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How to Make Dark Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies

Julia loves to make delicious baked treats. She enjoys sharing recipes with others.

A delicious stack of dark chocolate snickerdoodle cookies, rolled in cinnamon!

A delicious stack of dark chocolate snickerdoodle cookies, rolled in cinnamon!

Chocolate Makes Everything Better

Do you believe that chocolate can make everything better? Well maybe not everything, but for those things it can't, melted cheese works just as well.

I was having a debate with a friend, who happens to be a very picky eater, and pretty much only wants desserts made with chocolate. He didn't want to eat anything that didn't have chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate in it. At least I didn't have to worry about him stealing the giant snickerdoodle cookie I was eating. He would only eat it if there was chocolate in it.

And why shouldn't there be chocolate in it? Because chocolate and cinnamon are amazing, so why not?

Blended Batter-Perfect for Licking!

Blended butter and sugars--perfect for licking!

Blended butter and sugars--perfect for licking!

The Beginning

So I set out to make him some chocolate snickerdoodles. I would have used regular chocolate, but at the time the only thing available in my house was dark chocolate cocoa powder. I think the dark chocolate tastes even better than it would with regular chocolate!

First you mix your butter and sugars together until creamy with a beater. If you are afraid of raw eggs, this is the time to lick the beaters. Brown sugar, white sugar, and butter mixed together...even without chocolate, it's amazing!

Mixing in the Dark Chocolate

Mixing the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and dark cocoa.

Mixing the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and dark cocoa.

Mixing It Up

After mixing the raw egg and vanilla into the creamy sugar butter, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and the magic ingredient together in a separate bowl. And what is the magic ingredient? Chocolate of course!

Putting It All Together

Blending the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Blending the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Bringing It All Together

Combine the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet creamy butter mixture. If you are not afraid of raw eggs, all this batter is up for grabs at any point during this step (before or after adding the flour).

Raw Chocolate Cookie Dough

Raw chocolate cookie dough, ready to be refrigerated.

Raw chocolate cookie dough, ready to be refrigerated.

In The Raw

Make sure to refrigerate the raw cookie dough for at least an hour. Dough that is too warm will spread out thin in the oven.

I have even read it suggested to chill the balls of cookie dough on the cookie sheets before placing them in the oven.

Do not put raw dough on warm cookie sheets.

Having a Ball

Dark chocolate snickerdoodle cookie balls, rolled in cinnamon and sugar, and ready to be placed in the oven.

Dark chocolate snickerdoodle cookie balls, rolled in cinnamon and sugar, and ready to be placed in the oven.

Rollin Rollin Rollin

After refrigerating the dough, roll it into little balls and roll the balls in cinnamon and sugar. Then place them a few inches apart on a cool cookie sheet.

It is best to line the sheet with parchment paper rather than cooking spray, as excessive cooking spray will cause cookies to spread out in the oven.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Ingredients

The ingredients for Dark Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies.

The ingredients for Dark Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

10 min

25 min

2 dozen, plus a few extra for snacking on

Tips

-Refrigerate at least 1 hour before baking.

-Use parchment paper instead of cooking spray.

-Try mixing in chocolate chips or cinnamon flavored chips.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 2 T dark cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • cinnamon
  • sugar

Instructions

  1. Beat together butter, brown sugar and white sugar until creamy.
  2. Add in egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. I always throw in a little extra sprinkling of cinnamon here.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  5. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour. Properly chilled dough will help keep cookies from spreading in the oven.
  6. Heat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (parchment paper helps keep cookies from spreading)
  7. Roll rounded spoonfulls of dough in cinnamon and sugar and place a few inches apart on a cool, parchment lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes at 350 F.
  9. Let them sit on the tray for a few minutes after removing from the oven. Then transfer to cooling racks to finish cooling.
Freshly baked dark chocolate snickerdoodle cookies.

Freshly baked dark chocolate snickerdoodle cookies.

Comments

Peggy Browning from Ponca City, Oklahoma on November 18, 2015:

These look great! And your presentation is very impressive. Your whole post looks great!

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on April 20, 2015:

I love dark chocolate anything, especially snickerdoodles. Voted 5 stars and up

Blessings to you.

L M Reid from Ireland on February 07, 2015:

Love chocolate recipes and this one is a winner for me. Will try these chocolate treats soon

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 07, 2015:

Congratulations on receiving Editor's Choice and other awards for this Hub about delicious-looking treats.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 05, 2015:

I love Snickerdoodles but I've never tried adding chocolate to the recipe. These look great and your photos are delicious.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on February 04, 2015:

The cookies look so delicious. Btw, congratulations for winning the Editors Prize.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 03, 2015:

the first picture makes my mouth drooling with saliva already!

Jean Bakula from New Jersey on February 03, 2015:

I wish I could reach through the screen and eat one!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on February 03, 2015:

They look mouth watering good.

Trudy Cooper from Hampshire, UK on January 28, 2015:

Lovely, lovely, lovely, yum yum. I have copied this recipe and will make it with my grandson Bradley at the weekend, can't wait they look so tasty!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on January 27, 2015:

I love chocolate and the recipe so delicious. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Good job and voted up!

Prasetio

Julia Rexford (author) on January 26, 2015:

@swilliams: Thank you! I think they taste even better than they look!

swilliams on January 26, 2015:

Wow! What a great presentation! You photos are amazing. The Snickerdoodle look yummy too! Voted up! and tweeted out!

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on January 26, 2015:

These look so delicious!