The Speckled Palate
April 14, 2014

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Appease your sweet tooth with these rich, decadent Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies, made with coconut oil and applesauce instead of the traditional butter or vegetable shortening, are perfectly light, soft and delicious!

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies // The Speckled Palate

During the last few years, my taste in chocolate has shifted drastically, taking me away from the semi-sweet chocolate I loved in my youth and landing me firmly in the dark chocolate of 60% or more camp.

In fact, one of my friends has mentioned that she thinks I have a dark chocolate problem… or an addiction.

I may or may not have told her that I don’t consider this a problem because dark chocolate is so much better than the rest of the chocolates out there.

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies // The Speckled Palate

So. These cookies.

You’ll notice I’m using dark chocolate chips, and I think they make all the difference.

The dark chocolate is so incredibly rich and decadent that you can only eat one or two of these cookies in a sitting. As opposed to the whole pan. Because let’s be real: We all know I have this problem, especially while in training.

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies // The Speckled Palate

These cookies are adapted from one of my mother’s friend’s award-winning chocolate chip recipe, and I like to think she’d smile at my adaptation. While these cookies call for a few different ingredients than her famous ones, they’re equally delicious and add in a delightful punch of rich dark chocolate that’s hard to turn down!

Here’s how you make ’em:

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Rich, decadent Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect slightly sweet dessert! These cookies, made with coconut oil and applesauce instead of the traditional butter or vegetable shortening, are light, soft and delicious!


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, , solid
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, (60% cocoa)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil, applesauce and sugars until creamed together.
  2. Add in the egg and vanilla extract, beating until combined.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients -- flour, salt and soda -- in a smaller bowl.
  4. Measure in half of the dry ingredients, mixing until combined, then add the other half, blending until the batter has come together.
  5. Measure in the dark chocolate chips, and stir in with a spoon.
  6. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours (or overnight.)
  7. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. Using a cookie scooper, measure out 1" rounds of the cookie dough.
  9. Evenly spread the cookie dough rounds out on the baking sheet, 2" apart.
  10. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  11. Enjoy warm with a glass of your favorite kind of milk!


Makes 24 cookies.

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies // The Speckled Palate

What kind of chocolate is your favorite?


  1. maria

    YUM! I will need to try this recipe out. I used Ghirardelli chocolate last time I made cookies and I don’t think I can go back to regular chocolate. Sooooo good, I have a major chocolate problem 🙂

    • Erin

      Thanks, Maria! You absolutely need to give this a try, and those Ghirardelli chocolate chips are my FAVORITE. So so so good.

      High-five for having a chocolate problem and being A-OK with that!

  2. Eileen

    There’s no such thing as a dark chocolate problem! Especially when said chocolate is wrapped up in a few of these cookies. They sound wonderful!

    • Erin

      You’ve just made me feel a TON better, Eileen! Cookies ARE wonderful, and in my book, everything is made better with chocolate. Soooo… yeah.

  3. laurasmess

    Oh, I totally get the dark chocolate addiction Erin! It’s so delicious. I think the high cocoa content makes it a health food though… right? 😉 These cookies look absolutely delicious. Love the addition of the coconut oil and applesauce! Oh, and my fave chocolate? It’s one that’s made right here in my hometown, called Bahen & Co. sea salt and almond. SO GOOD. I think you’d love it (I should send you some!!) http://www.bahenchocolate.com/

    • Erin

      So glad you get the dark chocolate addiction, too, Laura! And I absolutely agree with you — that high cocoa content has to make it a health food… Thanks!

      The combo of the coconut oil and applesauce works wonders in these cookies, which come from a recipe that calls for a CUP (!!!) of vegetable shortening. I just… can’t bring myself to put that kind of stuff in my cookies these days, so it’s been fun finding a workaround. 🙂

      And now that I’ve checked out Bahen & Co., I think I need to try to find them in the States to sample your favorite chocolate. I mean, it’s only right, right?

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