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Triple Chocolate Cookies


posted: 11/04/16

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These Triple Chocolate Cookies use three different types of chocolate to make a fudgey cookie that you won’t be able to get enough of.

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These chocolate chocolate chip cookies are my family’s answer to chocolate cravings. We love the fudgy cookie dough, which has the texture and flavor of brownies, and the chocolate chunks and semi-sweet chips that melt into the cookie, creating the perfect chocolate flavor. Serve these with a tall glass of cold milk and you have a decadent treat that everyone loves!

Triple the Chocolate

These fudgy, gooey cookies have a solid three types of chocolate in them for layers upon layers of cocoa goodness:

  • First you have a rich cocoa powder that is mixed in with the flour. That’s the base for the cookie batter, which makes these cookies rich and chocolatey.
  • Next, semi-sweet chocolate chips melt into the cookies while baking to create a fudgy center in the cookies.
  • Finally, dark chocolate chunks are mixed in throughout. A step up from chocolate chips, you will love adding these to your cookies.
Stack of Triple Chocolate Cookies with a bite taken out of the top bite

How to Make Triple Chocolate Cookies

Here is a brief overview of how this simple chocolate cookie recipe comes together. Be sure to read the full recipe including all measurements and instructions at the bottom of the post.

  • Combine dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
  • Mix wet ingredients. Cream together the brown sugar, white sugar, and butter, then add the eggs and vanilla.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients. See my tips for this step below.
  • Add the chocolate. Mix in the melted and cooled chocolate followed by the chocolate chunks. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes. Read more about this important step below.
  • Form into cookies. Use a cookie scoop to form the dough into balls. Place the dough balls on a baking sheet. Add extra chocolate chunks to the tops to have the cookies look like pictured.
  • Bake the cookies. Take them out of the oven, and after two minutes transfer to a cooling rack to fully cool. Enjoy!

Cookie Scoop

This scoop is perfect for getting even-sized cookies in a quick way! I use it for so many cookie recipes.
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Letting Dough Rest

You will notice that in this recipe we are having the batter sit for thirty minutes on the counter. (No need to pop it in the refrigerator.) Letting a dough sit can provide multiple different functions. In this recipe it helps the dry ingredients hydrate which lead to cookies that brown more evenly and are more likely to have a crisp exterior and a chewy center. It also gives fats the time to solidify, making for cookies that spread less. In this case, we are giving that melted chocolate a bit of a chance to solidify and lead to a better cookie. While it is tempting to skip this step, don’t do it!

Overhead view of a platter of Triple Chocolate Cookies

Tips for Making the Best Cookies

These tips and tricks work for almost any cookie recipe.

  • Use room-temperature butter. You should be able to push your finger into it and make a small dent but not go all the way through. Want to speed this up? Cut your butter into one-inch pieces and leave it on the counter for a half hour.
  • Your eggs also need to be at room temperature. To speed this up, fill a bowl with lukewarm water and leave the eggs in there for a few minutes.
  • It’s really important to measure your flour correctly. Scoop the flour into the measuring cup and level it off. If you scoop right out of your flour container using your measuring cup, you will end up with significantly more flour. I share more on this below.
  • Use fresh baking powder. To test your baking powder, mix a little bit with some water. It should bubble up right away, if it doesn’t it is time to get fresh baking powder.
  • Make sure you cream your butter and sugar together for at least three minutes. It needs to not just be mixed, it needs to be light and fluffy. The sugar actually beats air into the butter and that’s key in baking these chocolate cookies.
  • Your pans can’t be hot. If you are baking in batches and need to use your baking sheets more than once, you need to make sure that they have cooled before you put more dough on them. Your best bet is to have a few different pans that you can cycle through to make batches, letting the pans cool for a solid 15 to 20 minutes before adding more dough to them.
  • Use a cookie scoop. This isn’t essential, but I find that using a scoop helps to keep all your cookies the same size for consistent baking and it also makes the process of getting the cookies into ball form so much faster!
Triple Chocolate Cookies on cooling rack

Measuring Flour Correctly

Flour packs easily which can result in more flour in your recipe than you actually need. If you aren’t using a scale to measure flour, a few simple steps will ensure that you don’t get too much flour in your recipe. I have a detailed post with photos of the correct way to measure flour without a scale.

  • Fluff the flour. Whisk the flour in the container or bag it’s stored in.
  • Use a spoon to scoop the flour. Use a spoon to scoop the flour from the container into a dry measuring cup, allowing it to pile above the rim.
  • Level it off. Use the flat edge of a spatula to level off the extra flour. You want to make sure the flour is even with the top edge of the cup.

How to Measure Flour

Follow these tips and tricks for getting the perfect amount of flour every time!
Person's hands leveling off measuring cup of flour with handle of spatula over container of flour with whisk beside for How to Measure Flour

Avoiding Overmixing

Overmixing cookie dough can lead to tough cookies due to the overactivation of gluten in the flour. To prevent this, I recommend adding the dry ingredients all at once. Begin by incorporating the dry ingredients on low speed to prevent flour from flying out of the bowl. Then, briefly mix on high speed just until the flour is incorporated. This method reduces mixing time compared to adding the flour gradually, reducing the changes of the dough being overmixed.

Overhead view of cooling rack of Triple Chocolate Cookies

Freezing Chocolate Cookie Dough

I love how well this dough freezes and bakes from frozen, making it a great way to have fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies without making the dough every time.

  • Prepare the dough and scoop into balls. Instead of putting them in the oven, place the dough balls on a parchment-lined plate or baking sheet.
  • Flash freeze the dough by putting the plate or baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes. This prevents them from sticking together later.
  • Transfer the dough balls to a freezer-safe container and store in the freezer for up to three months.
  • When you are ready to bake the cookies, put the frozen dough (as many cookies as you would like to bake), on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 11 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Storing and Freezing Chocolate Cookies

If you want to freeze the cookies after they are baked, allow them to completely cool then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. Store in the freezer for up to three months. Enjoy straight from the freezer or allow to thaw on the counter.

Triple Chocolate Cookies with a bite taken out of front cookie

Other Favorite Cookie Recipes

Want more chewy, delicious chocolaty cookies? Try some of these recipes:

Please let me know in the comments below what you think of this Chocolate Cookies recipe, I love hearing from you!

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Triple Chocolate Cookies

Serves: 24 cookies
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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
These Triple Chocolate Cookies use three different types of chocolate to make a fudgey cookie that you won't be able to get enough of.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (120 grams)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (21 grams
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature (22.6 grams)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (49.5 grams)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed (159.755 grams)
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips melted and cooled (225 grams)
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks (240 grams)


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
    1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream together the brown sugar, white sugar, and butter until light and fluffy, about 3 to 6 minutes.
    1/4 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Mix in the eggs one at a time. Then add in the vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl in between each addition.
    1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 eggs
  • Add the flour mixture. Turn the mixer on low and beat until it is just combined enough that the flour will not fly out of the bowl. Turn the mixer up all the way and mix for just a few more seconds until fully combined, being careful not to over-beat.
  • Mix in the melted and cooled chocolate. Then mix in the chocolate chunks. Let batter sit, covered, on the kitchen counter for 30 minutes. This will help it become more fudgy. (Read more about this step here: Letting Dough Rest)
    1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup chocolate chunks
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookies and roll them into balls. Add extra chocolate chunks to the tops to have the cookies look like the cookies in the pictures. Place the cookies 2 inches apart and bake for 10 to 14 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through cooking.
  • Remove from the oven and after 2 minutes, transfer to a cooling rack until fully cooled.
Serving: 1cookies Calories: 495kcal (25%) Carbohydrates: 30g (10%) Protein: 10g (20%) Fat: 14g (22%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 67mg (22%) Sodium: 99mg (4%) Potassium: 308mg (9%) Fiber: 8g (33%) Sugar: 23g (26%) Vitamin A: 28IU (1%) Calcium: 27mg (3%) Iron: 7mg (39%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: cookies
Cuisine: American
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  1. Kelly Lynn's Sweets and Treats says

    Hahaha omg I’m dying….I can totally picture this because my 3-year old niece does the same thing every time I spend the night and babysit. I try to sneak in a quiet cup of coffee before she gets up but she.hears.me.every.time ???? And then it’s talk, talk, talk. Thank goodness she’s a cutie pie too hehehe. But these cookies!!! They look amazing! Now I’m craving chocolate. And cookies. Pinned!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      OMG, and you can give her back!!! LOL! I’m so happy you get it. Thanks for pinning!

  2. Lindsey says

    Very good tasting cookies, but definitely did not come out puffy like the picture. I only made one sheet, so a few things I would change: Reduce the baking time! 14 minutes seemed super alarming to me, and after 11 I took the cookies out, but they still turned out a little more cooked than I like. Also, maybe to make the cookie less like a chocolate pancake, chill the dough before cooking?

    Like I said, these taste very good, and I do like the crisp with the chewy. Just wish they were more puffy!

    Wondering if I can freeze the dough or if I should bake the cookies than freeze them?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I think it would be fine to freeze the dough. I would just scoop it out first. Sorry that they didn’t turn out puffy! Did you happen to test your baking powder recently? It should bubble immediately when you toss a little in some water.

      • Lindsey says

        Good point! I just tested it and it’s bubbling, but it did expire a few months ago. Maybe the issue, but I haven’t had this issue in the past. However I am getting used to sea level baking as opposed to altitude. I’ll bake the frozen dough this weekend (if my husband hasn’t eaten all of the frozen dough balls by now).

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