Chocolate Drop Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Drop Cookies
Claire Cohen
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 42 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
423 Calories
26g Fat
45g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 42
Amount per serving
Calories 423
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 241mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 6g
Calcium 94mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These chocolate drop cookies offer loads of flavor, and they have a wonderful chewy texture. The chopped walnuts add texture as well but feel free to omit them if you aren't a fan. Or add another ingredient to the cookies. Chocolate—milk or semisweet—morsels or white chocolate chips are an excellent addition to just about any cookie dough, with or without the nuts. Or add some toffee chips or brickle bits to the cookies.

The cookies freeze nicely, so don't worry about making too many. Freeze them in airtight containers for up to 6 months. Or simply scale the recipe down and make half a batch.

The recipe makes about 3 1/2 to 4 dozen cookies—more if you make them small.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cups finely chopped walnuts or pecans, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for chocolate drop cookies.
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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or grease them lightly.

  3. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

    Combine the dry ingredients.
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  4. Combine the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

    Beat the butter and sugars together.
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  5. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

    Beat the eggs and vanilla into the first mixture.
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  6. With the mixer on low speed, beat in flour mixture a little at a time until well blended and smooth.

    Add the flour and cocoa mixture to the chocolate cookie dough.
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  7. Fold in the finely chopped walnuts.

    Fold the nuts into the cookie dough.
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  8. Drop the chocolate cookie dough onto greased baking sheets by rounded tablespoons, leaving about 2 inches between cookies.

    Chocolate drop cookies ready for the oven.
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  9. Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, or until set. If desired, sprinkle with some granulated sugar while they're hot or dust with powdered sugar when cool.

    Sprinkle with sugar if you like.
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  10. Let the cookies cool on the pans on a rack for about 5 minutes; transfer chocolate cookies to the rack to cool completely.


  • Use a small cookie scoop to keep the cookies uniform in size.
  • Make sure you taste the walnuts or pecans before you add them to the cookie dough. If the nuts are rancid, the cookies are ruined.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container or food storage bag. To keep them soft, add a piece of plain white bread to the container or bag. The bread will dry while the cookies stay soft.
  • Freeze the cookie dough. Drop cookie dough on the baking sheets as directed and then place the baking sheets in the freezer. When the cookie mounds are frozen solid, move them to a freezer bag and freeze them for up to 2 months. To reheat, take them out of the freezer and arrange them on the baking sheets. Let them stand while the oven preheats. They will still be quite cold, so you might have to add an extra minute or two to the baking time.

Recipe Variations

  • Gussy the warm cookies up with granulated sugar, vanilla sugar, or larger grain decorating sugar. Or sprinkle powdered sugar over them after they cool.
  • Replace the chopped nuts with regular or mini chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, brickle bits, or butterscotch chips.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate or white chocolate over the cooled cookies.
  • Drizzle royal icing over the cookies after they cool.