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Grammy's Chocolate Cookies


Anne Feldman's grand prize-winning recipe in our Cookie of the Week contest was a gift from her grandmother Ivyle Phinney Morrow.

  • Yield: Makes about 100

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2000


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (2 sticks plus 4 tablespoons) unsalted, butter room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar, plus more for dipping
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, 2 cups sugar, and eggs on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix to combine. Gradually add dry ingredients, and combine with mixer on low speed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and chill until dough is firm, about 1 hour.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpat baking mats. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Dip top of each ball into sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until set, about 8 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  • palmermom
    6 DEC, 2013
    These are a great simple cookie. I will dip half the cookie in melted chocolates, dark and white, sometimes. Can even add sprinkles or colored sugars for a more festive touch.
  • Stephmtl
    4 SEP, 2013
    Easy basic recipe. Ordinary presentation but delicious & rich tasting. I got a yield of 72.
  • Moriyah Shalom
    21 JUN, 2013
    I just made these last night for my son's class party. They turned out GREAT and made 30+ boys very happy. I love the sugar on top and how they are chewy on the inside. They are simple and delicious! Already working on my next batch for this weekend. Thanks to Grammy and Ann Feldman for sharing with us.
  • amandasaur
    6 APR, 2013
    This is a great, basic, chocolate cookie recipe- great for add-ins or just to leave simple! It's pretty foolproof. I'm not the best baker, but my cookies turned out great, with a beautiful crackled top!
  • ReginaLampert
    29 NOV, 2012
    I am an avid baker, and make homemade goodies for family and friends when I host the various holidays. These are without doubt the most delicious chocolate cookies that I have ever made! The tops are shiny with cracks, and are slightly crisp on the outside, but very chewy on the inside. You don't need any other recipes--you have found the best.
  • 1275
    13 MAR, 2012
    Very yummy cookies! They look like a basic chocolate cookie recipe but these are different somehow- they are soft and look very appealing with the cracked appearance and sugar coating.
  • jenma5
    25 FEB, 2012
    I have been making these cookies for years now and they are always a favorite, especially two of them with ice cream in between. Oh man are they good.
  • Moopers
    20 OCT, 2011
    These are fantastic especially with a teaspoon of cinnamon added.
  • agardner13
    22 DEC, 2010
    I made them with little andies candies and swirled it around a bit. Very good!
  • JGreto
    27 MAR, 2010
    Really easy, really good. Try with add-ins, like toasted sliced almonds, toasted coconut, toffee bits, anything. Great every time.