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Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Baking Powder Recipe

Chewy Chocolate Cookies with baking powder are soft and chewy chocolate wonders. Full of flavor with a just a bit of puff.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies are soft and tender cookies. These cookies are a great option for those that don’t like crunchy or hard cookies. The baking powder in the cookies keeps them then perfect texture.

These cookies hold together great and are very easy to decorate seasonally or for the Holidays. If you like brownies you will love these delicious bites of chocolate yum.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies In A Stack

We love cookies. You may have seen this mentioned a time or too in our other cookie posts. If you’re a fellow connoisseur of delicious bite sized chocolate confections this recipe will fill your happy place.

Using Baking Powder instead of Baking Soda for Cookies

Baking powder will change the texture of cookies. Baking powder will result in a softer and fluffier cookie. Baking soda gives cookies a harder and crunchier cookie texture. Some cookie recipes combine both baking soda and baking powder in the ingredients.

More Delicious Cookie Recipes:

Chewy Chocolate Cookies Batch With A Stack Of Cookies In The Middle Of A Cookie Pile.
Delicious, soft and chewy. Taste like a bite of brownie.

This cookie recipe represents several firsts. Our first 2018 Fall baking post (and we are SO glad to be getting onto FALL!) Our first cookie to use baking powder instead of baking soda. We REALLY are enjoying the beautiful texture these cookies have. WIN!

Our first Decorated cookie for the year! We just gobbled them up and so did the kids and hubbies. AND this is our FIRST post in Kaytis newly remodeled (almost) kitchen.

Watch the video for a sneak peek of her gorgeous new counters and cupboards.

I’m trying to not be jealous. I have a perfectly fine (15 year old remodeled) kitchen w everything I need except LIGHT. For a food blogger that is a problem. Kayti will be making many of our recipes in her new beautiful BRIGHT kitchen so you can see what’s going on in the videos 🙂

Looking for a cute party treat? Look at how adorable these cookies are with an easy candy melt half dip and some creative sprinkles!

Chewy Chocolate Cookies Decorated With A Half Candy Melt Dip And Fall Sprinkles. On A Plate.
Chewy Chocolate Cookies decorated with a half candy melt dip and Fall sprinkles. So yummy, cute and easy to do. Watch the video to find out how Kayti did it!

These cookies are wonderful just plain. They have a full bodied, but not overwhelming, cocoa flavor, a lovely mouth feel and satisfying chewiness. They ALSO hold together really well. This makes them a good choice for decorating.

Popular Holiday Add Ins:

In the printable recipe card I offer several ideas to change up this recipe. For the holidays try adding:

  • a bit of peppermint extract. Now pop a chocolate kiss on top for a yummy christmas cookie. Or Andes mints.
  • Chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
  • walnuts
  • dried cranberries.
Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Let me know what you do with this cookie in the comments. I’m sure you will have a LOT of fun with it.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies Recipe:

Why baking powder? Well…it’s a good substitute for baking soda when used at triple the amount. And we discovered we were OUT of baking soda. So we did the substitution and LOVED the result. So that’s our recipe.

The baking powder added just a TOUCH of pillowy to these cookies. Still chewy but not hard like some baking soda recipes can get.

Our Sourdough Molasses cookies also use baking powder for a softer cookie. If you are a sourdough baker try them!


  • Use parchment paper or silicone mat on the baking sheet to keep the cookies perfect shape when taking them hot off the baking pan.
  • If using a stand mixer or electric hand held to mix put the dry ingredients in in small portions and keep the speed low. Otherwise you will be enveloped in a cookie dust bath.
  • The recipe calls for a baking time of 8 minutes but you may need a few minutes more if your oven is slow. Keep an eye out. These cookies turned out perfect in Kaytis oven in 10 minutes but she has a very slow oven.
  • Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet after removing from the oven. After five minutes or so, transfer them to a cooling rack and cool completely before decorating.Chewy Chocolate Cookies


Chewy Chocolate Cookies In A Stack
Yield: 27 cookies

Chewy Chocolate Cookies with baking powder

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
cooling time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Beautiful bakery style Chocolate cookies with a wonderful soft texture. 


  • 3/4 Cup Butter, softened-(do not use margarine)
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Cup All purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 Cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream Butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until just blended.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir until just mixed.
  6. Scrape down the bowl sides and make sure to gently mix in all the dry ingredients.
  7. Form into one inch balls and place two inches apart on parchment (or silicone sheet) lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.


This recipe doubles easily and makes really cute holiday cookies.

Holiday Variations include:

  • Dip the cookies in melted candy melts of various colors to reflect your celebration theme and decorate with sprinkles as desired.
  • For a Christmas cookie add 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract to taste. Top each cookie with a Hershey's candy cane kiss.
  • Bake as directed and then put an andes chocolate on top. As it melts swirl with a toothpick.

Other ideas to use with this recipe:

  • Add 3/4 Cup chocolate chips
  • Add 3/4 Cup dried cranberries
  • Add 3/3 Cup Heath bits or your other favorite add ins

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 98Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 20mgSodium 103mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 1g

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Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Hi, Just want to clarify if it’s 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder or 1/3 cup (cause in the vid it says 3/4 and under the description it says 1/3).

Thank you :)


Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Hi Pravini, Thank you for pointing this out. I'll update the recipe card to reflect our video recipe. These are so good with that extra kick of chocolate.Let us know how you like them. Happy Baking!


Tuesday 31st of March 2020

Why is it important to use butter and not margarine?


Tuesday 31st of March 2020

Hi Flu, Butter will give you a reliable texture. Margarine comes in many forms and formulas and is more difficult to predict the outcome. You can certainly try what you have. The cookies may have a different texture than what you see here. The flavor is also a bit better with actual butter. If you do substitute margarine in this recipe please let us know how it goes. And what type and brand margarine you used. It helps our readers. Thanks so much for your question. Have a great day!

Ambar Amer

Monday 27th of May 2019

Is it 350C or F?


Monday 27th of May 2019

Hi Ambar, It is 350 degrees F. Thanks for asking. Let us know how you like them. Happy baking!

Lorraine Parente

Monday 3rd of September 2018

I do not see any chocolate in the ingredients list?


Monday 3rd of September 2018

Hi Lorraine, Thank you for pointing that out. I have updated the recipe and corrected the ingredient list. Happy Labor day and enjoy!

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