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Dirty Cookies (Dirtball Cookies)

So why “dirty” cookies? A few reasons.

They are based on Swig’s famous Dirtball Cookie. 

When you eat these cookies frosting and crumbs end up everywhere. On your face and hands especially! It’s hard to resist a big first bite and without fail, I end up with chocolate frosting on my mouth.

They are messy to clean up after! I usually have granulated sugar everywhere and cocoa powder covering my countertops and frosting splatter on my walls.

Have I convinced you not to make them yet? I share all that with you because in spite of the “dirty” aspect of these cookies… it’s all worth it. They are GOOD.

One Dirty Chocolate Cooking

Best Crispy Chocolate Cookies

These cookies are thin and crispy on the outside while being chewy on the inside. They are a bold chocolate flavor paired with a rich and smooth chocolate frosting.

Dirty Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Frosting

This sweet frosting is just the right amount for this cookie recipe and has the perfect spreadable consistency! The ingredients are simple:

Cherry Buttercream – Should You Dare!

Pink!! The contrast between the dark chocolate cookie and the light as a cloud fluffy pink frosting is simply magical. I used my favorite Cherry Buttercream recipe and just decreased the quantities of ingredients.

Chocolate Cookies with Cherry Frosting

How to Store Cookies

These cookies are best in an airtight container at room temperature. They should last 2-3 days. You can refrigerate (or even freeze) these cookies. They should last 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

If you are at all uneasy about the milk in the frosting, you can use water or coffee instead.

A crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside chocolate cookie with decadent chocolate frosting.
5 from 3 votes

Dirty Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Chocolate cookies with a rich chocolate frosting work together to create a decadent Dirty Chocolate Cookie!


Chocolate Cookie

  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • cup (65 g) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder


  • 2 cups (200 g) confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ cup (25 g) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) butter, melted
  • ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar, (for when you press the cookies flat)



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar and then add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Add the flour, sifted cocoa, baking soda and baking powder together. Sift as needed.
  • Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and stir. (Can also use a hand held mixer) It will be a dry mixture.
  • Scoop out the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Cookies will spread, so be sure to place them at least 2 inches apart. (I used a measuring scoop that holds about 2 1/2 tablespoons of batter.)
  • Place some sugar in a small bowl or plate and dip the bottom of a glass into the sugar and press the cookie down. (I sprayed the glass with non-stick spray the first time, you only need to spray it once.)
  • Bake 8-10 minutes or until tops are just dry. Let cool on pan for a few minutes so that you can move them to a cooling rack without breaking them.


  • In mixing bowl, place all of the ingredients and blend together using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer.
  • Spread over cookie using an offset spatula or butter knife.


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Reader Comments

  1. These cookies are wonderful! They have a crispy edge and a soft center. I was afraid that the frosting would be too sweet but it was just perfect. This has become my go to chocolate cookie recipe.

  2. Amazing so yummy. I sub 1/2 almond extract for 1/2 vanilla. Then added just a quick drip of amaretto in the frosting tasted like german chocolate cake in cookie form.

  3. I made this cookie and it’s great. Everyone loved them. I dipped the cookie half way in white chocolate and then put chocolate sprinkles on the white chocolate. It tastes great. Thank you for a great cookie!

  4. I just made these dirty chocolate cookies and we are in love. My husband would like to know if we can freeze them and bake later. He like to bake them at the hunting camp and cookies travel better if frozen and baked there. Thanks

  5. I made your dirty chocolate cookies, delicious, I put a cup of chopped walnuts and a cup of unsweetened chocolate chips in the batter, smashing success. However my frosting wasn’t as thick as yours and dont know why but still very good

  6. They look awesome and seem to be easy to make. Would love more recipes from you. Thank you for sharing them.

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