Top Secret Chocolate Cookies

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Top Secret Chocolate Cookies Top Secret Chocolate Cookies Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 2 1/2 dozen
Cook Time: 25 min
Difficulty: Easy

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2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
White Sanding sugar, for garnish





In a large bowl, add the butter and sugar and cream together with a hand mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the creamed mixture and mix until combined. In a medium bowl, mix the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients and continue mixing until incorporated.

Roll the dough into 2 logs that are about 2-inches high and 1-foot long. Wrap them in waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Once thoroughly chilled, slice the cookies into 1/2-inch thick rounds and cover with sanding sugar. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

Remove to a wire rack to cool.

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By shighley on June 27, 2013


what is sanding paper?

By lois stittgen on May 13, 2013


Those are my favorites! Easy to do!

By Anonymous on December 21, 2012


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By maggie on November 01, 2012


I saw you make a chocolate cake on tv recently, and tried to write it all down. cake included buttermilk, choc powder, and a cup of hot coffee, can I get the whole recipe? I really want to make it for my Grandson's birthday. I love my Paula Dean pans, See , my family really loves me!

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By Lenny Clifford on January 27, 2012


Hi Paula, my niece and I will be trying your choclate cookies over the holidays, I will let you know how they turn out. Say hi to Bobby.

By arlene cleare on December 20, 2011


I have always loved to bake cookies. As a young girl I always said when I got married and had children I was going to bake many Cookies for them. I have and am now baking for my grandchildren and a great- grandson. I am 84 years old and still trying new cookie recipes. Clarene

By Clarene Fink on November 29, 2011


I made these last night. I was unable to find Dutch Process Cocoa anywhere in my town (even the really nice high end food store), so I had to use regular unsweetened hershey's cocoa. However, says of Dutch Process cocoa: "Because it is neutral and does not react with baking soda, it must be used in recipes calling for baking powder..." Wouldn't this indicate that there is a mistake in the recipe, since it calls for baking soda only? Perhaps that is why other reviewers have had problems with their cookies being too thin? I also didn't chill the dough because mine ended up being much too soft and mushy to roll into a log (it was more like a very thick batter than a dough). I just went ahead and scooped out heaping tablespoons. I added dark chocolate chips to them as well. I had to bake about 11-12 minutes rather than 10. The batch I did for 10 minutes were very undercooked (which actually made them quite yummy). Despite the modifications I had to make, the cookies turned out delicious! They are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside! Next time I make them, I might add peanut butter chips.

By tracitlc on November 11, 2011


I tell Brad what each Dessert is and he say oh yea and please,Thank You

By sherritucker95 on November 09, 2011


A friend of mine brought me a box of your chocolate chip cookies to bake that he had picked up in Texas.I don't usually bake anything from a box,but I'll tell you,they were absolutely fabulous.I wish we could get the mix in Canada.Krys Manahan

By Krys Manahan on October 14, 2011



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By Mary on July 09, 2011


Will try the cookies - and to those looking for the cream, you obviously do not watch the shows as often as you should. There is no cream in the recipe - you should mix the sugar and butter together so that it resembles cream. I just love the Paula shows.

By Zelda du Toit on June 07, 2011


Hi my name is Katrina i love you and all of your food see your show tommorow bye

By katrina on May 05, 2011


Hi Paula, Can self-rising flour be used when making chocolate chip cookies and omit the baking soda ?

By Mona on April 16, 2011


i can not find the cheesecake you made on 5 feb with the cookie dough

By Anonymous on February 07, 2011


Paula,, Your talent amazes me,,and your thoughtfulness!! The store I work at sells tons of your merchandise daily,it is a Michael's craft store,,in Frisco, Texas. I saw you the other day on The Price Is Right,,and was wishing I could have been the one to win those sponsored goods from you!! You are so wonderful,,and I love your recipes. I love seeing you,,and all of your merchandise. Keep up the good work!! Love Always!! Kellie Verner

By Kellie Fairfield on February 02, 2011

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