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Fudgy Chocolate Cookies

January 2, 2014

Brownie-like chocolate cookies with shiny crunchy tops and chewy fudgy centers. A must have recipe for chocolate lovers!

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When I started this blog, I planned to post every week without exception, but let’s just say I underestimated the time it actually took to prepare each post. Some of you asked me how much time it takes for me to create a post, and the truth is that there are many stages that go into making it happen.

Here is what typically goes into writing a post:

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  1. Come up with a recipe, bake it, taste it.  Make some improvements (I’m a perfectionist  – I can’t help myself) to the recipe and bake it again and sometimes again and again.
  2. Take pictures and only afterwards realize the lighting isn’t good enough. Move the furniture all over the house and make a total mess, just to find that perfect natural lighting spot.
  3. Clean up the mess and wash dishes. This deserves an entire bullet point of its own.
  4. Edit the photos.
  5. Write the post. Write the recipe. Review it over and over again to make sure it’s precise. English isn’t my first language, so it can take a while.
  6. Upload the post, upload photos. Review it.
  7. My favorite part – share it with you!

This week I had a hard time coming up with a new recipe since I was distracted by other things. So instead of sharing with you one of my originals, I decided to bake a classic. A recipe I know and trust, and these chocolate cookies by Martha Stewart are exactly that.

The cookies are almost like a brownie because they are soft, fudgy and chewy. The chocolate is the main ingredient here, so basically nothing can go wrong. They are the best fudgy chocolate cookies I’ve ever had.

How To Make These Cookies

Start by melting chocolate and butter in the microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted. Be careful with overheating because it can burn the chocolate. Set it aside. In a mixer bowl, beat the eggs, sugars and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. On low speed, beat in the chocolate mixture (make sure it’s not very hot). Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. You can add 1 cup of chocolate chips/chunks, but I prefer it plain for pure fudginess.

The secret to bake these cookies to the best texture possible is to slightly underbake them. Overbaking will make them dry and tasteless. My cookies were exactly 1.5 tablespoons in size (I used this ice cream scoop) and took about 9 minutes to bake. The cookies should be shiny and crackly, but still soft in the center. Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes before you move them to a wire rack to cool completely, so they won’t break.

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Fudgy Chocolate Cookies
Yields: 16-18 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 8 oz/225 g semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick/57 g) unsalted butter
  • ⅔ cup (90 g/3.2 oz) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup (150 g/5.3 oz) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C degrees. Put butter and chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and microwave in 20-second increments, stirring between each, until melted. Do not overheat.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a mixer bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in melted chocolate on a low speed. Mix in flour mixture just until combined. If the batter is too runny, place it in the fridge for 30-60 minutes until it firms up a bit.
  4. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough 2 to 3 inches apart onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake until cookies are shiny and crackly yet soft in centers, 9 to 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or they can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw them on the counter, still covered, or overnight in the fridge.

 Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

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68 Comments

  • Reply
    Justyna
    June 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I agree with you, preparing a post may take a lot of time. I would actually add point number 8 to your list – trying no to eat the whole batch of cookies by myself and in one sitting (that’s why I usually try to bake only half the batch each time, haha). That will definitely be a problem when I bake these cookies, and I will do that for sure!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      June 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      I didn’t mention it because I thought it was obvious 😉 Sometimes people think I’m joking when I say it, but I can easily eat an entire batch of cookies by myself! It’s so hard not to 🙂 I’m glad I’m not alone though!

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    Neta
    March 14, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Shiran,

    I made the cookies and they taste great, but they didn’t get the shiny crust – do you have any idea why?

    I LOVE your blog, thanks for all the great recipes!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      March 17, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you so much Neta! 🙂 When you melt the butter and chocolate together, the mixture should be smooth and shiny. Make sure to beat the eggs and sugar for a few minutes in the mixer until light and fluffy before adding the chocolate mixture. If you do this, you should get that shiny crust!

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    Batya
    May 31, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Hi, these cookies look amazing! I want to make them but will they come out the same if I substitute the butter for oil to make it parve?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      June 1, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Thank you Batya! I don’t recommend using oil, but you can try replacing the butter with margarine if you want it to be parve. The flavor would be different though.

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    Batya
    June 1, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Ok then, I guess I’ll reserve this recipe for later… maybe Shavuot next year or some other time. Thanks!

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      Raizl
      March 4, 2019 at 8:28 pm

      Is this a Jewish website?

  • Reply
    Whitni
    June 26, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Is the dough supposed to be super runny? Like the consistency of brownies?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      June 27, 2015 at 11:08 am

      It shouldn’t be runny like a brownie batter, but it also shouldn’t be thick like a chocolate chip cookie dough. Maybe the melted chocolate was too hot when you added it? If it’s too runny, place it in the fridge for about an hour until it firms up a bit.

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        Whitni
        June 27, 2015 at 11:40 am

        That could have been it. I will have to try these again! I ended up making brownies out of them because they were really runny. I definitely did something wrong! haha They tasted great though!

        • Reply
          Shiran
          June 27, 2015 at 6:22 pm

          Then definitely try it again! 🙂 I hope that next time they will turn out perfect!

      • Reply
        rachel
        July 14, 2015 at 4:49 pm

        my batter was runny too so I put it in the fridge like you wrote and then they firmed up and they baked perfectly!!

        • Reply
          Shiran
          July 16, 2015 at 1:15 pm

          That’s great! I’m glad to hear 🙂 I’ll add that as a note in the recipe!

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        Beverly
        November 27, 2016 at 9:38 am

        I followed the directions exactly, but my briwn sugar, eggs, and vanilla refused to become anything other than a pancake type batter, even after ten minutes of beating. I’m going to try putting it in the fridge, but I’m afraid my cookies are going to have to be brownies.

        • Reply
          Shiran
          November 28, 2016 at 4:50 am

          Hi Beverly, these things happen sometimes. Have you tried whipping eggs before? Make sure your bowl is completely clean before you start.

    • Reply
      Michele
      August 9, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      Mine was as well. I found I put in a half a cup of butter as it says 1/2 stick of butter or 4 tbsp butter which is 1/4 cup not 1/2. It’s a bit misleading especially in Canada as we don’t have butter available at most
      Stores in ‘sticks.’ It was very good anyways but obviously need to be careful on reading measurements.

  • Reply
    CookieLover
    December 31, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Question, what do you mean by dropping heaping tablespoons of dough? Should we press them flat? Should we keep it big and round? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      January 4, 2016 at 5:04 am

      Hi! You should shape the dough into round (or even tall) balls, place them on the cookie sheet, and bake. Don’t flatten them!

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    Lila
    January 6, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Hi there,
    this looks divine! One question, I have Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips would this work too? I don’t want them to be bitter though…I like the fudge-like taste better than dark/bitter chocolate. Any suggestions? 🙂

    • Reply
      Shiran
      January 7, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Hi Lila! I’m not sure about these specific chocolate chips, but I usually just use chocolate bars, because the two can be a little different, depending on the brand (in short – the reason for this is that chocolate chips need to keep their shape when heated, which is good for cookies for example). The best thing to do is to taste the chocolate – if you like it, use it in the recipe and if you don’t, you better use another brand or cocoa percentage. It’s just a matter of taste. Personally, I like using 60% cacao chocolate.

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    Rose
    January 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    These look beautiful! Do you think I could add red food color (without compromising crisp/chewy texture) to make red velvet cookies? How much food color do you think I should add?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      January 28, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you so much, Rose 🙂 I’m not using food coloring often so I’m not sure how much you need to add or how it would work with these cookies. Usually I just start with adding a drop, then adding more as needed until the desired color.

  • Reply
    Courtney
    July 28, 2016 at 9:24 am

    What kind of chocolate bars do you use? I’m a little unsure of what kind to buy since you said not to use baker bars.

    • Reply
      Shiran
      August 1, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Hi Courtney, some brands produce high quality baking chocolate, but it really depends on the brand, that’s why I suggest using chocolate bars that aren’t labeled as baking chocolate. Great brands are Ghiradelli, Guittard, or Scharffen Berger, but you can use any of your favorite brands. As long as you like the chocolate, you’ll like the cookies.

  • Reply
    Erin
    September 6, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Any idea if I use cocoa powder instead, and how much would I use?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      September 7, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Hi Erin, unfortunately, the dark chocolate can’t be substituted for cocoa powder.

  • Reply
    Theresa
    September 16, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Try using butter flavored crisco for parve recipe, conversion is on the pkg.

  • Reply
    Rima
    November 6, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Hi Shiran, I’ve tried making this twice and followed the recipe accordingly…but both times my cookies didn’t have that lovely crack. They tasted heavenly, it’s just that I didn’t get that lovely crispy outer. Any idea what could have possibly gone wrong?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      November 9, 2016 at 7:12 am

      Hi Rima, you should beat the eggs and sugar on high speed for several minutes until light and pale in color. This should give you these shiny crackly tops.

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    Amal
    December 3, 2016 at 6:02 am

    How many cups of chocolate? I’ve searched but some says it’s cup and 1/2 cup, the other says it’s cup and 1/4 cup! Can you please help me? Thank you for you great recipe.

    • Reply
      Shiran
      December 4, 2016 at 6:29 am

      Hi Amal, it should be about 1 and 1/3 cups chopped chocolate.

  • Reply
    Karen
    December 17, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I made these just now and they are sooo delicious! Oh my dog they are just what I was hungry for. I followed exactly and I got the lovely crackle tops. I did find one error I made. I accidentally put in a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon of vanilla. Oh well still edible…now excuse me while I go pour some almond milk to go with those beauties 😉
    I tried putting in a five star rating, but it only let me put in four, but it’s a five!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      December 17, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you so much Karen! I’m so happy that you love them!

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    Deanne
    March 28, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    My tops didn’t come out crackly and I beat brown sugar and eggs on high speed until light and fluffy. I used Lindt milk chocolate – think that could be why no crackly tops? Cookies are delicious!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      March 29, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Hi Deanne, using milk chocolate will affect the flavor and texture of the cookies because it’s different than dark chocolate. If you use dark chocolate next time, beat the eggs and sugar for longer, more like 5 minutes.

  • Reply
    Carolyn
    April 13, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    This one is a winner !!!!

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    Pamela
    August 24, 2017 at 12:06 am

    I made these as directed but added mint and chocolate chips to them and they are amazing! When you need a chocolate fix, you can get your fill without having to fill up.

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    Rob Gividen
    August 26, 2017 at 10:58 am

    This is one of the better cookie recipes I have tried. I have been a baker for 35 years and have tried hundreds of recipes for my bakery. Real winner here and have now made several batches keep up the good work.

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    Marcy
    September 13, 2017 at 6:36 am

    The recipe is terrific! The cookies came out exactly the way they should. Rich intense chocolate taste. I did chop up about 40z. of Ghirardelli chocolate and mixed it into the dough. I also refrigerated it for about 20 min. They were perfect! Did you add nuts to your recipe?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      September 13, 2017 at 9:21 am

      I like to play with the add-ins. Sometimes I leave out the chocolate, or add nuts, or even caramelized nuts. It’s delicious!

  • Reply
    Shelinaz
    November 3, 2017 at 5:11 am

    I made this recipe and it was sooo yummy, crispy in outer part and chewy in the middle and very chocolaty with shine on top

  • Reply
    Pamela
    November 14, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    I followed the recipe exactly and the cookies look dry and crumbly on top not shiny and didn’t set well. Any ideas why?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      November 17, 2017 at 8:17 am

      Hi Pamela, if you beat the eggs and sugar for a few minutes in the mixer until light and fluffy, you should get that shiny crust. However, chilling the cookie dough for a while in the fridge can make it lose some of that shine, but it does help in making thicker cookies. If they turned out dry they were either mixed or baked for too long.

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    Sandra H.
    February 23, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Made these tonight for he first time. I’m in my 60’s and let me say the batter was finger-licking good. I used Nestlė Toll House semi-sweet morsels. As suggested , I did put the batter in the fridge for about 20 min. They came out as described: had a nice sheen and were crackly looking. Mostly firm in the outside with a soft center. One, okay maybe two, will satisfy my chocolate craving! P.S. It won’t let me give it 5 stars, but it is!

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    Diana
    March 7, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Will doubling this recipe give me the same quality cookie?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      March 11, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      Yes Diana, it should be just fine!

  • Reply
    Joanna
    March 18, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Hi!!!!!! I love this recipe! But how can make the cookies not stick to the baking tray?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      March 19, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Joanna, if you line the baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, they won’t stick.

  • Reply
    Bett
    April 22, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Hello! This looks so goood! I’ve got a little question. Would it be okay if I replace the chocolate bars with unsweetend cocoa powder? Or would that ruin the recipe

    • Reply
      Shiran
      April 24, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      Unfortunately it’s not possible because these are two different products.

  • Reply
    Ameera
    May 25, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Loved it. Just tried it today and it tast sooooo goood. Thank you so much.

  • Reply
    Ameera Al Shkeili
    May 26, 2018 at 2:48 am

    Hi Shiran,

    I baked the cookies yesterday. everyone went crazy for it and they just loved it. My only mistake that I over baked the cookies and it was little hard, however, still YUMMY.

    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Reply
      Shiran
      May 27, 2018 at 7:22 am

      Thank you, Ameera!

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    Lhot
    June 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve tried this 3 times. They do taste absolutely great but for the life of me, I can’t make it with the crackly and shiny finish. My cookies turned out round and fat. no crackly effect at all. What could I be doing wrong?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      June 6, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Hi Lhot, to get crackly tops you need to beat the eggs and sugar for several minutes in the mixer. You can try using the whisk attachment instead of the paddle attachment. It also helps if you bake them right away or as soon as possible, although they might spread too much.

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    Debbie
    September 24, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    I just had to comment on these cookies because they turned out fantastic! I followed your instructions exactly, using a dark chocolate bar instead of semi sweet, and I was so proud of my shiny, crackle topped cookies I just had to say thank you. So, thank you! (Not to mention they are one of my new favorites?). Definitely 5 star but I wasn’t able to reflect that on your rating.

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      Lauren
      October 20, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Debbie if you don’t mind me asking what kind of chocolate did you use? What brand was it ? I’m having trouble finding a good chocolate to use

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    Carrie Mars
    November 1, 2018 at 3:12 am

    I just made these cookies and my family loved them! I did use baking cocoa though instead of semi sweet chocolate bars and the only thing was that they did not have the crackled kinda crispy tops like they should have. They ended up just turning out to be like a smooth cake top look to them but they still tasted great and were super easy to whip up! Thank you so much.

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    Dora
    November 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Just baked these cookies! Absolutely delicious.xxx

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    Sally
    December 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I just made these for the third or fourth time now. They came out drastically differently each time but all batches were delicious and crackly. This time I replaced half of the sugar with coconut sugar and I made them smaller so I could use them as ice cream sandwich material. Good stuff.

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    Phoebe
    December 14, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    I DONT HAVE CRACKS AND I FOLLOWED EVERYTHING to the t literally I fridged for 30 mins beat the eggs until light and fluffy let the cookies rest for 5mins on the tray and yet I still have flat cookies with acne scars on the surface.

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    Alex
    December 19, 2018 at 8:27 am

    I’ve made these so many times before and LOVE this recipe! This year I’m going to try rolling balls of the dough in powdered sugar to make chocolate crinkles.

    Can the dough be made a couple days in advance and refrigerated?

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      Shiran
      December 21, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Yes it can 🙂

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    Jessica
    December 22, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    I just made the substituting the flour for all-purpose gluten-free flour and they turned out amazing!!! So delicious, I better put them away before I eat them all!

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    Kelly
    January 26, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    These turned out great! Just like you described. I didn’t chill the dough before baking the first batch and it took 9 minutes to cook. The cookies came out with the shiny tops like you said. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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    Laila
    February 10, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I made these and I really like them. I suggest 9 minutes rather then 12 though

  • Reply
    Tatyana
    April 22, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Hello Shiran,
    Exploring your recipes and photos is a real pleasure, as usual!
    But this time I need a small advice 🙂 My cookies didn’t spreat in the oven at all… They didn’t flatten and hardly had any crancks on top. I suspect high cocoa content in the chocolate I used (72%) could affect the cookies this way, but I’m not sure. Could you remember if you faced the same problem during your tests?
    Thank you in advance!

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