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Triple Chocolate Cookies

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These triple chocolate cookies are incredibly chewy, soft, fudgy and chocolatey! A super simple chocolate cookie recipe using cocoa powder; no chilling required. Plus high altitude adjustments.

I have been on a mission to develop the best chewy, fudgy bakery-style chocolate cookies, that are simple, didn’t require melting chocolate and used cocoa powder and I have found it!

Triple Chocolate Cookies with one broken open to reveal a dark, fudgy center.

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If you are a fan of soft, chewy cookies, you will also love these recipes; Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Soft Sugar Cookie Bars, and Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies.

Every year when my kids go back to school, I make a couple dozen cookies, wrap them individually and keep them in the freezer. Then I can easily pop them into lunch boxes or serve as an after school snack. And this triple chocolate cookies recipe is a favorite.

Triple Chocolate Cookies with glass of milk and bag of Rodelle Baking Cocoa in background.


Using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, these cookies come together quicky! All measurements in the recipe card.

Ingredients for Triple Chocolate Cookies L-R Baking Cocoa powder, sugar, flour, egg, chocolate extract, vanilla extract, butter, salt, baking soda and chocolate chips..
  • All Purpose Flour | I use organic, unbleached all purpose flour, but regular flour may be used.
  • Cocoa Powder | I used my favorite Organic Rodelle Baking Cocoa, rich, clean, delicious!
  • Butter | use real butter in cookies, if it’s soft coming out of the fridge, it’s a butter blend and your cookies will not turn out the same. Make sure it’s room temperature soft.
  • Sugar | I use organic all natural cane sugar in all of my baking, it’s a bit more coarse than white sugar (which you may still use) and requires a little longer to cream.
  • Egg | I use large eggs in all of my baking, take the egg out when you take your butter out.
  • Vanilla Extract | I used Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract, so flavorful, with an amazing aroma!
  • Chocolate Extract | this is optional, if you don’t use chocolate extract increase your vanilla extract. But it does give the extra rich chocolate boost!
  • Chocolate Chips | Use your favorite, these cookies aren’t overly sweet, I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, or mix and match using a couple different types.
  • Flaky Sea Salt | Now is the time to try flaky sea salt on cookies! The sweet salty bursts in each bite, adds incredible flavor

Instructions for Triple Chocolate Cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies process shots with image 1 with butter and sugar in mixer, second image of adding egg to batter.

In a medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. About 2-4 minutes on medium-high speed, longer if using all natural cane sugar

Add egg, vanilla and chocolate extract (if using); beat another minute, scraping down sides. 

HINT: Scrape down the sides of your bowl occasionally in order to incorporate and cream all of the ingredients.

Triple chocolate cookie recipe process shot, adding flour and dry ingredients to batter, adding chocolate chips to batter.

Gradually stir in flour mixture, beating on low until combined, adding milk if high altitude or if mixture seems too thick or dry. Stir in chocolate chips. 

Process shots for Triple Chocolate Cookies, adding milk for high altitude and scooping cookie dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet.

Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet, if a flatter cookie is desired, using your hand, press down lightly to slightly flatten. If you skip this step, your cookies will just be a little more mounded.

Hand flattening triple chocolate cookies dough and flattened cookies on cookie sheet.

Bake 8-9 minutes until edges are dry, but tops are still soft and a bit glossy. Cookies will be soft, do not over bake. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt while cooling. 

Cool 2 minutes on a cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Makes 24 cookies. If smaller cookies are desired, use a teaspoon or a small cookie scoop and bake for 6-7 minutes. 

Triple Chocolate Cookies cooling on wire rack.

High Altitude Cookies

As mentioned on my About page, I live and bake at high altitude, 5280 feet. To adjust for high altitude for triple chocolate cookies recipe do the following:

  • Add additional 2 tablespoons flour
  • Add 1-3 teaspoons milk (or water) to batter right before the chocolate chips (I used 2)
  • Watch your baking time, typically you bake cookies at altitude for less time.


  • Add 1 teaspoon espresso powder for a slightly coffee flavored chocolate cookie
  • Change the chips | use butterscotch, white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, peanut butter, bittersweet!
  • GLUTEN FREE TRIPLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES | I have had great luck substituting the all purpose flour for AP Gluten Free Flour, let me know if you give it a try.

Try my Gluten Free Chocolate chip Cookies or these delicious Gluten Free Protein Cookies.


  • A good hand mixer or stand mixer works great for this recipe, but you can always do by hand, it will just be a workout!
  • Cookie Scoop | I used a medium cookie scoop for these cookies, yields an average sized cookie, makes it easier and keeps your cookies all uniform in size.
  • Parchment Paper & Cookie Sheet these make cookies so much easier to bake!
  • Cooling Rack | Cookies will actually continue baking on the baking sheet, which is why after a few minutes it’s important to remove them (unless otherwise instructed) from the baking sheet to the wire cooling rack.

Storage & Freezing Tips

Here are my best tips for the freshest and best chocolate cookies with cocoa powder!

  • Bake only what you will eat in the next 2 days, (refrigerate or freeze the rest) and keep in an airtight container.
  • Freeze the pre-scooped cookie dough in airtight container or freezer baggie, allow to soften while preheating the oven when ready to bake.
  • Cookies will stay somewhat fresh in an airtight container on the counter for 2-4 days.
  • Bake the entire batch, cool and wrap cookies individually in plastic wrap, then freeze in an airtight container.
  • To re-warm cookies, place on baking sheet in preheated 300 degree oven for about 3 minutes.
Triple Chocolate cookies with flaky sea salt on wire cooling rack.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is double and triple chocolate?

Double chocolate means the cookie batter itself is a chocolate batter, triple chocolate implies that there is another type of chocolate in addition to the chocolate chips. For this recipe, I used the chocolate extract as my triple. Try using two different types of chocolate chips in this recipe too.

What is the secret to chewy cookies?

Typically the secret is in allowing the cookie batter to rest in the fridge for 10 minutes up to an hour, this allows some of the liquid to evaporate and the sugar to blend with the other ingredients. I tested this recipe with room temperature batter and chilling for 10 and 20 minutes, I preferred the room temperature cookies to the chilled cookies.

Why are my cookies dry?

The usual culprit is that you baked them too long, soft cookies should be baked just until the edges are golden (somewhat dry looking) and the centers are soft, but slightly glossy. The cookies will continue baking and setting as they cool.

Chewy Triple Chocolate Cookies in a striped box with a cookie broken apart nearby.
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In all of your cookie baking, but especially in these triple chocolate cookies, do not over bake cookies! Err on the side of underbaking.

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  1. You have packed these cookies with triple chocolate! My chocolate loving family is going to be so excited when I make them, thanks for another great recipe Kathleen!

  2. 5 stars
    I have a serious obsession with chocolate and these cookies definitely checked all of my boxes. They’re so easy to put together in a jiffy and delicious!

  3. Why do you prefer natural cane sugar? We have a bag from Costco. Can it always be used 1:1 for granulated sugar? Brown sugar, dark or light?

    1. I prefer it because it is more natural and unbleached like white sugar, you can use it in any recipe 1:1 for regular granulated white sugar, you cannot replace it for brown sugar. It is a bit more coarse than refined sugar, so when using it, you will need to beat longer to break down the crystals and cream, or when dissolved, you may have to spend a bit longer. Hope that makes sense!