Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate covered strawberry cookies have all the fabulous flavor of classic chocolate-covered strawberries, but in cookie form!  An intensely chocolate, brownie-like cookie is baked with chunks of freeze dried strawberries, to give every bite of this cookie the wonderful strawberry and chocolate flavor combination of that classic romantic treat.

Green strawberry container lined with red and white gingham checked fabric, and filled with chocolate strawberry cookies.  Two classic chocolate covered strawberries sit next to the container.  Text overlay reads "Chocolate covered strawberry cookies."

I absolutely love chocolate covered strawberries.  Chocolate is great on its own, strawberries are absolutely delicious, but together?  Pure magic.

I've been on a bit of a freeze dried fruit kick recently, and I absolutely love baking with freeze dried fruit (like my strawberry cake recipe, and my blueberry scones).  As I was thinking of Valentine's day and that classic romantic flavor pairing got me thinking of trying to create a cookie version of the treat.  And so I did.  Chocolate covered strawberry cookies, people.  Oh yes.

Ingredients for chocolate covered strawberry cookies arranged on a wooden cutting board.

First I went searching for a fabulous chocolate chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I tried a few, but absolutely loved the Inside Out Chocolate Chip Cookies by Sally's Baking Addiction.  This recipe is just a variation on her excellent recipe.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cookie Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1.2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups freeze dried strawberries

How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cookies:

Cream the butter and sugars together, then beat in the egg.  Add the milk and vanilla and beat.  Add the dry ingredients (but not the strawberries or chocolate chips yet!) and mix until a rich, chocolate dough forms.  THEN add the freeze dried strawberries and chocolate chips and mix until just combined.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cookie dough being scooped out to freeze prior to baking.

Here's where I deviate from Sally's Baking Addiction's technique slightly.  Instead of chilling the dough and then scooping and rolling, I find it much easier to scoop the cookies out first, and then I like to freeze them, not just refrigerate them.  Sally definitely mentions the possibility of freezing the dough, but it's hands-down my preferred technique.  

Scoop the dough out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.  I added some strawberry bits to the tops of the cookies so you could really see them, but that's purely a cosmetic thing.

 Note:  I don't bake them this close together!  I just scoop them out like this (using my favorite cookie scoop) so I only have to find room for one cookie sheet in the freezer.  Freeze for at least 30 minutes, and up to three months. (If you're doing the weeks or months thing, you should remove the frozen cookie dough balls from the baking sheet and place in a freezer bag.)

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cookies ready to bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

This is how far apart I bake the cookies.

Freshly baked Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cookies on parchment paper on a wooden table.

Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, or 9-10 minutes at 325 convection.

Let cool completely before removing from the parchment paper.

Some of the strawberries I put on the top of the cookies turned toasty brown, and some didn't.  I have no idea why or how some of them retained their color while others didn't.  I was baking with convection, and the browned strawberries seemed really randomly distributed on each of the three pans.  I have no answers for you, sorry.  Maybe the browned strawberries had a higher natural sugar content?

Stack of Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cookies on a small silver stand, with two fresh chocolate covered strawberries sitting at the base of the stand.

These cookies are amazingly rich and chocolatey, with a fudgy, soft, brownie-like interior texture.  The freeze dried strawberries (unlike dried fruits) keeps an intensely bright fruity flavor that can stand up to the double-whammy of chocolate in this cookie recipe.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cookies in a strawberry punnet on a white, weathered wooden surface.  Two fresh chocolate covered strawberries sit next to the basket of cookies.

Nothing could quite beat a classic chocolate covered strawberry in my book, but there is definitely a place in my heart for the chocolate covered strawberry cookies.  And in my mouth.  And my stomach.

What's your go-to Valentine's day dessert?

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Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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