Double Dark Chocolate Merlot Cookies

These double dark chocolate merlot cookies combine the best of both worlds; wine and chocolate, in one soft chewy CHOCOLATY cookie!

I made cookies for you today. Well actually it was yesterday, but they include two of my favorite things. Wine and Chocolate. Yes I’m serious.

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Dark chocolate merlot cookies! I’m so excited for you to make these cookies.

The other night, while I was editing photos and sipping on a glass of wine, as I reached for my dark chocolate chocolove bar that I keep under my computer monitor just for this very reason, and I had an idea. What would it taste like to have a dark chocolate cookie spiked with wine? Could it be done? Of course it could be done… there are stout cakes out there for crying out loud! Why couldn’t I make a cookie?

You should totally smell these while they bake, and even better yet, you should taste them! Absolutely unbelievably delicious! I’m not usually a fan of a cookie straight out of the oven, in fact I’ve always loved them the next day with the chocolate chips are hardened a little. But I couldn’t help myself! It must have been breathing in all that chocolate-wine aroma may have gotten me a little buzzed! I kid, but in all honesty the final baked cookie, you won’t so much taste the wine, it’s sort of like how coffee accentuates chocolate, well so does the wine. It kind of makes it “pop” so to speak.

Here’s how I did it…

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I started out with a base cookie recipe, and modified it a tad… and *poof* these cookies were born. Like magic.

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In a medium bowl, throw in the flour.

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Then in goes the special dark cocoa powder. [affiliate]

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Kosher salt and baking soda.

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Stir to combine and then set aside.

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In a large bowl, add the sugars and butter. I really was feeling lazy so I pulled out my hand mixer instead of the Kitchen Aid. I always regret it because the hand mixer takes double the time and my wimpy old hands can only tolerate it for so long before they want to give up.

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Luckily before I gave up the batter was light and fluffy. PHEW!

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Crack in one egg.

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3/4 a teaspoon of real vanilla extract.

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And then pour in the half a cup of Merlot. Eeeek! I was soooo excited about this part.

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Mix until combined. Again, not so pretty ehh? Don’t worry… keep’a scrollin’.

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Working in batches, add a little of the dry ingredients into the wet and mix well {scraping down the sides} as you go. A waft of wine and chocolate should be smacking you in the face

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It’s going to thicken…

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…and darken tremendously as you add more of the dry ingredients.

Remember this is grown up batter, so only grown-ups can lick the beaters. (you’re welcome) 🙂

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Toss in the dark chocolate chips.  I like the Ghirardelli chocolate chips, mainly because they are flatter than traditional chips, and they melt bea-u-tifully!

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Mix until the chocolate chips are incorporated.

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Using a tablespoon to measure…

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Drop rounded spoonfuls of the dark chocolate merlot cookie batter on to a silpat [affiliate] lined pan two inches apart from one another, and slide the cookie sheet into a prepared 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.

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Do not adjust your screens… the dark chocolate merlot cookies are actually this color!

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, so make them for your girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend or husband… whichever the reason, just make these double dark chocolate merlot cookies… you’ll be so glad!

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They’re so soft and chewy…

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They’re my new favorite cookie! My best friend and I threw down a few with some wine and it only made the cookies even more delicious. Who knew it was even possible?

Enjoy! And if you give these Dark Chocolate Merlot Cookies a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen cookies

Double Dark Chocolate Merlot Cookies

Double Dark Chocolate Merlot Cookies
These double dark chocolate merlot cookies combine the best of both worlds; wine and chocolate, in one soft chewy chocolaty cookie!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups special dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 whole large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup merlot
  • 10 ounces (or one bag) Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine, the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Whisk and set aside.
  3. Then into the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in the egg, vanilla and Merlot. Once combined, gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix well after each addition.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips by hanb and spoon out a rounded tablespoon onto a prepared baking pan, leaving two inches or so in between.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Let cool slightly before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
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81 Responses to “Double Dark Chocolate Merlot Cookies”

  1. #
    Blog is the New Black — January 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Genius! I like that I can sneak wine during the day with these! And your pics are stunning, as always.

  2. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Exactly!! 🙂

  3. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    i LOVE how DARK these cookies are!! and I love the secret wine in here 🙂 who doesn't love that 😉

  4. #
    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — January 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Beautiful!! What a brilliant idea to combine red wine with chocolate in a cookie. Seriously. Genius! I can imagine how the wine makes the chocolate more chocolaty, much like coffee does for chocolate.

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    warmvanillasugar — January 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    These sound really neat! Love the merlot addition!

  6. #
    Mindy@FSLblog — January 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I almost spilled my coffee when I saw this! It's a definite girl's night in or date night recipe!

  7. #
    Tina — January 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Wine and chocolate in the form of a cookie does sound delicious. Also, the fact that these are black and shiny tell me that they are rich and chewy-yum! Definitely a keeper-great post.

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    movita beaucoup — January 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Mother of pearl! That deep, dark chocolatey cookie has me spellbound. I'm thinking chocolate and merlot are about the best combination on the planet, so these cookies are genius…

  9. #
    The Answer Is Chocolate — January 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    These look amazing! Have pinned them to try and would love for you to share at my link party up now!

  10. #
    Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) — January 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I…..I can't….move. WINE COOKIES?! You have won my heart.

  11. #
    Whisker — January 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Would it be bad to serve these to a group of 14 and 15 year old boys? Not sure if their mothers would approve, but these sound great for a birthday sleepover tonite!

  12. #
    Britt @ The Magnolia Pair — January 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Adorable blue canisters! Love them. This recipe looks so yummy, anything from scratch I am dying to make! Thanks for sharing ! So glad I am following your blog !

    xo.Britt The Magnolia Pair


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    Stella B's Kitchen — January 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Beautiful~ I love the rich color, they look so good! I thought I was the only person on the planet who didn't like cookies straight out of the oven.

    Must. Make. These.

  14. #
    Cassie/Bake Your Day — January 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Merlot? In cookies? With chocolate? Hello, lover!

  15. #
    london bakes — January 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Such a great idea! I've made wine cake before but never wine cookies – these look amazing!

  16. #
    Abby — January 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    PERFECT for valentines day…and any other day for that matter. Gorgeous pics, especially the last few.

  17. #
    Renee @ The Way to My Family's Heart — January 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I literally just made a chocolate cake with red wine in it. I feel the same as you do with the cookies- the wine enhances the chocolate, but you don't really know it's there. It's really a fantastic combination. Great minds think alike!

  18. #
    Aarthi — January 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    oh wow..these cookies look terrible…YET AWESOME LAURIE..


  19. #
    Amanda — January 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    You are so very smart. What a great idea! I can't wait to give these a try.

  20. #
    Deanna — January 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Don't you just love when an idea turns out to be as good as you imagined it. These look so good. I love the blackness of the dough. I don't even like white chocolate, but I think some white chocolate chips could look really cool in those cookies.

  21. #
    Maria — January 13, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    the cookies look divine!

  22. #
    Becky — January 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Oh my gosh these look so good!

  23. #
    Jennifurla — January 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    the rich color is unreal

  24. #
    Shutterbug — January 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    i haven't seen dark cocoa powder in my local grocery store. i guess i have to go online to buy some!

  25. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — January 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    all that DARK choc and cocoa powder and merlot…these are just what the doctor ordered to put a smile on anyone's face! YUM!

  26. #
    RavieNomNoms — January 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    WOWZA! That is some dark chocolate if I ever saw it! They look so delicious and I love that you added merlot…how creative!

  27. #
    Steph — January 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    You are my hero! My three favorites things (wince, chocoalte, and cookies) are all in one glorious bite!

  28. #
    Erika — January 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    OH my goodness. You are a genius! Trying this!

  29. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — January 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Oh wow, this is brilliant. Definitely making these for Valentine's Day…if I can wait that long!

  30. #
    Julia @ Explore. Dream. Bake. — January 14, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I love how dark these cookies are! They look amazing. Also..Red wine AND dark chocolate? You can almost say they're health cookies too.

  31. #
    Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen — January 14, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Yes! Thank you for the grown up batter! Oh so …… beautiful. Just gorgeous!

  32. #
    MyFudo™ — January 14, 2012 at 3:37 am

    I love cooking and baking with my daughter but I think I also need cookie recipes like this that would be labelled : "for-grown-ups-only". I kinda like the cookie batter. Thanks for sharing!

  33. #
    Christine — January 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    For grown ups only for sure!!!! This sounds and looks amazing!!!!!!

  34. #
    Beth Michelle — January 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Chocolate and merlot= perfection! These cookies look divine!!

  35. #
    Michelle — January 15, 2012 at 6:23 am

    oh wow, these look dangerous- all I love in the world!

  36. #
    Sparkytuna — January 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Very lovely color. This is so pretty.

  37. #
    Antonia @ Health Inspirations — January 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    What are great recipe. The color of these cookies is amazing. I can't wait to try these, probably before Valentine's Day 😉

  38. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 16, 2012 at 4:00 am

    This might very well be the GREATEST cookie EVER! Oh my, dark chocolate and merlot. I'm in heaven!

  39. #
    Grubarazzi — January 16, 2012 at 10:41 am

    This will be the NEXT cookie I make. Unbelievable!

  40. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — January 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I love how deep, dark, chocolatey these look to be! Well worth the probably cookie smears on the chin 🙂

  41. #
    Wanna Be A Country Cleaver — January 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I just don't know what to say about these right now – other than, are you freakin' kidding me?!?! SERIOUSLY?!

    Dropped. Dead.

  42. #
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — January 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I can seriously taste these in my mouth right now. LOVE it!

  43. #
    paul — January 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I love them..can't wait to try them!

  44. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Wine and chocolate! Love both, these look like rich amazing cookies!

  45. #
    Spicie Foodie — January 17, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Wow, just wow! Sipping red wine and chocolate is sort of a pass time of mine 🙂 So I know I'd love your cookies. The colour is amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  46. #
    Turmericnspice — January 17, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Just awesome no super awesome

  47. #
    Sherice — January 17, 2012 at 3:45 am

    These cookies look amazing! I like many others am a huge fan of wine and chocolate (sipping a little Cab as we speak) and can't wait to give this recipe a try!

  48. #
    Mindy@FSLblog — January 20, 2012 at 1:20 am

    My batch is in the oven as I type ( and my keyboard is sticky because the dough is all over my fingers). The batter is to die for! I can't wait to eat a cookie!! I'd like to post this recipe as a review on my blog if it's okay with you (and add your recipe link). Awesome. Thanks for sharing.


  49. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 20, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Of course!! Glad to hear you loved them!! 🙂

  50. #
    JavelinWarrior — January 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Love these! And I’ve been inspired to feature your cookies in my Friday Food Fetish roundup and on Pinterest. I can't wait to see what you come up with next and please let me know if you have any objections…

  51. #
    Nicole — January 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    If I don't want to use the wine, what should I use to substitute? Water?

  52. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Nicole… Although I've never made these without the wine… I'd try milk before water 🙂

  53. #
    Lori — February 2, 2012 at 3:09 am

    My cookies appear to be thinner than yours that are shown in the photos. I have made them twice with the same result, even after refrigerating the dough a bit before baking. I used fine sea salt, instead of kosher salt. They do taste great, but I'd prefer a little thicker cookie. Any tips for getting a slightly thicker cookie from this recipe?

  54. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 2, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Hmmm well, I've had friends make it with out problems, which leads me to wonder how fresh is your baking soda? I've had issues with thin cookies before never realizing that my baking soda was years old! yikes! Hope this helps you out! 🙂

  55. #
    HMV2309 — February 5, 2012 at 2:43 am

    These are perfect in every way. They were so easy, rich, moist…I don't even LIKE chocolate cookies, and I can't stop eating them! I have liked every recipe you've posted that I have tried so far – my taste buds thank you!

  56. #
    Betty — February 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I baked these cookies to take to a potluck dinner and they were a BIG hit… They are so delicious, especially if you are a chocolate lover! This recipe is a keeper!

  57. #
    Leaf — April 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    These look amazing! The color is unbelievable. I was wondering — what would be the best substitution for the Merlot?

  58. #
    Steph (Poupette in the Kitchen) — November 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Those look amazing!! Merlot and chocolate, this is genius! I will be trying these very (VERY) soon! 😉

  59. #
    Tana — November 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

    I bought all the ingredients and waiting to make these! But I was wondering if you could exchange the merlot for a cabernet sauvignon?

  60. #
    Leah — April 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Could I make this batter ahead of time and keep it in the fridge over night without it changing the cookies?

  61. #
    Harriet — April 28, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Sooo, has anyone tried dark rum instead? Or would just one cookie knock you on your butt?

  62. #
    Shanda — December 22, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Yeah. So. Made these. Pure. Freaking. Awesomeness!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — December 24th, 2016 @ 2:31 pm

      Yay!! So glad you liked them!!

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    Miss Karen — February 3, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    SNARF!! I have been searching endlessly for a mulled wine cookie recipe.
    I used to have one written on the back of an envelope but that wasn’t NEARLY as satisfying as these. Who wouldn’t love this spiked cookie?! In any case I participated in a holiday food swap this year and used Glögg (Mulled Wine) instead of Merlot. They will render you speechless!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 17th, 2018 @ 9:54 am

      Nice! I will have to try it!

  64. #
    Karen — March 14, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Can any red wine be used in place of Merlot wine because I have an assignment and I want to make this. Pretty sure it would knock the socks of my Chef

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 15th, 2018 @ 9:37 am

      I don’t see why not

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    Miss Karen — December 12, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    I have made these before, and they turned out beyond fabulous. This morning (2:58 to be exact) I was in the mood to make them. Baking when I can’t sleep is so therapeutic! In any case the elevation kicked in (6035ft) and they ended up flat flat flat 🙁
    What would you suggest to compensate for high elevation?
    *I rolled them all up Swiss roll style and made a mascarpone/ Glogg filling. Sliced them and served them like a modified cake.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — December 19th, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

      Hi Karen! I’m honestly not an expert when it comes to converting recipe for elevation. But I’m curious that if they turned out great once, perhaps your baking soda is expired? Just a thought. Either way, it sounds like you made the best of it! 🙂


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