Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Cookies
Thick and chewy with soft interiors, these dark chocolate cookie butter cookies are game changers. Their light texture is due to the mix of cookie butter and olive oil, but their salty finish is what takes them over the top.
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Fact: everyone loves chocolate chip cookies. They’re the crème de la crème of comfort baking. But try adding melted cookie butter to the dough. Then, go crazy and drizzle a bit more on top. Congratulations – you’ve just achieved cookie perfection! If soft, thick, chewy cookies are your jam, these cookie butter cookies are going to blow your mind.
Ingredients for cookie butter cookies:
- Domino® Golden Sugar
- Cookie butter (I prefer smooth, but you could totally substitute the crunchy kind if you want more textural contrast!)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Vanilla bean paste
- Eggs, room temperature
- All-purpose flour
- Bread flour
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Kosher salt
- Dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate
- Maldon sea salt
When baking any type of cookies, I often use a mix of white sugar and dark brown sugar. I love the hint of molasses that it adds. So I was thrilled to use Domino® Golden Sugar, which can be used in all baking recipes as a cup for cup substitute for granulated sugar. Domino® Golden is a less-processed cane sugar that has a hint of molasses in flavor. It helps to make these cookie butter cookies next level!
How to make cookie butter cookies:
First, cream together wet ingredients (Domino® Golden Sugar, cookie butter, olive oil, and vanilla bean paste) until smooth. Slowly add in eggs, one at a time, until well incorporated.
In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Next, gently fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Finally, when only a few streaks of flour remain, fold in dark chocolate pieces.
Use a cookie scoop to roll dough into 2″ round balls. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for at least 10-15 minutes.
Bake in a pre-heated oven for 11-12 minutes, or until edges have set and the center of the cookies has risen. Immediately sprinkle on sea salt flakes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to further cool.
Finally, drizzle melted cookie butter on top of each cookie before serving.
Why it’s important to chill your dough!
Chilling cookie dough before baking helps to ensure that your cookies won’t spread out while baking. I prefer tall, thick cookies instead of thin, flat, crispy cookies, so I always freeze them first!
Parchment is a must!
If you want cookies that are golden brown and cooked evenly both on top and bottom, bake with parchment paper. A silpat baking sheet is also fine, but if you bake without either of these, you’re much more likely to burn the bottom of your cookies before the centers have cooked. Nobody wants burnt bottoms!
How to store cookies:
Fresh cookies will last up to 4 days at room temperature in a sealed, airtight container. Though let’s be honest, these cookies aren’t making it past 24 hours! You can freeze the baked cookies for up to 3 months.
Can you freeze cookie dough?
This is my preferred method when freezing cookies. Nothing in the world beats a freshly baked cookie, warm out of the oven, so… if you want to freeze anything, I recommend freezing the dough.
Pro tip: line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then use a cookie scoop to form balls of dough. Freeze the rounded dough until solid, then transfer to a freezer safe, airtight container. Whenever you want fresh cookies, simply pull out the frozen cookie dough balls and bake for a few extra minutes!
Alternatively, you could that the frozen dough first, but there’s no need.
Frozen cookie dough will last in a freezer for up to 3 months.
Food styling tip!
If you want those glorious pools of chocolate on top of your freshly baked cookie butter cookies, simply add a few larger chunks of chopped chocolate (or chocolate chips!) on top of each cookie dough ball before baking. They’ll melt beautifully.
Alternatively, you could take a small offset spatula and smear the melted chocolate on top of each cookie as they come out of the oven to help them spread.
Either way, you absolutely must sprinkle fresh cookies with flakes of sea salt! Non-negotiable!
These cookies are epic. So epic that I’m gonna go out on a limb and recommend you double the recipe. Thank me later!
Domino® Golden Sugar can be purchased here on Amazon!
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Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Cookies
- 1 ⅔ cups Domino® Golden Sugar
- 1 ½ cups cookie butter divided
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup bread flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 3 cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate roughly chopped
- maldon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 375F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place 1 ¼ cup of cookie butter in a small microwave safe bowl, then heat on high for 30 - 60 seconds, until melted and smooth.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together Domino® Golden Sugar, melted cookie butter, olive oil, and vanilla bean paste until smooth, about 3 minutes on medium speed.
- With the mixer running, add eggs one at a time, mixing until well incorporated, scraping down the sides as needed.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, bread flour, baking soda, and kosher salt. Add flour to sugar mixture, then gently fold until only a few streaks of flour remain. Fold in chopped chocolate.
- Roll dough into 2” round balls, then place on prepared baking sheet leaving at least 2” between cookies. (I bake 9 cookies on a standard baking sheet at one time.) Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
- Bake for 11-12 minutes, or until edges have set and center of cookies have risen, but are still quite soft. Immediately sprinkle each cookie with a few flakes of malden sea salt, then let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet. Carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool further. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
- When finished, heat remaining ¼ cup of cookie butter in microwave until melted and smooth, about 30 - 60 seconds. Drizzle on cooled cookies, then serve immediately.