This year leave some Naughty Coal Cookies out for Santa! Deep, dark chocolate cookies studded with bittersweet chocolate look like lumps of black coal! Recipe yields 36 lumps… I mean cookies.

Naughty Coal Cookies

Do you think Santa would Mind if he was left a plate of coal cookies?

Does he have a sense of humor? Would he let out one good ho-ho-ho, take a bite (fall in love) and then poof! drops an iPad under the tree for me?!

Seriously though, these cookies are all kinds of fun. More fun than getting real coal in your stocking but not as fun as silly putty, orange flavored chapstick and a Teen Bop magazine.

Naughty Coal Cookies

If you know, you know.

ingredients for Naughty Coal Cookies

To Make These Naughty Coal Cookies you Will Need:

  • unbleached all-purpose flourGives structure to the cookies.
  • black cocoa powderGives these cookies that dark coal-like color. (see notes below)
  • baking powderWill create lightness in the batter, which makes it rise.
  • unsalted butterAdds moisture, richness and flavor.
  • granulated sugarAdds sweetness and flavor.
  • dark brown sugarFor a touch of sweetness and caramel-y flavor.
  • eggsLends richness and flavor.
  • pure vanilla extractGives warmth and enhances all of the other flavors in this recipe.
  • chocolate chipsAdds little pockets of melty chocolate.

sift cocoa, flour and baking powder

In a mesh sieve set over a bowl, measure and add 1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 1-1/4 cups black cocoa and 1 teaspoon baking powder.


Black cocoa has a distinct and mild chocolate flavor and is processed in a way that makes it darker in color. It is lower in acidity, which allows its distinct flavor to shine. Love Oreos? That’s probably because of the black cocoa powder (and the cream filled middle!).

I have seen recipes where black cocoa powder is used to color the black velvet cake. However, since I based this recipe from my red velvet cake recipe, I used food coloring to give it the rich black color.

sifted dry ingredients

Gently sift the ingredients into the bowl below. Set this off to the side for a moment.

butter, sugar and salt in mixer

In the bowl of your stand mixer, add 2 sticks (1 cup) softened unsalted butter with 1 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon fine salt.

creamed butter, sugar and salt

Next, mix on medium-low speed for about 2 to 3 until light and fluffy. With that being said, this cookie dough ends up being pretty dense so a hand mixer might not be able to do the job.

add eggs one at a time

Then, with the mixer on low add one egg at a time, mixing well after each addition.

add vanilla

Add in 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract with the last egg.

scrape bowl as you go

Scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as you go.

gradually add in sifted dry ingredients

Next gradually add in the dry ingredients.

coal cookie batter

Continue to mix, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

add chocolate chips

Next, add 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips. For this recipe, I’m using bittersweet 60% cacao and slowly mix them in.

Chill the dough for 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 400°.

scoop cookie dough

Now you’re ready to make some coal. Use a 2 tablespoon scoop to measure out 12 of the coal-dough-balls.

place on lined baking pan

Arrange them on a lined rimmed baking sheet. Slide the pan into your preheated oven for 6-8 minutes.

once baked shape using a glass and twirling

Once out of the oven, use a drinking glass to cover the cookie and make a swirling motion. This will correct any imperfect edges, yielding a perfectly round cookie.

Naughty Coal Cookies

Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for about 5 minutes before using a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack and finish cooling.

Naughty Coal Cookies

And there you have it! Coal cookies. The color can be a little shocking.

Naughty Coal Cookies

But yes these extremely black cookies are edible. Just because they look doesn’t mean they taste like coal. Only a gazillion times better because, chocolate! I think they taste like chocolate chip Oreo brownies.

Merry Christmas!

Naughty Coal Cookies

Enjoy! And if you give this Naughty Coal Cookis recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 18 cookies

Naughty Coal Cookies

This year leave some Naughty Coal Cookies out for Santa! Deep, dark chocolate cookies studded with bittersweet chocolate look like lumps of black coal! Yields 36 lumps... I mean cookies or 18 (2 cookie) servings.


  • cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • cups black cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • cups chocolate chips, I use bittersweet, but pick your favorite!


  • Preheat oven to 400°. And line a rimmed sheet pan with a silicon liner or parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa and baking powder and then set off to the side.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer add butter, both sugars and salt. Mix on medium-low until combined. Add one egg at a time and mix after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract with the last egg.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl before gradually adding the dry ingredients. Mix until thoroughly combined. Add in the chocolate chips and mix by hand until incorporated.
  • Using a 2 tablespoon scoop, place 12 rounded balls of dough onto prepared sheet pan. Bake in preheated oven for 6-8 minutes. If still soft after 8 minutes, bake for 1 minute increments. (in my oven 8 minutes is perfect)
  • Immediately once out of the oven, use a drinking glass to cover the cookie and make a swirling motion. This will correct any imperfect edges, yielding a perfectly round coal cookie.
  • Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.


Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.
Serving: 2cookies, Calories: 303kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 74mg, Potassium: 168mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 29g, Vitamin A: 345IU, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 1mg