Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies were in the February issue of Southern Living Magazine.

The secret to these decadent cookies is an extra bar of chocolate that is substituted for half the butter in the recipe!


I also used Southern Living’s test kitchen’s tip~ press some chocolate chunks into the cookies while they are warm from the oven for more chocolaty melted goodness!


3/4 cup uncooked regular oats

1/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

3 (4-oz.) bittersweet chocolate baking bars, coarsely chopped and divided (I used Ghirardelli )



Preheat oven to 400°. Bake oats in a 9-inch pie plate 10 to 12 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 30 minutes). Process oats in a blender or food processor 1 minute or until finely ground.

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

 Beat butter and sugars at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating just until blended.


Stir together flour, soda, salt, baking powder, and ground oats in a small bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended after each addition. Fold in 2 1/4 cups chopped chocolate (about 2 bars) just until combined. Cover dough, and chill 8 to 12 hours


 Preheat oven to 350°. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown; press remaining chocolate into cookies. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks; cool completely (about 15 minutes).

Makes about 2 dozen cookies (I got 32).

These are definitely an indulgence cookie recipe since you’re using 3 chocolate bars, but oh so worth the splurge!

You can find a printable recipe from Southern Living, here.


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  27 comments for “Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  1. April 19, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Very decadent Mary! Visiting from Foodie Friday.

  2. celeste meehan
    April 19, 2013 at 8:01 am

    hi, mary! this sounds delish. you don’t specify in the recipe ingredients list how many 4 oz bars you use. at the end of the post you did mention that you used 3. just thought i’d give you a heads up. and btw, yours is my favorite blog – i look forward to your beautiful posts which never fail to put a smile on my face! i’ve recommended it to my friends, too. have a great day.

    • April 19, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Thanks for your visits & looking out for me Celeste! :)

  3. April 19, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Okay I am trying not to make anything sweet this week, and you have my temptation meter in dangerous zones with these cookies! They must be healthy full of dark chocolate and oats, right? Oh and eggs too, a great breakfast food!? They look divine!

    • April 19, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Yes LOL, perfect for breakfast!

  4. April 19, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Oh my! I saw this recipe too and have so far resisted! But your gorgeous photos make me want to reach through the screen and indulge!

  5. April 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I haven’t even had breakfast yet, and now I’m craving one of these cookies. Your images are so life like I feel as if I could reach in and grab one. ‘-)

  6. April 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I saw these cookies and had to turn the page real fast as cookies are my absolute weakness.

  7. Rose C.
    April 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Your cookies look yummier!

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  9. April 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Yum – I must have missed that in the magazine. They sure look wonderful and I could eat a dozen, but can’t. Thanks for sharing this.
    Have a great weekend.

  10. April 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    My immediate thought when I saw your pic was “oh my”. I’ll have one or three please:@)

  11. April 19, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Gosh, Mary, these look delicious! I am adding this recipe to my files! There goes the diet, for the weekend!

  12. a quiet life
    April 20, 2013 at 1:54 am

    I had to fast for 3 days, you can only imagine what these cookies are doing to me!

  13. April 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I am not much of a sweet eater… but you have certainly found my sweet tooth! I adore chocolate chip cookies. And yours looks scrumptious!
    These are a must try for me… not I have to figure out how I will eat just one… or two! YUMMY pictures too!

  14. April 20, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Yummy!!!!!!! I really wish I had time to make some.

  15. April 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    And dark chocolate is so good for us.:-) Delicious!

  16. April 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm


    I have to say, I so wish we lived closer. I would truly love to have the opportunity to “play” with you.

  17. Rattlebridge Farm
    April 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    The taste must be out of this world. Can’t wait to try them! Your photos make the cookies look as if I could reach through the screen and grab one!

  18. April 20, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Oh My Gosh – now I am craving Chocolate!! These look WONDERFUL!!

  19. April 20, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Oh dear, these could be DANGEROUS….to my waistline!!! They look fabulous, a must try. XO, Pinky

  20. April 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Holy cookie, these look wonderful! That’s my favorite chocolate and I usually have several bars in the pantry ready for emergencies like this :) I will make these for a special occasion when I can share them with family and get them out of my reach before I eat them all.

  21. April 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    These look amazing! I must have missed that recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it. Have a great week.

  22. April 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Oh my goodness, Mary, these look so incredibly decadent. I wish I could reach through and grab one. Dark chocolate is good for us, too!!

  23. April 23, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Oatmeal and dark chocolate…a winning combination for me!…The pics are so great that I can smell the chocolate!!

  24. July 31, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Mary, I am making these cookies today. I bought Ghirardelli bittersweet baking chips instead of the bars because I was depending on my memory. I goofed but it should taste good just not look as pretty. I will let you know how they turn out. I am getting ready for my kids to visit so I am baking and putting things in the freezer.

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