Dirty Chocolate Cookies

filed under: Chocolate Cookies on April 9, 2019

Chocolate cookies with a rich chocolate frosting work together to create a decadent Dirty Chocolate Cookie! If you love cookies, don’t miss my 50 Best Cookie Recipes in the World!

Dirty Chocolate Cooking in hands

Chocolate 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 counter tops 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.

So good.

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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 the perfect spreadable consistency! The ingredients are simple:

  • confectioners sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • whole milk
  • butter
I used melted butter instead of the traditional softened butter and just love what it does to this delectable frosting!

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1 cup confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice

Using a hand-held mixer, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another minute.

Add almond flavoring and cherry juice continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more juice if needed for spreading consistency. If your frosting seems too thin, you can add more confectioners sugar.

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A crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside chocolate cookie with decadent chocolate frosting.
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!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dirty Chocolate Cookies
Servings: 14
Calories: 425 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
Chocolate Cookie
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, (for when you press the cookies flat)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar and then add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Add the flour, sifted cocoa, baking soda and baking powder together. Sift as needed.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and stir. (Can also use a hand held mixer) It will be a dry mixture.

  5. 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.)

  6. 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.)

  7. 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.

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

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  • Pearl says:

    No video link! I am interested in seeing a video about these cookies!

    • Amanda says:

      It’s there now. 🙂

  • Debra says:

    How many cookies does the recioe make?

    • Amanda says:

      About 14 large cookies.

  • Jana says:

    The video won’t play..??

  • verona kruse says:

    I do believe these could enter Christmas cookie category!

  • Kelly says:

    Does the frosting harden enough to stack the cookies. ?

  • K says:

    Neither one of my batters had the consistency that they were suppose to have. I am not sure as to why that is, the cookie batter is delicious, but it was still very wet not dry.

  • Mary jane says:

    Cookies spread really big I cut them down to teaspoon full but still big and flat

  • Linda says:

    I made these this am. So good. I made them smaller and it made 3 dozen. They are still a normal size ccookie.

  • Kristi says:

    Made these last night and they are quickly disappearing. Super easy and super delicious. I ended up with 2 dozen cookies and they were pretty big size — just perfect for my family. They remind me of brownies and the frosting is the best part. SO good. I’ll be making these over and over again — at Christmas they’d be good with a little bit of peppermint candy sprinkled on top!

    • Amanda says:

      Love that idea!! <3

  • Alli says:

    Great recipe! I love both the cookie & frosting…made “cookie sandwiches” so I could package them up easier & take them to work.

  • Susie says:

    Has anyone tried freezing these before baking or after baking without the frosting?

  • Meredith Cable says:

    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.

  • Valetie says:

    How many carbs

  • Cassie says:

    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.

  • Cassandra says:

    Wht is it granulated sugar and confectioners sugar please let me know

  • Cathy says:

    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!

  • Kathy kehoe says:

    In the dirty chocolate cookies do you sweeten or unsweetened cocoa powder

  • JoAnn MCGOWAN says:

    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

  • Ed says:

    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

  • Diane martin says:

    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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    Brand new recipes that people find kinda acceptable.