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Chocolate-Spot Cookies

  • Yield: Makes about 4 dozen
Chocolate-Spot Cookies

Photography: David Prince

Source: Halloween 2004, October Holiday 2004


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups black and orange mini candy-coated chocolates


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together into a large bowl.

  2. Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low; beat in flour mixture. Stir in 1 cup candies.

  3. Drop dough by the tablespoon onto baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Press remaining 1/4 cup candies into tops of cookies.

  4. Bake cookies, switching positions of sheets about halfway through, until just firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks, and let cool completely.

Reviews (4)

  • JeanineCupcakes 6 Feb, 2011

    I really enjoyed baking these cookies. I made about 4 batches for my family for Christmas. I prepared the mix the night before and stuck them in the fridge. In the morning the dough was super easy to work with.

  • Cally6 25 Oct, 2010

    My family are really enjoying these cookies. We used Reece's Pieces so the orange, yellow, and brown colors looked great for our Halloween treats.

  • Cally6 25 Oct, 2010

    These cookies are awesome! They turned out perfectly and there was an explosion of chocolate flavor with each bite. My son

  • Vanfullofkids 23 Oct, 2010

    Made a double batch today, and threw out half of the dough. The cookies came out like pancakes with lumps and they didn't even taste good. If you have better luck, add the extra candies after the cookies come out of the oven, it'll look more like the picture.

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