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Chewy Chocolate Cookies

So easy. So delicious. You’re gonna love these Chewy Chocolate Cookies!

Because what’s not to love here? Who can resist one of these soft, delicious cookies flavored with cocoa? I love them cooled slightly, but still warm enough to fall apart as they drape, almost melting, into my fingers. With practiced skill, I stuff the pieces into my mouth. (LOL, my pictures are with properly cooled Chewy Chocolate Cookies.)

hand holding up a half eaten soft chocolate cookie

I’ve adapted this classic Hershey recipe in my own cookie fashion. First, I use brown sugar instead of white sugar. I love to bake with brown sugar which gives my baked goods a more mellowed, deep flavor. They just taste more homemade to me, if that’s possible. And brown sugar is a surprisingly nice pairing with chocolate.

Secondly, I’ve substitued some of the butter in the original recipe for shortening. Using all butter in a cookie recipe often results in a flatter, crispier cookie. This can have a nice, melt-in-your mouth quality, especially when using white sugar. But I prefer a shortening (always Crisco) and butter combo which results in a taller cookie that maintains its chewiness. In my mind, butter and white sugar work well for a small, dainty cookie. But a shortening/butter combination used with brown sugar is the chewy, gooey stuff we all really crave.

one chocolate cookie closeup showing chewy through the crackled top

The fact that this recipe uses cocoa instead of a melted or chopped chocolate means that preparation is simplified. Cocoa isn’t sweet at all, and so that these cookies lean more toward a dark chocolate flavor. In my mind, just another reason to love them!

hand holding up a half eaten soft chocolate cookie

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes

These cookies are so soft and delectable!


  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Cream together butter, shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Gradually stir in dry ingredients.
  3. Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 2 cookies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

Cookies are a lovely treat for beginners to baking since they are not as fussy about exact measurements and mixing techniques. The most common rookie mistake is burning the cookies! These cookies, like most, should still look very gooey when you take them out of the oven. They will set up a little more firmly as they cool. I like to bake this recipe for exactly 9 minutes. I want them to maintain their lovely soft and chewy texture even when they are completely cooled.

cookie sheet of baked dark and delicious chocolaty cookies

So why not bake some up today? I bet you have all the ingredients in your pantry. Share a cookie and share the recipe.

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