I only like chocolate. So yeah, I hate fruity, vanilla, etc. Chocolate is my only flavor. I made these and I am in heaven!!! It’s like a crossover between a brownie and a cookie. Double chocolate anything gets an A+ in my book. Thanks for this recipe :)

  50. Pure debauchery! At it’s finest, I might add. Wow– the dough was superb, & even better baked! (With mostly brown sugar- ran out of white, & semi sweet chips) Wonderfully delicious! (& I had your powered up pumpkin oats this morning… & yesterday & many other mornings. That’s such a keeper! Thanks for all your work!

  51. I’ve tried this. Superb taste. I love the coffee trace in every bite of this cookies. Thank You for the receipe.

  52. Happy Birthday Month!!! I love that – I’m going to start adapting your ways. And these cookies – yum!!! They look so fudgy and delicious!

  53. Lindsay, Heidi was right, these are amazing! Just took my last batch out of the oven, it was all I could do to MAKE myself follow the directions for the butter, I was so excited to try these! Well worth it, they turned out perfect! Thanks for another inspiring recipe! Blessings!

    • Hi Tammy! I’m so glad to hear it, and way to go on the butter part. It’s always an annoyance but it’s how I make all my cookies now because it gives the perfect blend of the crispy buttery exterior with the soft, thick centers. Thanks for the sweet comment!

  54. How many calories are these? (Fat?) I just binged on 2 of them & want to hold myself accountable.

    • I usually don’t include nutrition facts for my desserts. :) They’re just once in a while treats! but if you want you could calculate using the website Calorie Count – that’s what I normally use for my recipes.

  55. So much fun to make these.I ordered $35.00 worth of Valrhonna chocolate and cocoa and proceeded to eat half the dough. So how exactly did you get this to yield 20 cookies????? Seriously, these are chocolate coma cookies. Loved them! The technique with the melted/frozen butter does give the cookies a nice fudgy chew. Well done Lindsay!

  56. This is the BEST chocolately chocolate cookie recipe EVER!! Soooo thick and amazing! Thank you!!!:)

  57. Ok, I made these cookies this afternoon, as a matter of fact, I have one batch left to go into the oven. This is what I can say, these things are really, really good. Just follow the directions and you can’t go wrong. The only thing I didn’t do, is roll the dough into balls. I just used my small ice cream/cookie dough scoop to measure them and put them on the cookie sheet, which I covered with parchment paper. These are phenomenal. Thanks for the recipe.

  58. One more thing, your time zone is different than mine. It’s only 5:03 pm here in WA. State. Baking at 7pm is a bit late, unless it’s November or December. :)

  59. One more thing, using my small scoop, allowed me to get 86 – 2″ cookies. Awesome!!!

  60. Someone asked about using coffee, as they don’t drink coffee. I don’t drink coffee either, but what I do is, I buy instant coffee. They come in a box for about $1 and there’s 6 small packets inside. For the cookies, I used 3 tablespoons of hot water and one packet of coffee, as the recipe called for strong coffee. And no, you can’t taste the coffee. I can’t stand the taste of coffee, but I love how it enhances the taste/flavor of chocolate. Hope this helps anyone who wondered about that.

  61. These are fantastic!! Even cool, they are still ooey gooey in the middle. It must be the butter step…don’t know why it works, but I’ll never do it another way again! Thanks for sharing :)

  62. P.s. I doubled the batch from the beginning and it all worked great. Just in case anyone was wondering… :)

  63. Came across this recipe yesterday…made it today. So easy and so amazingly delicious.

  64. Hi Lindsay,
    I am posting first time I am not a baker but I followed your recipe and fudge chocolate chip cookies came out Awesomeeeee,It was hit with both my boys all 20 cookies were gone within
    1 hour,thanks a lot for wonderful cooking blog you have.

  65. These look awesome! I’m planning on baking cookies in 4oz mason jars for a wedding, do you think these would work well with that plan?

    Thanks again for sharing this, found you on Pinterest.

  66. I made these tonight and I must say… 8 minutes was not near enough baking time… more like 15-18 minutes…and I got 48, but I made smaller cookies… mine were about 2.5″ in diameter after baking.
    I checked my ingredients, oven temp etc. and all appeared ok…
    Anyway, the cookies were delicious after adjusting baking time… before that they just fell apart even after cooling…

  67. OMG…first time I have ever written anything about anything online before but these are seriously the best cookies I have ever had…just put second batch in the oven and after one cookie I can’t stop staring at these cookies, they’re beautiful. I was going to bake all day but I seriously don’t think that anything can top these… I used 4 different kinds of chocolate – white, milk. semi-sweet and bitter. sooooooooo delicious.

  68. Yellow Tulip says:

    I just made these and they were underwhelming. They didn’t bake up great and forget about packing them as a gift. They’re too soft and fall apart when packaging. Not a very sturdy cookie. We’ll see how people like the taste…

  69. I just made these and they are fantastic! I used dark cocoa powder because that’s what I had on hand and I forgot to add the coffee because I was distracted and they were still out of this world delicious! I drank the forgotten coffee while eating the cookies and all was well in my world!

  70. These were super yummy!! I however did not melt my butter and then harden it… I honestly didn’t see what the point was if I was rehardening it. I just used room temp butter. I think I will bake my 2nd batch a bit longer though, maybe too undone for me. Overall I love them and will save this recipe!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  71. Kaitlyn says:

    I Absolutely LOVE these cookies!!! They are fantastic, I’ve actually had people request me to make these and I make them all the time for my family! This is definitely a recipe we’ll keep using for a long time!

  72. These were really good, I just made them today, the only thing is that I think the baking soda is a bit too much because mine got really big and a bit cake-y particularly because I didn’t have enough chocolate chips so when they rose, the choc chips seemed even fewer ): I am planning to make them again though, hopefully, but with more choc chips and less baking soda (:

  73. Hi Kristin, Have you subbed the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips? I’m tempting at trying the sub, wondered if you think there would need to be any adjustments made to the recipe.


  74. Victoria says:

    These look incredible! Can’t wait to make them this weekend. Would you recommend refrigerating the dough, prior to baking? Have you tried it before and had the same outcome? Thank you!

  75. Some of the best cookies I’ve ever made! Will definitely have to make these again :)

  76. I’m sorry, but I followed this recipe to the letter, and although they taste really good (out of the oven), mine look nothing like these. They were all very flat. I used a small scoop and a large scoop and they both just melted out to very flat cookies. I adjusted cook time, etc. I added the extra flour as the batter was very sticky, but they just didn’t turn out anything like your pictures. They are now very thin, crispy chocolate cookies.

  77. By 350 degrees do you mean farinhight or celsius?

  78. Sadie Lawshe says:

    So… these cookies look incredible. I’m going to try making them tonight for our Halloween party tomorrow. (going to use white chocolate chips and either pumpkin spice (if i can find them) or peanut butter chips for an orange- Halloween-y effect!)… but in reading this you peaked my curiosity when you mentioned your birthday month and all the treasures it may (or may not) hold. What ever happened to the baby Pug? Did you have puppy breath for weeks on end?

  79. Strong coffee? The strength of the coffee is dependent on how many grounds are used to brew coffee with. The amount of caffeine in coffee is dependent on the roast level (the darker the roast, the less caffeine the beans contain). I’m sure most coffee will do the trick. Just wondering what exactly was being called for. Thanks!

    • For coffee, since I don’t drink coffee, is I buy a box of instant coffee packets. Depending upon the brand, the small box will contain 6-10 packets of coffee. The box should cost about $1.00. Anyway, I pour 1 cup of hot water into a cup. Then I add 2 packets of the coffee into the water. Stir til dissolved and pour it into your batter. As for the coffee, I buy it at Walmart and our Dollar Tree stores. As for the taste of coffee in the cookies, there is no coffee taste. I love how coffee smells but I detest the taste. Yet I use it in all of my chocolate cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. I wonder how it would bevin fudge? ?? Anyway, hope this helps with the coffee question.

  80. Forgot to mention, I sometimes use decaf coffee. Also found in those small boxes with packets.

  81. I love them 😍😍
    I just added have a cup brown sugar and I just put one cup white suger
    They look and taste fantastic 😋😋😍😍

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