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Bakery Style Chocolate Cookies

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One of my favorite things to bake is cookies, and these thick and soft Bakery-Style Triple Chocolate Cookies now top my list of favorites. Full of chocolate flavor and loaded chocolate chips, these are simply the best and there’s nothing better than an oven-fresh baked cookie.A chocolate chocolate chip cookie broken in half showing the gooey chocolate chips inside

Easy Chocolate Cookies 

So, you’re looking for the perfect cookie right?! Well, you found it. These Bakery-Style Chocolate Cookies are simply the perfect cookie.

Thick, fudgy, rich and totally indulgent, this triple chocolate cookie will rival all chocolate cookies and (just quietly) it’s my new kryptonite.

One of the things I love about cookies is how easy they are to make — and this recipe is no different — but what sets these apart from any other cookie you’ve ever had is the three levels of chocolate that goes into the dough:

  • Cocoa (I used Dutch processed cocoa for a darker colour)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Melted semi-sweet chocolate

Yep, you heard correctly – chocolate gets melted and mixed right into the cookie dough, making these the fudgiest and most ultra-chocolatey cookies you’ve ever tasted.

A triple chocolate cookie being dunked into a glass of milk

Triple Chocolate Cookies Ingredients

This chocolate chocolate chip cookie recipe requires just pantry staples — making these chocolate cookies dangerously easy to whip up at a moment’s notice. Here’s what goes into this chocolate cookie recipe: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Semi-sweet chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cocoa powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Chocolate chips

How to Make Chocolate Cookies

  1. Beat the butter until light and fluffy, then add the sugars and continue mixing until creamed together. 
  2. Add the melted chocolate, eggs, and vanilla to the mixture. 
  3. Add the remaining dry ingredients to the mixture, then fold in the chocolate chips. 
  4. Scoop out the cookie dough, then chill for at least 30 minutes. 
  5. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes. 

A collage of images showing the process of making chocolate cookies.

How to Make Thick Cookies

These Bakery Style Chocolate Cookies are nice and thick with a soft centre which is all thanks to a couple of tricks. The first is chilling the dough. The colder the cookie dough before it goes into the oven, the less it will spread, so don’t skip chilling the dough.

The second trick is one I learnt recently that America’s Test Kitchen uses. The balls of cookie dough are split in two and then one half is stacked on top of the other (see above). Genius! The extra height means that as the base of the cookie spreads out, the other half of the dough neatly drops down on top keeping it thicker in the centre and perfectly soft.

Can You Freeze Homemade Chocolate Cookies?                              

You can absolutely freeze these triple chocolate cookies – both baked and unbaked – just another thing that makes cookies amazing. Here’s how to freeze these cookies: 

  • Unbaked: Use a cookie scoop to portion out the dough. Sit the balls of dough on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Place them in the freezer for about an hour until firm. Now just transfer them to an airtight container or ziplock bag and freeze for 2 to 3 months, max.
  • Baked: Once baked just place them in a zip lock bag or an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months. Bring them to room temperature for 10-15 minutes before eating.

While it may be easiest to freeze them once they’ve already been baked, you’ll retain the best flavor and freshness by freezing them unbaked. In my opinion, the dough can be frozen longer than baked cookies too.

To bake cookies from frozen, just place them on a baking tray, preheat the oven then bake them a minute or two longer than the time stated in the recipe.

A chocolate cookie broken in half sitting on top of a stack of cookies, showing the gooey chocolate chip centre

Tips for the Best Chocolate Cookies

Measure ingredients correctly: Baking is a science so exact quantities are very important. I love using a scale to weigh ingredients, but you can also check out this post on how to measure flour if you don’t have a scale.

Use semi-sweet chocolate: This darker-than-milk-chocolate has a richer flavour but is not as sweet as milk chocolate so if you want a truer chocolate flavour semi-sweet is the way to go. Even if you don’t like eating semi-sweet chocolate on it’s own, you’ll still adore these cookies.

Cool the melted chocolate: Allow the melted chocolate to cool to around room temperature (or still melted but not warm) before adding it to your butter and sugar. If you don’t, the butter will melt and you’ll have batter instead of dough.

Use a cookie scoop: Not only is it easier, but it also results in cookies that are all the same size (no one wants to be the person left with the smallest cookie).

Chill the dough: Ok, I’m repeating myself but it’s worth it. Cookie dough that isn’t chilled will spread more making thinner, crispier cookies. This recipe is chilled before and after being scooped ensuring perfect texture every time. With the melted chocolate in there, it definitely needs this chilling time.

Use the middle shelf in the oven: Not the bottom shelf where it’s generally hottest. The middle shelf in the oven will get the perfect airflow all around the cookies so they cook evenly.

Give them space on the trays: The cookies will spread so leave a good 2 inches between them. This allows the air to flow around them so they bake more evenly.

Add a few chocolate chips to the top right before baking: This will make the cookies extra pretty when they’re done and shows everyone what’s inside. Plus, it’s an extra dose of chocolate – which can never be wrong. I like to use milk chocolate chips on the tops for the pretty color contrast.

Go on. You know these perfectly soft, thick and fudgy chocolate cookies are calling your name. They’re definitely calling mine – think it’s time for another batch?

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A chocolate, chocolate chip cookie broken in half showing the gooey chocolate chips inside

Bakery-Style Chocolate Cookies

4.32 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
These thick and soft Bakery-Style Triple Chocolate Cookies are are simply the best! There's nothing better than an freshly baked cookie!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (2/3 cup)
  • 2 large eggs , whisked
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (+ extra for topping)


  • In a stand mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy, 1 minute.
  • Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat 1-2 more minutes until fluffy.
  • Add 2/3 cup high quality chocolate chips or baking chocolate to a small bowl. Place the bowl over a saucepan of water simmering on the stove. Stir until it is getting smooth. Let it sit for 1 minute to cool just a little. Pour the chocolate into the batter. Beat the chocolate into the dough.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and beat well, scraping the edges and bottom of the bowl.
  • Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt to a bowl and whisk to combine. Beat the dry ingredients into the dough.
  • Add the chocolate chips. You can use any combination, but we like semi-sweet and milk or semi-sweet and dark.
  • Cover the mixing bowl and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes to chill the dough. Take out the dough and using the America's Test Kitchen way, scoop 1/4 cup, break the dough ball in half and stack the two pieces on top of each other. Place the shaped cookies onto a plate, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • Once the dough has chilled, heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Bake for 10-11 minutes. DO NOT over bake.
  • Cool for at least 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack as the cookies will take a minute to set up.


cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months
Nutrition Facts
Bakery-Style Chocolate Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 115mg5%
Potassium 113mg3%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A chocolate, chocolate chip cookie broken in half showing the gooey chocolate chips inside

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  • Any thoughts on subbing half the vanilla extract for peppermint and maybe using half peppermint chips? I might try that…

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    • Brilliant! Definitely do that! Now I need to do try that too!

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  • Made these chocolate bakery cookies n they are sensational! When you smell the aroma of the dough you know these aren’t just cookies, they’re chocolate to the max. They are more of a celebratory treat. Followed directions exactly and the cookies are deserving of being packed n given as gifts. But will share with family n indulge myself!! Thank you for that recipe.

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    • Thank you Greta! I should have paid you to write the post! You have a great way with words! I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies!

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  • Oh my…these look simply amazing…trying them soon.

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    • Thank you Tami!! Do it! And let us know what you think!

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  • Finally a truly chocolate cookie. Deep flavor, soft texture, and family declared them a winner. I found that it wasn’t necessary to “stack” the dough to get volume – our dough was very cold before baking and the cookies had plenty of height. Also, these are amazing for making ice cream sandwiches because they are so soft that they’re easy to bite through. Better than our local Captain Cookie store. Ours did take 12 -13 minutes to bake, but thats based on a lot of factors. Thanks for this amazing recipe!!!

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    • Thank you so much for the feedback Kal! And great idea for the ice cream sandwiches…now I’m totally craving that!

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  • I baked my cookies and they weren’t even close to being done. They didn’t even spread by 10 minutes. I followed directions exactly. Any suggestions?

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  • I’m confused. It says 4oz 2/3cup semi sweet chocolate? Directions say add 2/3c…what is the 4oz? Also do you mean either semi sweet chips or baking chocolate Would be fine?

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    • Hi Sandy! Sorry for the confusion! It should be 4oz OR 2/3 cup…those are the same amount. And yes, high quality chocolate chips or baking chocolate can be used for the chocolate you melt and pour into the batter.

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