Gooey Chocolate Cookies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip cookies, christmas cookies, fudge cookies, holiday cookies, homemade cookies
Dessert Type: Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 314kcal
Author: Elizabeth LaBau
These Gooey Chocolate Cookies are magic! Although they look like regular chocolate chip cookies on the outside, they are ridiculously fudgy, gooey, and have a wonderful melted chocolate texture on the inside.
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  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 lb semi-sweet chocolate chopped
  • 2 oz unsalted butter
  • 1-3/4 cup brown sugar**
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chips or white chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips…
  • 1 cup nuts chopped, toasted


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
  • Combine the chopped chocolate and the butter in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave in 30-second increments until completely melted and smooth. Stir after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating. Let the mixture cool to lukewarm.
  • Place the sugar and eggs in the bowl of a large stand mixer, and beat with a whisk attachment until thick and foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the chocolate mixture and the vanilla, and mix them in until they’re incorporated. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl, as the chocolate has a tendency to sink to the bottom.
  • Stir in the flour mixture, and when that’s incorporated, add the chocolate chips and the chopped nuts. Press a layer of cling wrap on top of the batter and refrigerate it until it’s firm enough to scoop, at least 1 hour. (The batter can be refrigerated for several days, but it will need to sit at room temperature to become workable if it has been chilled for an extended period.)
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Use a large 1/4-cup cookie scoop to scoop large portions onto the baking sheets.
  • Bake the cookies until they look dry and crackly on the top, but the center is still very jiggly and soft when pressed, about 12-15 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet—if you try to move them too soon, they’ll fall apart. Once cool, store Gooey Chocolate Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • **I actually add a bit of invert sugar, which is a great secret weapon in the kitchen. In candies it controls crystallization and gives a marvelous texture to things like truffles and fudges, and in baking it makes cookies moist and fudgy and keeps them fresher for longer periods of time. It can be found online and in some specialty baking stores, or it’s easy to make your own invert sugar! If you want to use it, substitute a little for some of the brown sugar—I use 12 ounces of brown sugar and 2 ounces of invert sugar in this recipe.


Adapted from The Bon Appetit Cookbook by Barbara Fairchild


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2.9mg