4 Ingredient Midnight Cookies

photo of a stack of Midnight Cookies

Do you love dark chocolate? DH and I are both big fans. The darker the better. If you love dark chocolate, then you should try these cookies. They are definitely bittersweet, intense, and delicious.

I’m on a roll with these easy, no mixer necessary, 4 ingredients or less, cookies. After my success with the easiest Nutella cookies, I went through my kitchen cabinet to see what other variations I could make.
photo of a stack of Midnight Cookies with a glass of milk
By the way, I named them “midnight cookies” not because they are meant to be eaten at midnight. Though you could do that… I just thought of midnight because they are dark chocolate and I had these Ghiradelli dark chocolate bars called Midnight Reverie and midnight just kept popping up in my mind when I was eating these.
close-up photo of a stack of Midnight Cookies with a bite taken out of the top one
The key ingredient is this dark chocolate spread I bought at Cost Plus World Market. I thought it would taste something like Nutella, but it’s much less sugary because it uses dark chocolate.
photo of World Market dark chocolate spread
I actually added a little bit of brown sugar to the batter because I was afraid it would turn out too bitter. Even with the sugar, these are still pretty dark chocolate bittersweet tasting. If you want something sweeter, I suggest you add loads more sugar to the batter. But I like them just as they are.
four Midnight Cookies stacked on a napkin

4 Ingredient Midnight cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cookies

If you love dark chocolate, then you will love these cookies. They are bittersweet, intense, and delicious. Plus, they're easy to make with only 4 ingredients and you don't need a mixer.


  • 1 cup dark chocolate spread (see note)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (see note)
  • 1/2 cup packed plus 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder optional (see note)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine flour, sugar, egg, (espresso powder if using), and chocolate spread in a large bowl and mix together with a spoon until the dough comes together and no flour lumps remain.

  2. Make smooth dough balls, about 1 1/2 inch in diameter, rubbing between palms to smooth the surface of the balls. Place on cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Press down slightly on dough so the dough balls form thick round disks rather than perfectly round balls. Cookies will not spread much during baking so make sure to smooth edges and surface of dough.

  3. Bake for about 10 minutes. Cookies should be mostly set, but might be slightly still soft in the middle. Let cookies cool on rack until completely set. Enjoy while still slightly warm or after completely cooled.


  • I bought my chocolate spread at Cost Plus World Market.
  • If you prefer a sweeter cookie, you will need to add more brown sugar.
  • Espresso powder enhances the chocolate flavor in these cookies. You can't taste it, but you can omit it if you prefer not to use it.
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4 comments on “4 Ingredient Midnight Cookies”

  1. I don’t think I can find the dark chocolate spread where I live (Eastern Europe), can you please suggest a substitution?

    Thank you!

    • You can try other spreads that are similar. I’ve made a Nutella version. kirbiecravings.com/2013/01/easiest-nutella-cookies.html

  2. Wow, looks delicious! I don’t have that kind of spread, but in a pinch, do you think 1 cup of melted chocolate would work? It would probably lose the bittersweet intensity since I only have milk chocolate, but I’m willing to sacrifice in order to get me some chocolate cookies..

    • unfortunately, i dont think melted chocolate will work. the chocolate spread is has other ingredients added to it, and it’s a much thicker paste, which helps to bind the cookie together

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