Our Christmas Chocolate Cookies are thick, chewy, and loaded with red and green candy! These double chocolate chip cookies are ready in just 20 minutes!
We’ve always loved double chocolate chip cookies – so rich and fudgy and loaded with chocolate – so it was only right that we create a Christmas version!
In true Buns In My Oven fashion, we kept these chocolate Christmas cookies as easy as possible with our 20 minute cookie dough that gets it’s festive looks from red and green m&m’s! I love an easy holiday treat!
If you’re looking for a Christmas chocolate cookie that you can whip up in no time, that people will rave about, and that the kids can help with – this is the one!
I’ve been making my own version of those double chocolate chip cookies for awhile now and I’ve shared my chocolate peanut butter cookies before. They’re every bit as delightful as these.
This recipe is a riff on my perfect chocolate chip cookies. I added in some cocoa powder to make the dough chocolate and then stirred in chocolate chips and red and green m&m candies to dress them up for Christmas.
These are so simple that it’s honestly kind of dangerous. Who can resist whipping up a batch when it only takes 20 minutes?!
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Chocolate Cookie Dough – You’ll need all the standard cookie dough ingredients like flour, sugar, egg, and butter as well as cocoa powder. We use Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder to get that deep color and flavor.
Espresso Powder – This is an optional ingredient but it’ll really enhance the rich flavor of these chocolate cookies and it won’t taste like coffee!
Chocolate Chips – You can use whatever brand of semi-sweet chocolate chips you like!
Candies – I’m using red and green m&m candies for these Christmas double chocolate chip cookies! Other red and green colored candies would work too, or switch it up with different holiday themed candies!
What Readers are Saying!
“These are my kids’ favorite and they call them hot cocoa cookies!
I came across this recipe a few weeks before Christmas and have made several times. They come out perfect every time and never disappoint. I also love how they’re smaller batches so you can have fresh ones whenever. Easy to make and delicious!” – Brianne
How to Make Double Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Make Cookie Dough: To get started you’ll need a large mixing bowl. Add in the melted butter along with the white and brown sugars and mix until well combined. Add in an egg and some vanilla and stir again.
Finally, stir in your flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, espresso powder (optional), and salt. These are all basic cookie ingredients here!
Chocolate Candy: Once you have combined all the cookie dough ingredients into a nice thick dough, let’s turn these into double chocolate cookies by dumping in some chocolate chips and holiday m&m’s!
It’s hard to tell from the photos, but these are BIG chocolate cookies. I love big bakery cookies like this and think they’re so much more fun than a bunch of tiny cookies.
Feel free to swap out the m&m candies for any holiday themed candies or just leave them out entirely and stick to a more classic style double chocolate chip cookie!
Bake: Portion the chocolate chip cookie dough into 9 large balls of dough. They’re big, but don’t be scared. You won’t regret these thick chewy cookies!
Bake these chocolate cookies for 11 minutes exactly. It’s okay if they look a bit underdone – they’ll finish up on the hot baking sheet.
Let them cool for at least 5 minutes before digging in.
It should last 2 to 4 days in a sealed airtight container. I would recommend freezing the cookie dough if it is any longer than that.
I scoop the double chocolate chip cookie dough out in balls and then flash freeze on a tray before adding to a freezer bag. You do not need to thaw to bake, just add a minute or two to the bake time.
My heart says yes, but science says no. The raw egg and flour could contain potentially harmful bacteria so you shouldn’t eat this cookie dough raw. Instead you should just try out my edible sugar cookie dough recipe!
The easiest way to ensure perfectly uniform cookies is to use a cookie scoop! If you have an ice cream scoop, that’ll work too.
MORE CHRISTMAS TREATS!
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies for Christmas
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Add the butter and sugars to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until well combined with the paddle attachment.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt to the mix and stir until a soft dough forms.
- Stir in the chocolate chips and candies by hand.
- Portion dough into 9 large balls and place on a large parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 11 minutes exactly. Cookies will look underdone, but will continue to set up while cooling.
- Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Cool before serving.
- Store in an air-tight container.