Everyone needs a classic chocolate cookie recipe, and this one is a favorite!

These classic cookies have a rich, chocolatey flavor baked into a thick and chewy cookie with crispy edges.

Perfect for dunking, dipping, and definitely for sharing!

plated Old Fashioned Chocolate Cookies

Easy Chocolate Cookies

This is a family recipe that comes from Nicky, who works here with us at SpendWithPennies. I have to say; they’re the best chocolate cookies I’ve ever had!

  • Make chocolate cookies for a quick afterschool treat or movie night and watch them disappear!
  • You likely have all of the ingredients on hand or in your pantry already.
  • Chocolate cookies are so moist and chewy with a rich chocolate flavor.
  • You can double this recipe for sharing (and they freeze beautifully).
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Ingredients for Chocolate Cookies

Butter – Use unsalted butter. If you only have salted butter, omit the salt from the recipe.

Sugar Brown sugar has a deeper caramel flavor and adds richness to these cookies.

Dry Ingredients – All purpose flour is the base of these cookies while baking soda and baking powder give them lift.

Chocolate – These cookies get their rich chocolatey flavor from unsweetened chocolate, which is available in the baking aisle or online.

How to Make Chocolate Cookies

  1. Cream butter & brown sugar together & melted chocolate. Mix in eggs and milk.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients and add to the wet a bit at a time.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap & chill for 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Roll balls of dough in sugar & bake until the cookies are soft.

PRO TIP: For best results, let the cookies cool on the baking sheet so they can crisp up and are easier to transfer to a cooling rack.

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Storing Chocolate Cookies

Keep old-fashioned chocolate cookies in a covered container for up to 4 days. They can also be frozen for up to 2 months.

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Old Fashioned Chocolate Cookies

These soft and chewy chocolate cookies are an old-fashioned holiday favorite!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings 18 cookies



  • ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup sugar


  • In a large bowl cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Stir in melted chocolate.
  • Mix in egg, milk, and vanilla until well combined.
  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients into wet until completely combined.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Form dough into 1 ½ tablespoon-sized balls with your hands. Roll in granulated sugar and place on a baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between each cookie
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies will come out soft from the oven but will firm up as they cool. (Be careful not to over bake as they will dry out.)
  • Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.


Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature.
Once baked, the cookies may appear soft and even seem underbaked, but they will firm up as they cool. Be sure not to overbake or they won’t be soft and moist. 
Cool on the baking pan for 10 minutes before transferring as the cookies are very soft when they are warm.
Store cookies in a covered container for up to 4 days. Freeze for up to 2 months. 
5 from 13 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 197 | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 258IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
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Old Fashioned Chocolate Cookies on a cooling rack and plated with writing


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    1. I have only tried this recipe as written Terry so I can’t say for sure how it would work. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!