If you’re a fan of chocolate on chocolate on chocolate, this is the recipe for you! In this post I’m going to show you how to make a delicious dark chocolate cookie, a Crumbl copycat recipe called Dark Dream.
To Chocolate. . .or Not to Chocolate?
Is that even a question? If you’re like most people you love chocolate. I’ve got so many great chocolate recipes you might have already enjoyed—my Ultimate Chocolate Cake, for instance. Or my Espresso Cupcakes. (Yum!)
You could spend a lot of time on this site just looking at chocolate recipes, but no matter how many I have, it’s not enough! I’m always stumbling across recipe to add, and this one is sure to be enjoyed! So, chocolate lovers unite!
What are Crumbl Cookies?
Crumbl is a cookie shop with stores all over the U.S. I’ve been hearing about their cookies for some time, thought I’ve never visited, as of yet.
Crumbl is known for their huge cookies. I’ll just tell you straight up that I opted to make these cookies in a regular size. If you want to make yours larger, try using an ice cream scoop instead of a cookie scoop. You’ll have to cook them an additional few minutes.
This particular recipe came from the Lifestyle of a Foodie blog. I knew I would love it the minute I saw it!
I was so happy to make these because they were incredibly simple. Many Crumbl cookies involve icing, like their Turtle Cookies or their Pink Sugar Cookies. This recipe, however, does not. And let’s face it: when you’ve got a hankering for chocolate, you want something that you can whip up in a hurry!
So, let’s dive right in! You’re going to love this recipe, y’all! And best of all, you don’t have to drive to the store. You can make these in your very own kitchen.
Dark Dream Cookie Ingredients
You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick peek at what you’ll need to make these delicious dark chocolate cookies. You might already have most of these simple ingredients on hand in your pantry or refrigerator. If not, you can pick them up at any grocery store.
- room temperature butter (salted or unsalted butter, your choice)
- light brown sugar
- white (granulated) sugar
- large egg, room temperature
- pure vanilla extract
- all purpose flour
- dutch processed cocoa powder
- baking soda
- salt (if you don’t use salted butter)
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- more semi-sweet chocolate chips for decorating
How to Make Dark Dream Crumbl Cookies
This is such a simple process, y’all. These cookies came together in minutes.
You’ll start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prep a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Place room temperature butter into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment. Mix until light and creamy.
Add brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix until it’s light and creamy. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Now add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix at medium speed to make sure the egg is fully incorporated.
Add all dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt). Mix until it comes together but don’t over mix. You don’t want your cookies to be tough.
Fold in the cup of chocolate chips.
Scoop cookies onto parchment lined baking sheets. As I mentioned above, you can use a regular cookie scoop or a larger ice cream scoop.
Press chocolate chips into the top of the cookie dough balls. (If you prefer, you can use milk chocolate chips.)
Flatten the cookie slightly with your palm.
Place baking sheets in preheated 350 degree oven and bake cookies for 10 minutes or until set. As I mentioned above, you might have to let larger cookies bake a bit longer.
Remove from oven and place cookie sheet on wire cooling rack for at least 10 minutes so baked cookies can cool down.
Serve and enjoy!
You can store these cookies in an airtight container (or wrap in plastic wrap). They will remain fresh at room temperature up to five days. They can be frozen to be enjoyed later. (I usually don’t keep mine in the freezer more than two months.)
What to Expect from these Cookies
This is the perfect chocolate chip cookie, y’all!
As I said above, these are chocolate on chocolate on chocolate! The cocoa powder, the chocolate chips on the inside, and those chips on the outside? They all come together to create a chocolate explosion!
These delicious cookies are ideal warm, while the chips are still soft. But they’re also yummy later on, at room temperature. This is a soft cookie with a chewy center.
You’ll feel like you’re at crumbl bakery, but you won’t have to leave the comfort of your own kitchen.
I took a batch of these to my daughter’s house and everyone really enjoyed them. This is one of those crumbl cookie copycat recipes you’ll use over and over!
Variations to this Crumbl Dark Dream Cookies Recipe
It’s always fun to change things up! Here are a few suggestions that came to mind:
Cut back on the cocoa powder: If you don’t care for dark chocolate, cut the cocoa back to 1/3 cup instead of half a cup.
Peanut butter chips: It might be fun to mix in some peanut butter chips in place of the chocolate ones. (Reese’s, anyone?)
White chocolate chips: It would be fun to tone these down a bit by adding a milder white chocolate.
Spice it up: Add a pinch of chili powder or other spice. Yum!
Coffee: I always add coffee to my chocolate cakes. I think a bit of instant coffee in this recipe would be lovely.
Maraschino cherries (or dried cherries): These cookies would serve as a perfect base for a cherry chocolate cookie. Delicious!
Marshmallows: Add a cup of dehydrated marshmallows to turn these into a wintry treat.
Brownies: Turn this into a brownie recipe by placing the dough in an 8×8-inch pan.
Milk chocolate chips: Next time I might use lighter milk chocolate chips.
Large Cookies: Use an ice cream scoop to make jumbo-sized crumbl chocolate chip cookies. You might need to adjust baking time to accommodate the larger size.
Make the dough ahead of time: You can make up the dough and freeze the dough balls in a freezer-safe bag (up to two months).
Other Chocolate Favorites from Out of the Box Baking
If you like this recipe you’re bound to enjoy the following chocolatey treats!
Chocolate Sugar Crinkle Cookies: These are as delicious as they are adorable!
German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies: These start with a box of cake mix!
German Chocolate Pound Cake: I got this recipe from a friend. It’s got a can of coconut pecan frosting inside the cake!
Triple Chocolate Coffee Cake from Scratch: This is one coffee cake you’re going to love!
That’s it for this post, friends! I hope you enjoyed this delicious copycat crumbl cookie recipe.
If you make this recipe and love it, don’t forget to leave a review and a comment below. And while you’re at it, go ahead and pin some photos to your Pinterest boards!
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About the Author
Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 150 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.
- 1/2 cup room temperature butter (salted or unsalted, your choice)
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons white (granulated) sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (if you don’t use salted butter)
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips for decorating
- Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prep a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Place room temperature butter into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment. Mix until light and creamy.
- Add brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix until it’s light and creamy.
- Now add the egg and vanilla extract. Make sure the egg is fully incorporated.
- Add all dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt). Mix until it comes together but don’t over mix. You don’t want your cookies to be tough.
- Fold in the cup of chocolate chips.
- Scoop cookies onto parchment lined baking sheets. As I mentioned above, you can use a regular cookie scoop or a larger ice cream scoop.
- Press chocolate chips into the top of the cookies.
- Flatten the cookie slightly with your palm.
- Place cookie sheets in preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 10 minutes or until set. As I mentioned above, you might have to let larger cookies bake a bit longer.
- Remove from oven and place cookie sheet on wire cooling rack for at least 10 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Cookies should stay fresh up to five days.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.