Black Cookies

These black cookies get their black color and Oreo-flavor from black cocoa – not food coloring! They don’t have eggs or egg subs, making them vegan and dairy-free, and you can use all-purpose, whole wheat or gluten-free flour.

These cookies are seriously better than Oreo wafers. I generally don’t like crisp cookies, and since these cookies are perfectly chewy with crisp edges, they’re the clear winner to me.


  • Flour – I’ve tested this recipe with all-purpose, white whole wheat, whole wheat and 2 types of gluten-free flour. More on that below!

  • Black cocoa powder – I go super deep into detail about this below.

  • Coconut oil – I always use refined coconut oil because I don’t want any coconut flavor. You can use unrefined if you don’t mind coconut flavor. I think it would be strange in these cookies, but you can certainly experiment. You can also use butter if you’d like!

  • Granulated sugar – keto and liquid sweeteners don’t work here, by the way.

  • Brown sugar – you can replace this and the granulated with coconut sugar if you’d like, but it does detract from the Oreo flavor. More on this below.

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks – if you’re vegan/dairy-free, make sure to use vegan/dairy-free chocolate.

  • Baking powder, vanilla, salt and water

How to make them

It’s a basic cookie recipe. No fancy techniques here. You don’t even need to chill the dough.

If you do chill the dough, it gets weirdly hard and crumbly in the fridge. Just let it sit at room temperature until it’s soft. It’ll bake up normally.

To make these black cookies, you just mix together the dry ingredients in one bowl.

Beat together the wet stuff in another bowl, and then stir in the dry mixture.

Roll into balls, add the chocolate chips on top, and bake!

You can definitely just toss the chocolate chips in the cookie dough rather than placing them on top. I did it this way because I’m vain about my cookies and wanted them to look irresistible.

In real life, I don’t individually place chocolate chips on the tops of cookies. Unless they’re a gift!

Black cocoa powder brands

If you read my black ice cream post, you can skip over all this talk about black cocoa powder.

For new readers, I’ve been living in Germany for the past 14 years, but I test my recipes with US brands to ensure we (because most of you are from the US) get the same results.

The problem with black cocoa powder is that there isn’t any black powder in the US that I can have shipped to Germany, and none of the brands we have here can be bought in the US.

For the European readers, I tested my black cocoa recipes with Van Houten Intense Deep Black Cocoa. Everything I’ve made has come out perfectly with it.

A helpful reader, J, made my black ice cream and left a comment to say that it was a hit and also that the previously mentioned cocoa powder is now called Noir Intense and is sold under the brand Cacao Barry. I read that it’s the same exact black cocoa. It just has a new brand, name, and packaging.

My photographer is in the US, so for her, I just read a ton of reviews on Amazon and picked the one with the best reviews and price. Most of them were tied when it came to the ratings, so I chose the cheapest (at the time).

She used black cocoa powder from Modern Mountain in the cookies you see here in the photos, and her cookies came out looking exactly like mine. Yay! Right?

Then she sent me a picture of my Black Ice Cream, asking if it was supposed to be brown. I panicked. And died a little inside.

It’s supposed to be black! She then used black cocoa from The Cocoa Trader, and the ice cream came out black.

So if you want to use your black cocoa in some other recipes, I would recommend buying The Cocoa Trader black cocoa to guarantee that your results in future recipes will come out black and not brown.


Black cocoa powder keeps its black color ALL the way through your digestive system.

Have you heard of the beet test? If you don’t want to eat beets, these cookies also work for testing purposes. ;)

If you’re wondering why I’m telling you this, it’s because I don’t want anyone to panic and to think they have internal bleeding. Because that’s what comes up when you google the issue.

Gluten-free version

You can use a 1:1 gluten-free baking blend that’s meant as a direct sub for all-purpose flour. Not oat flour, almond flour, coconut flour, etc.

King Arthur Flour Gluten-free Measure for Measure Flour was my favorite in these cookies. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free 1:1 Baking Flour also works, but the texture is better with KAF.

As always, I have no idea if other brands will work as I haven’t tried them.


They’re vegan, as written! There’s no egg or egg sub, and the cookies already use coconut oil. If you want to deveganify them, you can use butter in place of the coconut oil.

Can I use coconut sugar or another sweetener?

Yes, but the flavor of the coconut sugar takes away from the Oreo flavor.

I preferred them with brown + granulated sugar, but if you have to use coconut sugar, I think you’ll still be quite happy.

A liquid sweetener won’t work as there aren’t any liquids to reduce in the recipe to make up for the added liquid from maple syrup, honey, etc.

Since this recipe uses regular flour, I didn’t test any keto sweeteners here. But if you do, please let me know how it goes!

Need flatter cookies?

I spent half a day experimenting with how to get perfectly-shaped cookies with this recipe. It was kind of ridiculous.

I have another recipe coming up with this base (a very Halloweeny version!), so I needed them to be perfect and flat on top.

If you want to put on chocolate chips like I did, you won’t get perfectly-shaped cookies. They’re kind of mound-shaped. Unless you’re trying to win a beauty contest, I don’t think anyone at all will care.

They are really incredible.

If you don’t want to put chocolate chips on top, then you can form balls, and bake, and when they come out of the oven, use the bottom of a flat glass to flatten them. Then they look perfect!

Other chocolate cookies

I hope you’ll enjoy these black cookies! Please let me know what you think if you try them out. :) Thank you!

Black Cookies

Rated 5.0 by 13 readers
Black Cookies
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  • Yield: 12


  • 1 1/2 cups (188 grams) flour (see notes)1
  • 1/2 cup (58 grams) black cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (I recommend aluminum-free for taste reasons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 1/2 tablespoons (105 grams) coconut oil, slightly softened but NOT at all melty2
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (56 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips (use dairy-free/vegan chocolate, if needed)


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (flour, black cocoa, baking powder, and salt). Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl with a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, beat together the coconut oil, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in water and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Beat the flour mixture in on low until totally combined. If you prefer to mix the chocolate chips into the dough rather than placing them on top, like I did in the photos, do that now.
  5. Let the dough sit for about 10 minutes to allow the flour time to absorb the moisture. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 °F (176 °C) and line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  6. Roll into twelve 52-gram balls. They usually feel a little greasy, but not very. Sometimes, they're more greasy than just a tiny bit, but they still bake up fine and didn’t come out greasy.
  7. Place the balls about 3" apart on the parchment-line baking baking sheet.
  8. If you didn't stir the chocolate chips into the dough, place the chocolate chips on top of the dough balls. Reform them into nice balls if they get misshapen while pushing in the chips.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes. They'll have puffed up a bit and might look a bit crackled. Let them cool completely on the baking sheet.
  10. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen (dough or baked cookies) for up to 3 months.


  1. For the flour you can use all-purpose, whole wheat, or white whole wheat flour. If you're gluten-free, I recommend using King Arthur Flour Gluten-free Measure for Measure Flour. Bob's Red Mill Gluten-free 1:1 Baking Flour also works, but the texture was better with KAF. Other brands that are meant as a 1:1 sub for all-purpose flour should work, but I haven't tried them.
  2. The coconut oil shouldn’t be rock hard – but also not melty – or the cookies will be greasy, and there’s no way to fix it.

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  • Anne
    September 1, 2023 @ 7:35 am

    These cookies were super delicious! I have never used black cocoa powder till this recipe. Definitely a game changer!

    • Erin replies to Anne
      September 1, 2023 @ 10:22 am

      Isn’t it?! Can’t wait to do more with it! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Jenna Dixon says
    August 31, 2023 @ 2:04 am

    Just made these! What a tasty, fun recipe. My husband absolutely loves them. Will be keeping this for future use. Thanks for such a great recipe.

    • Erin replies to Jenna Dixon
      September 1, 2023 @ 10:15 am

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad that your husband enjoyed them and that you’ll be making them again. May I ask what brand of black cocoa powder you used and if they came out black? I’d love to add this info to the post since I can’t test out US brands myself. :) Thanks a ton for your feedback!

  • Mare says
    August 29, 2023 @ 6:33 am

    I honestly couldn’t tell these cookies were vegan and they taste incredibly rich and filling. Thank you for sharing.

    • Erin replies to Mare
      September 1, 2023 @ 10:22 am

      You’re welcome! And that’s awesome. Thanks for letting me know! :)

  • Sean says
    August 29, 2023 @ 4:29 am

    I have a couple of chocolate lover friends and they loved these and how intensely chocolatey it is.

    • Erin replies to Sean
      September 1, 2023 @ 10:21 am

      What about you? ;) I’m so glad that they enjoyed them! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Van
    August 27, 2023 @ 4:02 am

    I just made these cookies and they came out amazing! I love the deep chocolate flavor and it was so easy to make.

    • Erin replies to Van
      September 1, 2023 @ 10:21 am

      Aww, yay! That’s great to hear. Thanks for your feedback! :)

  • Dee
    August 21, 2023 @ 5:39 am

    Woe, Erin! What a great recipe. My sister recently went vegan so these will be perfect for her. Thanks for sharing.

    • Erin replies to Dee
      September 1, 2023 @ 10:21 am

      You’re welcome! I hope that you’ll be enjoy them. :)

  • Billy says
    August 17, 2023 @ 6:12 pm

    Oooh, this is excellent timing! I just bought some black cocoa and was wondering what I should use it for. This is an excellent tester recipe before I tackle a big cake.

    • Erin replies to Billy
      September 1, 2023 @ 10:21 am

      Good idea! I hope they’ll be a hit. Please let me know what you think! :)

  • Sophie says
    August 17, 2023 @ 7:58 am

    These Black Cookies was a delectable and intriguing treat! I tried making these cookies, and they were a hit with everyone who tasted them. The deep, rich color added an element of mystery, and the flavor was a delightful surprise

    • Erin replies to Sophie
      August 17, 2023 @ 12:24 pm

      Aww, yay! I’m so glad to hear that they were a hit. :) That’s great to hear! Thanks a bunch for leaving your feedback.

  • Marta
    August 17, 2023 @ 2:40 am

    I absolutely loved how rich and decadent these black cookies were. I love using black cocoa powder in recipes as it gives it more flavor and richness.

    • Erin replies to Marta
      August 17, 2023 @ 12:26 pm

      I agree! And I’m super happy to hear that you enjoyed the cookies! Thanks for leaving a comment. :)

  • Holly
    August 16, 2023 @ 4:10 pm

    I want to make these with everything in my being lol I just can’t have this much sugar. It wouldn’t be bad if I could eat only 1 or 2. I agree with you Erin, the low carb sweeteners do not taste good at all with chocolate.

    I think they work well with cheesecakes and fruity desserts best. Chocolate is my go-to for desserts though. Ugh.

    Hope you are doing well Erin :)

    • Erin replies to Holly
      August 17, 2023 @ 12:09 pm

      Hi Holly! So nice to hear from you. :) I hope you’re also doing well! I’m sorry to tempt you with these cookies. 🙈 At least they’re better from a sugar standpoint than the black cake I’ll be posting in which sugar is the first ingredient. 😄 Did you see the black ice cream post? Definitely read the keto section there because that is hands down my favorite keto dessert! I’m still shocked it worked since I never like keto chocolate goodies. I think you’d love it, too!

      • Holly
        replies to Erin
        August 17, 2023 @ 4:56 pm

        It’s on my list to try! What SO weird is that last month I bought some organic black cocoa powder for the first time to try in some low carb brownies I was trying to conjure up (epic fail!) anyway, I got the Oreo taste and loved it. Then your recipes started appearing…Yay! Can’t wait to try the ice cream with the low carb sweetener option!

        • Erin replies to Holly
          August 18, 2023 @ 8:11 pm

          I know all about failed keto brownie attempts. 🙄 Even the ones that supposedly “don’t taste keto” absolutely do taste keto and are nasty. But good that you at least got the Oreo taste! I hope you’ll love the ice cream. Can’t wait to hear what you think! Have a great weekend. :)

  • Lauren Michael Harris
    August 15, 2023 @ 2:13 pm

    Ohhh these cookies look sinfully delicious! I love the idea of using black cocoa to make treats for Halloween too – definitely going to order a batch now!

  • Carrie
    August 14, 2023 @ 11:10 pm

    I have never heard of or seen black cocoa before, but I am hoping I can find a way to get my hands on some. These cookies look absolutely incredible! :)

    • Erin replies to Carrie
      September 1, 2023 @ 10:20 am

      Thanks! I hope you can find some. :)

  • Amy
    August 14, 2023 @ 8:43 am

    I have never had black cookies but this one looks really good.
    I am so excited to make this at home!

    • Erin replies to Amy
      September 1, 2023 @ 10:20 am

      I hope that you’ll love them! :)

  • Kelly
    August 14, 2023 @ 4:09 am

    These look so good! I have been meaning to buy some black cocoa for awhile now but I had heard mixed things about it. Some people say it tastes nothing like Oreos and others say it is identical to the Oreo flavor. So for those reasons I have yet to purchase any but I think I will soon!

    • Erin replies to Kelly
      August 17, 2023 @ 12:16 pm

      Hi Kelly! So nice to hear from you. :) So far I’ve made these cookies and the black ice cream (both approximately 392 times 😆) and they both tasted just like an Oreo. I used it in a cake (the same cake recipe I always post, the Hershey’s One Bowl Chocolate Cake adaptation) and it didn’t make it taste like an Oreo. But I used it in cream cheese frosting and that was AMAZING. It also tasted like an Oreo. So maybe it depends on the recipe! And the brand. The people in the reviews of The Cocoa Trader black cocoa powder on Amazon also mention it making things taste like an Oreo! So I think it’s a good choice, also because of the color issues I mentioned in this post. I hope you’ll enjoy the cookies if you try them out!

      • Kelly Barcroft
        replies to Erin
        August 17, 2023 @ 7:56 pm

        I can’t wait to try it now. I added The Cocoa Trader Black Cocoa to my amazon cart. That is a lot of baking you get up to. I so love to bake but I hate to exercise so I can’t do too much baking or else…
        That Oreo flavored cream cheese frosting sounds awesome!
        I love that black cocoa is Dutch processed as well. Makes things easier for me. Well I will report back when I make them….because I will be making them. I will probably be making them dairy free as well because I bet my df son will want to try them. I’ll let you know. Hope you guys are doing fabulous!

        • Erin replies to Kelly Barcroft
          August 18, 2023 @ 8:15 pm

          Haha. Same with me. I hate exercising. I recently got a walking pad so I can at least do something I do like (watch movies) while walking. The cookies are great dairy-free! I only tried them with butter to make sure they spread enough, and you’re not missing out on any flavor, unlike in some other recipes where butter is really much better. I hope you and your son will enjoy the cookies! :)

  • Gloria
    August 13, 2023 @ 8:02 pm

    Black cocoa is such a great ingredient. I love adding it to recipes. These are perfect for Halloween.

  • James
    August 13, 2023 @ 6:17 pm

    This is such a cool cookie! It looks amazingly yummy! Plus the color black theme makes it so enticing and very tempting. Kids will definitely love this!

    • Erin replies to James
      September 1, 2023 @ 10:20 am

      I think everyone will! :D Hope you’ll get to try them!


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