Cinnamon Cocoa Cookies

I have made this recipe five times in the last week: first for some friends, then for my partner, then for her friends, and then for even more of her friends. Not complaining, though, because they're delicious! And it makes me really happy to make and share with other people.

Think of this as an application of my "variable cookie recipe". That is, totally make it, but also think about how you would make your own cookies! Baking is really fun and easy, and it helps if you think of it as something that expresses you and your own taste. Chocolate and cinnamon are "me", but what's "you"?

I'm really excited at the thought of having people over to hang out over fresh cookies. Maybe you might consider making some for your game night?


Here's the recipe! It makes about 2 dozen cookies depending on how big you make them, though I've managed to stretch it into about 30 cookies (since my partner's baking sheets are smaller than mine).


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour.
  • 2 tbsp cocoa.
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, ground.
  • 1 tsp ginger, ground.
  • 1 tsp baking soda.
  • ¾ tsp salt.
  • 1½ stick of butter (12 tbsp or 6 oz).
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar.
  • ⅔ cup white sugar.
  • 1 large egg.
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract.
  • 3⅓ oz chocolate chips (i.e., ⅓ of a 10 oz bag).


  1. In medium bowl, combine: flour, cocoa, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt. Put aside.
  2. In large bowl, mix 1 stick (8 tbsp) butter and sugars.
  3. Mix egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix in flour mixture from step #1, slowly. Add ½ stick (4 tbsp) melted butter.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips, about a third of the bag.
  6. Cool for at least 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  8. Grease baking tray and scoop cookie dough.
  9. Bake for 12 minutes.
  10. Cool for 5 minutes.


  1. Brightened up my day to find cookies in unexpected places. The note about quantity makes me think of Betty Crocker's chaotic "roll into balls the size of small walnuts," a reliable source of confusion.

  2. Just made a batch with fresh ginger, these were amazing! A fantastically different cookie.


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