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5 from 6 votes

Chocolate Cookies made with Cocoa

These chewy chocolate cookies are made with cocoa powder and are so easy to make. You need just a couple of staple ingredients and little prep time.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cookies recipe, chocolate cookies with cocoa, cocoa cookies
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories: 172kcal


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • ½ cup unsweetened Dutch-processed* cocoa powder, spooned and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar**
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bars


  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium-high speed for about 2-3 minutes. Then add the egg and vanilla and mix for about 1 minute, until creamy and well combined. Add the flour mixture and mix on medium-low speed just until incorporated, about 30-60 seconds. Then stir in the chocolate chips, if used, just until evenly distributed. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line two or three baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Scoop 2 tablespoons (45 g) of cookie dough per cookie, roll into even balls with the palm of your hands and place 6 cookies, spaced 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm) apart, on each prepared baking sheet. Bake one sheet at a time for 10-11 minutes, or until edges are set, and the centers start to get small rips on top and look dry and puffy.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet, or until firm enough to move. They will deflate as they cool. Then, transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. The cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.



* Natural cocoa powder can be used as well. Replace 1:1.
** If preferred, use dark brown sugar. Replace 1:1.


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 194IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg