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Impress everyone with these crinkled chocolate cookies that are a triple threat of chocolate! They taste like they’re right from a bakery.

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Here is the best chocolate cookie recipe we’ve had….hands down. It tastes like it’s from a professional bakery. That’s because it’s by a professional baker! These triple chocolate cookies are from our friend Sarah Kieffer’s new book 100 Cookies. We dropped some off to our new neighbors and they came back with the review: “the best cookies we ever tasted.” These are the famous pan banging cookies of internet fame, a technique invented by Sarah. This flavor features a triple threat of chocolate: chocolate dough with milk chocolate and dark chocolate chunks. Topped with flaky sea salt, they’re pretty darn insane.

What are pan banging cookies?

You’ve probably heard or seen pan banging cookies on the internet or Instagram. But what actually are they? Pan banging cookies are large cookies with beautifully crinkled edges made by banging the pan during baking. What, you say? Well, banging the pan against the oven rack causes the cookies to deflate and ripple. Do this a few times, and you get the most beautiful cookie you ever did see. It results in a cookie that’s crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

Our friend Sarah actually invented the pan banging cookie! Here’s her original recipe. After lots of copy cat recipes all over the web, the New York Times picked it up and gave her the due credit. Then she wrote a cookbook with a whole chapter on pan banging cookies! We’re pretty darn proud our friend is a genius (don’t let anyone else take credit for this technique: including us!).

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Tips for making pan banging chocolate cookies

These chocolate cookies are a little different from your traditional cookie: but they are well worth the time and effort. Our wheelhouse at A Couple Cooks is fresh and healthy recipes: so it’s a true treat to share a recipe who is a professional cookie baker! Here are a few tips and tricks for making these jumbo restaurant style beauties:

  • Weighing the ingredients is always the most precise. If you don’t have a scale, that’s ok. But weighing out the dry ingredients is what pro’s do.
  • They’re jumbo, so you’ll bake 4 at a time. Four cookies fit on a baking sheet because they’re so big: and you’ll only put one tray in the oven at once to get the most even bake.
  • You’ll pan bang about 3 times in the last 6 minutes. Open the oven, pick up the corner of the tray with an oven mitt, then let it fall onto the rack. You’ll see the ripples start immediately. You’ll keep doing this 3 to 4 times until you’re done baking. Then do this for the other 3 baking sheets. It’s time consuming, but worth it.
  • Don’t overbake. Try not to go over the 15 minute timing. To get the centers chewy, you’ll need to pull them while they’re still gooey. If in doubt, pull sooner rather than later.
Pan banging chocolate cookies

Sprinkle with flaky sea salt if you like!

Sarah’s recipes are always spot on, so these chocolate cookies definitely did not need improvement. But we are suckers for a sweet and salty combo, so we added a sprinkle of flaky sea salt in the first or second pan bang. The incredible pop of salty really amps up this dark chocolate cookie. If you have some on hand, we highly recommend it: plus it gives a little “sprinkle-like” action to the top of the cookie.

What’s Dutch process cocoa powder?

You may notice that the cocoa powder in these chocolate cookies is special: it’s Dutch process cocoa powder. This type is like a dark chocolate version of cocoa powder. It’s been treated with an alkali to make it pH neutral, which gives it a darker color and milder flavor. It makes the flavor ultra chocolaty, and we use it all the time: like in our Chocolate Banana Muffins and Healthy Chocolate Pudding.

You should be able to find Dutch process cocoa powder at your local grocery, right next to the regular cocoa powder. If you can’t find it, you can buy it online. We like the brands Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder or Ghiradelli Dutch Process Cocoa Powder.

Dutch process vs regular cocoa powder
Here’s the difference: Dutch process vs regular cocoa powder

Honestly, we always get a little anxious about cookie storage because the texture of cookies can change dramatically after you store them. Luckily, the storage instructions for these pan banging chocolate cookies is pretty simple:

  • Room temp: Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days. Ours did get a little more crisp, but they still tasted great.
  • Refrigerate: You can also refrigerate for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving though, because no one likes a cold cookie. Or warm for a few minutes in a 200 degree oven.
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About the book: 100 Cookies

This triple chocolate cookies recipe is from the book 100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer. This book is an absolute charmer with all the cookie recipes you could ever dream of. There are standards like the traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies and Oatmeal Cream Pies…and then unique beauties like pale pink, white and brown Neapolitan Cookies and swirly Marshmallow Peanut Butter Brownies. The photography is insane and the design is beautiful…it’s incredible gift idea! (Holiday gift, Christmas gift, housewarming gift, birthday gift…you get the picture.)

Sarah is a dear friend and one of our most trusted baking resources. We highly recommend checking out this book…these recipes will feed your soul. Grab a copy: 100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer

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Chocolate cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies (Bakery Style)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x


Impress everyone with these crinkled chocolate cookies that are a triple threat of chocolate! They taste like they’re right from a bakery.


  • 1 ¾ cups (249 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup (33 grams) Dutch process cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 227 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups (300 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces (113 grams) milk chocolate, chopped into bite-sized pieces (½ inch, some smaller and some larger)
  • 2 ounces (57 grams) bittersweet chocolate, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Flaky sea salt, if desired


  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line three sheet pans with aluminum foil, dull-side up.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the granulated and brown sugars and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg, water, and vanilla, and mix on low speed to combine. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined. Add the milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate and mix into the batter on low speed.
  4. Form the dough into 3 ounce (85 gram) balls (¼ cup each). Place 4 cookies an equal distance apart on the sheet pans. Bake the cookies one pan at a time.
  5. Bake until the dough balls have spread flat but are puffed slightly in the center, 9 minutes. Lift one side of the sheet pan up about 4 inches and gently let it drop down against the oven rack, so the edges of the cookies set and the center falls back down. After the cookies puff up again in 2 minutes, repeat lifting and dropping the pan. Repeat this process a few more times to create ridges around the edge of the cookies. If you’re using flaky sea salt, sprinkle it on the cookies in the first or second bang. Bake for 15 to 16 minutes total, until the cookies have spread out and the edges are set and ripply but the center is still soft.
  6. Transfer the pan to a wire rack. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes, then move them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days (or refrigerate for up to 3 days).


Printed with permission from 100 Cookies by Sarah Kieffer.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Renee says:

    Granulated sugar amount not listed. How much is needed? Ty

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Updated the recipe! Sorry and thank you!!