Dark chocolate cookies recipe

(20 ratings)

These chocolate crackle cookies are crunchy on the outside but have a delicious gooey middle. The mixed spices give them a real kick too.

Preparation Time20 mins (plus overnight chilling)
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Indulgent dark chocolate makes these biscuits a rather grown up treat.

These dark chocolate cookies have a crackle coating over the top which splits as the cookies bake. The result is a crisp, sugary later of icing that crunches over the top. Though they look impressive, this is an easy recipe to do at home. The cookies only take about 20 minutes to prepare, though you do need to leave time for chilling - ideally overnight. The mixed spice adds a brilliant kick which goes especially with with the richness of the dark chocolate. This batch makes 30 small cookies, ideal on the side of a saucer with a tea or coffee. If you prefer a more classic cookie, try our easy chocolate chip cookies (opens in new tab) instead.


  • 60g softened butter
  • 175g light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 30g melted dark chocolate
  • 40ml milk
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • Icing sugar to coat cookies




  1. Line 3 baking sheets with baking parchment or greaseproof paper.
  2. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and smooth. Beat in the egg. Stir in the melted chocolate and milk.
  3. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and mixed spice. Add to the wet ingredients and mix to a dough. Chill the dough for at least 3 hrs, preferably overnight.
  4. Roll the dough into 30 balls. Roll each ball in icing sugar and bake for 20 to 25 mins, or until lightly browned.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool fully.

Top tips for making dark chocolate cookies:

These biscuits will keep for 4-5 days in a biscuit tin.

You might also like: 

Sugar cookies recipe (opens in new tab)

Peanut butter cookies

Snickerdoodles (opens in new tab)

Octavia Lillywhite
Food and Lifestyle Writer

Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.